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Second-Look Books


Books that deserve a fresh look in 2020

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
"A Long Obedience in the Same Direction"by Eugene H. Peterson.
Society too often looks for quick fixes and instant gratifications. Peterson’s book examines Psalms 120-134, also called the Song of Ascents, and teaches the reader how they may grow in Christian discipleship. The depth of information and inspiration in this book will stay with you for some time as you realize that this walk we have with Christ involves a long obedience in the same direction.
This Day: A Wesleyan Way of Prayer
"This Day: A Wesleyan Way of Prayer" by Laurence Hull Stookey.
Month-long study guides have never been this flexible. Stookey seamlessly combines daily meditation, special circumstances, holy days, life events and the liturgical calendar into a 31-day prayer study that feels fresh month after month, year after year. The prayer study is set up for both individual and group settings.
The Three-Box Solution
"The Three-Box Solution" by Vijay Govindarajan.
With many church growth and renewal experts stating the need for the church today to become more strategic in its planning and more innovative in its ministries, this book contains principles and a process that could help any church, religious organization, institution or committee in its efforts to reach beyond its walls into the larger world.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: A Faith-Based Discussion Companion" by Discipleship Ministries.
This book is one of the many resources made to accompany the film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." The book is divided into five sections that mirror themes from the film: “Feelings are Okay,” “Prodigal,” “Anything that is mentionable is manageable,” “Forgiveness and Reconciliation,” and “Practice, Practice, Practice.”


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