Stonebrook Church - Ames Iowa

Recommended Reading

Knowing God

The One-Year Bible Stonebrook encourages church members to read through the One-Year Bible each year with their families and small groups. Devotion to God's Word is the foundation for life change and for pleasing God.

The Purpose Driven Life, What on Earth am I Here For? by Rick Warren. There are no accidents-God planned everything and everyone. Therefore, every human has a divine purpose, according to God's master plan. Through this book, discover five purposes that God has for your life.

 

On Marriage

Love & Respect:The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs. Emerson taught at our March 2009 marriage conference. We highly recommend this book for couples who desire to enhance their marriage relationship.

 

On Parenting

The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle. Originally published in the 19th century, this short book contains 17 nuggets of wisdom for training children. You could easily read the entire book in a single evening. The principles which are outlined in this book are not quick fixes. Parenting is hard work, but if you put into practice the things which are mentioned, your children will be prepared for a lifetime.

Premeditated Parenting by Steve Nelson.This book uniquely covers a vast array of Christian parenting basics including: vision, love, discipline, and life purpose. This is essential reading for parents who desire to raise children who have a passion for God and a heart for people. This easy read is filled with touching stories, biblical wisdom, and practical application. Whether you need foundational advice or just a little encouragement, this book will inspire you!

 

Overcoming Hurts and Hang-ups

Healing Life's Hurts through Theophostic Prayer by Edward M. Smith. This book provides an introduction to Stonebrook's Renew Ministry, which uses Theophostic Ministry to minister to hurting people. The book will show you how the light of Christ can set you free from lifelong fears, shame, false guilt, anxiety, and emotional pain.

Outsmarting Yourself by Dr. Karl Lehman. This book will enable you to understand the people in your world, including yourself, and give you realistic, psychologically sound, and Christ-centered tools for becoming a joyful, life-giving person with thriving relationships.

 

Prayer

Power through Prayer by E.M. Bounds. This is a challenging and convicting message that will stimulate you to pray and experience the power of God in your life.

Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey. Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers. Prayer, he writes, is our partnership with God, our chance to join forces with God's power to confront suffering and evil head-on.

 

On Pain & Suffering

If God is Good by Randy Alcorn. Out of the deepest hurts of the human condition, Alcorn brings into clear focus our most pressing questions about evil and suffering—including those that wrench our souls when we or someone we love is victimized by evil or assaulted by disease. He faces these questions with seasoned sensitivity, skillful insight, and a heart of compassion. He dodges none of the difficulties, and never lapses into platitudes, hand-wringing, or oversimplification. Amid our heavy doubts and swirling confusion on this topic, Alcorn points us ultimately toward Jesus as “the only answer bigger than the questions.”

 

On Studying the Bible

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. Understanding the Bible isn't for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It's meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your 21st-century life.

 

On Restoring a Vigor to your Faith

Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney. Have the extremities taken over and left the core of your faith forgotten? Do you get confused by what you feel versus what is real? Mahaney strips away the non-essentials and bring you back to the simplest, most fundamental reason for your faith: Jesus Christ. This book is packed with powerful truth that will grip your heart, clear your mind, and invigorate your soul. Chapters include “Breaking the Rules of Legalism,” “The Cross Centered Day,” and “Assurance and Joy.”

 

On Creation/Evolution

See Stonebrook's library in the Hospitality Room for a number of DVDs on this topic. They are published by Answers in Genesis Ministries. They approach the topic from both a scientific and a biblical perspective.

 

Finances

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.