"The Sacraments of Pentecostal Worship" by Dan Tomberlin
We're blessed in South GA to have Bishop Dan Tomberlin teaching and training ministers. Dr. Tomberlin has made a ministry out of working with men and women entering into the ministry through MIP Program. His own studies are deep, reflective, and sincere, and I've never heard someone be able to truthfully say that he or she didn't learn something from one of his lectures. Tomberlin's book on the Pentecostal sacraments reads as a detailed lecture outlining the spontaneity of Pentecostal expression and expectation and the inclusion of the sacraments or ordinances of baptism, communion, and footwashing. Tomberlin does a tremendous job of espousing scripture and historical and theological reasoning to prove not only the need for these three sacraments in the Pentecostal church, but also their value and results. Pentecostal pastors should read this book and become reconnected with some of the most basic, yet powerful, ordinances given to the church by Christ Himself.
"From this Day Forward" by Craig & Amy Groeschel
For those who know me and my reading likes, the idea of me reading another book by Craig Groeschel is a given. Since I've started reading again a few years ago, I have loved Groeschel's writing style which is poignant and honest, while also being humorous and laid back. He knows how to talk about serious things in a way that anyone can understand and follow along. When I saw that he and his wife had just released a book on marriage, I had to get it. It didn't disappoint. The Groeschel's talk about five things to "divorce-proof" a marriage. They list them as (1) Seek God together, (2) Fight Fair, (3) Have Fun, (4) Stay Pure, and (5) Never Give Up. The book was a very easy read and was very good. I may just start buying this book and give it to married couples who are facing rough patches or who are looking to improve their marriage. The Groeschel's offer sound Biblical advice in the book and speak to ways to make each marriage honorable to the Lord and to one another. Their honest look at the marriage relationship is refreshing to say the least.