#TheBookshelf - Chloe Fulton
Chloe Fulton serves on the IJM team in Belfast, equipping volunteers who are championing works of justice, investing in students and young people, and providing creative outlets to encourage supporters to engage deeply with the call to do justice in their everyday. Read her recommendations below!
Christian Classics - The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
This is one of the first Christian biographies that I read so will always be a significantly memorable book. Corrie recounts her experience of her family hiding their Jewish neighbours in their small home and their eventual arrest and imprisonment in a concentration camp. Throughout these difficult moments Corrie’s faith is strengthened as she discovers what it is to trust and rejoice in the darkest of circumstances. It is this faith that sustains her both in the concentration camps and beyond as she shares her story to point people towards the true and better ‘hiding place’ of Jesus.
Theological Foundations - Kings Cross - Timothy Keller
This is one of my favourite books, I return to it most years in the lead up to Easter Sunday. Keller cleverly shows how the story of the whole world is told through the life of Jesus. Each chapter highlights key moments in the gospel of Mark, showing how it is linked to the wider biblical narrative, and how the writer’s intention is for Jesus’ identity and purpose to be revealed.
Discipleship & Devlopment - An Invitation to Solitude and Silence - Ruth Haley Barton
For some of us the thought of sitting in intentional prolonged moment of silence can be terrifying or awkward, yet it is often in these moment of silence that God meets with His people. In this book, Barton unpacks the familiar passage of Elijah encountering God in the silence and sets out some practical lessons which we can follow. I have found this book extremely helpful for re-establishing vital spiritual disciplines and rhythms that ultimately bring us closer to God.
Church & Mission - Good News about Justice - Gary Haugen
It would be difficult for me to come up with a book list that did not feature a ‘justice’ book. I have found this book extremely helpful in thinking about how we encounter and react to issues of global injustice. Interwoven with Gary’s personal story and founding of IJM, this book takes a deep dive into what the Bible says about justice, a characteristic of God and calling on the justice that has arguably been overlooked. To encounter the realities of injustice in our world we must be equipped with a strong biblical foundation.
Culture & Literature - Surprised by Hope - Tom Wright
Tom Wright uses this book to tackle two incredibly important misconceptions- the future hope of the church and the future hope of the world. I have found this book to be deeply important in shaping my understanding of the kingdom being ‘now and not yet’. Wright spends a good amount of time explaining many of the problematic beliefs surrounding ‘what happens when we die’ that have over time crept into the church, and how this has impacted how the church interacts with the world and culture around them. It’s a lengthy read, but oh so important in establishing why and how the church should engage with the world around us by working for God’s kingdom.