#TheBookshelf - Norman Lynas
Norman Lynas OBE is a business leader who also founded Exodus, the disciple making charity, with his wife Lynda. (He is also Peter’s Dad!) Here are his suggestions that he would love to see on any family bookshelf.
Christian Classics - Complete works of EM Bounds on Prayer
This is actually a compendium of eight classic explorations covering every aspect of prayer in a readable way. Because Bounds so diligently practiced what he preached, he was able to capture the essence of prayer and his works live on to call today's Christians to higher discipleship and more energetic practice of prayer. I believe we are in danger of so organising and teaching with academic training that there is the possibility we forget that lives are changed and God moves in answer to the prayers of his people and as I read of revival and times of God moving it all seems to start with a passion and urge to pray .
Theological Foundations - Knowing God - J. I. Packer
Knowing God is one of the most significant and popular Christian books of our time and has deepened the faith and understanding of millions of people around the world. Rico Tice says,
“Dr Packer says we're cruel to ourselves if we try to live in his world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. I'm convinced we're cruel if we deny ourselves the wisdom contained in this Christian classic.” This book is an excellent grounding for all ages and is quite understandable.
Discipleship & Development - The Saving Life of Christ - Major Ian Thomas
An amazing little book which has had an incredible impact on so many young people as Major Thomas speaks on the journey of the Children of Israel from Egypt to Canaan as the a prototype for our Christian journey. That God is not only interested in getting us out of Egypt( rescued from sin) but as interested in us discovering the Risen life of Christ (Christ living in and through us every day). So, the Christian life is not a matter of ‘holding on’ but being available for the adventure of His life living through us daily as stated in Romans 5v10. I am nominating this book because of the impact it had on me and so many other young people I have given it to over the years - I must also express a bias as it was a large part of the journey that changed and continues to guide my life.
Church & Mission - Billy Graham - Terry Whalin
Billy Graham who has preached the gospel message in person to more people than anyone in history, and millions more have heard him through television, radio, and film. His faithful witness is testimony to his great love of God and passion to serve Him. When I see the impact of Billy Graham’s ministry throughout the world and especially in UK and Ireland, I dream of what God can do with a person fully surrendered to God. This easy-to-read biography tells Billy Graham’s story in away that will inspire anyone who desires to give their life in service to God. We need to inspire a new generation of young men and women to grasp the passion of 21st century evangelism and leaving a legacy in the lives of so many who have in turn become disciple makers.
Culture & Literature - Ordering your private world - Gordon MacDonald
We have diaries and google calendars to help us organise our business, social and work lives but what about organising the other side of our lives - the spiritual side or as Gordon Mc Donald calls it “the inner life.” I think this essential reading for all ages on a regular basis especially as the pace of life increases and priorities are confused.