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fresh and faithful living……

Bishop John Pritchard writes, Living Faithfully: brought to us by SPCK, and is a top-class 5 star book.  The absence of whole-life discipleship remains one of the vulnerabilities of the church in western Europe today. Sunday, Monday and the rest of our lives need to join up. We are more than rota possibilities, warm fellowship and good […]

holiness reviewed

The Utter Relief of Holiness written by John Eldredge, brought to us by Hodder & Stoughton, is a 3 star read. What a relief it would be to be set free from all that plagues us — the inner struggle with anger, or contempt… the habitual sins. Is such an experience possible? John Eldredge believes it is. He […]

intimacy & action

The God of Intimacy & Action: by Tony Campolo & Mary Albert Darling, from SPCK is 5 star quality! Work and rest in God can coexist. Serving is possible without the soul becoming dry. As the authors co-write, “The ultimate purpose for mystically intimate experiences with Christ is to make us into persons through whom […]

healing

for your heart and life…… If you’re open to books: then The Wall around your Heart, by Mary DeMuth is well-worth a read. We become so easily defended. Life hurts us, we feel pain, and we struggle. We default to self-protection. So what do we do with hurting lives and raw situations? Mary DeMuth offers beautiful narrative, flowing prose and Christ-loving […]

solid hope

A Force of Will, by Mike Stavlund is 5 star stuff. This title is not for the faint hearted. This is robust and challenging stuff. It’s the material of parental and faith nightmares. Stavlund has crafted a beautifully written memoir about the loss of his infant son.  Searing honesty is mixed with emotions and questions about faith emerging from […]

seeking the prototype

I tweeted more about this book than most! Here’s a fuller review……. God named Jesus, His beloved and Jesus believed. Jonathan Martin writes out of the overflow of this foundational truth. For identity is key. You and I are invited to defy fear, woundedness and apathy, in this startling and faithful repainting of what it […]

CS Lewis,….. best revisited

If you were only to read one biography this year…..make it this one! CS Lewis: A Life Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet Alistair McGrath A human life is unable to be tidied into convenient little categories. Here we meet CS Lewis at his messy, brilliant and complicated best. McGrath’s account of Lewis offers much that is […]

Next Christians

,…..and all that…..in a newish book from Gabe Lyons. It offers a few transatlantic insights as to a new day, a fresh era and a restoration agenda: navigating being seperate or just down-right compromise! Here’s a few contrasts I scribbled in my journal. 

a terrible brilliance

I don’t read enough novels, according to my friends and colleagues! So in a small augmentation to my pattern……I got reading something different. The Terrible Thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne is more-than your average children’s book. Its a 4-star goodie!   Here is a moving tale of difference and redemption. It’s pacey, engaging […]

from Les Misérables

comes a most beautiful gospel telling. Indeed, few works of art better express the central Christian message of the redemptive power of forgiveness and sacrificial love. Not that I’ve seen the movie, not just yet….but having loved the book and the musical……..here are some of my favourite quotes. *Free on Kindle right now! Julie Rose’s translation of Les Miserables […]

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