Recommended Reading

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

by Michael S. Horton Crazy, transformative, radical . . . they've all become spiritual buzzwords in church culture. But Horton says we're missing out on an important aspect of spiritual growth---the blessings of the commonplace. Providing a guide to sustainable discipleship, he invites you to gain strength and wisdom for the long haul as you embrace the everyday Christian life.

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Overrated: Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?

We all want to change the world, but as pastor Eugene Cho found out, it takes more than just desire. It takes action. In this personal confession he encourages us all (himself included) to discover a practical discipleship that begins with the recognition that changing the world starts with changing yourself. Read more at: http://areyouoverrated.com

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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

by John Wood In 1998, John Wood was a rising executive at Microsoft when he took a vacation that changed his life. What started as a trekking holiday in Nepal became a spiritual journey and then a mission: to change the world one book and one child at a time by setting up libraries in the developing world. He was soon driven to leave his career with only a loose vision of the change he wanted to bring to the world. John made the unlikely marriage

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The Missional Mom: Living with Purpose at Home & in the World

by Helen Lee We all must seek to be missional in our life journey. Today's Christian moms come from a full range of personal and professional context, whether they are homemakers, full-time in the marketplace, or somewhere in between. Numerous Christian mothers are living missional lives, using their gifts and abilities to further God's kingdom by engaging the world around them. They artfully, passionately, sometimes messily, juggle multiple callings

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Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

by Matthew Soerens & Jenny Hwang Yang Immigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable. In this book World Relief staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. They put a human face on the issue and tell

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Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, And How to Reverse It

by Robert Lupton Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help—not sabotage—those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, the voice of the Urban Perspectives newsletter, and the author of Compassion,

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An Unlikely Gift

by Lauren Boswell Blair Anyone who grieves the "flaws" in his or her life needs to read An Unlikely Gift. Lauren Blair tells the story of Kupenda for the Children, a non-profit that serves children with disabilities in Kenya who are considered to be cursed by God, frequently being subjected to practices of child elimination and mistreatment. As the story of the founders of this mission and the children it assists unfolds, it becomes evident that

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The Call

by Os Guinness. The Call continues to stand as a classic, reflective work on life's purpose. Best-selling author Os Guinness goes beyond our surface understanding of God's call and addresses the fact that God has a specific calling for our individual lives. Why am I here? What is God's call in my life? How do I fit God's call with my own individuality? How should God's calling affect my career, my plans for the future, my concepts of success? Guinness

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Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

By Leymah Gbowee. From the website: "Leymah bore witness to the worst of humanity and helped bring Liberia out of the dark. Her memoir is a captivating narrative that will stand in history as testament to the power of women, faith and the spirit of our great country." — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize In 2008, the critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which is

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Pursuing Justice

Praise for Pursuing Justice: "In Pursuing Justice, Ken is at the cutting edge of where God’s heart is. This book is timely and needs to be read by everyone in the church." — John M. Perkins, Civil Rights Leader, Founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), and Founder of The John Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development From Publisher's Weekly: First-time author Wytsma (with an assist from Jacobsen) is one of

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