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Recommended Reading: Soul Care and Prayer

By Mim Musser

Mim Musser, RMM’s Prayer Coordinator, loves to read, finding that books help her grow spiritually and otherwise. When asked why reading these kinds of books are important, Mim said: “prayer and spiritual health are both scriptural disciplines. There is a lot I can learn from reading the Bible, but reading a biography of a praying person or learning about soul care from a contemporary writer encourages me in my own path. Some books are a one-time read, but there are others that I go back to again and again when I need refreshment and direction.”

Books on Soul Care:

The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul By Restoring Sabbath
By Mark Buchanan

Soul care has been one of my favorite topics in the last few years. This is one of the first books I read on the topic, and it remains high on my list of favorites today. Buchanan defines Sabbath as the seventh day of the week, but he says it is more than that. Sabbath is an attitude, a perspective, an orientation. It is a heart. A heart that is "restful even in the midst of unrest and upheaval... You will never enter the Sabbath day without a Sabbath heart."

Soul Custody: Choosing to Care for the One and Only You
By Stephen W. Smith

Smith is one of my favorite authors on soul care. In this book he talks about choices. This book will help you figure out how well you are doing in caring for your soul and then reflect on ways to change, suggesting choices you can make that will enhance your spiritual health.

The Jesus Life: Eight Ways to Recover Authentic Christianity
By Stephen W. Smith

In this book, Smith gives a window into the life of Jesus. After reading this book you will read the Gospels with fresh eyes, noticing the rhythms of Jesus’ life and how your imitation of him will enhance and refresh you.

Books on Prayer:

Power Praying: Hearing Jesus' Spirit by Praying Jesus' Prayer
By David Chotka

This book has impacted me more than any other book about the Lord's Prayer. I had always heard that Jesus gave this prayer to be used as a template for our prayers, but only through reading Chotka’s book did the power of this prayer model truly register. I like to pull it off my shelf occasionally to get refreshed in the wisdom of Jesus, who said this is the way his disciples should pray. The book is set up as a workbook that can be used individually or in an eight-week group study.

Authority in Prayer: Praying With Power and Purpose
By Dutch Sheets

While it isn't new, I just read this book in the past year. Sheets answers the question, "Who is in charge?" The answer is clearly God. But God wants his children to be overcomers, to claim his promises, and to take authority over sin, Satan, and life circumstances. This book has challenged me to pray with the boldness and authority that is mine as a follower of Jesus.

Mighty Prevailing Prayer
By Wesley L. Duewel

This is an older book (written in 1990), but whenever I pick it up, I find it fresh and relevant. I am reminded that Duewel is a man who doesn't just write about prayer. He prays. And he knows the God he is praying to. Reverend Glen Shepherd says, "Dr. Duewel's powerful book challenges, inspires and motivates to a deeper lever of intercession. No one can read it without a greater call to the advance of God's kingdom worldwide."