On My Shelf: is a new series designed to help you get to know various staff members through providing a behind-the-scences glimpse into their lives as readers. This week's feature is with Lou Damiani, discipleship coach & garden-grower guru, about what's he's reading in his spare time, books he re-reads & any favorite fiction.

What's on your nightstand right now?

“Saturate” by Jeff Vanderstelt

“Surprising Insights from the Unchurched (and proven ways to reach them) by Thom Rainer

“The Advantage” (Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else) by Patrick M. Lencioni


What are you learning about life and following Jesus?

The discipline of daily gratitude and what it does for my own overall attitude.  Prime example: not being able to walk (or walk ’normally’) for over 3 months has given me fresh appreciation for all the years God has given me the ability to walk; to work; to worship.  So my prayer for each new day: “Lord, help me 'to serve you today with gladness' (Psalm 100:2) and with gratitude.


What are some books you regularly re-read and why?

“Victory Over Darkness” by Neil Anderson and “Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hand (People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change) by Paul Tripp (both books are massively insightful as to the struggles Christians commonly face and how to effectively, biblically address them); “When God Interrupts” by M. Craig Barnes (how God’s purpose in pain is for our greatest potential gain.  It’s a must read!)


What are your favorite fiction books?

The Mitford Series” by Jan Caron; like Matt, I usually do not read a whole lot of fiction :)