With each New Year, many people make a list of books they plan to read throughout the year. Personally, I don’t make a list, but I always have a stack of books ready to choose from at home, and books in mind to look for at the public library or on WILBOR (the online library.) I’m also on the watch for new books and when they will be released by the publisher.

Today, we’re asking you…Do you make a reading list and what are you reading now?

Here are a few highlights of books Gloria Dei staff members are reading:


Pastor Phil Robarge, Director of Adult Ministry

Love DoesLove Does by Bob Goff 

“Before I read Love Does, I saw Bob at a conference. I walked away thinking that even though I didn’t know Bob personally, he was on my top five list of favorite people on the planet. He was funny, engaging, and made me think (which can be dangerous). Shortly after the conference I picked up Bob’s book Love Does and found that he writes just like he speaks—with passion and humor. 

I would recommend this book to people who are looking to be challenged to think about their life of faith differently. Because…God’s love changes things. It brings hope, it revives faith and makes a way forward where there seems to be a dead end. Love works and risks. God’s love does.” ~ Pastor Phil

From Amazon:

As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the Dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.

Bob Goff has become something of a legend, and his friends consider him the world’s best-kept secret. Those same friends have long insisted he write a book. What follows are paradigm shifts, musings, and stories from one of the world’s most delightfully engaging and winsome people. What fuels his impact? Love. But it’s not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob’s love takes action. Bob believes Love Does.

When Love Does, life gets interesting. Each day turns into a hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance that makes faith simple and real. Each chapter is a story that forms a book, a life. And this is one life you don’t want to miss.

Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob’s life and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible, too.


Karen Kennedy, Director of Publicity and Promotions

Generous Justice by Timothy KellerGenerous Justice 2

“Being a fan of Timothy Keller caused me to read this book. I think I have read it three times and have underlined most of the book. It has caused me to think and rethink my responsibility to the most vulnerable in our society: the widows, the orphans, the refugees and the poor.”  ~ Karen

From Amazon:

It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In Generous Justice, he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book offers readers a new understanding of modern justice and human rights that will resonate with both the faithful and the skeptical.


Laura Rath, Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Hope 3 - smHope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in the Mess by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

“I’ve been reading Stacey Thacker’s blog for years, so I was pretty excited to receive an advance copy of her new book. Co-authors Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin are two hope-filled moms living in the trenches of motherhood. They share from their own experiences and encourage fellow moms to find hope…even in the middle of the messiest days.

Hope for the Weary Mom releases on February 1, 2015, but can be pre-ordered now.” ~ Laura

From Amazon:

Do you ever feel like you’re fresh out of amazing? Daily pouring yourself out for your family, you’re tired, overwhelmed, and have nothing left to give. Hope for the Weary Mom is an honest look at where you find yourself living. In their new book, bloggers Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin (creators of the online communities Mothers of Daughters and The MOB Society) lead you to the God who meets you in your mess and show you that you don’t walk through life alone. You will…

  • invite God into your mess
  • reconnect with His heart for you
  • experience the peace and freedom of walking with Him

It’s easy to forget that God knows you by name when you’re numb with the daily grind. Join Stacey and Brooke and begin the journey from weariness to hope.


Now it’s your turn…what are you reading?