growing our faith

Please Note:  All book study gatherings have been suspended until further notice.


As Christians there is much to learn as we journey toward discipleship. Book studies at Still Waters Church help us along the way by offering open discussion and exploration of ideas in a friendly and compassionate environment. We read a wide variety of books selected to stretch our minds and grow our faith. And as we read, we learn about ourselves and each other, strengthening friendships and building community. Join us as we learn together and grow our faith!


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THE JEWISHNESS OF JESUS

BY RABBI EVAN MOFFIC

Mondays | 7:00 - 8:00 pm


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What would happen if you were to stop on the street and ask ten people, "Who started Christianity?" You probably hear people give you the same quick response: Jesus.

But those ten people would be wrong. Jesus wasn't a Christian. Jesus lived and died as a Jew. Understanding the Jewishness of Jesus is the secret to knowing him better and understanding his message in the twenty-first century.


Walking through Jesus' life from birth to death, Rabbi Evan Moffic serves as a tour guide to give Christians a new way to look at familiar teachings and practices that are rooted in the Jewish faith and can illuminate our lives today. Among the critically acclaimed highlights of this book, Rabbi Moffic:

  • Gives fresh insight on how Jesus' contemporaries understood him
  • Explores how Jesus' Jewishness shaped him
  • Offers a compelling new perspective on the Lord's Prayer that will forever change the way you experience these powerful words
  • Provides renewed appreciation for Jesus' miracles.

In encountering Rabbi Jesus and understanding his Jewish heritage, you will see Jesus differently, gain a better understanding of his message, and enrich your own faith.


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the road back to you

Tuesday Mornings | 10:00 - 11:00 am


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Ignorance is bliss―except in self-awareness. What you don't know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and even keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you're stuck in the same ruts? 


The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach―a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God. Witty and filled with stories, this book allows you to peek inside each of the nine Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you have read the chapter about your own number. 


Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people's eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do. Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help take you further along into who you really are―leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become.


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do not live afraid - faith in a fearful world

by john indermark

Wednesday Mornings | 10:00 - 11:30 am


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In scripture, the opposite of faith is often fear. With remarkable frequency, the first thing God says to those poised at the edge of momentous decisions or holy encounters is: Do not be afraid


What's intended isn't simply an attitude adjustment, but empowerment. So ""do not be afraid"" finds its expression when we do not live afraid. This book invites readers to take that word to heart and, most importantly, to action. After each chapter, Indermark includes spiritual exercises that help us move deeper into the words on the page.


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in case you missed it...

  • almost christmas

    In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon titled “The Almost Christian” in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. We should not be satisfied with being almost Christian but rather strive towards being altogether a Christian.  In Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience, author and pastor Magrey deVega leads a group of authors to explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.

  • finding the right words

    In this helpful book, Wilfred Bockelman gives practical suggestions for offering care and comfort. He discusses many common situations and provides guidelines for using Scripture and sharing your faith as you reach out to others. The book will help you know what to say to someone who is facing such things as a death in the family, a divorce, the loss of a job, an unplanned pregnancy, a serious accident, or a life threatening illness.

other great books we've read.....

  • breaking the code

    Breaking the Code - Understanding the Book of Revelation was written by Bruce M. Metzger. The Book of Revelation contains passages of great beauty and comfort, as well as passages that strike the casual reader as bizarre, bewildering, and sometimes frightening. How are readers today to discern God's message in this peculiar part of the Bible? Breaking the Code provides a trustworthy guide to the rich symbolism of this important biblical book.

  • when breath becomes air

    by Paul Kalanihi

    When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Paul Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? 

  • simon peter - a flawed but faithful disciple

    Simon Peter was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. As we read Simon Peter - A Flawed But Faithful Disciple by author Adam Hamilton, we take an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter.  


