After 25 years of ministry, I have found a handful of books and bibles to be essential reading for those who want to follow Christ into a more God-honoring life of trust. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I will add to it from time to time. Of course, I am always open to suggestions, so I hope you will send me your ideas of books that have been meaningful to you!
BIBLES and APPS
I am often asked which Bible to use and what Bible app I use on my iPhone and iPad. I use two of each and use them each nearly every day. Here are my recommendations:
New Living Translation
If you are fairly new to the Bible, if you struggle to understand it, or are just looking for ease of reading, I recommend the NLT. There are a ton of styles available. The NLT Study Bible is my favorite.
English Standard Version
If you are more familiar with the Bible, want a more accurate translation, or are studying, I recommend the ESV. Again, lots to choose from. Go with the ESV Study Bible. Probably the best study bible ever produced!
For just reading, I recommend the YouVersion app. It’s completely free and very simple to use. It will also read the Bible to you, which is great while walking or running.