Other than the bible Willard's "Divine Conspiracy" is the most important book I have read. Looking at the teachings of Jesus Willard thoroughly examines authentic faith and the true meaning of discipleship.
This book examines how people grow in Christ. It is based on an extensive survey of more than 1,200 churches. A great tool in thinking through the spiritual health of your church.
Craig Groschel is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. "The Christian Atheist" examines how as Christians we can say the right words, go through the motions but ultimately live as if God doesn't exist.
RADICAL challenges us to examine our faith in context of the American culture. What does it mean to live out our faith in this society.
A wonderful book by Mark Batterson on the life we can have when we pursue the Holy Spirit.
Rob Bell connects the dots on what it means that God became flesh (human) and what it means when His love is made visible in our relationships and society.
What does authentic, biblical community look like? Halter and Smay speak from practical experience challenging many of our notions of what it means to express God's Kingdom in our world.
McVey writes a lliberating book for all who seriously want to grow in Christ. He walks the reader through how we can experience the life Jesus promised as we allow Jesus to live through us.
Heidler provides a comprehensive look at the power of the Holy Spirit which is available to all followers of Christ.
Another great book by Craig Groschel which examines how the presence of God impacts you and the life of your church.
I like Rob Bell and enjoy his writing. The first book I read was Velvet Elvis, a precursor to "Sex God." "Love Wins" is undoubtedly the most controversial book he has written. Admittedly I initially read this book, because as a pastor I wanted to understand the nature of the controversy. Bell takes a look at God's love, judgement and salvation. It is a thoughtful book and I have no doubt that Rob Bell loves God and God's Word, but I will only caution that there are some major theological issues in the book which I personally can't reconcile, so read this book with your bible by your side. There are plenty of reviews and responses posted online so I won't attempt that here.
If these 2 books are not in your library, they should be.