Stewardship as Worship: The Privilege of Life in the Local Church by Nate Palmer (Cruciform Press, 2012). This helpful e-book from Cruciform Press provides an excellent outlining of the proper reasons for service in the church—not so God will love you more the more active you are, but as an outward display of the inward worship and adoration we have for Christ. A short-ish book that’s a good read.
Preach: Where Theology Meets Practice by Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert (Crossway, 2012). If you wanted the privilege of sitting down with two terrific expositors of the Word, and see what steps they take in preparing, delivering, and evaluating their sermons—you will find great value in this book.
The Joy of Calvinism: Knowing God’s Personal, Unconditional, Irresistible, Unbreakable Love by Greg Forster (Crossway, 2012). I saw Joe Thorn’s recommendation of this book and found it compelling. Books against Calvinism usually build strawmen only to argue against that caricature they have set up. Those books that are pro-Calvinist are very formulaic, rigid, and … joyless. I enjoyed reading this book and found it helpful for those trying to better understand these brothers and sisters in Christ.
Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Don Whitney (NavPress, 2001). Though written in 2001, this book provides some excellent probing questions regarding our spiritual walk. I highly recommend any of Whitney’s works, but this is a great place to start and ideal for a small group discipling.
Reaching People Under 40 While Keeping people Under 60: Being a Church for All Generations by Edward H. Hammond (Chalice Press, 2007). A neat book about building bridges between the generations in our local churches. A bit light on doctrinal distinctives, but it succeeds in getting the juices of our church leaders flowing in this bridge-building process.