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Reading Recommendation

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.-Charles W. Elio


Below is a list of books recommended by the pastoral staff at Waterstone. Many of these books, and many other great books, can be found at the Waterstone Bookstore. Stop by and check it out! You can also find many of them at and 


Apologetics / Evangelism
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
The Celtic Way of Evangelism by George G. Hunter

Biblical Studies / Theology
The Cross of Christ by John Stott 
The Mosaic of Christian Belief by Roger E. Olson

Christian Living / Discipleship
Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D. Wilson
Abba's Child by Brennan Manning      

The Church / Pastoral Leadership
Working the Angles by Eugene Peterson
Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Culture / The Arts
How (Not) to be Secular by James K.A. Smith
Christ and Culture by H. Richard Niebuhr

Fiction / Poetry
A Timbered Choir by Wendell Berry
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

History / Biography
The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark
Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Eberhard Bethge
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley

Justice / Ethics
Biblical Ethics and Social Change by Stephen Mott
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate by Matthew Soerens
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Kingdom Come by Allen Wakabayashi
How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N.T. Wright         

Missions / Global Church
When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
The Mission of God by Christopher Wright

Politics / Public Life
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Foolishness to the Greeks by Lesslie Newbigin

Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Humilitas by John Dickson