Pastor’s Book Picks (Page 2)

Pastor’s Book Picks (Page 2)

Occasionally when Pastor Chris reads something that he thinks would be useful to Christians he will do a short write-up about it so you can decide if it’s a book for you.

Seeing What Is Sacred (Review)

“Seeing what is Sacred. Becoming more spiritually sensitive to the everyday moments of life” By Ken Gire  This is not a new book; it came out in 2006 and was left in my office by my predecessor (part of a small group of books he seems to have thought would be helpful to me). I picked up because I was feeling a bit weary and a bit overwhelmed as I looked at my…

Thoughts on The Compelling Community

“The Compelling Community. Where God’s power makes a church attractive.” Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop. Crossway; 2015. In their book on community Dever and Dunlop pose a tough question, have we in our churches created communities that would exist even if God didn’t? Stop a second to think about that. What draws the people of a given congregation together? Do…

A Book on Scripture

“Taking God at His Word” By Kevin De Young (2014) This is a short book on a significant topic to all Christians and is worth your money and time. It’s a refreshing and much needed reminder about the authority of scripture. As DeYoung puts it, “this is a book unpacking what the Bible says about the Bible.” For those of us who spend time with our bibles this is…

Unbroken

“Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption” Laura Hillenbrand. From time to time I mention running in my sermons, it happens because many of the better sermon ideas and scriptural insights I have come to me while I am running. A congregant here noticed that and handed me a copy of Unbroken, promising I would love it. I thanked him…

Malcolm Gladwell. David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath seeks to look with fresh eyes at how we consider advantages and disadvantages both for individuals and for groups. He considers everything from the battle between, well, David and Goliath, but also battles between Germans and Brits, Americans and Vietnamese, disabled people and their disabilities, children and the tragedies they…

God in My Everything by Shigematsu

Former Sony employee and current Vancouver pastor Ken Shigematsu was brought to my attention by some folks here at St. Andrew’s who used to attend his church. I noticed his book “God in my Everything” in a shop the other day. I once wrote a paper on the Rule of St. Benedict because I thought it was a helpful outline for daily living to think about, even today,…

Distant Neighbors

This past week I read a book called “Distant Neighbors”. It is a compilation of some of the correspondence between two of my favorite living writers and farmers (one of whom was a central person in my M.A. thesis), Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder. The title refers to a line in one of the letters and the idea that these two fellas feel like neighbors even though…