We thank Pastor Mark for the generous loan of new books and DVDs from his library. They are next to the Fiction Section and there are cards in the front cover so that we will not lose these loaned materials. Pastor Mark is an avid reader and has many great suggestions for good reads on all sorts of topics. Here are a few suggestions.

The Art of Neighboring:

The Connecting Church by Randy Frazee

Image of the book, The Connecting Church, by Randy Frazee.This book explores the three essential elements of real community and helps readers put into practice the fifteen principles that undergird those essentials.

About the Author: Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Oak Hills is one of the largest churches in America, where Randy teaches and leads in partnership with pastor and author Max Lucado. An emerging leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story church engagement campaign. He is the author of The Heart of The Story, The Connecting Church 2.0, The Christian Life Profile Assessment, and coauthored Real Simplicity with his wife Rozanne.

Read a book review here.


Organic Outreach for Ordinary People: Sharing Good News Naturally by Kevin G. Harney

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When it comes to sharing our faith, we can make things more complex than they need to be. Simple Evangelism offers practical ways to connect people to God’s amazing love. With three decades of outreach leadership, Kevin Harney provides tools that free you to set fear aside and walk boldly into the adventure of evangelism.

Kevin Harney serves as the lead pastor at Shoreline Community Church and is responsible for preaching, visionary leadership, and the nurturing of our church’s focus on Organic Outreach. Kevin is a native Californian who grew up in Orange County. Through writing and speaking, he and his wife Sherry love to serve the local church as well as churches around the nation and the world. They have published numerous books, small group guides, and curriculum resources. These books and resources can be found on his website at: kevingharney.com.


Real-life Discipleship: Building Churches that Make Disciples by Jim Putman

Image of the book, Real-Life Discipleship by Jim Putman.Real-Life Discipleship explains what should happen in the life of every Christian and in every small group so that the church becomes an army of believers dedicated to seeing the world saved. With the overriding goal to train disciples who know how to make more disciples, this book offers proven tools and strategies from Real Life Ministries, one of America’s fastest-growing churches. Discover what the Bible says about true and effective discipleship with these strategies and practice.

About the Author: Jim is the founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Prior to his role as senior pastor, he served as a youth minister in two small churches. In college, Jim won three All American titles in wrestling and went on to become a successful wrestling coach.  Real Life Ministries began as a small group in 1998 and has grown to a membership of more than eight thousand.  Ninety percent of its fellowship is active in small groups. Outreach Magazine continually lists Real Life Ministries among the top one hundred most influential churches in America.


Un Christian: What A New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity And Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

Christianity has an image problem. Christians are supposed to represent Christ to the UnChristian.pngworld. But according to the latest report card, something has gone terribly wrong. Using descriptions like “hypocritical,” “insensitive,” and “judgmental,” young Americans share an impression of Christians that’s nothing short of . . . unChristian.

Groundbreaking research into the perceptions of people aged 16-29 reveals that Christians have taken several giant steps backward in one of their most important assignments. The surprising details of the study, commissioned by the Fermi Project and conducted by The Barna Group, are presented with uncompromising honesty in unChristian. Find out why these negative perceptions exist, learn how to reverse them in a Christlike manner, and discover practical examples of how Christians can positively contribute to culture.

About the author: David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.