Recommended reading of authors who present

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Jonathan's Recommended Devotionals:



No Better Place Than in the Center of

His Presence

by Bob Pangburn (Author)

Devotional Description:


The Holy Spirit, like a mighty wind, is blowing again, and with fresh breath from heaven is leaving a deposit to encourage many on their earthly journeys. Bob Pangburn has yielded himself as a sensitive vessel to hear the whisper of the Spirit, and with God’s direction has presented these “whispered words of comfort and encouragement” in this daily devotional book.


Daily devotions are as necessary to the Christian life as daily food is to the body. I believe that as you read these devotions, their precious words of truth will stir your spirit, help you to live with new power, and manifest many works of God’s grace. Like trees planted by water, those who meditate in the Word of God night and day shall bear much fruit. Be blessed and then become a blessing.

(Forward by Dr. Glenn Foster)

Devotional Details:

  • Spiral-bound: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Pearl Publishing (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963869302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963869302
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.1 x 1 inches Details/Reviews




Assurance of His Grace - Beyond a Shadow

of a Doubt

by Bob Pangburn (Author)

Devotional Description:


Assurance Of His Grace, Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt is the second daily devotional authored by Bob Pangburn. The first book, No Better Place Than In The Center Of His Presence, has been used by the Lord to bring encouragement to many around the world. The words written herein are from Bob’s early morning visits with the Lord, reading God’s Word, and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Bob’s prayer is that Assurance Of His Grace will bring you peace and comfort that only can come from the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Bob Pangburn (1931-2012) had a passion for serving people. He was a compassionate and energetic person. Bob was an ordained minister who spent more than 45 years in the non-profit sector helping to meet special needs of individuals affected by various degrees of disability. Bob grew up in Montana's oil and cattle country. He graduated from University of Northwestern-St.Paul, MN, and then became active in new church work. He and Mary Beth, his wife, deeply loved to minister to people and to share the Word of God. They served as Directors of the SonBeams singles ministry at Sweetwater Church of the Valley, Glendale, AZ for more than 10 years...during which time his inspiration came to write two daily devotional books. Pastor Bob returned to the pulpit to be an Associate Pastor at Believers' Family Fellowship for 8 years, as well as the volunteer Pastor of Pleasant Harbor Resort community.Pastor Bob was a man who loved God with his whole heart and unselfishly desired to share what he experienced through Assurance Of His Grace. His wife continues to minister in Praise and Worship and she has a special heart to share in women's ministries.

Devotional Details:

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Serey/Jones (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881276066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881276067
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches Details/Reviews




The Wounded Healer: Ministry in

Contemporary Society

by Henri J. M. Nouwen (Author)

Devotional Description:


The Wounded Healer is a hope-filled and profoundly simple book that speaks directly to those men and women who want to be of service in their church or community, but have found the traditional ways often threatening and ineffective. In this book, Henri Nouwen combines creative case studies of ministry with stories from diverse cultures and religious traditions in preparing a new model for ministry. Weaving keen cultural analysis with his psychological and religious insights, Nouwen has come up with a balanced and creative theology of service that begins with the realization of fundamental woundedness in human nature. Emphasizing that which is in humanity common to both minister and believer, this woundedness can serve as a source of strength and healing when counseling others. Nouwen proceeds to develop his approach to ministry with an analysis of sufferings -- a suffering world, a suffering generation, a suffering person, and a suffering minister. It is his contention that ministers are called to recognize the sufferings of their time in their own hearts and make that recognition the starting point of their service. For Nouwen, ministers must be willing to go beyond their professional role and leave themselves open as fellow human beings with the same wounds and suffering -- in the image of Christ. In other words, we heal from our own wounds. Filled with examples from everyday experience, The Wounded Healer is a thoughtful and insightful guide that will be welcomed by anyone engaged in the service of others.

Devotional Details:

  • Series: Doubleday Image Book. an Image Book
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Image Books; 1st edition (March 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385148038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385148030
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches Details/Reviews




The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence

by Henri J. M. Nouwen (Author)

Devotional Description:


Since it was first published more than twenty years ago, The Way of the Heart has helped millions of men and women cast off the anger and greed that trouble the world–and find love, compassion, and peace in the heart of God.

Inspired by the ancient teachings of St. Anthony and the Desert Fathers, The Way of the Heart clears before us a spiritual path consisting of three stepping-stones: Solitude (learning not to be alone but to be alone with God); Silence (the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive); and Prayer (standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart).

Distinguished theologian Henri Nouwen brilliantly illuminates each of these disciplines. In reflections that are beautifully clear and practical, as uplifting on the fourth reading as on the first, he helps us separate the wheat from the chaff in our spiritual lives–and reconnects us with what truly matters.

Within this one small book lies the most relevant and inspiring challenge that we shall ever face: to surrender the compulsive noise of the world for the way of the heart that leads us to God.

Devotional Details:

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (December 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345463358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345463357
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.3 inches Details/Reviews




With Open Hands

by Henri J. M. Nouwen (Author)

Devotional Description:


From one of the world's most beloved authors, a series of reflections on life to help your prayers become a joy -- a spontaneous reaction to the world and the people around you.

Devotional Details:

  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; 34th Anniversary Edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594710643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594710643
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 6.9 inches Details/Reviews



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