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Greetings Friends! I know your personal time is precious. However, you will find below a list of books that I highly recommend that you take the time to read. As you do, please feel free to share my recommendations with your fellow colleagues, family and friends. +Bishop Gregory V. Palmer


Flood Gates: Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church by Sue Nilson Kibbey. When floodgates open, watching the surge of water, hearing the thunderous roar, and feeling the ground move, it's like experiencing pure strength and power. Author Sue Nilson Kibbey says our churches can encounter equally powerful spiritual movements if we unlatch our hearts and minds, allowing God’s spirit to pour forth. With this book you’ll learn how to tap leadership strength, make the case for change, effectively grow leaders, and mobilize a congregation. Each chapter includes specific actions and behaviors that, when implemented, can transform a small group of believers, or an entire congregation, into people who reach and change their neighborhoods, communities, and world for Christ.

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. In 1929, a Portsmouth, Ohio, company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of rural towns and suburbs across America. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990's reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive, and addictive painkiller. Meanwhile an influx of cheap and potent black tar heroin has assaulted towns and cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, marketing and distribution system. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church and the Bible by M. Daniel Carroll. Immigration is one of the most pressing issues on the national agenda. In this book, an internationally recognized immigration expert helps readers think biblically about this divisive issue, offering accessible, nuanced, and sympathetic guidance for the church. This updated and revised edition reflects changes from the past five years, responds to criticisms of the first edition, and expands sections that have raised questions for readers. This timely, clear, and compassionate resource will benefit all Christians who are thinking through the immigration issue.

Stepping Aside, Moving Ahead: Spiritual and Practical Wisdom for Clergy Retirement by Steve Harper. Retirement involves personal and professional dimensions for everyone who reaches this milestone. However, like many other aspects of a pastor’s life, retirement includes unique challenges. Popular author Steve Harper writes letters to clergy that help them work through challenges that are unique to their retirement, whether planning for retirement or already moving ahead into it. Structured to address the four components of a good retirement (formative dynamics, formative transitions, specific behaviors, and emerging attitudes), this valuable resource can help clergy experience this phase of life more successfully and with greater satisfaction.