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Suggestions from our Staff

What do our ministers and directors suggest?

Look here to see what they suggest you read. All books are in the library.

Each month we ask our ministers or directors what they would recommend. You can find their suggestions and reason for suggesting it here. Here’s something to ponder: the current site has links to a photo of each book & a short description.

Jon Wilterdink suggests War by Sebastian Junger.

The book is an eye witness account of marines in the Korengal valley of Afghanistan told by a journalist who spent two years with the unit.

Bev Wrobel suggests God Never Blinks - 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Regina Brett

This is a wonderful book filled with 50 short stories written by Regina Brett (who is a columnist for the Plain Dealer). They are very inspirational. It will especially appeal to women.

Bev Wrobel suggests The Presence Based Church by Terry Teykl.

Terry Teykl is a United Methodist pastor and renown conference speaker on prayer. I attended the prayer conference based on this book and it was great! And especially as we are focusing on spiritual awareness within the life of the church and have asked the congregation to pray the Lord’s Prayer daily at noon. The book is about the presence of God within the life, ministry and activities that take place in the church.

Sally Carr suggests How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart

For those who have studied the Bible a little, a lot, or just thinking about it, this book approaches Bible study in an easy-to-understand style. The authors make it a point to take some difficult material and make it a “good read”! In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible - their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today - so you can uncover the inexhaustible world that is in God’s word. Used around the world, this is a classic!

Tammy Palermo suggests Preparing for Adolescence: How to Survive the Coming Years of Change by Dr. James Dobson CD pack

This is for those parents who have tweens. In Tammy’s opinion, having an open line of communication is the key to starting these difficult years of growing up. As parents prepare to open dialogue with their children regarding adolescence and all that is about to happen to them, individually and in groups, this is an awesome resource to use. The main thing that sticks out for Tammy was the information on how to handle the “Canyon of Inferiority” and “Conformity in Adolescence”. Thinking about adolescence from her own memory of that time in her life and compared to what she witnesses today, this topic is timeless. The final CED discusses the explanation of puberty. Parents, please be sure to listen to all of the CDs PRIOR to sharing with your child.