Welcome to Chris' Bookshelf!

At Coastlands, we love reading and learning! Here are some of the books that are currently shaping my (Chris') thinking, sorted by topic or teaching series. The links are Amazon affiliate links, which just means that you don't pay anything extra but a purchase based off of the link includes a little contribution to Coastlands--why not, right?

CURRENTLY READING

REFRAMING GOD series

JESUS THE HEALER series

DOING HEALING

by Alexander Venter

Amazon Description: If you want to be healed, and especially if you want God to use you to heal others, this book is a must-read! Trillions of dollars are spent annually in the health industry, in our daily battle with sickness. In Doing Healing Alexander Venter give us an awesome vision of God’s healing power by addressing incisively and provocatively the questions of how we understand sickness and healing, how our view of reality affects this understanding, what the Bible says about it, how Jesus healed people, and how he authorized and empowered the church to heal.  

HEALING SPIRITUAL WOUNDS

Amazon description: An effective plan to help those suffering from wounds inflicted by the church find spiritual healing and a renewed sense of faith.

Though participation and affiliation in traditional religious institutions is waning, many people still believe in God. Merritt contends that many leave the church because they have lost trust in the institution, not in God. Healing Spiritual Wounds addresses the church’s dichotomous image—as a safe space and as a dangerous place—and provides a way to restore personal faith and connection to God for those who have been hurt or betrayed by established institutions of faith. Merritt lays out a multistage plan for moving from pain to spiritual rebirth, from recovering theological and emotional shards to recovering communal wholeness.

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AUTHORITY TO HEAL

by Ken Blue

Amazon description: Does God heal today? If so, why are so many people in pain around us? We have all heard stories of miraculous healings. But can we believe them? Why are some people healed and some not? Does God give ordinary Christians the authority to heal?

As Ken Blue explores these questions he found plenty of answers, but none that satisified him. He wanted answers that were true to Scripture and true to a loving and just God. His search into the Bible and into the ministry of healing has produced a rich and very human book.

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SACRED WOUNDS

by Teresa Pasquale

Amazon description: Trauma therapist Teresa B. Pasquale offers healing exercises, true-life examples, and life-giving discussion for anyone suffering from the very real pain of church hurt. Pasquale, a trauma survivor herself, understands the immeasurable value of our wounds once we've acknowledged them and recovered in community. That's why the wounds are "sacred," and the hope this book offers is a powerful message to anyone suffering from this widespread problem.