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Summer Reading

I’ve been trying to keep up with some reading this summer and wanted to pass on a few awesome new books to you. What I really enjoyed about reading each of them is the common theme I discovered. Each book is wrestling with the question of how we can be people of God’s kingdom right now. Not a question that is easy to answer, but one that we need to ask. Each of them are good reads, but they are really great for small group settings. Take some time to look at a few of the reviews. Find a book you like and ask a few friends to read along with you! Ask me more if you are interested in more information about any of them- or if you want to borrow one!

The Money Experiment


The Money Experiment, Ryan Pugh. Challenging us to think about how we spend, save, and sue our money for God’s kingdom. I think it would be a pretty awesome book for a family with middle school or high school students to go through together.



Public Jesus, Tim Suttle. What I really liked about this book was how it presents dialog and not argument. Fantastic read for anyone who is interested in taking seriously what it means to live as a follower of Jesus in the world.




The Samaritan Project, Rob Fringer & Jeff Lane. Random story: I met Rob on a plane to Manchester, UK. And now that I’ve read his book, I’m excited to tell you about it. Fringer and Lane challenge readers to think about what it really means to “love our neighbor” in this world, at this time.




Thin Places, Jon Hutckins & Rob Yackley. This is a book you just need to check out for yourself. The words “community” and “missional” have been used a lot in the last few years, but these guys are really trying to help us explore what they mean.

Always Back To Relationship

I recently wrote a blog about noticing people around us. It was largely based on an experience I had, but at the heart of it, it is about right and restored relationship. About building and being open to relationships with people because that really what God created us for.

Then today I read another author’s blog along the same lines. I wanted to share it with you. It’s not a very lengthy read, but definitely worth it. Please check it out. Then if you like the author, I would highly encourage you to look into the work he co-authored, The Samaritan Project.

The House Studio

One of the publishers I have been really impressed with is The House Studio. One of their most recent releases is called The Samaritan Project. I would encourage you to check it out!

Unnoticed Neighbors: A Book Review

I recently read a book published by The House Studio titled Unnoticed Neighbors. The back of the book says, “This isn’t a book. This is a pilgrimage.” And it’s true. The author, Erina Khanakwa Ludwig, takes the reader on a journey of questions and thoughts about social justice. It’s a good journey.

Here is what I appreciate most about the journey she took me on… she gave me tangible ways to respond. At the end of each chapter there are suggestions of how a regular person, like myself, can genuinely respond and make a difference. It’s brilliant.

The most significant chapter for me is titled ABC’s and TESOL. It caused me to wrestle with the question how do I respond to refugees as a follower of Jesus? It ends with this quote, “So maybe our main preoccupation shouldn’t be whether these people should be in our country, our neighborhood, or why they are here, but to know them, to know their stories, to get involved, and to draw them inside our community… Our mandate is pure and direct: to see people, to love them, and to do what we can to help them thrive.” Wow.

Wow is what I said a lot during this book. I would highly encourage you to pick up a copy!