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City Church Summer Reading List *UPDATE*

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By: Whitney Nadeau

As school comes to an end and people begin to select their summer reading lists, take a look at the suggested reading below by the leadership of City Church.


We've added some titles to this list that might spur you on this summer. You'll likely recognize the themes present in these books as the ones we've been talking about and praying over this past year.

Summer 2019 Reading LisT

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The categories below are organized by City Church’s prayer points in 2018 and beyond.

As a church, we are praying to become sacrificially diverse (Rev. 7:9-10; Phil. 2:1-4) and theologically healthy (1 Tim. 4:16).

If you are interested in understanding what those prayers look like biblically or how we can begin to move in that direction, please select a few books below to read.  

Sacrificially Diverse

The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change by Brenda McNeil

The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity by Soong-Chan Rah

White Awake: An Honest Look at What It Means to be White by Daniel Hill

Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience by Carl Ellis Jr.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America by Michael O. Emerson

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland

Theologically Healthy

Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians by J.A. Medders and Brandon Smith

None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin

The Whole Message of the Bible in 16 Words by Chris Bruno

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno

What Christians Ought to Believe: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Through the Apostles’ Creed by Michael Bird

The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund

As a church, we are also praying to intentionally multiply (Matt 28:18-20) and to do justice (Micah 6:8).

Living In The Light, Planted In The Word

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By: Whitney Nadeau

The revelation of your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced (Psalm 119:130 CSB).

God’s Word is described as light, just as God’s Son is described as the light that overcame the darkness. The sin pressing from within and around us often feels like darkness and it can be a challenge to see hope beyond present circumstances.

It is for this reason, that the metaphor of God’s Word and Son as light brings such encouragement to weary souls.

The Psalmist expresses the wearisome task of understanding the brokenness that surrounds:

When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless until I entered God’s sanctuary (Psalm 73: 16 CSB).

The Psalmist found understanding in the presence of God for His presence illuminated hope for him.

It is because we at City Church understand the need to be grounded in God’s Word in order that the light may shine in the darkness and the need to be surrounded by God’s people that we are inviting you to a Women’s Retreat on April 26th through the 28th.

The 2018 City Church Women’s Retreat will be taking place at Natchez Trace State Park and will center on the idea of “Living in the light, planted in the Word.”

The teachings surrounding this phrase will seek to give light to the darkness by learning to read Scripture together and by encouraging one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs as Colossians exhorts:

Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16 CSB).

Further, this will be a time for the women of City Church to connect with one another so that when we enter back into the day to day, we have one another to admonish and encourage. I hope that you will join us as we ground ourselves in God’s Word and surround ourselves with God’s people.

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