This one is for the parents. If you are looking for a great, simple storybook that takes bible stories and explains how Jesus is the fulfillment of each one, then this is the book for you! Truth be told, I’ve found this book to be very encouraging for myself as I’ve read it to my children. In fact, we break it out periodically and it keeps their attention and draws it to Jesus each and every time.
This short and to the point book is loaded with biblical truth about how God intends for Christians to be generous and joyful givers. If you have ever wondered if the bible has something to say about how we use our money, read this book. Be encouraged that God will always provide for our needs and give us grace to bless others.
If you want to be challenged in your thinking and life direction, read this book!
John Piper’s preaching and books have changed the way I viewed God drastically. If I had to describe te result of listening to hours of Piper preach and reaching his books, it would be that my view of God has gotten much larger and the view of His grace has become much sweeter.
The book most influential in the church today from Piper is likely not this one, but Desiring God which was published over 25 years ago.
Find all of his teachings and books at www.desiringgod.org
The subtitle of the book is “The Ministry Mind-Shift that Changes Everything”. The mind shift the authors talk about is a shift from having only a select few church members doing the work of ministry such as training others, sharing faith, preaching, etc. to having each church member play a role in the mission of the church. Colin Marshall and Tony Payne do a great job of tackling both the overall mind set change and then hitting the very practical areas where each Christian can be reaching out to others in the church or others in their area of influence.
This is a book we have elected to use as a training tool for our leaders and up and coming leaders. When I first read the book, I felt as though it would be a useful tool for years to coming. No need to re-invent the wheel and have to write a book on ministry when this one hits the goal on so many points.
Beginning Sunday January 8th Bend City Church will be going through the Gospel of John on Sunday mornings. Join us at 9:30am.
click here for a map and directions to Bend City Church. Hope to see you there.
We highly recommend Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
Check out the Crazy Love Book website. Here is an excerpt:
Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts — it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same.
Because when you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything.