Here’s one of my occasional “suggested reading” lists. This includes a mixture of books I’m just starting to read or will be reading over the summer and also some recommended reading from my bookshelfDave’s reading plan
So this summer I’ve got a couple of books to look at including
Harry L Reeder III, From Embers to a Flame – How God can revitalise your church (P&R Publishing, 2008). This was lent to me by Neil Powell of 2020 Birmingham (you can also visit his blog at A Faith to Live By) and it’s all about seeing revitalisation and renewal in churches that have been plateauing in declining. I’ve a few chapters in and finding it Biblical, heart warming and practical
Timothy Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness. I’ve picked this up on my Kindle and it looks like something to encourage me through July and August
We’re heading off to the Keswick Convention shortly and I’m looking forward to picking up a few books there. I’m also still working through NT Wright on Paul
Recommendations from my bookshelf
John Piper, Desiring God (IVP. 1986) This is a great book to get you to the heart of the Christian life as joy filled worship. Piper starts with the first statement of the Shorter Catechism. “The Chief End of man is to glorify God and enjoy him for ever.” Piper argues that true faith in Christ is true hedonism. We find our joy, delight and contentment in Christ.
John Piper, The Purifying Power of living by faith in Future Grace, (IVP, 1995). I’ve mentioned a few times here that I find what Piper says about future grace very helpful. Christians are a people who are always looking forward. Find out why here.
Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin, Revolt on the Right (2014). A helpful book if you want to understand where UKIP came from, why Britain ended up having an EU referendum and why the Brexit side won.