I was once asked what books would I recommend for personal, spiritual growth. I replied that maturing as a disciple is best done with a mentor; and it is—that is the best way to becoming stronger for Christ.
But if there were a set of books to get a person firmly on the path of understanding and applying God’s Word into their life, these three books would be a tremendous start.
Read, in order, the enlightenment into your own heart and mind will be searingly significant. The point of view into the lives of others around you will equip you to help them. The downside is that the knowledge you will come to possess will not always be valued and heeded. The burden you carry for others will become heavier and will only be relieved through prayer. In other words, you will understand what Christ, and then the apostles, went through in loving others for their good.