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Monday Mornings: Ten Books I Love

Personal Development //

Oh just ten books that popped in my head. . .

1. Clown of God by Tomie De Paolo

I can barely get through reading this to kids without crying. Really. It is just so. So. I can’t describe it.

2. The Hawk and the Dove by Penelope Wilcox

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 15 years ago. This book shows such a beautiful understanding of the depths of change necessary when suddenly life is very different and the spiritual journey to accept that change.

3. Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley

This book helped me more in speaking than any other thing I’ve done or read.

4. Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Made me think in a totally different way about homelessness and the poor. I read it on a beach in San Diego and cried what felt like a million tears.

5. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

This lady. She writes in such an authentic way telling on herself yet her faith and perseverance shines through so strong. She was amazing.

6. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Read this before speaking at a retreat on Gratitude. It is not a fast read but one to savor and take in small chunks. I “lived” in the book soaking it in and thinking about it as I moved through each day.

7Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey

Great advice for business owners and it definitely can be applied to children’s ministry.

8. Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

We want to raise courageous kids who will take risks like this. But what if our own kids wanted to do what Katie did? It made me think long and hard about how tight I might be holding my own kids.

9. Llama, Llama Mad At Mama by Anna Dewdney

Actually anything she writes about Llama. I mean I lived this Llama drama through three different kids. She knows toddlers/preschoolers inside and out. It’s as if she crawled in the body of one and wrote from their perspective. If you have not read these- you must go to the bookstore this very minute and buy one or two or all of them.

10. When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over by Addie Zierman

Ok, so this one is not actually out yet, however. it will be by October 15. You can preorder it on Amazon. If you ever have the opportunity to meet Addie you will find a kind, compassionate woman who speaks truth gently and loves fiercely. Her story is not so different from others in her generation. She voices those things that many have carried close to their hearts but could not speak. The way she crafts her words will leave you thinking long and hard about what she has written- phrases that will dance in your head- I still remember the “break-you-open-cold” from her blog and can feel the Minnesota winter wind slicing through my body. 

You can read her blog here. http://www.addiezierman.com

 What are some of your favorite books?

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About the Author

Dienna Goscha is Innovations Pastor at Prairie Oak Community Church in Andover, Minnesota where she gets to daily dream and implement creative ideas. She is also the owner and author of River’s Edge Curriculum, a kid’s ministry resource provider. Dienna can be contacted at Dienna.goscha@gmail.com or through her website at riversec.com.