To help you grow in your relationship with Jesus, we regularly recommend books to encourage you in your relationship with God and your understanding of His Word. Our bookstore provides carefully recom-mended books at a low cost to help you grow.
Below are recommendations from our pastors of books that will aid in your study, as you seek to know God more each week. They may be purchased in our Bookstore. The following books have been chosen based upon our summer series "Songs of Jesus: A Walk Through the Book of Psalms".
The Family Discipleship Guide is a free resource for all members of Parkside to help us think strategically about helping our families know God and walk with Him. “Family Discipleship” can sound intimidating, but it’s something that everyone can do! This guide is extremely helpful because it gives lots of practical tools on how to disciple the next generation. Everyone has a role in teaching the next generation to love Jesus, whether you are a parent or not. Because of this, we encourage all of our members to take a copy and work through it. This resource was developed by The Village Church in Texas (where Matt Chandler is a pastor) and is printed by us with their permission.
The Psalms is a book to be used as a guide for personal or family devotions. The author, Don Kelso, who is the father of our missionary, Dave Kelso, provides the Biblical text of the Psalm on the left side of the page, and his commentary and application on the right side of the page. Each Psalm is presented in numerical order, with the longer ones being broken into smaller parts; thus, it provides over 200 days of devotional studies. The commentary is brief and provides clarity on the key points of the Psalm. The application is short and practical. All in all, this book is an excellent way to enjoy one of the most blessed books of the Bible, as a family.
Out of all the books I read last year, this was at the top of my list! Billings holds a doctorate from Harvard, loves Jesus, is married with two little girls and was diagnosed with incurable cancer at age 40. He takes the Psalms of lament, together with Job and Lamentations, and talks about how modern Christianity has failed to embrace this part of Scripture. It is a wonderful balance between great theology and personal life struggle all wrapped up in conversations and wrestling with God! It will give you tools and encouragement to deal with suffering, injustice, and calamity, as well as help those you love through such tragic events.
The imagery of Psalm 23 is that of Christ caring for His sheep. For those of us who have not been exposed to livestock, especially sheep, we might not grasp how we are in need of a Shepherd to provide, calm, lead, restore, guide, comfort, and protect us. We might think of sheep as peaceful, fluffy animals grazing in a field or jumping over a fence in a mattress commercial. But sheep can be easily frightened, easily aggravated, easily distracted, and often disobedient. Keller takes us on a journey that looks at this imagery from the perspective of someone who was a shepherd. By identifying characteristics of sheep and applying them to mankind, Keller exposes the deep meaning of this Psalm and reinforces our need of the Shepherd, Jesus Christ.