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Book recommendations: Pastor Dan's Posted 12.10.2015

This week we will be featuring book recommendations from each of our Peninsula pastors. Whether you are Christmas shopping for a book lover or looking for something to read, we hope you enjoy their book lists.


The following books are Pastor Dan's recommendations:


Book recommendations always intrigue me. What do they reveal about a person? Usually, it’s some form of a question to get a job or something, and sometimes, just sometimes the people aren’t too honest because they want to sound smarter than they really are. “My biggest influence,” they may ask, “why, I do a little light read of War and Peace coupled with Aristotle’s Ethics.  You know, I like to be rounded.” Right. For me, I have to start with my favorite author of all time, J.R.R. Tolkien and his short stories titled, Tales from the Perilous Realm.  But War and Peace is good too.


Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton 

This first book, Ordinary, is really an incredible book for anyone, but particularly for those teens who have believed the “hype” that in order to be a “good” Christian, we must be “radical” in our faith. The truth is, being ordinary is godly, right, and pure. I can’t recommend this book enough!


Make Poverty Personal: Taking the Poor as Seriously as the Bible Does (emersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith) by Ash Barker

The second book is Make Poverty Personal. This is a very helpful book in that it really brings home some of these issues that are going around today.  Coupled with Ordinary by Michael Horton, I think this gives an incredible balance to making an impact even in your own backyard.


Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

Finally, my third book is Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. I read this when I was a senior in high school and with superb writing and wit, Chesterton brings home some of the core concepts of Christianity and brings us back to our roots in a jarring way.  

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