Some of you will be aware that I love reading – in fact, some good reading time is one of the things I am most looking forward in our abiding time in January. My list of possible books is rather long and I expect it will end up being a mix of theology/ministry, novels, biographies and social research. Stay tuned for some reviews in the new year!
You too might have some more space for reading during January so, with that in mind, I thought I’d take the opportunity to remind you of the bookstall that we have at St Philips. We switch the books over every four to six weeks and aim to get a range of books each time.
Here are some of the types of books on there at the moment:
1. Yearly Devotionals: The New Year is a natural time to choose a new rhythm of Bible reading, or to begin one. There are some books that might help guide your Bible reading on the bookstall. In particular, those by Tim Keller are ones that numerous people in our congregation have found beneficial. As well, there are some family devotional books and a book to guide your prayers for your children.
2. Books about Bible Reading and Prayer: How to read the Bible for all it’s worth or Eat this Book might take your Bible reading deeper. Prayer by Tim Keller is one of the best books on prayer I’ve read and A Praying Life is a book several friends have recommended and is on my summer reading list.
3. Books about Pain and Lament: A good friend has recently found Deep Clouds, Deep Mercy really helpful in, as the subtitle says, discovering the grace of lament. The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis is an old classic.
4. Books to Give to People who are Exploring the Christian Faith: John Dickson’s books Jesus: A Short Life and A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible might be useful for a friend exploring Christianity; likewise Tim Keller’s The Reason for God or The Prodigal God. Of course, it’s always worth having a read of such books yourself before passing them on to a friend.
5. Autobiographies: Peter Elliott was a Fremantle boy and has been a Bible college lecturer amongst other things. Having been on a board with him, I’m looking forward to reading his new book Rambling towards Jerusalem. Some classics like The Hiding Place and Surprised by Joy are on there, as is Even in our Darkness, Jack Deere’s autobiography which so many of us have enjoyed over the last couple of years.
6. Books for Kids and Youth: Kids’ books always go fast on our bookstall at this time of year and this year is no exception. There are some great picture books and some kids’ Bible story books still available. Also some books that some of the slightly older young people in your lives might find useful.