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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.

Lead Pastor Sondra Snode has a few suggestions.

Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger

- a great read regarding leading within a changing landscape

The Anatomy of Peace - The Arbinger Institute

- a narrative that provides insight and strategy for dealing with conflict

The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay

- insight into creating community>br>

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

- an eye-opening, challenging look at church culture

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.

Associate Pastor Quincy Wheeler loves to read and has these ideas:


Two recommendations that can be found in our library:
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

- A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that deals extensively with God’s grace. Every Christian who likes novels should read Robinson.

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

- Everything by C.S. Lewis is great, but this book explores some questions about heaven that often bother us who are living on earth. (It is not about divorce in a marriage).

One recommendation not currently in the library (but maybe someday)! The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton

- Dr. Walton helps Christians set aside some mistaken ideas about the creation narratives and helps us see what the passage actually said to those who originally read it (and what it does and DOESN’T say to us today). This is a must-read if you find yourself struggling to reconcile scientific findings and Scripture.”

Tammy Palermo suggests Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony

Parents who are looking to raise disciples of Jesus will appreciate this resource! Dr. Anthony discusses the importance of vibrant faith over raising children who are well behaved. She shares practical ideas on how to create environments in our homes that will help parents as they raise their children in the way that God calls us to parent. Tammy feels so strongly about this book, that she offers three different opportunities throughout the year to study this book! Click here to sign up for the study.