Bookstore

West Shore Church’s Bookstore

Sermon Central carries a variety of tapes, CDs, and literature designed to help you, your family and your friends grow in relationship with God. These products are available for purchase.  You may also order sermon tapes or online sets, which are available for pick-up during normal operating hours.  Find Sermon Central in the lobby of West Shore Evangelical Free Church, near the main upper level entrance.

One Thousand Gifts

One thousand gifts

One Thousand Gifts
By Ann Voskamp
Reviewed by Kim Winters

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is based on a challenge she received to write down one thousand blessings from God…

“She dares me, and I don’t even blink.  Could I write a list of a thousand things I love?  I read her line again…to name one thousand blessings – one thousand gifts – is that what she means?  Sure, whatever….

1.  Morning shadows across the old floors.
2.  Jam piled high on toast.
3.  Cry of blue jay from high in the spruce.”

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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Spiritual disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
by Donald Whitney
Reviewed by Kim Winters

“Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” by Don Whitney is one of those books every Christian should read. Based on 1 Timothy 4:7 which says “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness,” this book serves as your guide to growing in your understanding and experience of the spiritual disciplines of Bible intake, prayer, worship, evangelism, serving, stewardship, fasting, silence, solitude, journaling and learning.

Whitney does an excellent job balancing conviction and grace, while inspiring us to press on in our actual experience of each spiritual discipline he outlines. Each chapter makes it clear that these disciplines are not ends in themselves, but rather the ways (or paths) to a deeper walk with God that He Himself made possible through Jesus Christ. This “gospel” way of viewing the disciplines is not only refreshing—it’s life changing.

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Tired of Trying to Measure Up

Tired of Trying

Tired of Trying to Measure Up
by Jeff VanVonderen
Reviewed by Kim Winters

I have a love/hate relationship with Tired of Trying to Measure Up.  At my first reading, I threw it in the trash after digesting just two pages. My conclusions? One, this book is impossible to read; two, it can’t possibly be true; and three, I could never change in the ways the book describes.

Little did I know that this book (yes, I humbly purchased another copy a few days later) would be used by God to help me take that first big step toward living within the grace-based system I desperately needed.  And yes, to this day I am occasionally compelled to throw it back into the trashcan.  Then, once again, God uses it to help me stay on (or get back on) track.

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In the Grip of Prayer

In the Grip of Prayer

In the Grip of Prayer
by Terry Magee, WSEFC Member
Reviewed by John D. Nesbitt

In the Grip of Prayer is a very practical book that offers a memorable method to encourage a balanced prayer life. The aspect of this method I most appreciate is that it reminds me of our own body metaphor by which we visualize our mission—“Becoming like Jesus: head, heart, hands, knees and feet.” Author Terry Magee has created a clever hand metaphor to prompt us to pray—little finger/praise, ring finger/confession, middle finger/thanksgiving, index finger/intercession and thumb/surrender.

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Every Little Detail

Every Little Detail

Every Little Detail
Author: Lisa Dorr
Reviewed by Nicole Gash

Have you ever yearned to see God at work in your life? Do you ever wonder if He is working and that maybe you are missing it? Have you ever been so desperate for truth that you would be willing to do whatever God is asking of you to have Him reveal himself to you? Have you ever yearned to see God at work in your life?
Do you ever wonder if He is working and that maybe you are missing it? Have you ever been so desperate for truth that you would be willing to do whatever God is asking of you to have Him reveal himself to you? Then you may want to pick up this book and experience the memoirs of Lisa Dorr’s journey to Christ.

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The Shack

Shack Cover

The Shack
By William P. Young
Reviewed by John D. Nesbitt

Every so often, a book comes along that impacts you deeply and alters your perception of reality. For me, The Shack is one of those rare works.

Among those who have praised it, Eugene Peterson, the highly respected author/translator of The Message, wrote, “This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his.” Considering that Pilgrim’s Progress is an enduring classic that has benefitted every Christian generation since 1684, that is high praise indeed. But I most identify with the comment by Michael W. Smith, “The Shack will leave you craving for the presence of God.”

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God Built

God Built

God Built: Joseph
by Steve Farrar
Reviewed by Jim Cole, WSEFC

In the very first pages of Steve Farrar’s book, God Built: Joseph, I was struck by the thought, “This guy, Farrar … hey, he’s a real man’s man!”  Farrar’s writing style tells it like it is — no punches pulled — and his conversational approach to the life of Joseph makes the book an enjoyable and easy read!

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Faith Begins At Home

Faith Begins

Faith Begins at Home
By Mark Holmen
Reviewed by Carole Cole

Undoubtedly every Christian parent desires to raise children who love God and who have a strong faith of their own.  And, if we’re honest, we would all love to find a quick fix to achieve that goal.  In his book, Faith Begins at Home, Mark Holmen’s goal is to provide Biblical wisdom along with practical ideas that parents can implement to help their families not just survive but thrive.

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It Takes a Church

It TakesIT TAKES A CHURCH TO RAISE A CHRISTIAN
by Tod E. Bolsinger
Reviewed by Jim Cole, WSEFC

American Christian individualism is a myth, argues Tod Bolsinger.  He says that God transforms His people within the divine community, the church, and sets out — purposely playing off of the African proverb — to convince the reader “that it takes a church to raise a Christian.”

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