Recommended Reading

Bookshelf Books

Review committee: Martha Schumacher (Chairman), Michelle Phelps and Christy Carmean.

 The Three Princes

  by Tom Julien. BMH Books, 2011.

The author uses the Bible from cover to cover and writes the story of redemption and of the often-ignored spiritual battle that is taking place in our world. He truly lifts the veil of the unseen world. In an easy-to-follow-and-understand way, he shows the reader God’s plan through the masterful comparison of the first prince, Adam, the second, Satan, and the ultimate victory won by the third prince, Jesus Christ.

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

by Lysa Terkeurst. HarperCollins, 2012.

If we are honest with ourselves we all know that there are times in our lives when we come emotionally “unglued.” Everyday stresses can become too much for us and our feelings, emotions and actions indicate that we are out of control. Are we stuck in this cycle of out-of-control emotions? In her book, Unglued, Lysa Terkeurst gives practical ideas to help us find perspective, self-control and peace during stressful moments. While she admits that changing these sin patterns in our life may seem impossible at times, she talks about imperfect progress. “Imperfect changes are slow steps of progress wrapped in grace…imperfect progress” (p. 14). This book provides helpful insights, tools and encouragement to the reader.

Sent: How One Ordinary Family Traded the American Dream for God’s Greater Purpose

by Hilary Alan. WaterBrook Press, 2013.

The author shares her family’s journey from being a committed Christian, talented and high-achieving family of four living the American dream to selling nearly all their belongings and moving to Southeast Asia to help meet the needs of an island country devastated by the 2004 tsunami there. What brought about this transformation? They answered God’s “follow me” and for them their destination was Southeast Asia. The book will challenge the reader to ask “What is it God wants me to do and am I willing when He says ‘follow me’?”

Canopy of Darkness

by Jonathan Kopf. Entrust Source, 2013.

This is the sometimes hard-to-believe account of a missionary family living in one of the most remote areas of the world. To read it is to constantly wonder at their commitment to God and people whose culture is as different from ours as any could be. In the remote jungle of central Papua New Guinea live the Hewa tribal people. Their lives include murderous raids, payback killings and fearful superstitions rising from terror of jungle spirits. Helpless to defend themselves from continual violence, sickness and death, they hear about “pale faced foreigners who may be able to help them.” The Kopf family moves there in 2000, lives among them, learns their language, teaches them to read, and translates the Scriptures into their language. This is a story that will amaze and challenge you.

The Beauty of Broken

by Elisa Morgan. Thomas Nelson, 2013.

Are you exhausted by the fairy-tale idea that following Jesus will mean our families won’t suffer? That a parenting formula can guarantee our children will turn out ok? That our families will  be immune from being broken because we love God? In The Beauty of Broken, the author shares for the first time her very personal story of brokenness. Over the years, Elisa’s family struggled privately with issues many parents must face. She offers hope in the form of “broken family values” that allow parents to grow and thrive with God. Owning our brokenness shapes us into God’s best idea for us and enables us to discover the beauty in ourselves and each member of our families.

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