Dear Church,

As we enter into the heat of the summer, I want to give you a few of my favorite book recommendations. They are listed in no particular order, although I am certain that you will find each of these books enjoyable for a variety of reasons. Although I am not going to give a description of each book, if you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at the church office or by email. My address is

Happy Reading,

Theology and Philosophy

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith.
Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World by Miroslav Volf.
In Praise of Doubt: How to Have Convictions Without Becoming a Fanatic by Peter Berger and Anton Zijderveld

Social and Cultural Commentary

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel by Russel Moore
The Changemaker: The Art of Building Better Leaders by Deke Copenhaver


Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright
C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath


Love Big, Be Well by Winn Collier
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck