Recommended Christmas reading

Posted: December 8, 2016 by wjfkee in Uncategorized

If you are wondering what you will do with those inevitable Christmas book vouchers or what on earth to buy for that special friend – problem solved !

I asked our top Christian ‘thought leaders’ what they’ve been reading recently and would like to pass on to others – and some of them have very kindly taken the time to share the following:

Peter Lynas
‘You are what you love’ by James K A Smith.
Smyth argues that we are not brains on sticks but worshipping, desiring beings. Nike understands people better than most churches do because like most advertising it appeals to our hearts not our heads. If Smith is right, and I think he is, then the whole way we have been doing church, discipleship etc has to change. If worship (and by that Smith means a lot more than music) is about formation, we will begin to appreciate why form matters. How we do stuff matters and much as what we do.

This is genuine game changing stuff from the hottest new Christian thinker and this book is a much more accessible version of some of his previous stuff. Get a sample here  and a further 2 minutes specifically on youth work 

If you do this this book don’t come to any of my talks for a year :-) he has totally influenced my thinking!

On Guard by William Lane Craig.
I’d pitch it a notch up from some of Lee Strobel’s apologetic books such as Case for Faith (worth a read) but still very accessible as an informative and practical read.

Dirty Glory by Pete Grieg
(haven’t finished it but I will have very soon) love the writing style and raw truth of the stories from Pete.

The Circle Maker – Mark Batterson
…Is a great motivator for prayer. A story that’s totally gripping me for 2017

New Evangelisation by Cardinal Donald Wuerl a short but brilliant read, especially for those from the Catholic tradition.

Simon Henry
I have read John Piper “Money Sex and Power” recently very good. Very accessible to read and generally a short read, would be a good gift for men!

Rick Hill
Rumours of God by Jon Tyson and Darren Whitehead.
It’s all about exploring some of the rumours about God that exist in society and discovering how some of them are actually true. Great read with a nice mix of story and concept.

Stu Bothwell 
‘The Road to Character’ by David Brooks
I’ll admit it, I’m a David Brooks fanboy & his latest book on virtues, humility and growing in character was my read of the year. Drawing on a host of remarkable stories, Brooks leads to see that living out ‘eulogy’ virtues, rather than bragging out the kind of virtues we’d put on a CV is key in our formation into maturity.

‘Sacred Fire’ by Ronald Rolheiser
By distinguishing the different seasons of our apprenticeship of Jesus, Rolheiser insightfully allows us to see a wider perspective on discipleship and growth.

“When we fail to distinguish among the different seasons of our lives and how these interface with the challenges and invitations that God and life send us, we are in danger of hurting ourselves in two ways: first, by trying to take on too much when we are not ready for it, and second, by not taking on enough when we are ready for it.”

Jasper Rutherford
You are what you love – James Smith.
Fantastic book about habits and rhythms about following Jesus.
The ‘Christmas Book Club’ is inspired by the ‘Book Well’ – please do consider ordering from them rather than some other huge online retailers ;-)

And if you really want to hear about what Bill Gates has been reading this year !


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