#TheBookshelf - Fanta Clarke
Bishop Fanta Clarke has served for over 40 years as a Bishop in the Church of Ireland and as a missionary in Chile. Read his recommendations below!
Christian Classics - Christ The Controversialist - J.R.W. Stott
Many of John Stott’s books are Christian classics but I strongly recommend “Christ The Controversialist.” It is Stott at his best! It opens with a defence of theological definition and a persuasive plea for evangelical Christianity. He then covers some key foundational themes including authority, Scripture, salvation and worship. The book concludes with an outstanding Postscript on what it means to own Jesus Christ as Teacher and Lord.
Theological Foundations - Knowing God - J.I.Packer
If I was marooned on a desert island I would want this book. It is a book which not only informs me about the character and nature of God, it inspires me to want to know God better. The book is not for the faint hearted. It will stretch the mind. But it not only stimulates thinking about God, it moves us to worship Him and bow down before Him. It is essential reading in the 21st Century because if our understanding of God does not flow from His revelation of Himself then all our other thinking will be skewed and flawed. “Disregard the study of God,” Packer says, “and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded…”
Discipleship & Development - A Resilient Life - Gordon MacDonald
When we begin to grasp that being a Christian is not just about “decision” but about lifelong discipleship then this book is a gem. Too many Christians live as if the Christian life is a sprint. The Bible teaches it is more like a marathon. This book is about building into our lives disciplines and practices which will help us realise potential, persevere in adversity and finish well. In a church culture too often marked by weariness exhaustion and lack of personal vision this book is an inspiration to living in, and enjoying, God’s best.
Church & Mission - Evangelism in the Early Church - Michael Green
For me this book by Michael Green is a total classic on the themes of evangelism and mission. It is thoroughly researched and powerfully relevant to contemporary culture. Michael himself was the most unusual combination of evangelist and theologian. Right up until his death recently he was passionate about evangelism. In the words of Michael Green, the early church believed that evangelism was “the prerogative and duty of every church member.” This included apostles, nobles, paupers, philosophers, soldiers, business leaders, and even a few fishermen.
“Evangelism is never proclamation in a vacuum; but always to people, and the message must be given in terms that make sense to them.”
Culture & Literature - A Better Story - Glynn Harrison
I consider this to be one of the best books in recent years to engage intelligently courageously and winsomely with the Bible and contemporary culture. The content is excellent and the tone is so right in an increasing changing and secular context. Glynn’s book is marked by grace and truth. His analysis of the sexual revolution is fascinating. His unpacking of God’s view of sexuality is beautiful. His reasoning is compelling. Essential Reading!