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Staff Reviews: 5 Books to Help You On Your Journey

October 19, 2020 - January 1, 2030

YWAM Marine Reach NZ Book Reviews

Staff Reviews: 5 Books to Help You On Your Journey

Staff Reviews: 5 Books to Help You On Your Journey

Here at Marine Reach, we love to learn more about Jesus and what it means to follow Him. One of the ways we do that is by reading books…not just the Bible. Living in community means you can always go to someone for some book tips. In a community as diverse as ours, one person will give a tip for a moving novel, another will recommend an inspiring missionary biography, another a book on how to live faithfully as a follower of Jesus and yet another will give you an obscure tip about a nerdy book that will help you understand the Bible better (if you would like to get a better grip on the full story of the Bible, come join us and do our Discipleship Bible School!).

So, in this article, we will give you some book recommendations from some of our lovely staff members. There are 5 books reviewed here on pretty diverse subjects, but all able to equip you to follow Jesus more faithfully. We hope that these books will bless you and help you in your walk with Jesus. 

Book #1: A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationship

Author: Paul E. Miller

Staff Comment: “This book taught me so much about the unconditional love of God.”

Page count: 176

Review: “This book is an expository study of the book of Ruth that will transform your understanding of its impact in the biblical story as well as how it relates to us in our everyday lives. It’s filled with real-life stories and examples of how God’s unrelenting love can look in practical terms. The book is so gripping!”

Links: Amazon, Bookdepository

A Loving Life
Book #2: The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others 

Author: Scot McKnight

Staff Comment: “Really brings the commandment of Jesus to ‘love God and neighbor’ to life.”

Page count: 296

Review: “This helped to reflect on Jesus’ command to love God with my all, and neighbor as self. In this book, the author looks at Jesus’s first-century setting. Some of the characters in the New Testament are looked at through the lens of living out the greatest commandment. It is written with the knowledge of a New Testament scholar but with plenty of pastoral sensitivity, and keeping it to a level that is easy to follow as it is written for the church. It changed much of how I viewed not just the characters in the bible or what Jesus meant with the greatest commandment, but how I viewed and lived out my own following of Jesus. A great resource! It is also the unofficial first book in an unofficial series of books by the author.”

Links: Amazon, Bookdepository

The Jesus Creed
Book #3: Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul

Author: John & Stasi Eldredge

Staff Comment: “This book has helped in transforming the way I see myself as a woman of God.”

Page count: 256

Review: “This book has truly unraveled what it means to be a woman created by a loving, perfect Father. It has started me on a healing journey into deep, old wounds that have impacted me to this day. I am seeing Jesus use this book to transform the way I see myself as a woman of God and those around me through this greater understanding of our purpose. This book is full of personal stories and testimonies that stick with you and assure you- you are not alone on this journey.”

Links: Amazon, Booksdepository

Book #4: Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction

Author: Caleb Kaltenbach

Staff Comment: “Jesus opened up my perspective on how to love others without sacrificing conviction.”

Page count: 224

Review: “Reading this book really convicted me and made me realize some hard truths in my life. The author has had experiences with the LGBT community and the church, and therefore laid out both perspectives in such an honest way. It brought me to understanding and repentance through learning more about God’s love.”

Links: Amazon, Booksdepository

Messy Grace
Book #5: Love Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul

Author: J. P. Moreland

Staff Comment: “If you’re a thinker and love Jesus, read this book.”

Page count: 305

Review: “Growing up I struggled to believe that God was for me. Asking hard questions was not discouraged by my parents but it was frowned upon in the churches I grew up in largely. Eventually, Jesus got hold of me but then I struggled whether I belonged in the church and how. Being told to keep quiet at times, the struggle is still real. However, this book helped me to see that Jesus was the smartest person to ever live and that thinking done in the way of Jesus is a good thing. This book is gold not just for the person that thinks deeply but for anyone in any kind of church. The book also has a book recommendation list for all kinds of subjects, from politics to biblical worldview and from business to education, which is worth the price of the book alone.”

Links:  Amazon, Booksdepository

Against The Tide

Next to these book tips we also would like to offer this tip: Against the Tide is a book about the origins of Marine Reach. Written by our very own David Cowie, who together with his wife Linda, both are also part of our base leadership team.

We hope you enjoyed some or all of our book tips. We will be sharing more of our book tips in the future. If you know any specific subjects you would like a book tip for let us know.

If you are interested in growing in your relationship with Jesus while having a community to encourage you, then come and join us for a Discipleship Training School. If you don’t love reading, but listening to someone talk is more your thing, we also have a blog post with our podcast tips.

Against the Tide Free E-book- Book tip


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October 19, 2020
January 1, 2030
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