Insight into Best Books We've Read

Missions Pastor Bruce Wilson's best books for 2014 included:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A beautifully written, poignant novel. (This book showed up on a few more lists this year.)

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by David Yergin. Well-researched and engaging history of oil exploration and the impact of oil on our daily lives and world events.

Indonesia, Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani. Keen and occasionally humorous insight into the world's fourth most populous nation.

Director of Children's Ministries Diane Jordan chose these titles as some of her best books.

IF by Amy Carmichael. Actually a booklet that is only 27 pages, but so very inspiring, challenging and encouraging.  A call – almost like a diagnostic – to have us examine what we know of Calvary’s love by how we live our lives.

Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry. Sets forth what the Bible says about homosexuality, looks at cultural influences and gives great practical counsel.

Love Into the Light by Peter Hubbard. Again a book that sets forth a biblical understanding of the issues, and then challenges the church to look beyond the label to reach out and love the lost no matter who they might be.

God in the Whirlwind by David Wells was Pastoral Resident Ryan Potter's choice of his best book. Says Ryan about the book, "The book was a favorite because of the way Wells unpacks the gospel and its implications for our understanding of God. Often we emphasize either the holiness or love of God over and above the other, but in the cross we see that God's character is "Holy-Love," which both hates sin and loves us so much that he sent his son as a sacrifice for our transgressions. We are not left with a God that we conjure up from our own imaginations, but with God who is wholly other than ourselves and calls us to know him as he truly is."