Browsing through the pastors’ bookshelves

by Angie Moses

churchnews@mimonitor.com

I asked some local pastors to name a few books that have been important to them in the past year.

Here are some of the responses:

David Buck

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson

• “Team of Rivals: Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

• “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts” by Neil White.

• “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” by Laura Hillenbrand.

These books deal with real human experiences of stress and survival by genuine heroes, some of whom have a religious bent, and some of whom do not.

Farrell Lemings

Grace Covenant Church, Cornelius

• “Honor’s Reward” by John Bevere.

This book has opened my eyes to the significance of honor in all of our relationships.

As you look through the Bible, God makes a big deal out of honor, yet in our culture today we have lost sight of the value of honoring one another and the leadership of our nation.

• “Wikichurch” by Steve Murrell. This book challenged me concerning both the value and necessity of discipleship. If we are going to mobilize the church to reach our community and the world, we must get back to discipleship.

Bill Cain

Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius

• “Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart” by Kyle Idleman. Excellent glimpse at good gifts from God.

• “Fifty-Seven Words that Change the World” by Darrell Johnson. We pray the Lord’s Prayer frequently but this book helps us understand the power of that prayer and the person to whom we pray.

Kyle Wallace

Church of the Good Shepherd, Davidson

• “C.S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet” by Alister McGrath.

• “The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity” by Robert Louis.

• “Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think” by Jonathan Martin.

• “Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty” by Greg Boyd.

Lib McGregor Simmons

Davidson College Presbyterian Church

• “A Land More Kind Than Home” by Wiley Cash.

• “My Beloved World” by Sonya Sotomayor.

This book would probably be my No. 1 “inspirational” pick.

• “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life” by Richard Rohr.

• “Francis of Assisi: A New Biography” by Augustine Thompson. I am re-reading this excellent book in preparation for leading the June 30 session of the DCPC “Spiritual Biographies” series, which takes place at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday morning this summer.

Robert Jackson

Peninsula Baptist Church, Mooresville

• “Read The Bible For Life” by George Guthrie. This book is an excellent guide to help a person read and understand the Bible and apply its truth in everyday life.

• “Multiply” By Francis Chan. This book gives the basics of what it means to be a “disciple” of Jesus along with a good overview of the Bible so that you can follow the storyline it contains.

• “Who Stole My Church?” by Gordon MacDonald. This book addresses (in story form) the conflict that often happens in churches when a traditional church tries to adopt a contemporary style of music and worship. This is a very relevant topic in many churches today and helps encourage churches to reach today’s culture without abandoning tradition. q

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