CAFO Team Favorite Books

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Not long ago, the CAFO team gathered for our annual strategic planning retreat. It was a rich time in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains – growing closer as friends and followers of Christ…and also refining vision and priorities.   Over one dinner, the topic of favorite books came up — and one by one, each member of the team shared theirs.  I loved hearing these, and thought you might also.  So…here they are!

California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, site of this year's CAFO Staff Planning Retreat
California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, site of this year’s CAFO Staff Planning Retreat

***Ashley Otani

Favorite Books: Mark of the Lion Trilogy Series by Francine Rivers (Voice in the Wind, Echo in the Darkness and As Sure as the Dawn)

***Brandie Smith

All-Time Favorite Book: The Brother Lawrence Collection: Practice and Presence of God, Spiritual Maxims, The Life of Brother Lawrence by Brother LawrenceMost recent title read: The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney and Sean Covey

***David Hennessey

Non-fiction: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeFiction: Trust God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges; When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett

***Debbie Croft

Non-fiction: The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds (on Prayer) by E.M. BoundsFiction: Lowlands of Scotland Series by Liz Curtis Higgs (Thorn in My Heart, Fair is the Rose and Whence Came a Prince); A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’EngleMost recent titles read: How Children Succeed by Paul Tough; The Heretic’s Wife byBrenda Rickman Vantrease

***Elizabeth Wiebe

Fiction: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; The Help by Kathryn StockettNon-Fiction:  The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller; The Praying Life by Paul Miller

***Jason Johnson

Non-fiction: The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer;   Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell; Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

***Jason Weber

Fiction:  Dominion by Randy Alcorn; Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Non-fiction:  Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges; What’s so Amazing about Grace by Philip YanceyMost recent titles read: 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God by J. David Muyskens; A Walk to Beautiful by Jimmy Wayne

***Jedd Medefind

Non-fiction: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Fiction: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (Runners Up: books by Chaim Potok, Leif Enger, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, CS Lewis and Stephen Lawhead.)

Most recent: Coming Apart by Charles Murray

***Jodi Jackson-Tucker

Non-fiction: The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns; Too Small to Ignore by Wess Stafford; Radical by David Platt

Fiction: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

***Nicole Wilke

Non-fiction: Too Small to Ignore by Wess Stafford; The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness byTimothy Keller

Fiction: The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis