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Book recommendations: Pastor Jim's Posted 12.11.2015

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.


Last but not least, here is Pastor Jim with his book recommendations:


The problem with book recommendations for me is that I read mostly for church issues (not really books you might enjoy) or for sermons or for pure pleasure. And for pleasure nothing beats a good John Grisham novel. I did thoroughly enjoy The Martian by Andy Weir on my way to Papua New Guinea and back. It was amazing. But for your consideration I offer the following:


When Helping Hurts:  How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

A great book to challenge the heart and the head especially in relation to short term missions. Great insights. Easy read. And a great challenge to consider the painful truth about poverty. It’s a great book to discover a biblical view of poverty and how to plan to make a difference.


The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancy

I usually enjoy most anything by Phillip Yancy because he always has a fresh take on life and the Scriptures. I don’t agree with everything, but it is challenging nonetheless. I especially appreciated his take on the birth narratives of Jesus in this book. A way to refresh the story this time of year.


Prayer:  Does It Make Any Difference? by Phillip Yancy

Another of Mr. Yancy’s books, the one on prayer is so challenging – and refreshingly honest. We all struggle with prayer and Yancy wrestles with all the tough issues and makes a significant contribution to our generation.

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