The Best Books List Keeps Getting Longer

Pastor Dave Bullock's best book for 2014 was Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell. Says Pastor Dave about the book, "A thorough look at how the gospel should shape our worship, with a historical review that I found most helpful. Writes Chapell, 'we should not ignore the wisdom of church forebears just because it's old, or reject it because we didn't think of it' is his approach. I love it."

Pastor Eric Channing's best book was Seven Men by Eric Metaxes, with which the Summer Book Group would heartily agree.

Jeremy Taylor, chair of the Board of Missions, chose Prodigal God by Timothy Keller and Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud for some of his best books in 2014. "A work-related book I edited and really enjoyed working on was The Third Target by Joel Rosenberg," adds Jeremy. This book is published by Tyndale House.

Board of Deaconess Chair Mary Miller lists some fantastic titles to read.

  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. This is the account of nine young men, all from working-class families, who earned places to compete on the University of Washington's rowing team, and ultimately, represented the U.S. at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. The story is from the boys' journals and memories as they struggled to pay for their studies, to train and to go up against the well-financed and elite East Coast and British teams. Brown also describes the events in Europe as the Third Reich orchestrated the facade of its mission.
  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest book in Smith's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Smith's main character, Mma Ramotswe of Botswana, at times mirrors the grace, sorrows and joys of African women. The pace of the book seems to flow with the rhythms of life as familiar and new characters encounter major crisis and everyday relationship issues.
  • A Wind in the House of Islam by David Garrison. Recommended after a missions festival, this book combines great historical background with current thought. If you pray for anyone serving in the Muslim world, work or teach with followers of Islam, Garrison's work is both a resource and an encouragement. I wish I had this book before I retired from public school teaching.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This tragic story of friendship in German-occupied France during World War 2 features magnificent descriptions (ironically) of blind Marie-Luis' neighborhood in Paris, the walking route to the museum where her father worked, the French countryside and the walled citadel of Saint Malo. In addition to the interplay between characters who participated in the resistance and those who didn't, the role of music in the story fosters hope during those dark days.

Currently, Mary is reading For the Glory of God (Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship) by Daniel Block.