Book Suggestion December 2011

Suggestion from the Pastor

Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

Pastor’s Description:

This book was recommended to me by one of our elders and confirmed as a good read by another member of the congregation.  I personally found it to be a riveting account of a troubled young man, Louis Zamperini, whose path led him to compete in the 1936 Olympics.  His hopes for a second run in the 1940 games were dashed by the outbreak of the Second World War.

The story weaves through his enlistment in the military and subsequent capture by the Japanese. Enduring the cruelties and deprivations of a long imprisonment, he came home from the war embittered and hateful.

This true story demonstrates the power of God to change a life and bring a person from despair to hope and from tragedy to triumph.  I highly recommend this book as a gift for Christmas or a challenging read for one’s own enjoyment.

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Book Suggestion November 2011

Suggestion from the Pastor

Counterfeit Gods

by Tim Keller

Publisher’s Description: Sex, money, power, and love. So many of us have placed our faith in these glittering idols—hoping they hold the key to happiness and satisfaction, but knowing in our hearts they will only let us down. With the global economy in shambles, and the idols that we all as a society have worshiped for years crashing down around us, it is no wonder so many of us feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. But the truth is that these idols were lesser gods that could never give us true fulfillment. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings—and now is the perfect time to meet him again, or for the first time. “In Counterfeit Gods, Keller shows how the Bible reveals the unvarnished truth about our faith and our heart’s desires.”

Pastor’s Recommendation: I highly recommend Counterfeit Gods to our congregation.  It is a quick read that serves as both a challenge to us as Christians and as a resource to give to non-Christian friends that are looking for something more concrete than the passing idols of our fallen world.

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Book Suggestion September 2011

Suggestion from the Pastor

Life Together

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Product Description

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. In his book Life Together we learn of Pastor Bonhoeffer’s experience within Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul’s letters. It gives practical advice on how life together
in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer,
worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple,
almost biblical, words. Life Together serves as bread to all who are hungry for the
real life of Christian fellowship.