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Horsman's Book Club

March 2024

"Take Heart: Daily Devotions to Deepen Your Faith" David Powlison

ISBN 978-1-65407-273-7

December 2023

"Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament" Mark Vroegop

ISBN-  ‎ 978-1433561481

August 2023

"The Circus: Your Ticket to Understanding America's Totalitarian Marxism," Michael Matthews

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0228892953

You may not agree with all of it but it is an important topic for such a time as this. 

September 2022

"No Shortcut to Success: A Manifesto for Modern Missions," Mark Dever.

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1433577758


September 2022

"Redemptive Reversals; and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom," G.K Beale.

ISBN 978-1-4335-63-300

June 2022

"Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism's Looming Catastrophe,"  Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

ISBN 978-1684511808


February 2022

"The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Connecting Christ to Human Experience," Jeremy Pierre.

ISBN 978-1-942572-67-1


December 2021

"Gentle and Lowly; The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers," Dane Ortlund.

ISBN 978-1-4335-6613-4

July 2021

We may not embrace everything in this book, but overall it is a great overview for biblical parenting.

"Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Trip.

ISBN 0-9663786-0-1

"The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self" by Carl R Truman

ISBN 1433556332

April 2021
We highly recommend this book- for such a time as this!
"Why Social Justice is not Biblical Justice; An Urgent Appeal to Fellow Christians in a Time of Social Crisis" by Scott David Allen.  ISBN: 978-1-62586-176-4

Another excellent resource-
"Worthy; Celebrating the Value of Women" by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher.
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3436-1


October 2020

Fee, Gordon D. Stuart, Douglas. How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth. 

ISBN: 0310566495
ISBN-13: 9780310566496

September 2020

Harro Van Brummelen. Walking with God in the Classroom. (For all you educators!  Why this book? Check out our newsletter!)  

ISBN 978-1-58331-098-4


July 2020

Timothy S. Lane, Paul David Tripp. How People Change.  ISBN 13:978-1-9348850-53-6


May 2020

Lundgaard, Kris. (1998) The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin.  ISBN 13: 978-0-87552-201-2



January 2020

Plantinga, Cornelius. (2010) Not the Way It's Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 

  • ASIN: B003M69XF2


It is a book that speaks to the biblical concept of Shalom, and what sin does to disrupt this concept.  Thanks, Dr. Mike Matthews, for this recommendation!

December 2019

Putman, Jim & Harrington, Bobby. (2013.) DiscipleShift: Five Steps That Help Your Church to Make Disciples Who Make Disciples. 

ISBN: 978-0-310-49262-7

Steve has been reading this book with some of the other leadership team and has really enjoyed some of the perspectives and insights shared.  Give it a try- you may enjoy it!

September 2019

Resource recommendation this month:

Lelek, Jeremy. 2018. Biblical Counseling Basics; Roots, Beliefs & Future. New Growth Press. Greensboro, NC.

This is a great book that gives a careful and respectful (historical) perspective of differing approaches to counseling. The author then follows up with an overview (airplane view) of counseling methods using Scripture as the primary source for change. It is less a dissertation defending a preferred method, and more a call inviting Christians to grow in the ways we handle Scripture and help others on the emotional level. 



July 2019

We have enjoyed reading the book of Cam Arensen, our speaker this year at conference. If you are looking for an easy ready that portrays their transparent and encouraging journey through one of the deepest challenges of life, then you will enjoy as Cam shares his thoughts and points the ready toward Scripture.


Arensen, Cam.  When Comes the Storm.   ISBN #978-9966-757-45-6

June 2019

We have been enjoying re-reading Dr. David Hesselgrave, and also reviewing a manuscript he provided us- praying it will soon be in publication. We can recommend Robert Culver, "A Greater Commission: A Theology for World Missions." 
November 2018-
"The Invisible Hand: Do All Things Really Work for Good?"  by R. C. Sproul.
August 2018-
We have been working through, and enjoying, the following book:
Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols.
March 2018-

Books we love this month? “Can You Hear Me Now?” by Dallas &

Nancy Demmitt.  A good, quick read about effective communication.


January 2018:-  The Bible
This month we are encouraging everyone to read through some of the Epistles. As you enjoy this reading, we encourage you to make two lists:  First, list all you learn about what God has done for you, or things you learn about God.  Second, list all the commands or appropriate responses (action items) we should make in light of what He has done for us.  We are pretty sure it will be as encouraging to you as it is to us!
September 2017:

Book Review:

A Novel Approach: The Significance of Story in Interpreting and Communicating Reality

Jul 13, 2017  by Michael Matthews

(Available at Amazon)

About the stories of our lives, which form the framework to the big story of our lives, influencing and shaping how we make sense of life and interpret and apply Scripture.  The approach is applicable to ourselves if we want to go deeper in our spiritual walk, and essential when trying to help others make sense of God's Story.

June 2017:
We just enjoyed a Training Day, helping to clarify and streamline our ministry focus in Alaska.  This is a great, short read.

4-Chair Discipling: Growing a Movement of Disciple-Makers

By: Dann Spader



Our February read:

The Universe Next Door; A Basic Worldview Catalog.

James W. Sire

Fifth Edition

ISBN  978-0-8308-3850-9


Another great perspective on change and worldview, thanks to Dr. Mike Matthew and his worldview course at Alaska Bible College- this was one of the books used in the course taken by LEaD Alaska students in January.


This is the book we referenced in our newsletter, and one of the two books our LEaD Alaska students will be reviewing prior to their January class at Alaska Bible College.  It’s a great read that is incredibly relevant to our times.  HOW did we get to where we are today culturally, and WHAT do we do about it?


Assumptions that Affect Our LivesApr 30, 2006

by Christian Overman

ISBN 978-0-9743425-7-3

Our November book is a little more unusual, but oh-so wonderful!. Don't be too surprised, but this is a children's book. It is well worth the read as it has a good lesson for all and multiple analogies. The book is about the need to rest, relax, and take time away from work/ministry so that you can fully engage IN your work/ministry. Have a look at your local library. You will love it.
The King's Stilts
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-394-80082-0


Our October book was, "Zeal without Burnout. 
Our September book was a gift to the Alaskan missionaries from our Member Care Staff, George and Judy Richardson.  Thanks to them, we enjoyed this book. If you are looking for something about current missions and the persecuted church, and what God is doing and allowing- this is a great book.
Ripken, N. (2013). The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected. Nashville, TN. B & H Publishing Group. 
Other ones we have enjoyed: 
  Welch, Edward T. When People are Big and God is Small.
Page, Don. Servant Empowered Leadership: A Hands-On Guide to Transforming You and Your  Organization. (2009). Langley, BC: Power to Change Ministries.
We really enjoyed this book. 
Arbinger Institute. Leadership and Self Deception.  

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