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Curate’s Book Focus (February 2017)

This morning at Church, I recommended some books that I have found useful in helping me to grow and understand my faith more. It’s so important that we invest time in our own spirituality and discipleship. Loads of people love to read, and reading is one way in which we can grow.

So, below, I list three books that I think people will enjoy reading!

Mere Christianity

In 1943, when hope and the moral fabric of society in Britain were threatened by the relentless inhumanity of global war, an Oxford don was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. Over half a century after the original lectures, the topic retains its urgency. Expanded into book form, Mere Christianity never flinches as it sets out a rational basis for Christianity and builds an edifice of compassionate morality atop this foundation. As Mr Lewis clearly demonstrates, Christianity is not a religion of flitting angels and blind faith, but of free will, an innate sense of justice and the grace of God.

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Basic Christianity

In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals!Who is Jesus?”If Jesus was not God in human flesh, Christianity is exploded,” writes John Stott. “We are left with just another religion with some beautiful ideas and noble ethics; its unique distinction has gone.”If Jesus is not who he said he was, and if he did not do what he said he had come to do, the whole superstructure of Christianity crumbles in ruins to the ground. Is it plausible that Jesus was truly divine? And what might this mean for us?John Stott’s clear, classic statement examines the historical facts on which Christianity stands. Here is a sound, sensible guide for all who seek an intellectually satisfying explanation of the Christian faith.

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Storylines

Six overarching themes flow throughout Scripture – Jesus, Covenant, Presence, Kingdom, Salvation, Worship. This books attempts to demystify the Bible and make it fun to read. Let’s face it, folks don’t spend as much time reading their Bibles these days. It’s complex and can be hard to understand. Ministers and youth leaders are concerned about low biblical literacy levels in their churches and groups. Reading this book is like having a chat with your best friend … who also happens to be a Bible scholar. In this case, Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft. With a thorough discussion of each of the six themes, as well as a summary of the Bible and a discussion of how it came to be in its present form, readers of all ages will read the Bible with new eyes!

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