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Staff Recommendations - Part 2

Staff Recommendations Part 2

Erika Castiglione

Last month I asked our staff team to give some recommendations for books, podcasts, and music that might be encouraging and life-giving during this time. We had so many resources to recommend that I divided it into two separate posts. I hope you will check out both and I hope you find something that speaks to you in this season of life.



Eric Weiner, Associate Pastor

What books have influenced your life and faith by either teaching you, challenging you, encouraging you, or feeding your imagination?

  • Letters to my Students by Charles Spurgeon

  • Knowing God by J.I. Packer

  • Killjoys: The Seven Deadly Sins ed. Marshall Segal

  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

  • The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund, Jr.

  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

What podcasts do you enjoy and learn from?

  • Bible Project

  • Knowing Faith

  • Food Trucks in Babylon

  • The Gospel Coalition

  • Immanuel Nashville Sermons

  • Ask Pastor John

  • The Happy Rant

What documentaries or movies have inspired or impacted your faith?

  • Les Miserables

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • Blood Diamond

  • I Am Legend

  • The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)

What songs or albums are you turning to lately for encouragement?

  • Yet Not I (album) - CityAlight

  1. Yet Not I But Through Christ

  2. Ancient of Days

  3. Jesus is Alive

  4. God is For Us

  5. Other songs: Jerusalem | Christ is Mine, Forevermore | Only a Holy God |

  • Native Tongues (album) - Switchfoot

  1. Also: Where I Belong (song)

  • Immanuel Worship

  1. No Condemnation

  • Come to the Altar (song) - Shane & Shane

  • Use this Gospel (song) - Kanye West (this one's for the youth)

  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Sufjan Stevens

  • Lord, I Need You (song) - Matt Maher

  • Ever Be (song) - Bethel Music

Danny Castiglione, Associate Pastor

What books have influenced your life and faith by either teaching you, challenging you, encouraging you, or feeding your imagination?

Theology or topical Christian books:

These are some books that have impacted me over the past 20 years

  • Devotional Classics edited by Richard Foster-A collection of devotions and readings from different periods in Church history and different theological perspectives

  • The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

  • The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

  • The Disciplines of Grace by Jerry Bridges

  • On Being a Servant of God by Warren Wiersbe

  • God in the Dock (and just about everything else C.S. Lewis wrote)

  • The Prodigal God, Counterfeit Gods, and Generous Justice (and all of the works of Tim Keller)

  • Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper

  • Concise Theology by J.I. Packer

  • The Hymns of Charles Wesley

  • The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative by Christopher J. H. Wright-long book on Biblical Theology

  • The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy-shorter book on Biblical Theology

  • Tom Wright’s New Testament for Everyone Series

  • John Stott’s The Bible Speaks Today Series (and lots of other works of John Stott)

  • I regularly read Bible Commentaries, if you ever need suggestions for a good commentary please email or call me

Biographies/memoirs:

  • Amy Carmichael: Let the Little Children Come by Lois Hoadley Dick

  • From Pagan to Christian by Lin Yutang

  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

I am reading Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and I highly recommend it.

Novels:

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

  • The Hopper Hill Family by Erika Castiglione

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

What podcasts do you enjoy and learn from?

  • Help Me Teach the Bible

  • Gospel in Life

  • Bible Project Podcast

What songs or albums are you turning to lately for encouragement?

Recently I have been listening to King of Kings by Hillsong Worship

My top songs of 5 all time are:


Fun fact, King of Kings is about to move into the top 5.

Nathan Walker, Worship Leader

What podcasts do you enjoy and learn from?

  • BibleProject, listen to the series on "The Gospel" or "Heaven and Earth" (or every episode)

  • Exploring My Strange Bible, listen to the "I am who I am" series

What songs or albums are you turning to lately for encouragement?


  • "Peopled With Dreams", album by John Mark McMillan

  • "Behold", song by Mission House (the new version!)

  • "Leave What's Lost Behind", album by Colony House

Sharon Lassiter, Church Administrator

What songs or albums are you turning to lately for encouragement?

  • I am Not Alone by Kari Jobe

  • Waymaker

  • Power of Your Love by Hillsong

  • Hosanna by Hillsong

  • Oceans by Hillsong United

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