  • down to earth

    by Mike Slaughter

    This Advent study looks at the story of Jesus birth from the perspective of its implications for how we live out our lives as Christians. It looks at what the birth story has to say about love, humility, lifestyle and obedience. It challenges us to keep in mind that “Christmas is not my birthday”, that it is not about presents, but rather about our presence.

  • FAITH - a journey for all

    by Jimmy Carter

    Jimmy Carter is not only known as our 39th president, he is known for his service as a Sunday School Teacher at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia. While we can’t take a group trip to Plains, our next book gives us the opportunity to learn from this world-famous Sunday School Teacher. In the Introduction to his book, Carter writes that “my goal is to explore the broader meaning of faith, its far-reaching effect on our lives, and its relationship to past, present, and future events in America and around the world.”(Preface, Faith e-book version page 11). As reviewers have stated, Carter shows us how to live our faith, how to doubt it, and how to find faith again.”

  • evicted

    by Matthew Desmond

    The Pulitzer Prize winning book "Evicted" is a story about living in poverty, a story set right in our own backyard. Matthew Desmond followed a few families living in rental units Milwaukee's low income areas, the largely segregated "near North side" and rental mobile homes near the airport. We learn of the struggle to survive when over half your income goes for rent. We learn of regulations that favor landlords over renters. We learn of landlord profits at the renter's expense. We learn of the consequences for the whole family when you have been evicted. This book is about our neighbors. Join us as we seek to understand our role in "loving" these people, our neighbors.

  • A BIGGER TABLE

    by John Pavlovitz

    This book focuses on building an inclusive church community. Pavlovitz begins with the concept of church as being like the family dinner table. With whom do we open home and invite to the family table? To whom do we open our church doors and invite for worship? When we look at those with whom Jesus dined, how are we doing at creating the kind of church Jesus had in mind? If these questions fail to give you a flavor of the challenge the book presents, just think of John Wesley, the places he preached, and the people he welcomed to the Methodist faith. This book provides us an opportunity to take an honest look at how we are doing, and what we need to do.

  • the gift of Years

    by joan chittister

    This book contains short essays on 40 topics related to growing old gracefully. The author invites us to embrace older age as a natural part of life that is both active and contemplative, productive and reflective, and deeply rewarding. Each essay concludes with the blessing and the burden the topic presents. Perhaps the most important dimension of older age, Joan Chittister illuminates, is to become aware of its profound purpose: These are the capstone years, the time in which a whole new life is in the making again. The gift of these years is not merely being alive, it is the gift of becoming more fully alive than ever.

  • i'd like you  more if you were more like me

    by John Ortberg

    In the Leader’s Guide for this book, John Ortberg states: “This is a study about getting close to one another. It’s about developing the kind of relationships that challenge us, sharpen us, support us, and grow with us. It’s about building the kind of relationships that God wants us to have with others and that he wants to have with us.”

  • christmas gifts that won't break

    by james w. moore

    Go on an Advent journey with beloved teacher and storyteller James W. Moore, exploring the spirit of Christmas. As you light the candles of your Advent wreath, reflect on the unbreakable gifts that God has given us: hope, love, joy, and peace. And remember God’s greatest gift, who comes to us as a baby and leads us through all the days of our lives.

  • anxious for nothing

    by Max lucado

    In Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado writes, "The news about our anxiety is enough to make us anxious.” He knows what it feels like to be overcome by the worries and fear of life, which is why he is dedicated to helping millions of readers take back control of their minds and, as a result, their lives.  Anxious for Nothing invites readers to delve into Philippians 4:6-7. After all, it is the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet, according to Amazon.

  • the faith club

    by ranya Idliby, suzanne oliver and priscilla warner

    The Faith Club is a groundbreaking book about Americans searching for faith and mutual respect, It weaves the story of three women, their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another. The book summarizes the faith journeys of a Christian, Jew, and Muslim as they attempt to find common ground following the 9/11 strike in New York City.

