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The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed

Gary Wilkerson, with R. S. B. Sawyer (Zondervan)

Wilkerson, the great 20th-century evangelist, made a habit of ministering to society’s outcasts: drug addicts, gang members, and other down-and-outers populating New York City’s meanest streets. As his son Gary explains in this biography-cum-memoir, he followed “lines of human desperation leading him to the world’s most needy areas.” Wilkerson, who founded Times Square Church and drug recovery ministry Teen Challenge, died three years ago in an auto accident. Gary, who inherited his father’s missions organization, World Challenge, recounts episodes from the evangelist’s life as well as the doubts that plagued him.

The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity

Barnabas Piper (David C. Cook)

Being a pastor’s kid (PK) can be tricky. You face a scrutiny unknown to many of your peers, complete with heightened expectations of devout faithfulness and holy living. Sometimes there’s subtle pressure to follow in your father’s footsteps. And that’s the case even when the pastor isn’t a household name. Piper (his famous father, John, writes the foreword) grapples with both the challenges and rewards, drawing on his own experience. “The life of a PK,” he writes, “is complex, occasionally messy, often frustrating, and sometimes downright maddening. It can be a curse and a bane. But being a PK can also be a profound blessing and provide wonderful grounding for a godly life.”

The Relational Soul: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection

Richard Plass and James Cofield (InterVarsity Press)

We all experience loneliness. ...

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