Over the past few weeks we’ve been exploring the important topic of integrity in a series called Double. Integrity is the most powerful currency we have to influence and impact others. During our time together, we’ve learned that walking in integrity comes when we are able to get our heart and mind in alignment. This centeredness enables us to reflect Christ in our actions and words.
Because of the complexity of integrity, we want to encourage you to reflect on this topic throughout the week. One way this takes place is making our daily devotionals part of your study routine. Another habit we recommend is exposing yourself to material that highlights the importance of integrity in our day-to-day lives.
With this in mind, here are five books that served as the foundation behind the Double series. These books are definitely worth a read for those of us who are looking to live a whole life:
“Character = the ability to meet the demands of reality.”
Integrity – more than simple honesty, it’s the key to success. A person with integrity has the ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances. Drawing on experiences from his work, Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist, leadership coach, corporate consultant and nationally syndicated radio host, shows how our character can keep us from achieving all we want to (or could) be.
“What is the wise thing for me to do, in light of my past experience, my present circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams?”
Should I take this job? Buy this house? Marry this person? We ask questions every day about the choices we face. But are we asking the most important question of all? In Ask It, Andy Stanley identifies the one question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all other questions. You’ll learn how to make decisions with confidence simply by applying the question that brings clarity to life’s most challenging decisions.
“Character is not what we have done, but rather who we are.”
“When I listen to the evening news or read the morning paper these days my reaction is always the same: what’s wrong in our world will not be set right until people who love God and who refuse to cave to these overwhelming challenges put the things they believe into action, things like courage and discipline and love.” Bill Hybels Who You Are When No One’s Looking has pointed the way to godly character for more than twenty years.
“A soul without a center feels constantly vulnerable to people or circumstances.”
The health of your soul isn’t just a matter of saved or unsaved. It’s the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. It’s the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith.In an age of materialism and consumerism that tries to buy its way to happiness, many souls are starved and unhealthy, unsatisfied by false promises of status and wealth. We’ve neglected this eternal part of ourselves, focusing instead on the temporal concerns of the world―and not without consequence. Bestselling author John Ortberg presents another classic that will help you discover your soul―the most important connection to God there is―and find your way out of the spiritual shallow-lands to true divine depth. With characteristic insight and an accessible story-filled approach, Ortberg brings practicality and relevance to one of Christianity’s most mysterious and neglected topics.
“We don’t believe something by merely saying we believe it, or even when we believe that we believe it. We believe something when we act as if it were true.”
As Christians, we know that we are new creations in Jesus. So we try to act differently, hoping this will make us more like Him. But changing our outward behavior doesn’t change our hearts. Only by God’s grace can we be transformed internally. Renovation of the Heart lays a biblical foundation for understanding what best-selling author Dallas Willard calls the “transformation of the spirit”―a divine process that “brings every element in our being, working from inside out, into harmony with the will of God.” This fresh approach to spiritual growth explains the biblical reasons why Christians need to undergo change in six aspects of life: thought, feeling, will, body, social context, and soul. Willard also outlines a general pattern of transformation in each area, not as a sterile formula but as a practical process that you can follow without the guilt or perfectionism so many Christians wrestle with. Don’t settle for complacency. Accept the challenge Renovation of the Heart offers to become an intentional apprentice of Jesus Christ, changing daily as you walk with Him.