  • generous justice

    by timothy keller

    Have you ever received a wonderful gift? It may have come in the form of an object, reflecting someone’s thoughtful reflection on your needs. It may have come as someone extended a hand to help with a task, or a shoulder upon which to cry in a time of trouble. Such wonderful gifts may leave you wondering, “What can I do in return?” In Generous Justice, Timothy Keller begins with the wonderful gift we have received from God through Jesus Christ, the gift of grace. He provides an answer for the question, “What can I do in response to this gracious gift?” by directing us to Matthew 10:8 (NIV) which says, “Freely you have received; now, freely give.” In Generous Justice, he explores how each and every one of us has a gift that will allow us in some way to say “thank you” by engaging in acts of compassion, mercy and justice.

  • CREED - what christians believe and why

    by Adam Hamilton

    We’re all searching. Sometimes the search is easy: simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Adam Hamilton believes that some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs.  In this book for Lent, Easter, and beyond, Hamilton considers important questions of life, reality, and truth. He explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it and why it matters.

  • SEEKING ALLAH, FINDING JESUS

    By Nabeel QurESHI

    In this book, author Nabeel Qureshi provides an autobiographical account of his faith journey. Qureshi introduces us to Islam through his description of growing up in a devout Muslim family. As he develops friendships with Christians during his high school and college years, Qureshi begins to question Islam’s characterization of Jesus. He learns how to use the techniques applied by historians to test the beliefs offered by Islam and by Christianity regarding Jesus. The book follows Qureshi from his first exposure to a Christian worship service to the conclusions he reaches regarding Christianity and Islam.

  • how jesus saves the world from us

    by Morgan guyton

    Christianity has always been about being saved. But today what Christians need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we've received through bad theology. The loudest voices in Christianity today sound exactly like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus. Each of the 12 chapters proposes an antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as "Worship not Performance", "Temple not Program" and "Solidarity not Sanctimony". 


    There are many reasons to lose hope about the state of our world and our church, but Guyton offers one piece of good news: Jesus is saving the world from us, one Christian at a time.

  • half truths

    by adam hamilton

    They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Adam Hamilton's book searches for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. The clichés include:

    • Everything happens for a reason.
    • God helps those who help themselves.
    • God won’t give you more than you can handle.
    • God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
    • Love the sinner, hate the sin.
  • hearing god

    by dallas willard

    Being close to God means communicating with him, and this communication is a two-way street—telling him what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what he is saying to us. It is this second half of our conversation with God that is so important but can also be so difficult. How can you be sure God is speaking to you? The key is to focus not so much on individual actions and decisions as on building our personal relationship with our Creator.  Hearing God provides rich spiritual insight into how we can hear God's voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with him in the work of his kingdom.

  • searching for sunday

    by rachel held evans

    Searching for Sunday is a book about all that is frustrating and beautiful and complicated about church.  Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachael didn't want to go to church anymore.  With all the hypocrisy, the politics, the huge budgets, and scandals, church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus.  Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back.

  • The Lion, The witch and the wardrobe

    by C. S. Lewis

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis presents a Christian worldview through a mythic tale. It takes place in Narnia, a world of magic. In Narnia, virtually every fairy tale or mythic creature imaginable comes alive. The mythic elements are used as a vehicle to tell a bigger story. It is an allegory in which Aslan represents Christ. Aslan's death to save Edmund's life and his subsequent resurrection are clear references to the life of Christ. All in all, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe presents the gospel in a powerful way that children can relate to, and adults can still learn from. 

  • Eternity is Now in Session

    Something in us is waiting―for what, we don’t know. Something different? Something better? For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we’re waiting for is found in the phrase “eternal life.” But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it? In Eternity Is Now in Session, bestselling author John Ortberg dispels the myth that eternal life is something way out in outer space that we can only hope to experience after we die. John unpacks the reality that the moment we trust Christ, we are initiated into “eternal living” with God as a here and now reality, one that will continue beyond our life on this earth.