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“Life Together”

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Recommended by: Caden Corzine, Facilities Manager

A guide to true biblical community and fellowship given to us by God. Bonhoeffer explains how human actions come from our desire for community with others, but how that desire can only be satisfied by a community which is unified by Christ as the main focal point.

“To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson”

by Courtney Anderson

Recommended by: James Vallee, Discipleship Pastor

Hands down this is one of the most fascinating stories ever told. Anderson thoroughly recounts the life of the first missionary ever sent out from North America, Adoniram Judson. The trials that Judson endured and the hardships that he faced are hard to fathom, and his love for the Lord and devotion to taking the gospel to the people of Burma are both convicting and inspiring.

“The Soul of Shame”

by Curt Thompson

Recommended by: Lauren Windham, Counselor

My heart starts beating faster when I think about this book. Dr. Curt Thompson is a Christian Psychiatrist who has devoted his life to understanding what it means to be truly known-by others, and by our Creator. His books have quite literally changed my life and my relationship with God.

“The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World”

by Mark Comer

Recommended by: Jordan Ward, Equipping Pastor

When all we do is hurry from one thing to the next we miss the beauty of the world, the person we are eating lunch with, our own family, and even the voice of God. Read this book with an open heart to re-orient your life to slow down and see what is happening right in front of you.

“The Relational Soul”

by Richard Plass and James Cofield

Recommended by: Lauren Windham, Counselor

This book will help you understand your story more deeply, and how that affects the way you relate to others and to God. With reflection questions at the end of each chapter, this would be a wonderful resource to work through with a partner or small group.

“You and Me Forever”

by Frances Chan

Recommended by: Kasey Davidson, RedeemerKids Director

When my husband and I were newlyweds living in West Virginia we read this book combined with the videos on Right Now Media with our small group. Frances and his wife, Lisa, taught us a lot about how to have a great marriage that shows God’s love to others and EACH OTHER. We were married 2 weeks after I graduated college, and then immediately moved to West Virginia. I left everything I had ever known, living in a new place, newly married, not knowing anyone, and being completely alone while Eric would be working in the field for weeks. We plugged into a church and asked the pastor, Bruce Ward, to start a newly married group. He did and it met at Bruce’s house with his new wife! Through this community of followers I learned I wasn’t alone, I could lean on God. 

“Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God”

by J. I. Packer

Recommended by: James Vallee, Discipleship Pastor

Packer is my favorite author. He has a unique ability to write about deep concepts and truths in an accessible way. In this powerful, concise book, Packer thoroughly addresses a deep and challenging theological topic – If God is sovereign does that mean that Christians should just sit back and not actively share the gospel? Does practicing evangelism imply that God is not sovereign? This is a book that I have revisited over the years, and every time I read it my soul is stirred to worship God for sovereignly saving me.

“Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline”

by Becky A. Bailey

Recommended by: Lauren Windham, Counselor

While not written from a Christian perspective, I count this book as one of the most helpful tools that God has given to me in my parenting journey. From the first few pages, readers will find practical ways to work through power struggles with kiddos-resulting in increased control of self, as well as greater love for their smallest neighbor(s). 

“Reappearing Church: The Hope for Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture”

by Mark Sayers

Recommended by: Jordan Ward, Equipping Pastor

There may not be a more prophetic and intellectual voice on today’s culture than Sayers. In this book he uses that voice to bring hope to the church, and calls us all to pray and seek for powerful spiritual renewal.

“Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling and the Mystery of Making”

by Andrew Peterson

Recommended by: Melissa Tapper, Creative Director

If you create, appreciate, and are continually on the search for beauty and truth, this is the book for you! I think you will find comraderie and comfort from Andrew’s stories about the not only the creative process, but also the beauty of community, the value of words and the importance of stewarding our gifts well for the glory of God.

“The Cost of Discipleship”

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Recommended by: Jordan Ward, Equipping Pastor

A weighty book calling the church away from cheap grace and into costly discipleship. Bonhoeffer wrote this in the midst of the churches compromise to Nazism in WWII Germany, and it still speaks volumes to this day. More personally, this book helped pull me out of a season of disobedience and into following Jesus daily.

“Peace: Hope and Healing for the Anxious Momma’s Heart”

by Becky Thompson

Recommended by: Kasey Davidson, RedeemerKids Director

Sensing a trend here? In 2012 I was diagnosed with GAD – Generalized Anxiety Disorder. At the time, it felt crippling, like I couldn’t enjoy anything in life, because I was fearful it would all go wrong. While I sought out help at that time I still live with GAD day to day. I just have tools now that help me to cope with my stress. This book just gets me! I’m already super high strung, my husband even nicknamed me, Worst Kasey Scenario, because I always think something terrible will happen. So then you throw kids into the mix and BAM recipe for what could be a complete disaster. I love how Becky speaks truths and exposes the lies that Satan tells us in this book. It is definitely worth the read!