What Are Westover Pastors Reading? February 10, 2021

Even while we long for longer days, warm sunlight, and time outdoors, the winter cold does provide us with the opportunity to slow down and be more intentional with how we spend our time. Many of us have spent our dark winter hours on the couch reading, and Westover’s pastors are no exception. Here are a few of the books that have had an impact on our pastors this winter.

(*Note: Amazon links have been added for each book for easy purchasing. However, we encourage you to support local Greensboro bookstores. Many local bookstores offer online ordering, curbside pickup, and delivery options.)

(*Note: While these books have been recommended by the pastors, Westover Church does not necessarily endorse all ideas shared in these resources.)

Pastor Don Miller

The Light of His Presence: Prayers to Draw You Near to the Heart of God by Anne Graham Lotz 

Synopsis: “The Light of His Presence offers forty of these tender, honest prayers for real-life situations as an invitation to deepen your own prayer life through worship, confession, thanksgiving, and intercession. You’ll be encouraged to lean more fully into God’s promises through this power-packed devotional resource, which includes inspiring quotes from Christians throughout the ages and also has space to journal your own words to God.”

Pastor Chris Shelton

Thinking. Loving. Doing. A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind by John Piper & David Matthis (with Rick Warren, Francis Chan, R.C. Sproul Al Mohler and Thabiti Anyabwile)

Synopsis: “As a people who are called to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, this book provides a wonderful and comprehensive perspective from some of today’s most well-known and respected theologians, on what it means to love God holistically, and subsequently, to experience the fullness of the Christian life.  This book is for the thinkers, feelers and doers among us.” – Pastor Chris Shelton

Canoeing in the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod E. Bolsinger

Synopsis: “Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor and consultant, Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory. He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world…this book will set you on the right course to lead with confidence and courage.”

Pastor Mark Watkins

Get Your Life Back by John Eldredge

Synopsis: “By practicing a few wonderfully simple practices—or what John calls 'graces'—you can begin to recover your soul, disentangle from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty… these simple practices and others are ready for the taking. You don’t need to abandon your life to get it back. Begin restoring your life here and now. Your soul will thank you for it.”

Pastor Elliot Ramos

Evangelism as Exiles: Life on Mission as Strangers in Our Own Land by Elliot Clark

Synopsis: “Drawing on years of ministry in a Muslim-majority nation, Elliot Clark guides us through [the letter of 1 Peter] with striking insights for today. Whether we're in positions of power or weakness, influence or marginalization, all of us are called to live and witness as exiles in a world that's not our home. This is our job description. This is our mission. This is our opportunity. A church in exile doesn't have to be a church in retreat.”

Pastor David Harrop

Life Without Lack: Living in the Fullness of Psalm 23 by Dallas Willard

Synopsis: “In Life Without Lack, Dallas Willard revolutionizes our understanding of Psalm 23 by taking this comfortably familiar passage and revealing its extraordinary promises…Based on a series of talks by the late author and edited by his friend Larry Burtoft and by his daughter, Rebecca Willard Heatley, Life Without Lack will forever change the way you understand and apply the most well-known passage in all Scripture.”

What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul David Tripp

Synopsis: “Somehow, someway, every marriage becomes a struggle. Everyone’s marriage morphs into something they didn’t intend it to be. At some point you need something sturdier than romance. You need something deeper than shared interests and mutual attraction. You need changed expectations, you need radical commitments, and, most importantly, you need grace.”