We all know that reading is a great way to deepen our understanding and grow in our faith, but with so many ‘Christian’ books out there, where do you start?
Nothing is more helpful than a recommendation from someone you trust. Here at the FiG, we’ve done the hard work for you and have quizzed people whose opinions we respect to find out which books they have found helpful in their walk with Jesus.
This month Anne Camp from Covenant Presbyterian Church, shares some of the books that have had an impact on her life and ministry.
There’s a book…
…that I’m currently reading
‘Becoming C.S. Lewis’ by Harry Lee Poe. A biography of Young Jack Lewis 1898-1918 and the first in a series of three planned by the author. This one concentrates on the early years of C.S Lewis – his childhood interests, influences, longings, struggles and failures that prepared him to engage his gifts as a writer, teacher and friend.
…that changed my life
Hard to choose one – I’ll settle for two! ‘Chosen by God’ by R. C Sproul helped me grasp the sovereignty of God and predestination as a newish Christian. Also ‘The Cross of Christ’ by John Stott. A wonderfully comprehensive and rich theology of the cross. A great encouragement to keep the cross at the centre of our faith and life.
…which helped my preaching
In my case, a book that helped my preparation for teaching the Old Testament in a bible study context ‘How to Preach and Teach the Old Testament for all its worth’ by Christopher J. H. Wright
…which broke my heart
‘As we Forgive’ Stories of reconciliation from Rwanda by Catherine Claire Larson. She explores the pain, mystery and hope of those who suffered during a time of genocide and the amazing way God led them on a journey towards reconciliation.
…which warmed my heart
‘In Search of Deep Faith’ – A pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness and Heart of Christianity by Jim Belcher. The author and his family spent a year travelling through England and Europe exploring the faith that shaped civilisations. Along the way, they rediscovered key figures, places and events in the history of Christianity. I loved it.
...that’s easy to read
‘When you pray’ – Making the Lord’s prayer your own - by Philip Graham Ryken. A wonderful warm engaging book that helps you appreciate the Lord’s prayer and makes you want to pray!
…which I should have read
‘Confessions’ by Saint Augustine – a classic which I keep intending to read!
…which I’d give to new Christians
‘Perfect Sinners’ by Matt Fuller helps us to think through our standing before God easily and engagingly. The further reading section at the end of the book is helpful too.
…I’d give to someone wanting to know more
‘King’s Cross’ by Tim Keller. A deep and thought-provoking book on the life of Christ but in an easy to read and inviting style. I particularly appreciated his section on God’s forgiveness
…that moves me for mission
‘The Heart of Evangelism’ by Jerram Barrs. A wonderful reminder that the New Testament model of witnessing is not one-size-fits-all. It is a great encouragement to share Christ in whatever circumstance you find yourself and watch God at work.
…that makes me pray
‘The Joy of Fearing God’ by Jerry Bridges. Mediations on the wonder of who God is that drives us to delight in God and hunger for an intimate relationship with him.
….that’s fantastic for children
‘Leading Little Ones to God’ by Marian Scholland. A classic that is still published. Uses simple conversational language to talk about God, sin, salvation, the Christian life, the Church, prayer.
…that’s ideal for small group studies
‘The Envy of Eve’ - Finding Contentment in a Covetous World by Melissa Kruger. Contentment is something we all struggle with at times. The author diagnoses the problem of our sinful hearts and guides us toward a life of godliness and holiness. The study questions at the end of each chapter help stimulate good discussion.