I asked some Lake Norman pastors to give one to three book titles that have been important to them in the past year.
Here are some of the responses:
St. Alban's Episcopal Church in 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.
All of 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.
Williamson's Chapel United Methodist Church in Mooresville
• "Worth a Thousand Words" by Judy Gomoll, Dennis Stokes and Christine Weddle. This book, which must be read in a digital version, explores how information is received and processed differently by people depending on whether they were born before or after 1975. Coming to terms with this reality has great importance for all communicators and particularly for those of us called to share the Good News.
• "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I read this book for simple enjoyment but in the process was reminded of just how important true community is to us all.
Grace Covenant Church in Cornelius
• "Honor’s Reward" by John Bevere. This book has been significant for me because it has opened my eyes to the significance of honor in all of our relationships. As you look throughout 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. The principles were easy to understand and certainly applicable.
Church of the Good Shepherd in Davidson
• "CS 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.
Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius
• "Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart" by Kyle Idleman. Excellent glimpse at good gifts from God which we have a tendency to make “gods’ in our daily living.
• "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.
Peninsula Baptist Church in 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. The chapter on reading the Bible in times of sorrow and suffering was especially helpful to me.
• "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 “throwing out the baby with the bath water.”
Lib McGregor Simmons
Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson
• "A Land More Kind Than Home" by Wiley Cash (fiction).
• "My Beloved World" by Sonya Sotomayor (non-fiction). This book would probably be my No. 1 "inspirational" pick.
• "Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life" by Richard Rohr. (faith/theological)
• "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.
Lake Forest Church in Huntersville
• "The Way of the Heart" by Henri Nouwen. I’m reading this book, about spiritual disciplines for people in ministry, with our summer interns.
• "Simply Jesus" by N.T. Wright. This book is a fresh take on the gospels through the lens of the Jewishness of Jesus.
• "People of the Lie" by Scott Peck. I’m re-reading this psychiatrist’s exploration of the phenomenon of human evil.