Tolle Lege! Reading Recommendations for February 2018

Book Review // February 27, 2018 //

Here’s the first in another new series of posts for our blog! Each month, we’ll present a short recommended reading list compiled from some of the leaders within our church. We hope this is a resource that will be a blessing to our readers! Do you have your own recommendations? Leave it in a comment below!

Tim McGhee, Elder

Sharing Jesus (Without Freaking Out)
by Alvin L Reid

Tim says: “Dr. Reid helps breakdown common barriers to our sharing the gospel as part of our everyday lives.  It is and excellent resource for anyone who wants to BLESS their friends and neighbors.” Get your copy here.

Ben Spry, Youth Pastor

The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness
by Jerry Bridges

Ben says: “Ever wonder how the roles of our spiritual disciplines and God’s grace intertwine in our pursuit of holiness? This book answers that question and helps believers clearly understand how the gospel applies to everyday life.” Get your copy here.

Devin Payne, Executive Director of Street Hope TN

The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected
by Nik Ripken

Devin says: “This book will break your heart, convict your Spirit and then set your soul on fire for the work of the Lord. It’s real time truth and proof that the Lord still performs miracles today, and He will move mountains to draw people unto Himself. And that, in the midst of persecution, the truth of His gospel and goodness THRIVES. It’s literally one of those books that I have underlined more in than I haven’t because it’s so rich with truth. I don’t know if you’ve read it, but it’s incredible, and I can’t stop going back to read it over and over.” Get your copy here.

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John Gardner, Worship Pastor

Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility in Work and in Life
by Lea Berman and Jeremy Bernard

John says: “For all their differences, Barack Obama and George W. Bush share one very important thing in common: both excel at treating people well. The authors of this book served as White House Social Secretary during those two administrations, and here share tips and anecdotes demonstrating how civility can help overcome cultural, economic, and, yes, political differences. Thanks to common grace, this is an area in which believers can learn much from those outside the Church.” Get your copy here.

My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry That Led to the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
by Nora Titone

John says: “I love biographies and history books, and this was definitely one of my favorites in recent memory. It explores the complex relationship between John Wilkes Booth and his older brother Edwin, who was a world famous and extremely influential man both before and after the Civil War. Titone argues compellingly that this sibling rivalry—far more than any other factor—drove John Wilkes to his infamous murder of President Lincoln at Ford’s Theater. It’s a truly fascinating account!” Get your copy here.

Todd Randolph, Elder

I Am A Church Member: Discovering the Attitude That Makes the Difference
by Thom Rainer

Todd says: “A great book that explains how to be a church member and what church membership means.” Get your copy here.

Praying the Bible
by Donald Whitney

Todd says: “Transform your prayer life by praying the words of Scripture.” Get your copy here.

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
by Donald Whitney

Todd says: “Learn to utilize these disciplines to grow in godliness.” Get your copy here.

Baptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age
ed. by Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman

Todd says: “A great handbook of Baptist church government.” Get your copy here.

You can find more reviews and recommendations on Todd’s blog here.

Eric Sams, College& Career Ministry Director

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy
by Timothy Keller

Eric says: “This tiny book provides an immense insight into pride and gospel-humility. Keller guides the reader into finding freedom from pride in light of the person and work of Christ.” Get your copy here.

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About John Gardner

John has served as the Worship Pastor at First Baptist Powell since Fall 2015. In addition to his passion for worshiping God and leading others to do the same, John is an avid reader, a hockey fan, and a coffee connoisseur. He studied music & psychology at Tennessee Tech University, and worldview & apologetics at Southern Seminary. He and his wife, Laurie, have three young children whose contagious joy and kindness are a blessing to all!