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Below are some books recommended by the GGCC Staff.   

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From Pastor Dave:

Discovering God by David Jeremiah. A classic devotional book. Each day offers a passage of scripture and the reflections of a spiritual giant. Some of the people whose thoughts are included in the  book are: Helen Keller, Martin Luther, Isaac Watts and Charles H. Spurgeon. For anyone who feels like they can lose their spiritual center during the course of any given day, you can never have enough spiritual tools such as this book. 

The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle. I have found this to be the best leadership/ business book I read in 2018. If you want to better understand what makes a group tick, this book is a masterpiece.

Tennis Legend: Pancho Gonzales by Doreen Gonzales. Pancho was to tennis what Jackie Robinson was to baseball. It is a good book for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of what it means to be in ministry. The book is also written at an upper elementary reading level, so it has an intergenerational appeal.

Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor. Taylor is one of the great theologians of this modern era. This particular book is for the person who is ready to go behind the scenes of church and learn how pastors and leaders deal with the darker side of being church. I do think some of the images she depicts of the challenges facing clergy are germane to all of us who are in a leadership position.

 

From Claudia:

Divine Direction: 7 Decisions That Will Change Your Life by Craig Groeschel. Every day we make choices. And those choices accumulate and eventually become our life story. What would your life look like if you became an expert at making those choices?

Hope in the Dark: Believing God is Good When Life is Not by Craig Groeschel. As Groeschel shares his pain surrounding the current health challenges of his daughter, he acknowledges the questions we may ask in our own deepest pain: "Where was God when I was being abused?" "Why was my child born with a disability?" "Why did the cancer come back?" "Why are all my friends married and I’m alone?" He invites us to wrestle with such questions as we ask God to honor our faith and heal our unbelief.

Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult. With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers.

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer. Danny shares the lessons he learned developing the dynamic philosophy he calls Enlightened Hospitality. The tenets of that philosophy are applicable to anyone who works in any business. Whether you are a manager, an executive, or a waiter, Danny’s story and philosophy will help you become more effective and productive, while deepening your understanding and appreciation of a job well done. 

From Vikki:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Timely book about life as a young girl who has seen two of her best friends killed by gun violence. What it means to live in two worlds: the African-American commmunity while attending a predominantly white private high school. My empathy grew from reading this book. 

Brene Brown's latest, Dare to Lead is on my current stack of books to read. Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential. 

The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos. A novel that explores friendship, estranged family and the redemptive power of love. I loved the characters! 

Children's Books!  

A Junkman's Christmas Eve by Peter Mayer. Our friend Peter has turned a story into a song into a book. Beautifully illustrated. 

Maybe God Is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant. Every child wonders where God lives and what God is like. The boy in this story wonders about God in the city with his grandma.  

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.  

 

   

  

  

  

 
 

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.