This week, we hear from elder Jody Kear about several books he recommends.
True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer
This is a great old standard to read out loud with youngish Christians, not new believers. Since the book is based on lectures, it works well read aloud. Schaeffer has a great knack for taking a spiritual truth that is difficult to comprehend and making it seem way more concrete. Truths like our death and resurrection with Christ and the reality of the power of the indwelling Spirit become way more real. It's been a joy re-reading this.
I'm reading this book with a couple of more mature believers. We tend to spend a lot of time talking about ministry situations and other people in our lives, so there isn't a long time block for reading. One of the great things about this book is that you can read just a few pages and get some very chewy, impactful material. Take, for example, his use of Mary's approach to Christ when the wedding hosts run out of wine. He uses her approach to point out that we tend to feel like we need to tell God every step he needs to take. We also don't feel like we can pray with confidence if we can't see how God will answer.
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
This is just an awesome read. Written in the 1950s after extensive research, it is accurate, inspiring and hard to put down. It's often cited as an example of excellent leadership. It remains on best-seller lists after decades for good reason.
All of these titles (and hundreds of others) are available at the Main Campus Bookstore.