One Question Interview

Here’s our second installment of the interview series with the CGF guys. We asked them, “What has been an influential book in your life (besides the Bible) and how has it helped you?” Check out three of the top 12 books that influenced us.

King’s Cross

Tim Keller

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One of the best books that I have read recently was King’s Cross by Tim Keller.  Keller takes his readers on a journey through the Gospel of Mark and paints a beautiful picture of Jesus’ life.  Throughout this book, Keller shows that Jesus–the King of all creation–came to earth for a very specific purpose–to die on a cross for imperfect people in desperate need of a Savior.

I loved being able to reread familiar biblical stories of Jesus and see how Keller brought out insights that I had never seen before.  Keller has a special gift of always pointing us back to the good news of the Gospel, which says that the cross of Jesus Christ shows us that none of us are as good as we think we are, yet we are passionately loved by God more than we ever dare deserve.  This is good news, and this book helped me see myself and my God in view of the King who was willing to go to the Cross for me.  I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy it yourself!

steveburdick3Steve Burdick
West Coast Region (Sacramento, CA)

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The Book of Romance

Tommy Nelson

There have been so many men and women that have shaped my understanding of life and the Creator through their books. It is difficult to pick just one, but Tommy Nelson’s book, The Book of Romance, stands out as I scan my book shelves thinking about the past.The Book of Romance is a Bible study on the Old Testament book, Song of Solomon. This old book completely transformed the way I viewed attraction, dating, courtship, marriage, conflict, and faithfulness.

It showed me how God designed monogamous relationships to work and the joy in would bring in living out this relationship according to his design.

The future of my life was changed forever as I read, re-read, and listed to this man as he brought to life the Scripture. My dating years were better, my engagement years were better, my wedding day was better, and the 12 years since in marriage have been better since reading this book in 1995 while a Sophomore in college at The University of Texas. Thank you Tommy!!!

marcusjonesMarcus Jones
South Central Region (Argyle, TX)

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The Search for Significance

Robert S. McGee

After reading The Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee, my understanding of self identity, self worth and personal value radically changed. In this book, he puts forth two different equations for self worth:

  • Satan’s Lie: Your Worth = Your Performance + Others’ Opinions
  • God’s Truth: Your Worth = What God Says About You

As long as I can remember my self worth was tied to how I performed in the eyes of others. Whether it was golf, grades or popularity, my identity was based on how I performed and the opinions of others. I stopped reading the book originally because I could not accept the idea of my worth not being tied to my actions and other people’s thoughts.

Five years later, I picked up the book and read it again. The second time around the Lord really opened my eyes to the truths of the two opposing equations. I was able to accept that who I am is determined by what God says, not what others say or even what I think of myself. The truths of the Bible and what is says about me being a child of God having placed my faith in Christ are infinitely more important than what the world says about me.

Having realized that my identity is purely who I am in Christ has really freed me up from being a people-pleaser and putting my worth in things of this world. I am thankful to God for opening my eyes to the enemy’s lie that I had believed for so many years. There is true freedom and peace knowing that I am God’s, that he redeemed me, that his Holy Spirit is with, that he is working all things out for my good and his glory, and that I will be with him forever.

korkykempKorky Kemp
East Region (Greensboro, NC)

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