Watermark Staff Book List

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“The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.” Proverbs 15:14

What Our Staff Is Reading In 2018

A question our staff answers (and asks!) often is, “what are you reading?” In this blog post, some of our staff share the books sitting on their nightstands that you might consider adding to your "read next" list. While we always want our priority to be daily time in God’s Word, we hope these books will be an opportunity for further learning as you seek to live in greater devotion to the Lord. We don’t endorse every book on this list and not everything is consistent with what we believe. However, we pray you are encouraged, challenged, and sharpened as you evaluate these books in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11) and discuss them with your community group. See our 2017 Staff Reading Recommendations.

(alphabetical by author per section)

Theology & Christian Living

The Rise And Progress Of Religion In The Soul by Phillip Doddridge

"Any book that stirred William Wilberforce to fight tirelessly against abuses of the slave trade is good enough for me. God used this book to stir a country toward righteousness once before, I am praying he might use it again." – Todd Wagner

How to Ruin Your Life by Eric Geiger

“Based on the ups and downs of the life of David, this is a cautionary tale of how you can ruin your life and how God can restore it, depending on your response to your sin.” – Scott Kedersha

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala

“If you find you have stalled and stagnated in your pursuit of Christ, life of faith and belief in the power of prayer, read this book and feed your soul by the stories and call to remember our big God who is intimately involved in transforming us and others one life at a time.” – John Elmore

Everybody Always by Bob Goff

“This book challenged me to love people as Jesus would.” – Jonathan Pokluda

The New City Catechism by The Gospel Coalition

“A concise and approachable resource covering a variety of Christian doctrines.” – Blake Holmes

The Story of Reality by Greg Koukl

“A great primer on the Christian worldview.” – Blake Holmes

A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller

“Of all the books on prayer I’ve read over the years, this one proved to be the most helpful in my day-to-day life. Miller took some of the mystery and formality out of prayer and offered practical suggestions to make your life one that is marked by consistent communication with God.” – Adam Tarnow

Come and See by Todd Wagner

“This book is a vision of what the church can and should look like. Great to read as a group, on your own, or to share with a non-believing or disillusioned friend.” – Noah Brown

Faith & Culture

Eve in Exile and the Restoration of Femininity by Rebekah Merkle

“The first half of the book is a fascinating overview of the feminism movement, its tenets and inherent contradictions with Christianity; the second is a deep dive into the grand calling that God gives to women (Spoiler, June Cleaver wasn’t even scratching the surface).” – Noah Brown

Welcome to Adulting: Navigating Faith, Friendship, Finances, and the Future by Jonathan Pokluda and Kevin McConaghy (available September 4)

“A great resource for young adults figuring out life during their 20s. I wish I would have read it when I was 18; it would have saved me a lot of wasted time.” – Ryan Wall

"I wish I could make this mandatory reading for every 18-30 year old. Welcome to Adulting is filled with personal stories and timeless truths told in a winsome and memorable way. Every minute spent reading is one of the wisest investments a person could make. This is not just a book for the next generation of leaders to read, this is a book that people serious about forming the next generation of leaders should memorize." – Todd Wagner

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke

“A well-balanced critique of how we are using our phones.” – Blake Holmes

The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse

“One of the best books I’ve read this year. Sasse give thorough and biblical insights into what's wrong in our culture today and how we got here. He then gives good, practical advice to parents for raising kids who are resilient problem-solvers who take initiative and are equipped to carry our freedoms forward.” – Brian Buchek

Marriage & Family

Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch

“Andy does a great job laying a foundation for what technology is; the benefits of it; the dangers of it; and how to use it appropriately in the context of family. Full of applications for anyone, not just parents.” – Joe Daly

Fierce Marriage by Ryan and Selena Frederick

“For couples in any season of life, this book addresses marriage at the intersection of the hopeful and helpful. While pointing readers to Jesus as the center of their lives, the authors provide practical counsel on communication and conflict, priorities, and sexual intimacy.” – Scott Kedersha

Cherish by Gary Thomas

"If you want to know what it means to love your spouse and cherish them as God intends, this book will give you practical, convicting, and biblical encouragement." – Todd Wagner

A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle

“An essential resource for parents (especially parents of teenagers) seeking to raise kids who will influence culture rather than be influenced by it. This is a practical guide for talking with kids about issues, including pornography, gender identity, racial tension, addiction, and technology.” – Wes Butler


Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger

“A great book about how to adapt your leadership as things change around you.” – Ryan Wall

The Business of Faith by Matt Levy and Jeff Ward

“This book opened my eyes to the concept of being a generous leader, particularly when it comes to time. It changed how I respond to interruptions.” – Ann Daly

Unoffendable by Brant Hansen

“As Christians—because of what Christ has done for us and who we are in Him—we should be the most unoffendable people on Earth. Hansen writes in a witty, engaging, and compelling way, making the truths he teaches very easy to digest and apply.” – Joe Daly


Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World by Eric Metaxas

“The Lord used this book to remind me that He can use our faithfulness to change the world.” – Jeff Ward

Saving My Assassin by Virginia Prodan

“An encouraging and challenging story of Virginia’s experience as a civil rights attorney defending churches in communist Romania. You’ll be inspired by the story God is writing in Romania and challenged to respond to hardship and persecution like Virginia has.” – Christy Chermak

“If you want to grow in your boldness and understand the importance of speaking up for religious freedom, this autobiography from my friend (and fellow Member of Watermark) is a must read.” – Todd Wagner