Staff Recommended Summer Reads

Looking for an interesting book to read as you bask in the summer sun? Our very own Stonebriar staff weighed in on their favorite spiritual reads. (Check out more recommendations in the latest issue of the Connection!)

Recommended by Lynne Laminack, Connecting and Equipping Ministries:

The Grace Awakening, Chuck Swindoll.  Believing in grace is one thing. Living it is another. In this best-selling classic, Swindoll awakens readers to the life-impacting realities of God’s grace, the freedom and joy it brings, the fear it cures, the strength it lends to relationships and the ever-increasing desire to know God.

Experiencing God, Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude V. King. Knowing and doing the will of God. God does not come through a program, a study, or a method. The authors’ emphasis on revelation through personal relationship makes faith sound like a true adventure–leading believers to engage with people and circumstances they might otherwise have avoided.

Chronicles of the Kings (historical series of 5 books), Lynn Austin (historical fiction) Following the lives and legacies of King Hezekiah and his son Manasseh, this series takes readers through the history, drama and promises of the Old Testament. Embracing God’s law, following God’s will, and growing in faith is easier said than done for the father and son.

Recommended by Sandi Altstaetter, Children’s and Youth Choirs:

Hinds Feet on High Places, Hannah Hurnard.  The allegorical story of the character, Much Afraid, as she follows her Shepherd through painful and unanticipated turns to places of freedom and wholeness.

Calm My Anxious Heart, Linda Dillow.  A book and study combination offering practical insight on living a life of contentment rather than worry.

Choosing Gratitude:  Your Journey to Joy, Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Challenges readers to make daily, deliberate choices to live in the freedom of thankfulness.

The Perfect Love, Ruth Myers.   This book greatly expanded my understanding of the breadth and depth of God’s love ““ the source of our security and joy.

Recommended by Les Fleetwood, Pastor of Connecting & Equipping Ministries:

The Church Awakening, Chuck Swindoll. Calling the Church to avoid post-modern erosion and to return to deep feeding on Scripture and a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Eyewitness to Power, David Gergen. White House advisor to four American Presidents, Gergen shares his personal experiences with Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, and summarizes seven lessons on the essence of leadership.

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