From The Library of Agent Tim

One of the greatest men I’ve ever met was Truett Cathy, the owner and founder of Chick-Fil-A. Really, I didn’t “meet him” as in talk to him, but I heard his words as I sat in his Sunday school class on the last day of the year for them. The words were inspiring as he talked to the young men who would continue on through the youth group. And the most amazing thing he said was “what you read is who you will become.” Those aren’t the exact words, but the principle has stuck with me. So now I present to you the books that have helped me, have shaped who I am, and books that I have enjoyed so much.

Helpful Books

Foundations of the Christian Faith by James Boice
Who Made God by Ravi Zacharias and Norman Geisler
A Ready Defense by Josh McDowell
The Way of the Master by Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort
Attributes of God, The Sovereignty of God, The Beatitudes and the Lords Prayer, and Why Four Gospels by A.W. Pink
Better Thinking and Reasoning by Ron Taglipietra
Haleys Bible Handbook
(When I was younger) Kay Arthur’s studies for kids.
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
Strategic Debate by Vance Trefethen

Books That Shape Who I am

Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Don’t Waste Your LIfe by John Piper
Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot
In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
I Dare You by William H. Danforth
The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stowall (a gift from Truett Cathy)
Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle
Humility: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney
No Place For Truth by David F. Wells (Reading it now)
Why I Am a Baptist by Tom J. Nettles and Russel D. Moore (Going to read it)
Blog by Hugh Hewitt
In the Reign of Terror by G.A. Henty (Fiction)
A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Fiction)
Bruchko by Bruce Olson
Journeyman Missionary by Jesse Fletcher (Fiction)

Favorite Fiction

Sigmund Brouwer books
Bill Myers books
Stephen Bly books all the way
Men of Iron by Howard Ryle
Nancy Rue (Not Drue) Christiant Heritage series
Hardy Boys
Original Sugar Creek Gang Series by Paul Hutchens
The Art of Living by Wilferd Peterson
Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Stories Worth Re-Reading (the book)
Sgt. york and the Great War
The Martyr of the Catacombs
Regina Silsby’s Secret War
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The Red House Mystery by Elisabeth Enright
Sign of the Beaver and The Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth George Speare
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Agent Books

Sherlock Holmes
God’s Secret Agent by Sammy Tippit
God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
Handbook of Practical Spying
Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield
The Complete Father Brown by GK Chesterton (I’m wondering how I forgot this one, except for the fact that I don’t own it. As the Rebelution said, it’s just as great or even greater than Sherlock Holmes. Father Brown doesn’t do drugs.

My birthday is coming up in a few weeks, so would you like to suggest some books to add to my library (which isn’t fully listed here due to the fact that there are far to many I’ve read to find and write down.)?

Start listing!

19 responses to “From The Library of Agent Tim”

  1. Lindsey says:

    Well, I enjoyed “Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World” (Evangelism) and “The Cross-Centered Life”…um, I think the last title is self-explanatory. 😉 For Christian fiction with a real meaning to it, try “Heart Reader” (Evangelism). Those are a few of the titles that really, really effected me- that, and Knowing God, which you already have. I also liked “Blessed Child” by Bill Bright & Ted Dekker, but I think you would disagree with it. (It has to do with the gifts of the Spirit) I’m not quite certain what I think about that right now, but the book was really good. Um… *scratches head* I can’t think of any others at the moment… I’ll come back if I remember another really good one. 🙂

  2. MVB says:

    🙂 Wow, that’s one good list of books…

    I’d recommend “Eragon” ( part one in the sci-fi Inheritence Series), “Ben-Hur” ( in my opinion, one of the greatest novels ever written), and “Hinds’ Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard for your reading list.

  3. William says:

    Crown Of Fire by Craig and Janet Parshall is good (Although I may be prejudiced toward it because of Mrs. Parshall’s radio show)

    I must look in to Why I’m a Baptist… A good idea since I’m a Baptist Pastor’s son.

