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Some Summer Suggestions

July 14, 2017

Summer is (hopefully) upon us – where are you during the summer? Outside enjoying the sun and heat as much as possible, or staying inside because there’s too much of it? It doesn’t matter which you do, as it’s purely a matter of personal preference – but there’s one thing you can do in either place: read a book!

Or even better, read several. If you have time on your hands, there are few things better than to read a good book. Even Paul missed his books in prison, and asked Timothy to bring them to him (2 Tim 4:13). And just in case you don’t know where to start, here are a few suggestions:

Mere Christianity; The Screwtape Letters; The Great Divorce – all by C S Lewis, of Narnia fame. All three help you grow in your faith – the first one is a quite comprehensive (but very readable!) overview of what Christianity is all about, the other two more down-to-earth and easy to digest, despite their serious subject matters (living as a Christian in the face of temptation, and some reasons why people end up not going to heaven…).

The Jesus I Never Knew; The Bible Jesus Read; What’s So Amazing about Grace; Church – Why Bother; Where Is God When It Hurts – all by Philip Yancey, a very able teacher with no illusions about how difficult and messy life can be. He grew up in a racist fundamentalist church in the American south, and that story alone is worth reading.

Red Moon Rising; God on Mute; Dirty Glory – all by Pete Greig, and all about prayer. I have recently decided I want to focus more on prayer (which can be harder than you think, even for a pastor!), and these books tell stories about answered and unanswered prayer, and about the God who is so much greater than our understanding and our limited experience.

Who Made God? by Edgar Andrews, defending faith from the perspective of a Christian scientist.

The Plausibility Problem by Ed Shaw, and Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry: two homosexual Christians (one is an Anglican vicar) explain why they still believe homosexual activity is wrong.

There are so many more books worth of our attention: some are challenging, others edifying; some take weeks and some can be read in a few hours. So what are you waiting for?!

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