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Below are some books recommended by the GGCC Staff.   

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Book recommendations by the GGCC Staff.    

From Pastor Dave:

The Bible…The version I am finding to be the most helpful right now is “The Message-Study Bible" by Eugene Peterson. Peterson has translated the Bible with clarity and integrity into modern English. In this work he adds his own personal essays and insights for our reflection on specific texts. This is the tool for those struggling to find the Bible’s relevancy for today. Click here to learn more or purchase. 

"Blue Ocean Shift" by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. I find it helpful to have at least one business book on my list of reading materials. The topic of this book is cooperation verses competition. In my mind whoever is able to harness this concept will gain the business upper hand for the future. Click here to learn more or purchase. 

"Rumi: The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship" Poetry pierces our being and lets us begin anew. Rob Bell says you, "Cannot read this book without having it split you open, and shedding a tear.” Peter Mayer has told me it is a "must for any library." Bell and Mayer’s recommendation is all I need. But get a copy and find out for yourself. Click here to learn more or purchase. 

"Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together"  by James Blake. James Blake is an Ivy Leaguer and former tennis professional. In this book Blake explores his firsthand experiences with racism as African- American. Dan Rather recently said the health of the United States in the future will be measured in large part by how we manage the issue of racism. The only way to grow our racial sensitivity is by hearing the viewpoints of those who’s perspective is different from our own. Click here to learn more or purchase. 

Movies: I want to see “Novitiate”, the tale of a post-Vatican Two nun and “The Last Flag Flying”,  a story of mourning a son who died in Vietnam. 

From Claudia:

"Breakfast at Sally's" by Richard LeMieux. A true story about a man who "had it all" and how his life changed in an instant.  This heartfelt memoir describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster.  It made me look at homelessness in a whole different light.  Click here to learn more or to purchase.

"Option B" by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.  Building resilience and finding meaning and joy in the face of adversity.  After losing her husband suddenly, Sheryl Sandberg shares how she moved beyond her grief. Life is never perfect. When Option A is not available we have to turn to Option B. We all live some from of Option B. I have given this book to several friends that have had loss in their life this year in hopes it will help with their healing process.  Click here to learn more or to purchase.

"Bittersweet" by Shauna Niequist. "When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate.  And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow."  We all have beauty and brokenness in our lives. Bitter and sweet. Both create changes in our lives.  I struggle with change. I always have. This booked helped me to know that one of God's greatest gift is the gift of change.  Click here to learn more or to purchase.

"Resolved" by Lina Abujamra.  It's not easy to follow Jesus.  How do we live our faith when things don't go as we want them to?  Our God is a God of resolve.  He loves us with no strings attached. This book will challenge you to stand strong in your faith and live it out no matter what.  Click here to learn more or to purchase.

"The Gift of Years" by Joan Chittister. Inspirational reflections on aging with grace and finding purpose in life.  God has a purpose for us no matter how old we are.  "This is a book for those who are on the brink of "old age," those who are concerned about their parents and the kinds of issues older age may be raising in them, and for those that do not "feel" old, whatever their chronological age, but who one day realize with a kind of numbing astonishment that they have not managed to elude it." Click here to learn more or to purchase. 

"I'll Push You" by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck. A story about life long friends, Justin and Patrick.  Justin was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease, losing the use of his arms and legs and confined to a wheelchair.  Justin's dream was to travel the famous Camino de Santiago - an incredible 500 mile pilgrimage with his best friend Patrick by his side.   A book full of love, struggles, humor and faith along the way - all that a strong friendship truly is all about.  Click here to learn more or to purchase. 

From Vikki:

"Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything" by Anne Bogel. Bogel explains popular personality frameworks and shares ways to apply this information in all our various relationships: marriage, parenting, work, extended family and more. Click here to learn more or to purchase. 

