Saturday, September 29, 2007

God gave us teachers

Over the summer I've read a number of books, and I guess I'll find myself referencing a number of them in the months ahead. First up was GOD'S SMUGGLER and LIGHT FORCE by Brother Andrew, and I'm currently reading SECRET BELIEVERS. In August I also spent some time in THE REFORMED PASTOR by Richard Baxter and read a little R.Paul Stevens at the recommendation of a friend.

I dipped into Jasper Foorde's THE THIRD BEAR and Chris Wright's THE MISSION OF GOD. Two very different books that I failed to finish. Em and I began to read Dave Harvey's WHEN SINNERS SAY I DO, which will take some time to work through.

At our new staff Orientation, Tim Rudge recommended GROWING LEADERS by James Lawrence which is a brilliant manual on leading from grace and developing transformational ministry. I'm a long way from knowing how to put this into practice but I've very keen to pursue it. More thoughts on it to come along the way. Most striking for me was Lawrence thinking in terms of starting with being accepted by grace rather than earning acceptance and the cascading effects that difference has upon the way we work.

Some books are like old friends and I'm not surprised that I've ended up once more in Barry Webb's FIVE FESTAL GARMENTS as I feast on Lamentations and Song of Songs. FFG is a good friend that always points me back to God's word.

Reading 'theology' is a priviledge in my job. What I could really do with are some recommendations of the very best fiction books (old or new) - I have some long train journeys in this job and a good book is a good friend at such times, especially since my MP3 player died last week :(


  1. Aaahhh... fiction! The good stuf.

    My favorite fiction writer of all time is Toni Morrison. You can't go wrong with Song of Solomon--her best novel in my opinion. If you can't find Song of Solomon, you might also consider Beloved and/or Sula.

    If you're looking for an easy read, a little action, and something somewhat spiritually edifying... you might try Dee Henderson's O'Malley series of novels. Great stories to decompress with.


  2. I think you might have read them already, but Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy is a brilliant read.
    Great, great fiction (I piled through each of them in a week!)
    but also get to see what the next generation are hearing.

    Pretty much anything by Raymond Chandler is good too.

    Derren Brown's 'Tricks of the Mind' isn't fiction, but gives a fascinating insight into his rejection of the gospel.
    It also tells you how to hypnotise someone...

  3. Pullman is waiting for me. My wife just finished reading them over the summer, and I may have to take one with me on my next train journey.

  4. The Lamb Among The Stars Trilogy (third part yet to be published) is amazing fiction by a Christian author, Chris Walley. It's set in the far future but is incredibly relevant and accessible (not geeky sci-fi), and I also found them to be very challenging in places, but also very amusing!

    The Shadow and Night
    The Dark Foundations

    He also writes a very interesting blog.