Recommended Resources from Stephens Valley Church


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Recommended Reading



How Children Raise Parents: The Art of Listening To Your Family

In How Children Raise Parents, Dr. Dan B. Allender offers a refreshing

biblical approach to raising your kids–one that will free you not only to be a

better parent, but also a better person…one who allows your children to

help you grow into godly maturity. Learn how you can let go of the pressure

to make sure your children succeed, and instead discover how to grow into

spiritual maturity by listening to your children.



Transforming Grace: Living Confidently In God's Unfailing Love

Funny how the exceeding riches of God's grace seem to run out the moment

we're saved. We spend our lives basing our relationship with God on our

performance rather than on Him. We see our identity as never being worthy

of His love. Isn't it time to stop trying to measure up and begin accepting the

transforming power of God's grace? Jerry Bridges' Transforming Grace is a

fountainhead of inspiration and renewal that will show you just how inexhaustible

and generous God's grace really is.


Three Free Sins: God's Not Mad At You

After years of trying to teach people to be holy, Dr. Brown became fed up with reaching for the impossible. And so one day on his nationwide radio program, he offered the outlandish promise of three free sins. Sound too good to be true? The truth, Brown says, is that it is true. Of course, Steve Brown can't really offer free sins, but what he vividly conveys is that while we can never lead a blameless life, we can relax in knowing that we are completely forgiven–not just of three free sins, but of all.


Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary

Could the gospel be lost amongst evangelical Christians? In this book, J.D. Greear shows how moralism and legalism have often eclipsed the gospel, even in conservative Christianity. Gospel cuts through the superficiality of religion and reacquaints you with the revolutionary truth of God's gracious acceptance of sinners in Christ. The gospel is the power of God, and the only true source of joy, freedom, radical generosity, and audacious faith. The gospel produces in believers what religion never could: a heart that desires God.


Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, And Power, And The Only Hope That Matters

Success, money, true love, and the life you've always wanted. Many of us placed our faith in these things, believing they held the key to happiness. The recent economic meltdown has cast a harsh new light on these pursuits. No wonder so many of us feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. But the truth is that we made counterfeit gods of these good things–gods that can't give us what we really need. In Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller shows how the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about our faith and our heart's desires.


The Meaning Of Marriage: Facing The Complexities Of Commitment With The Wisdom Of God

Using the Bible as his guide, coupled with insightful commentary from his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy, Timothy Keller shows that God created marriage to bring us closer to him and to bring us more joy in our lives. It is a glorious relationship that is also the most misunderstood and mysterious. With a clear-eyed understanding of the Bible, and meaningful instruction on how to have a successful marriage, The Meaning of Marriage is essential reading for anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life.


The Reason For God: Belief In An Age of Skepticism

In the New York Times bestselling Reason for God, Timothy Keller addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.


The Great Divorce

In The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer finds himself in Hell boarding a bus bound for Heaven. The amazing opportunity is that anyone who wants to stay in Heaven, can. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment. Lewis's revolutionary idea is the discovery that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In Lewis's own words, "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."


A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World

Let's face it, prayer is hard! In fact, prayer is so hard that most of us simply do not pray unless an illness or a public setting, such as saying grace at a meal, demands it. Prayerlessness is rooted in a core unbelief that can shape our lives, even as Christians. Because of prayerlessness, our lives are often marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy. Paul Miller writes to the heart of the matter, and if prayerlessness marks your life more often than not, and you want to know the joy and power of a vibrant prayer life, then A Praying Life is the book for you.




God's Big Picture: Tracing The Storyline Of The Bible

The Bible is clearly no ordinary book. How can you begin to read and understand it

as a whole? In this excellent overview, Vaughan Roberts gives you the big picture—

showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom

of God. He provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible

with confidence and understanding. And he points you to the Bible's supreme subject,

Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him.


My Father's World: Meditations On Christianity And Culture

What we believe shapes the way we live. The way we live reveals our convictions

about God, the world, and our place in it. We see many happy reminders that our

Father made this world and everything good in it. But we also see painful reminders

of sin distorting what he has made. As Philip Graham Ryken shows in My Father's

World, all is not lost- our Father is at work in His world and in us.


Essentials Of The Christian Faith

Dr. R.C. Sproul takes theology down off of the dusty shelves of theological libraries

and expounds in clear and simple terms over one hundred major Christian doctrines.

He offers readers a basic understanding of the Christian faith that will kindle a lifelong

love for truth, which is foundational to maturity in Christ. Sproul's homespun analogies

and illustrations from everyday life make this book interesting, informative, and easy

to read.


I Quit

Geri Scazzero knew there was something desperately wrong with how they were doing

their life and ministry. She finally told her husband, 'I quit,' and left the thriving church

he pastored, beginning a journey that transformed her, her marriage, and her church.

Geri quit being afraid of what others think. She quit lying. She quit denying her anger

and sadness. She quit living someone else's life. I Quit provides you a way out of an

inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. I Quit is for every

person who thinks, 'I can't keep pretending everything is fine!'