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President's Reading List/Library | CBMC International
President’s Reading List/Library

J FirnstahlWelcome to My Library!

I have developed this reading list because I think it is critically important for marketplace Christians (Christ-followers who want to live and present Christ where they are everyday) to be informed about the spiritual life as well as the world around them.

Here you will find books written on Christian topics and topics I find interesting. Since the quest for knowledge is a perfectly godly enterprise, I think Christians should excel at it. I humbly submit my own reading list as a example of one Christ-follower’s quest to be informed and effective for the kingdom of heaven.

The reviews written by me are so indicated. For books I deemed the most insightful and helpful, I rated either “must read” or “read.”

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I would very much like your feedback. Send me a short note on one of these books or any others you may have read, by commenting or emailing [email protected]. Please click the book title to go to its review page to comment. I look forward to our dialogue and co-quest to stay informed!

Please select a book review from the categories listed below:

ChristianityDangerousIdeaChristianity’s Dangerous Idea, (Alister McGrath)

The Protestant Revolution (A History from the 16th Century to the 21st)


JesusInBeijingJesus in Beijing, (David Aikman)

How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power


WorkInTheSpiritWork in the Spirit, (Miroslav Volf)

Toward a Theology of Work

JerusalemBiographyJerusalem, (Simon Sebag Montefiore)

The Biography


GunsGermsSteelGuns, Germs, and Steel, (Jared Diamond)

The Fates of Human Societies


CollapseSocietyCollapse, (Jared Diamond)

How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed


Next100YearsThe Next 100 Years, (George Friedman)

A Forecast for the 21st Century


HowWestLostGodHow the West Really Lost God, (Mary Eberstadt)



ClashCivilizationsClash of Civilizations (Samuel P. Huntington)


MindCosmosMind and Cosmos (Thomas Nagel)


Global Public SquareThe Global Public Square (Os Guinness)


Second Machine AgeSecond Machine Age (Eric Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAffee)


EconomicsGoodEvil 160x160Economics Of Good And Evil (Tomáš Sedláček)


GodHasWonderfulPlanGod has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, (Ray Comfort)

The Myth of the Modern Message


LiveToTellLive to Tell, (Brad J. Kallenberg)

Evangelism for a Postmodern Age


TheNextChristiansThe NEXT Christians, (Gabe Lyons)

7 Ways You Can Live the Gospel and Restore the World


AllPrayersAll the Prayers of the Bible, (Herbert Lockyer)

A Devotional and Expositional Classic


DrawTheCircleDraw the Circle, (Mark Batterson)

The 40-Day Prayer Challenge


TheCircleMakerThe Circle Maker, (Mark Batterson)

Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears


LeadershipSecretsBillyGrahamThe Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham (Harold Myra & Marshall Shelley)


ReinventingYourBoardReinventing Your Board (John & Miriam Carver)


OnBoardLeadershipJohn Carver on Board Leadership (John Carver w/ Sir Adrian Cadbury)


BonhoefferBonhoeffer, (Eric Metaxas)

Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy; A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich