What’s on My Bookshelf?

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Recently, I sent out an email to our staff asking the question, “What are you reading lately?” The responses came pouring in and are all over the place in terms of genre. You can learn a lot about a person by what they read, and if you could be a fly on the wall at FFC on any given day, you would hear staff having conversations here and there about what they are reading, suggesting books to one another, or laughing about a book they never expected a person to read. Books bring about conversations and an opportunity to connect.

I really wanted to title this post, “You Are What You Read,” as I found it interesting that so many of the books listed were a great representation of the reader or the phase of life they are in. Either way, I think you will find it interesting to know what FFC staff are reading these days. Maybe their list will spark an interest and give you an idea for your next read. Take a look at their list…their answers may (or may not) surprise you!

Sherri Stufflebeem: stufflebeem

*Currently reading: Gone, by James Patterson;  Interrupted ,by Jen Hatmaker

*Favorite book of all time: Chronicals of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

*Favorite author(s): Teri Blackstock, John Grisham, James Patterson, Karen                                             Kingsbury

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Dustin Damitz:

*Last Read: The Social Media Gospel, by Meredith Gould

*Currently Reading: Radical, by David Platt

*Favorite book of all time: Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

LIGHTNER-DANNY-3 (1)Danny Lightner:

*Last Read: Gossamer, by Lois Lowry; Generous Justice, by Tim Keller

* Currently Reading: The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau; The Legacy      Journey, by Dave Ramsey

*Favorite book(s) of all time: The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis; The                                                   Circle Series, by Ted Dekker; Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis; Let The                                                           Nations Be Glad, by John Piper

Deb BoscaljonDeb Boscaljon:

*Last Read: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

*Currently Reading: Follow Me, by David Platt

*Favorite Book of all time: Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

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Tracy Griess:

*Last Read: Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

*Currently Reading: True Series of Crime and Detection, by Gill Harvey (with her son)

*Favorite book of all time: Just Give Me Jesus, by Anne Graham Lotz

ROSE-MIKE-456.jpgPastor Mike Rose:

*Last Book : The Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard

*Currently Reading: The Kingdom of God, by John Bright

 

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Pastor Tom Clegg:

*Last Book: The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Flatland, by Edwin Abbott

*Currently Reading: The Universe Nextdoor, by James W. Sire; The Bible Tells   Me So, by Peter Enns; The Will of God as a Way of Life, Jerry SittserTime and the Art of Living, by Robert Grundon; Contentment: The Secret to a Lasting Calm,  by Richard A. Swenson M.D.

jessica moen2.2Jessica Moen:

*Currently Reading: Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, by Jane O’Connor; Bible Promises for God’s Precious Princess, Jean Kavich Bloom (with her daughters)

 

Now that you know what we’re reading, let’s turn the question over to you. What are you reading these days? Let us know in the comments, or share on the FFC Facebook page!

 

 

Living Beyond the Walls…

December 11, 2015 | Anonymously submitted

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A few weeks ago, Pastor Mike gave us all a challenge from the pulpit: invite someone into your home who is not in your normal “friend circle”. my wife and I love receiving a challenge to get into each other’s lives and homes, so we were pleasantly surprised when two families beat us to the punch.

A young family with kids of similar ages to ours invited us over for lunch and we had a great time. We quickly learned we had common interests in music and Star Wars (our son is a HUGE fan) and our kids formed quick friendships. We were so grateful to spend time with a family that we had said “Hello” to many times in the hallways of FFC, but had yet to form a friendship. They were warm and hospitable, and we are thankful to count them as friends.

Most recently, we were invited into the home of a couple whom we’ve known for many years, but had yet to get into each other’s lives outside of church. They welcomed us and our children and are even becoming like second grandparents to our kids as we have no family in town. They took Pastor Mike’s challenge, and our family has been so blessed because of it.

Sometimes all we need is the encouragement to step out of our comfort zones (and the walls of FFC) to build relationships. Those deep, bonding friendships aren’t always going to form in passing on a Sunday morning, but they will when we actually connect and get into one another’s lives.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to take Pastor Mike’s challenge, I encourage you to do so. We have found that when we extend the invitation, most people are pleasantly surprised and eager to share a meal.

Last Sunday, we invited a former co-worker (from my architecture days) and his wife over for dinner. We bonded over sharing stories about parenting (they are welcoming their first child soon), favorite meals and holiday traditions, shared in their excitement of their very first home purchase, and there was even a light saber battle thrown in at the end of the night! We didn’t have a deep theological discussion; we simply opened our home, shared stories and food, and loved them. Though my path does not cross daily with my friend like it used to, I now know that there will be many more meals like this one in our future.

Sometimes the hardest step is the first step: inviting someone in. You don’t have to plan a fancy meal, have a spacious home, or set the table perfectly. Keep it simple, the conversation light, and enjoy getting to know fellow church friends, acquaintances in your neighborhood, or coworkers. Your life will be richer for it.