  4. Tim says:

    Ah yes, Janet Parshall is good. Also, books by David Barton are usually fantastic.

  5. Justin says:

    A great book that I think you would enjoy is “Total Truth” by Nancy Pearcey. You may already have this one, but if not, here’s a tip: it’s on sale for $4.99 at!

  6. Tim says:

    Oh yes, that is on my top 5 list of books to read as soon as possible. I was able to breifly skim it (yeah, the people who’ve read it are laughing at me), and it looks fantastic.

  7. Spunky Jr. says:

    Wow…books seem to be the topic of the weekend 🙂 I don’t really have any to recommend as you listed most of my favorites!

  8. You have a very good list of books up there!!

    Here are some that I enjoyed:
    For fun:
    Beau Geste, P.C. Wren
    George McDonald
    For Theology:
    The Battle for God, Norman Geisler & Wayne House
    The Shape of Sola Scriptura, Keith Mathison

    Happy Birthday!

  9. David Ketter says:

    Nice list…

    I don’t recommend the Inheritance Trilogy that MVP mentioned but I don’t oppose it either (it’s kinda on an undecided status since there isn’t enough to make it “guilty” like Harry Potter).

    Ben-Hur rocks. Have you read Bill Myers’ “Forbidden Doors” books? They are absolutely awesome!

    One major recommendation for everyone is “The Door Within” by Wayne Batson. Think Lord of the Rings crossed with Narnia and Eragon (quite a combo, I know).

  10. Tim says:

    I’ll check those out David (as soon as I’m done rushing to CBD’s website to buy Total Truth). I’ve seen the forbidden doors series, but haven’t read them actually.

  11. Ednella says:

    Some good classics are “Watership Down”, “The Count of Monte Cristo”, and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Love those books. More on the spiritual side of things, “The Cross-Centered Life” is excellent, and so is “Nine Marks of a Healthy Church” (Mahaney and Devers are the authors). For fantasy “Eragon” is okay, but “Eldest” gets objectional, but I don’t want to start a big debate about that or anything on your blog 🙂


  12. Tim says:

    The Cross Centered Life looks like a fantastic book. It’s actually sitting on my desk right now, waiting to be read. I probably should make a “Reading List” on this post.

  13. Lindsey says:

    Glad you’re going to read it! That was a fantastic book!

  14. Sparky says:

    A great biography I read when I was younger was the 2 volume Biography of Hudson Taylor by Mrs. Howard Taylor, his daughter-in-law. It’s a long book, and the condensed version is called, “Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret”.

  15. MVB says:

    “Watership Down” is awesome!!!

    I ( mostly) agree with you, David, about the Inheritence Series. On one hand, the magic, used in the books, reminds me of HP. But then, on the other hand, it is different in some ways. The storyline, meanwhile, is awesome! The imagination put into the series is really incredible. That’s why I recommended the Inheritence Series.

  16. DCW says:

    An excellent book, “To End All Wars” by Ernest Gordon, is the story of his time as a POW under the Japanese in WWII. He tells of lives transformed by living as Christ would in extremely difficult circumstances, even to the point of loving and forgiving their cruel captors. This book is a great commentary on what it means to live in community. I highly recommend it!

  17. Patrick says:

    I would recommend a classic by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship. It is one of the most gripping books regarding our call to follow Christ. This once sentence captures the book’s thesis:

    “When Jesus calls a man, He bids him, come and die..”

    He takes seriously the meaning of discipleship and how God’s grace operates more and more as we pursue following hard after Christ.

  18. […] I am so encouraged by Tim who is a teen striving hard after Christ and writes some very good posts at his blog.  His reading appetite and choice is very encouraging to see.  The books he lists are the following: […]

  19. Thanks to David for recommending my book, The Door Within. If any of you like Biblically based Fantasy, give it a try! I’d love to hear what you think of it!

    You can reach me at!

    –A Knight in the army of the One, True King
    Wayne Thomas Batson

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