October 22, 2017: Our Influences

This week we are sharing the different books and people that have influenced us over the years.






  • Eat The Meat And Spit Out The Bones—Separate The Wheat From The Chaff
  • Richard Foster “Celebration Of Discipline: The Path To Spiritual Growth” “Devotional Classics” “Spiritual Classics”
    • Renovaré (https://renovare.org/) They provide practical resources for cultivating a life-God’s life- becoming more like Jesus from the inside out.
  • Frank Viola’s Trifecta “Pagan Christianity (1/08)”, “Reimagining Church: Pursuing The Dream Of Organic Christianity (8/08)”, “From Eternity To Here: Rediscovering The Ageless Purpose Of God (3/09)”  http://reimaginingchurch.org/
  • Manfred Haller “The Mystery of God: Christ All And In All” Christ centered teaching from Switzerland.  Christ and the church are one. We are a community in which Christ lives. We are a society whose existence is Christ Himself, an organism growing in the fullness of Christ…Open your eyes to seeing Christ all around you.
  • Sons Of Korah (http://sonsofkorah.com/)
  • “Sunshine”–my wife


  • The Community Life of God by Milt Rodriguez
  • From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola
  • The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
  • The Normal Christian Church Life by Watchman Nee
  • The Crucified Life by A.W. Tozer
  • The On High Calling by T. Austin-Sparks
  • Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ by Jeanne Guyon
  • The Spiritual Guide by Miguel Molinos
  • “We’re Jesusverts”  ~T.F.


  • Christ is All podcast (Frank Viola)
  • God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola
  • The Community Life of God by Milt Rodriguez
  • From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola
  • Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
  • Hinds Feet on High Place by Hannah Hurnard
  • The Importance of Being Foolish by Brennan Manning
  • Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning
  • The Butterfly in You by Milt Rodriguez
  • The Pursuit of God and The Counselor by AW Tozer
  • Intimacy with Christ by Jeanne Guyon










  • My father who adopted me.
  • Madame Guyon autobiography – written at the request of a priest/friend while in prison. A life utterly surrendered to God’s will, no matter the cost.
  • Hind’s Feet on High Places – Hannah Hurnard  
  • The Stewardship of the Mystery – T. Austin-Sparks  


  • From Eternity to Here – Frank Viola
  • Whats with Paul and Women – Jon Zens
  • Sit Walk Stand – Watchman Nee
  • Normal Christian Life – Watchman Nee
  • God’s Spiritual House – T. Austin-Sparks
  • The Butterfly Within – Milt Rodriguez
  • Community Life of God – Milt Rodriguez
  • The Indwelling Life of Christ-All of Him in all of Me – Major Ian Thomas
  • Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ – Jeanne Guyon


  • Threshold Conference 2009 messages by Frank Viola, Milt Rodriguez, and Gary Welter
  • Houston Conference Summer 2009
  • From Eternity to Here (Frankie V)
  • Sit, Walk, Stand (Watchman Nee)
  • The All-Inclusive Christ (Witness Lee)
  • T. Austin-Sparks
  • Body Life
  • Milt Rodriguez
  • Of note, looking back over the past few years and what has influenced me, I see a pattern forming: all my influences include other people – a body. I would listen to the messages on cd (yes, I’m that old) with my wife and others. I attended the Houston Conference with others. I read the books with others (wife, brothers). I read and share SparkNasty with others. Body Life only happens with others. Working and sharing life with Milt…with others! What a corporate Christ!

What are some books and who are some people that have influenced you to know Christ more? We’d love to read about them in the comments!

7 thoughts on “October 22, 2017: Our Influences”

  1. Greetings saints,

    just listened to the “Our Influences” podcast, love the relaxed atmosphere you have there and the sharing of influences, I totally resonate with those influences, two in particular have make a huge impact on my life; Jon Zens who I have known for nearly 15 years and Frank Viola who is a mentoring me on the DCLN and I have known of his ministry around the same amount of time.

    Really appreciate you all and what you are doing with this ministry and I pray the Lord will make smooth your paths and bless you all abundantly.

    by His grace


    1. Thank you so much, Andrew! We, too, have been heavily influenced by Jon and Frank and are on the DCLN as well! =)

  2. Thank you for sharing your influences! I am looking forward to checking out the ones new to me. I recommend a book called “Beholding and Becoming” by Jerry Coulter. I found it in Manfred Hallers book on a list in the back. I believe it is out of print as I’ve only found it used. It’s become a friend to me (if you know what I mean). I love you all and I’m so grateful you are continuing to share! -Carla

  3. Thank you, Carla! We looked Beholding and Becoming up at our meeting last night and it looks awesome! I’m sure one of us will get it and then we’ll share it amongst ourselves. =)

  4. Haven’t listened to this episode yet (I just became familiar with you all, so I’m in February catching up) but looking at the lists, I can resonate. In my walk I’ve been really impacted by “Radical” by David Platt and most recently by “Unchurching: Christianity without Churchianity” by Richard Jacobson, “Sit Stand Walk” by Watchman Nee and “Finding Organic Church” by Frank Viola

  5. After listening to this episode, I added some of the books to my wish list on Amazon. One of those was “Unoffendable.” The Lord has been working on me about my touchiness recently. Yesterday, I received an email from Amazon saying this e-book had been reduced in price. The Lord’s timing was perfect. This is exactly what I needed! Thanks for sharing your lists.

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