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top 20 reading recommendations for 2016

Many of us are avid readers, and look to the New York Times or other best sellers lists for literary recommendations. At Grace Community Church, we strive to read and delve deeper as we explore Christianity and our faith. We are pleased to share the newly updated Top 20 Reading Recommendations from our Pastors. Many of these titles are available at our Welcome Table Sunday mornings, or you can order any of these titles from Smile.Amazon.com which offers a percentage of your order coming back to the church.

What’s So Great about Christianity
by Dinesh D’Souza

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work
by Tim Keller

The Soul of Shame Retelling the Stories We Believe about Ourselves
by Curt Thompson 

The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries
by Rodney Stark

Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer
by Eugene Peterson

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
by Craig Blomberg

In My Place Condemned He Stood
by J.I. Packer and Mark Dever

The Cross of Christ
by John Stott

Culture-Making: Recovering our Creative Calling
by Andy Crouch

Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
by Henri Nouwen

The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom
by Henri Nouwen

When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man 
by Edward T. Welch

Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest
by Edward T. Welch

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church
by N.T. Wright

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski

Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who are Tired of Taking Sides
by Scott Sauls

Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus
by John Eldredge 

Awe: Why it Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do
by Paul David Tripp

Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion
by Os Guinness