Clergy books that help the Preacher develop in his personal relationship with the Lord, as well as his family, are very important to him and his ministry. Our preaching library and our ministry library are good and help us preach and minister, but developing our relationship with the Lord is first and foremost in importance. And we must certainly consider the health of our family life as well.
If we do not walk with the Lord and seek His blessing and power, we will eventually stumble and even fail in the ministry. At the least it will just become a job and not a real ministry. We do this for Him, not for ourselves or for the paycheck. Our goal is to please Him first.
E.M. Bounds said in his book, "The Preacher and Prayer," "What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use -- men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men -- men of prayer."
"Preacher and Prayer" by E. M. Bounds
You will not be surprised that my first book recommendation for a preacher's personal library is E. M. Bounds book, "The Preacher and Prayer." However, you will probably not find that book by that title today. I have a 1911 copy of the book that still has that title. Today you will find it titled, "Power Through Prayer."
I don't know why later publishers found it necessary to change the title, but maybe it had something to do with appealing to a greater audience than just preachers! I don't know for sure.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend this great clergy book. It is an excellent book on the preacher's personal walk with God, especially through prayer.
Be warned, it is also very convicting but a must read for every preacher!
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Here are some of the other books and resources that I recommend. I wish I could give them all to you but I can't. However, I can tell you that I learned a long time ago that ministry books and materials are an investment not a luxury...and my wife agrees! These books and materials, if you will purchase them and use them, will make a difference in your life and ministry for the Lord.
Just click on any of the links below and get a full description of the books and resources listed.
The Heart of a Godly Man (Wagner)
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