2015 Reading List - Staff Picks

So we’re a month into the New Year, how are those resolutions holding up? If you’re hoping to read more this year and are in need of some book recommendations, our staff put together a list of must-read-before-you-die selections to bring out the bookworm in you and spur on your Christian walk.

Humility – Andrew Murray

“Here is the path to the higher life: down, lower down! Just as water always seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds men abased and empty, His glory and power flow in to exalt and to bless.” Another great title by Murray is Abiding In Christ.

Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

If you haven’t seen the recently released movie, and even if you have, Unbroken is a life worth reading about. Louis Zamperini was stranded for 2 months on a life raft after his American WWII plane crashed over open ocean, only to be discovered and held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. But that is only a small part of Louis’ life story. The biography tells the story of one man’s resilience, darkness, forgiveness and most remarkably, redemption.

Crazy Love – Francis Chan

Francis Chan explores the radical implications of what it means to be loved fiercely, unconditionally and faithfully by an almighty God. Furthermore, he encourages us to live out of this love and return it to God.

The Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence

A compilation of the teachings and discussions of 17th century monk, Brother Lawrence, this book explores one mans spiritual awakening to the nearness and presence of God.

The Cross & The Prodigal – Kenneth E. Bailey

Bailey, a Middle Eastern missionary, interprets the parable of the prodigal son from a Middle Eastern perspective, exploring the relationship between justice and mercy and the role of the cross.

Love Does – Bob Goff

It’s been said actions speak louder than words. Bob Goff calls Christians to action in his book “Love Does,” encouraging people with many of his crazy life stories to move forward and pursue friendships with a love that doesn’t just wish or dream, but does.

On Being A Servant Of God – Warren Wiersbe

If you work at a church or give a significant amount of your time and energy to ministry, then this book is for you. Pastor Warren Wiersbe discusses the things he wishes he had known before he began his Christian journey of serving others, and offers encouragement for the times the demands of ministry can leave us overwhelmed, burnt out and lonely.

A Tale Of Three Kings – Gene Edwards

Based on the lives of biblical figures David, Saul and Absolom, the story takes us on a journey of brokenness at the hand of other believers. Written as a two-act play, A Tale Of Three Kings offers comfort and hope in the midst of humanness.

Daring Greatly – Dr. Brené Brown

“Based on twelve years of research, [Dr. Brown] argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.” This book will change the way you allow others to see yourself and open doors for greater unity in your relationships should you let it.