Suggested Spiritual Books/Readings
Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren - What "level of living" are you reaching for? Survival, success---or significance? Warren believes that God created you for a life of impact for his kingdom. And he'll help you discover it! 40 short chapters cover the values, strength, skills, habits, and relationships you need to fulfill your life mission.
The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People - Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel.
Christmas is Not Your Birthday, Mike Slaugher - Cut through the hype that leaves you exhausted and broke at the end of the year. Instead, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us, the joy of giving sacrificially, and the love of a Savior who gave everything he had for us. In five short chapters, Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process.
The Depression Cure, Stephen Ilardi. If you or someone you know suffers from depression, mild or more severe, this book can be a great help. Ilardi describes very practical steps any one can take to improve their way of living and being in the world.
Zeitoun, Dave Eggers is the true story of a family who was in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Zeitoun, the father of the family, is from Syria. This was great book about the aftermath of the hurricane and what it is like to be Syrian and Muslim in the United States. Easy read but powerful message.
Wonder, RJ Palacio. “I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.” Those are the words of the main character August Pullman. He was born with a facial deformity. His parents have homeschooled him until 5th grade when they decide it is
time for him to enter school. This is a book of fiction written for youth—but it is a wonderful book for anyone. Well written and filled with
characters trying to do the right thing. You will love it.
Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Robert Schnase provides an honest, practical, and winsome guide to the spiritual journey. By repeating and deepening certain fundamental practices, we cooperate with God in our spiritual growth. These five practices - to receive God's love, to love God in return, to grow in Christ, to serve others, and to give ourselves fully - as we attend to them and develop them, help us settle ourselves in God and become instruments of God's grace. Following Christ will change your heart; and through you, God will change the world.