Recommended Resources from Jim Putman

If you have read my books or posts or listened to my sermons, there should be no doubt in your mind that I believe discipleship begins with and is sustained by relationship. However, disciple makers also must be ready to give an answer, defend the faith, and teach their disciples the truth of the Bible in a world determined to provide a culture that is dramatically different than the one Jesus left for us.

The Bible needs to be our starting point, and it needs to remain our compass and guide for every step along the way. We live in a time when we have access to unlimited resources for spiritual growth- but we need to be wise in what resource we choose and make sure it is aligned with God's word.

I have put together some resources that I believe are both helpful and aligned with the Bible's teaching - you won't know everything when you begin to disciple people, but the following resources are a good starting place.

I have listed several books for different topics below - I also want to share a new online Resource Library we are putting together on our Real Life Ministries website, we will be adding resources to it frequently so be sure you check back often to see what is new-

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Sharing with the Spiritual Dead:

Unbelievers often have serious questions about complex issues. Many times our best answers will be our stories of how God has changed our own lives - we also need to be ready with answers to some of the tough questions spiritually dead people might ask us about faith and life itself.

  (I am linking the books to Amazon - however we are not affiliated so feel free to purchase them wherever)

Defending the gospel:

I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist. 

The Case For The Resurrection Of Jesus

The Reason For God; Belief In The Age Of Skepticism

Know Why You Believe 

Evidence That Demands A Verdict

The Case For Christ  Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense   


Authority of Scripture:

God Wrote a Book

The Last Word: Scripture and the Authority of God  


How Christianity Differs from Other Faiths

So What's the Difference?

Basic Christianity Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message  


Dealing with Past Hurts

Healing is a Choice

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy

Where Is God When It Hurts?  


Sharing with Spiritual Infants:

Spiritual infants need a disciple maker to share life with them, to help nurture and protect their new spiritual life. They will need help to see two key aspects of their new faith.

  • The spiritual realities behind the world they see (a Biblical Worldview)
  • How spiritual transformation happens
Developing a Biblical Worldview:

How Now Shall We Live?

Understanding the Times: The Collision of Today's Competing Worldviews

The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog

Can Man Live Without God  


Spiritual Transformation

The Purpose-Driven Life

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Renovation of the Heart: Putting On the Character of Christ    


Connecting with Spiritual Children

Children are generally eager to learn, and a wise disciple maker will help connect them with teaching that will help them grow. Spiritual Children should not be spoon-fed - this is a time where they are beginning to learn how to feed themselves. Offer suggestions and guide them, and if necessary, help them digest the bigger pieces of what they are learning.


 Who They Are in Christ

The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness

The Ragamuffin Gospel  


How to Have a Relationship with God

Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Power Through Prayer The Pursuit of God  


Maintaining Healthy Relationships

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts.

Love and Respect The DNA of Relationships  


How to Spiritually Feed Themselves

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

Bible Study Methods  


The Importance of Connection: A Growing Understanding of the Church

The Safest Place on Earth: Where People Connect and are Forever Changed

The Emotionally Healthy Church

On Mission with God  


Ministering with Spiritual Young Adults

At this stage of spiritual growth, disciples generally have a circle of influence in their ministry. As you disciple spiritual young adults, you may find that many of the previously selected resources continue to be helpful now a deeper level of study and discussion.


 Doctrine and Theology:

Heaven Bible Doctrine

Mere Christianity

More Than a Carpenter

Knowing God  


Church History:

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

What if Jesus Had Never Been Born

The Rise of Christianity  


Life Management:

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say no to Take Control of Your Life

Your Money Counts

Rich Christians in a Age of Hunger

Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives  


Doing Ministry: Leading Small Groups, Identifying Spiritual Gifts

Lead Like Jesus

The Master Plan of Evangelism

Soul Talk: The Language God Longs for us to Speak

Truth That Sticks

Masterlife: A Biblical Process for Growing Disciples  


Dealing with Gender Issues:

Out of a Far Country -A Gay Son's Journey to God

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel