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Henry Cloud & John Townsend,Boundaries: When to Say YES, When to Say NO To Take Control of Your Life(Zondervan, 1992). 
This is an eminently practical book. In order to survive, we need the ability to draw our boundaries right. This book will help you do that. 
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Loren Cunningham, Is That Really You, God? (Chosen Books, Zondervan, 1984). 
This is still the book that, next to the Bible, influenced me most. It is one of the reasons I became a YWAM-er. So reading this book is not without danger. It tells the beginnings of Youth With A Mission. 
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Gordon D. Fee, God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul (Hendrickson, 1994). 
This book is a commentary on every line in Paul that has anything to do with the Holy Spirit. Tough reading, but great stuff. 
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There is also a simplified, more accessible version of the above by the title Paul, the Spirit and the People of God (Hendrickson, 1996), which you would probably want to read instead. 
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Billy Graham, Just As I Am(Harper/Zondervan, 1997). 
One of the best biographies I have read; it offers a walk through Billy Graham’s life, enriching us with his life experience. 
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C.S. Lewis is one of the best-selling and most-loved Christian authors of all times. One could list just about everything he has written here. I will mention just one title: Till We Have Faces. Not as well-known as many of his other works, it combines high literary quality with deep spiritual insight. 
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David McCullough, Truman (Simon & Schuster, 1992). 
Harry S. Truman, president of the United States from 1945 until 1952, was a remarkable man. This is his highly entertaining biography. Great and instructive reading. 
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Watchman Nee. The first book I read as a new Christian was The Normal Christian Life. I did not understand a thing. Later, when I read the book again, I learned a great deal from it. His other books also influenced me much as a young Christian. What I like about him is the deep love for God that speaks through his writing. 
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Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (3 Volumes, Westview, 1997).
Like the Holocaust, this is a part of history everyone should know. At the same time it is one of the literary highlights of all times. How can something this terrible be described with such beauty. 
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Vinson Synan, The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century (Revised Edition, Eerdmans, 1997). 
Synan documents the origin and history of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement. He is the foremost scholar on the history of Pentecostalism, so this is probably the authoritative work on the topic. 
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J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. I have not included fiction in this overview, since good fiction is too much a matter of taste; plus, the supply is endless. However, for C.S. Lewis and Tolkien I make an exception. This is a masterpiece. 
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John Wimber, Power Evangelism: Signs and Wonders Today (Hodder and Stoughton, 1985). 
What I like about John Wimber is that he managed to bring the charismatic movement and biblical studies and theology together. Spirit and Word in harmonious unity, real power and sound teaching. To find one or the other is not too hard, but to find both together is unfortunately not so common. 
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