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Staff Favorites: More Book Recommendations

by Andrew Rogers


Earlier this year we asked our full-time staff for their top reading recommendations. We had so many great suggestions, that we had to give you more! Here is a continued list of our top reading recommendations.


The Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers – “Incredible storytelling paired with biblical context and history, one of my favorites for sure!” -Rebecca “Deemer” Smith


Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller – “I had always understood that Jesus Christ was/is fully God, but this book opened my eyes to understand what it meant for Him to be truly man at the same time.” –  Paige “Captain” Holland

The Cure: What if God isn’t who you think He is and neither are you? by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall – “This book helped me truly grasp the Gospel on a level that made sense to my life and is my go-to for any friend!” – Brooke “Smack” Allen

None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different From Us (and why that’s a good thing) by Jen Wilkin – “It’s about how God is different from us, and why that’s a good thing—He is limitless and perfect and we are not! It’s a book that frees you from striving to be more than we were created to be and to rest in God.” –  Catherine “Ayneong” Taylor

Spiritual Growth

Inside Out by Larry Crabb – “Absolutely formative.” – Michael “JOAB” Murphy

Handbook to Prayer by Kenneth Boa – “This book has had a big impact on my prayer life over the past couple years!” – Craig “Dutch” Langemeier

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren – “Warren walks through a day in normal, everyday life, but brings unexpected and intimate insight into our hearts and walk with the Lord. Relatable and challenging, especially the chapter on losing your keys!” – Jesse “Schmoe” Garner

Grace Walk: What You’ve Always Wanted in the Christian Life by Steve McVey – “Next to the Bible, it has been the best resource for me in understanding God’s grace in my life.  Kevin East recommended it to me in 2002, and I have read it several times since then.” – Chad “RBY” Larsh

The Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide by Douglas Walker & Graham Walker – “My favorite book about spiritual conflict resolution in light of Proverbs 18:18: ‘Casting the lot settles disputes and keeps strong opponents apart.'” – Bea “Ichi Mini Hoi” Rosenhauch

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff – “It’s an easy, lighthearted but deep read.” – Tim “Swanee” Alderson

Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments that Matter by Annie F. Downs – “This book is an encouraging read because it’s a good reminder that God shares His goodness with us all the time, not just when life is fine and dandy; we just have to be intentional about looking for the lovely things and also be willing to ask God to help us see His goodness during those seasons!” – Mallory “Wrecks” Peyton

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way by Shauna Niequist – “Bittersweet is one of those books to read as slowly as possible, lingering over every chapter. It’s comfort and encouragement for walking through suffering.” – Elizabeth “Socks” Moore

Marriage & Parenting

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman – “This book changed how I attempt to show love to people by altering my focus to how they receive it rather than how I’m necessarily comfortable showing it.” -Brandon “Buggy Boy” Kirkpatrick


Editor’s Note: We don’t endorse every book or author on this list, but we do hope you are encouraged and sharpened as you evaluate these books in light of Scripture.


Posted Dec 18, 2018

Andrew Rogers

Content Coordinator

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