"JESUS—A Pilgrimage" by James Martin, SJ. This book was on Pastor Dave's list last year. I was able to read much of it while I traveled to Israel. Great book that is very accessible and easy to read, meaningful and moving. Humorous and deep. I agree with Pastor DJ that "Martin does an amazing job of bringing the Holy Land to life."  Matt and Elizabeth Schneider recommend this book.  Click here to learn more or purchase. 

"Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World" by Shelly Miller is a good introduction to making Sabbath a part of your life. Building rest into your week so that we might grow our relationship with God and one another - and what that actually looks like. Click here to learn more or to purchase. 

Brene Brown's latest, "Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone" Brown advises us to be who we are, work on connections and relationships and be courageous. More than just words, Brown gives us practices - things we can do to bridge our fears, our shame, and our hopes to real relationships that welcome the true self. Click here to learn more or to purchase. 

Children's Book that wonderfully shares the breadth, width and depth of God's love. "The Boy and the Ocean" by Max Lucado has beautiful illustrations to remind us that God's love never ends. Click here to learn more or to purchase.

Another great Children's Book that is a stepping stone leading into discussion of who God is and where God is present in our lives and the world. "God's Paintbrush" by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, illustrated by Annette Compton. Each page is a mini-essay followed by a discussion question. Click here to learn more or purchase. 

Best Children's story Bible: "The Jesus Storybook Bible" by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Jago. All stories from the Old & New Testament tie back to Jesus in beautifully illustrated and lyrical ways. Click here to learn more or purchase. 

Sometimes you just need to read fiction and dive into a great story. I love great novels. A few I've read this year:  

"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah Lovely story of two sisters in WWII and their different strengths and courage. Click here to learn more or to purchase. 

"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio was written for youth, but it's a story anyone can relate to and the characters' emotions. Read the book NOW before you see the movie! Click here to learn more or purchase. 

"We Never Asked for Wings: A Novel" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a novel that draws you in and really makes you care about the characters. It's about love, hard choices and the challenges of immigrants. Click here to learn more or purchase. 

SHOPPING WITH A PURPOSE - GIFTS FOR GOOD

Do you wish your shopping and gift giving could mean more? Like - you weren't just giving your $ to companies to up their profits?  

Shop from our ministry partners! 

Art Restart – a social enterprise of The Gathering Place. Cards, scarves, calendars where proceeds of each purchase go directly to the artists and to support The Gathering Place.

Extreme Community Makeover Store supports Extreme Community Makeover helping transform neighborhoods, make neighbors and build community. 

Here are some companies that are making difference with their goods or just have have good recommendations. We don't necessarily endorse these organizations but share them as pointed toward us by trusted sources. If you have suggestions for our Shopping with a Purpose links, please email Vikki.  

The Giving Keys https://www.thegivingkeys.com/ Creating jobs to end homelessness

Author Sarah Bessey’s Favorite Picture Books to Empower Young Girls http://sarahbessey.com/picture-books-to-empower-girls/

Author Ann Voskamp’s Grace Case: A quarterly box filled with hand-crafted heirlooms made by artisans around the world. http://annvoskamp.com/thegracecase/

2071 Shopping Guide of well made, ethical and beautiful gifts. https://theartofsimple.net/gifts/

Ethical Shopping Guide https://theartofsimple.net/shopping/

The Marble Jar https://themarblejar.com/  Author Brene Brown’s shop featuring her words on prints, shirts, pottery.

                   


  

  

  

  

 
 

book!  Full of fun and out of the box actions that show how life can be the awesome adventure God intended.  You'll want to jump out of your chair and into the life where you are living out your faith to the fullest without being afraid or giving it a second thought. 
I LOVED this book!  Full of fun and out of the box actions that show how life can be the awesome adventure God intended.  You'll want to jump out of your chair and into the life where you are living out your faith to the fullest without being afraid or giving it a second thought. 
I LOVED this book!  Full of fun and out of the box actions that show how life can be the awesome adventure God intended.  You'll want to jump out of your chair and into the life where you are living out your faith to the fullest without being afraid or giving it a second thought.