Suggested Reading

Adewuya, J. Ayodeji. Holiness and Community in 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1: Paul’s View of Communal Holiness in the Corinthian Correspondence. New York: Peter Lang, 2003.

Anderson, Fil. Breaking the Rules: Trading Performance for Intimacy With God.Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2010.

Banks, Robert J. Paul’s Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1994, revised edition.

Batterson, Mark. Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 2009 

Benson, Robert. The Body Broken: Answering God’s Call to Love One Another.New York: Doubleday, 2003.

Boff, Leonardo. trans. Phillip Berryman. Holy Trinity: Perfect Community. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2000.

____________. trans. Paul Burns. Trinity and Society. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1988. (This work and the one above are by a noted Roman Catholic Portuguese writer and both contain sections dealing with liberation theology. However, the sections dealing with the relational nature of the Trinity make both books valuable.)

Bondi, Roberta C. To Love as God Loves: Conversations with the Early Church.Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together. New York: Harper, 1954.

Boren, M. Scott. The Relational Way: From Small Group Structures to Holistic Life Connections. Houston: Touch Publications, 2007.

Boyd, Gregory A. Repenting of Religion: Turning From Judgement to the Love of God.  Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004.

Breen, Mike and Walt Kallestad. The Passionate Church: The Art of Life-Changing Discipleship. Colorado Springs: NexGen, 2005.  

Crabb, Larry. Connecting. Nashville: Word Publishing, 1997.

__________. The Papa Prayer: The Prayer You’ve Never Prayed. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006. 

__________. The Safest Place on Earth. Nashville: Word Publishing, 1999.

DeLashmutt, Gary. Loving God’s Way: A Fresh Look at the One AnotherPassages. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1996.

Eskelin, Neil. Leading With Love. Grand Rapids: Revell, 2001. Ferguson, David. Relational Discipleship: Transformed by God’s Love.Cleveland, TN: White Wing Press, 2005.

                           . Relationship Foundations: Experiencing Relevance in Life and Ministry. Cleveland, TN: White Wing Press, 2004.

                          . Relational Leadership: Leading as Jesus Led. Cleveland, TN: White Wing Press, 2004.

                           . The Great Commandment Principle: Rediscovering the Priority of Relationships. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1998.

Foster, Richard J. The Challenge of the Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on Money, Sex, and Power. San Francisco: HarperOne, 1989.

Frazee, Randy. Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.

George, Timothy, ed. God the Holy Trinity: Reflections on Christian Faith and Practice. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006.

Getz, Gene A. Building Up One Another: How Every Member of the Church Can Help Strengthen Other Christians. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1981.

Gorman, Julie. Community That is Christian. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1993.

Greber, Dave. The Lost Commandment: Have We Missed What Jesus Really Wants? Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2009.

Grenz, Stanley J. The Social God and the Relational Self. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2001.

_____________. Theology for the Community of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

Hellerman, Joseph H. When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus’ Vision for Authentic Christian Community. Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2009.

Hestenes, Roberta. Turning Committees Into Communities. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991.

Holladay, Tom. The Relationship Principles of Jesus. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.

Icenogle, Gareth. Biblical Foundations For Small Group Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1994. (See especially pp. 289-290 for a thorough list of “One-Anothering in Christ.”) Ingram, Chip. Living on the Edge: Dare to Experience True Spirituality. New York: Howard Books, 2009.

Intrater, Keith. Covenant Relationships: A More Excellent Way. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers, 1989. 

Jacobsen, Wayne. He Loves Me!: Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection.Newbury Park,  CA: Windblown Media, 2007

Jacobsen, Wayne and Clay Jacobsen. Authentic Relationships: Discover the Lost Art of “One Anothering.” Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003.

Lamb,  Richard. The Pursuit of God in the Company of Friends. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.      

Leeman, Jonathan. The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.

Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus and Community. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1984.

Meier, Cheryl and Paul Meier. Unbreakable Bonds: Practicing the Art of Loving and Being Loved. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2002.

McDowell, Josh and Thomas Williams. The Relational Word: A Biblical Design to Reclaim and Transform the Next Generation. Holiday, FL: Green Key Books, 2006.

McKnight, Scot. The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2004.

Nouwen, Henri J. M. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership.New York: Crossroad, 1989.

                               . Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World.New York: Crossroad, 1992.

                               . Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life.New York: Doubleday Image, 1966.

                               . The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society.New York: Doubleday Image, 1972.

Oord, Thomas Jay. Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2010.

_______________.  Science of Love: The Wisdom of Well-Being. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2004.

_______________. The Nature of Love: A Theology. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2010.

Oord, Michael Jay and Darrin L. Grinder, eds. Love Among Us. Parker, CO: Outskirts Press, 2009.

Oord, Thomas Jay and Michael Lodahl. Relational Holiness: Responding to the Call of Love. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2005.

Ott, E. Stanley. Transform Your Church With Ministry Teams. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Pentecost, J. Dwight. The Joy of Fellowship: A Study of First John. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2007.                   

Peterson, Eugene H. Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

                                . Where Your Treasure Is: Psalms That Summon You from Self to Community. Grand Rapids: Eerdman’s, 1993.

Pettit, Paul, ed. Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008.

Riley, Linda. The Call to Love: Unleashing the Power to Love God and Others in Your Everyday Life. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 2000.

Root, Andrew. Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

Saccone, Steve. Relational Intelligence: How Leaders Can Expand Their Influence Through a New Way of Being Smart. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009. 

Scazzero, Peter. The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.

Seamands, Stephen. Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2005.

Shore, John. I’m OK – You’re Not: The Message We’re Sending Unbelievers and Why We Should Stop. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2007.

Shults, F. LeRon. Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003.

Sittser, Gerald L. Love One Another: Becoming the Church Jesus Longs For. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2008.

Slater, Michael. Becoming a Stretcher Bearer: Lifting One Another in Times of Need with the Gifts of Encouragement and Support. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1985.

Smedes, Lewis. Love Within Limits – The Ideal of Love in Everyday Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1978.

Smith, James Bryan. Embracing the Love of God: The Path and Promise of Christian Life. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995.

Sponheim, Paul R. Speaking of God: Relational Theology. Atlanta: Chalice Press, 2006.

Stedman, Ray C. Body Life. Grand Rapids: Discovery House, 1995, rev. ed.

Strauch, Alexander. The Hospitality Commands: Building Loving Christian Community-Building Bridges to Friends and Neighbors. Littleton, CO: Lewis and Roth Publishers, 1993.

Townsend, John. Hiding From Love: How to Change the Withdrawal Patterns That Isolate and Imprison You. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991. (In this excellent work on the emotional issues that bring about isolation, the author deals with thirteen different hiding styles that contribute to unhealthy isolation.)

Vanhoozer, K. J., ed. Nothing Greater, Nothing Better: Theological Essays on the Love of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.

Volf, Miroslav. Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.

Ware, Bruce A. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2005.

Wright, Alan D. Lover of My Soul: Delighting in God’s Passionate Love. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 1998.

Wright, Walter C. Relational Leadership: A Biblical Model for Leadership Service. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 2000.

Wynkoop, Mildred B. A Theology of Love: The Dynamic of Wesleyanism. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1972.