Beyond Bars: Rejoining Society After Prison

by Jeffrey Ian Ross & Stephen C Richards Editor’s note: While you may not agree with some of the philosophical implications of this book, which was written from a secular perspective, it does a good job explaining the ins and outs of the reentry process. The United States has the largest criminal justice system in the world, […]

The Purpose Driven Life

The most basic question everyone faces in life is Why am I here? What is my purpose? Self-help books suggest that people should look within, at their own desires and dreams, but Rick Warren says the starting place must be with God and his eternal purposes for each life. Real meaning and significance comes from […]

How Now Shall We Live?

By Charles Colson Christianity is more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is also a worldview that not only answers life’s basic questions—Where did we come from, and who are we? What has gone wrong with the world? What can we do to fix it?—but also shows us how we should live as […]

Mere Christianity

by C. S. Lewis In 1941 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, C. S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. More than half a century later, these talks continue to retain their poignancy. First heard as informal radio broadcasts on […]

How to Live With a Mentally Ill Person

By Christine Adamec A Handbook of Day-to-Day Strategies A practical guide for family members, I think this book is a must-read for those trying to make sense of a truly senseless situation. –MW

Sticky Teams

By Larry Osborne This book is written for pastors, but gives good insight into team leadership and North Coast’s culture as well. –MW Serving as a church leader can be a tough assignment. Whatever your role, odds are you’ve known your share of the frustration, conflict, and disillusionment that comes with silly turf battles, conflicting […]

Small Group Leaders’ Handbook

Intervarsity Press Revised 1995 By Ann Beyerlein , Sara Keiper , Jimmy Long , Patty Pell , Nina Thiel and Doug Whallon Now completely rewritten, updated and expanded for a new generation of small group leaders, this IVP classic contains everything you need to know about small groups: starting with a strong biblical and strategic foundation; […]

Justice That Restores

by Charles Colson Why our justice system doesn’t work and the only method of true reform. This book gives insight into the differences between Christian and Humanistic approaches to criminal justice, including the fundamental role of morality. Restorative justice not only addresses the individual’s responsibility, but suggests a path to healing and restoration for both […]

The Addictive Personality

By Craig Nakken Understanding the addictive process and compulsive behavior A behavioral approach to understanding and fighting addiction, this book gives practical insight  into how it is possible to change. 120 pages written in layman’s terms. – MW

Our Lives In Recovery

By Art Lyons Written after more than three decades of serving God in prison ministry, this is a simple and powerful handbook for those who would get their lives on track with God’s guidance. – MW