Top 10 Books July 2017
By Justin Welby
In Dethroning Mammon, Archbishop Justin asks the question ‘On what cross will we be crucified? The Cross of Christ – the cross of wood – or the Cross of Mammon – the cross of gold?’ The former leads to new life, the latter leads finally to death.
Following the Gospels towards the Easter story, this book asks the reader what it means to put away the cross of gold, to dethrone Mammon in the values and priorities of our society and in our own lives, and through Lent to come to a new place of trust in the abundance and grace of God.
By Sarah Young
Sarah Young’s hugely popular daily devotional, ‘Jesus Calling’ gives you treasures a full year of short inspirational moments from the Bible written as first person calls and messages to discover the healing, soothing and reassuring presence of Jesus. Uniquely presented as the words Jesus would say to your heart, each day’s devotions are written as though from Jesus’ point of view: Jesus Calling. Beautifully presented text and page design make this devotional a delight to own and use day by day.
You Are Special
By Max Lucado
Every now and then there is a story that touches the hearts of all who hear it and provides them with sense of tapping into a universal truth.
This is one of those stories.
It is about the Punchinello in each of us – the part of you that struggles to believe that someone treasures you. Someone who doesn’t judge you by what you look like, what you have or what you do. Someone who loves you just because you are you. It’s a vital message we all need to hear. A message we need to share with others: You are special, no matter what.
By Andrew Roberts
The nurturing role of the ten holy habits of discipleship as seen in Acts 2 is then explored.
The ten habits are;
biblical teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer, giving, service, eating together, gladness and generosity, worship and making more disciples.
Each chapter has suggestions for further reflection and action that can be used individually or by smaller or larger Christian communities.
God and Churchill
By Jonathan Sandys
Perceived as a failure for much of his life, Churchill was the last person anyone would have expected to rise to national prominence as prime minister and influence the fate of the world during World War II. But Churchill persevered, on a mission to achieve his purpose.
God and Churchill tells the remarkable story of how one man, armed with belief in his divine destiny, embarked on a course to save Christian civilisation when Adolf Hitler and the forces of evil stood opposed. It traces the personal, political, and spiritual path of one of history’s greatest leaders and offers hope for our own violent and troubled times.
The Jesus I Never Knew
By Philip Yancey
The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey revolutionizes the reader’s passion for Christ, by revealing the real Jesus beyond the stereotypes. The book offers a new and different perspective of Jesus and his teachings, who he was and why he came.
A moving and refreshing portrait of the central figure of history, the book is ideal for group and individual study. Yancey looks at the radical words of this itinerant Jewish carpenter and asks whether we are taking him seriously enough.
Questions of Life
By Nicky Gumbel
New – Questions of Life presents a thorough and well-reasoned presentation of the Christian faith.
The book is divided into 15 sections – one for each talk of the Alpha Course by Nicky Gumbel. Tackling each of these talks at a time, the author answers some of the most important questions surrounding the Christian faith. He is passionate about directing his audience towards a faith that is relevant to modern society.
Questions of Life is written by Nicky Gumbel – the creator of the Alpha Course – and is a fantastic resource to anybody wanting to know more about the programme.
God With Us
By Rowan Williams
A fresh look at the foundation story of the Christian faith by one of the world’s greatest living theologians.
Packed with striking theological insight and spiritual encouragement. Designed for use by individuals or groups, with questions for reflection or discussion at the end of each chapter. An ideal gift for anyone near the start of their spiritual journey or wanting to deepen their appreciation of the heart of the gospel.
How To Be A Bad Christian
By Dave Tomlinson
This is a book for people who want God without the guff – showing that it’s possible to ditch religion, but keep the faith.
In the course of his work as a vicar, Dave Tomlinson meets lots of people who describe themselves as ‘not good enough’ to be a Christian, thinking that faith involves going to church a lot, or believing in a list of strange things, or following certain rules. But being a Christian isn’t about any of that – and actually, following Jesus is a lot easier, and more fun, than most people think…
Consider The Lilies
By James Hindson
Apart from singing about it at a harvest festival and recycling as much as possible, many Christians don’t give much faith-based thought to their relationship with God’s creation.
This book explores what we are doing to creation and how a lack of care harms our relationship with both God and our neighbours. It provides the motivation for change and some ideas for action.
By Rowan Williams
Christian Life in a new, fresh, light.
Know for both his eloquence and insight, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams follows up his acclaimed pastoral guide, Being Christian, with a new book which leads into the next steps of faith: Being Disciples.
Leaving behind any pretence of exclusive or dry language that may inhibit other writers, Being Disciples is made to be read by believers of all ages. It is for those who have a desire know know what growing deeper in their faith looks like.
Being Disciples isn’t just a book to read on a journey.
It’s a book for the journey.
It’s A Dogs Life
By Jeff Lucas
Looking for a chuckle?
Jeff Lucas returns with a new humours read to brighten your day, and bring you a few extra laughs and lessons about life. It’s a Dog’s Life brings you a whole new book of observations from one of the most loved Christian authors in the UK.
Life is funny, in a peculiar sort of way. And in these looks at everyday life, Jeff discovers all manner of profound truths in the strangest of places. Dogs and delivery men, friends and strangers. All round there are small ways in which the strangeness that can teach about faith, and about the little quirks life throws at you.
It’s a Dog’s Life is ideal for dipping into every now and them. Each little anecdote tells of the amusing day-to-day adventures of Jeff Lucas, and is a great little blessing on a cloudy day. It is a book you can read anywhere and be blessed.
Even if it’s just a few life lessons on the loo!