September 2021 Message from Pastor Blake

A Shameless Plug for the Church Library

At the Awana kick off meeting we played a game called would you rather. It is an ice breaker game that gives you two scenarios, and you must pick the scenario you would rather be true. One of the questions was would you rather watch a movie or read a book. I picked watch a movie! Reading has never been my choice of a leisurely activity, so I force myself to do it. You may feel the same way as me. You may hate reading! I would encourage you to discipline yourself to do it. First start with the Bible and make that a priority. If the Bible is priority, then I would encourage you to pick up a good book.  I have been blessed by books. I have gleaned wisdom and insight from the books which have helped me better understand scripture and strengthened my faith. This post is simply some of the most impactful books I have read in full of in part. There are many great books out there that I have not read so this is not an exhaustive list of all the good books. I am writing this to help you pick a good book and let you know we have some of these books in our church library.

Bold =Some of my favorites over the last few years

* = Found in the church library


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxes

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken

Night by Elie Wiesel

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson

Christian Living

*Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan

*Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through Spiritual; Disciplines by David Mathis

Just do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung

Life Together by Dietrich BonHoeffer

Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson

The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts by Joe Rigney

*The Truth War by John MacAruthur

You are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith


A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry by Heath Lambert

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament by Mark Vroegop

Deeo Discipleship by J.T English

Diehard Sins: How to fight Wisely against Destructive Daily Habits by Rush Witt

How Does Sanctification Work? By David Powlison

How People Change by Paul Tripp and Timothy Lane

*Instruments in the Redeemers Hands by Paul Tripp

*Pursuing Peace by Robert Jones

Unpacking Forgiveness by Chris Braun

Walking with God in Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller

*When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch


Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

Future Grace: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God by John Piper

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

Kingdom through Covenant by Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum

Knowing God by J.I. Packer

The Doctrine of God by John Frame

The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Towzer

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem

The Gospel

*God is the Gospel by John Piper

Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of life by Jeff Vanderstelt

The Gospel for Real Life by Jerry Bridges

What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert


A guide to Biblical Manhood by Randy Stinson and Dan Dumas

The Exemplary Husband by Stuart Scott

The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy and Kathy Keller

Sweethearts for a Lifetime by Wayne and Carol Mack

What did you Expect? by Paul Tripp


Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

Is God anti-Gay by Sam Allberry

What does the Bible say about Homosexuality? By Kevin DeYoung


Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Pontius Pilate: A Novel by Paul Maier

*The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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