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If you’ve ever had the misfortune to visit the places I’ve lived in, or the house I share with my wonderful wife, you may have noticed that I have a few books. If you live locally, or know me offline, I’d love to lend them to you – see my Librarything profile. Regardless, one of the key ways I can live out a bit of my calling is to read books, and offer reviews of them. I think reading is vital for Christians, and people of no faith, but I also recognise that it is very difficult to find the time to read books. In my reviews I try to engage with the substance of what a book is saying, sometimes in a long-form critical review, other times in a sustained recommendation. Every review is different. To see all of them at once, you can just click on the ‘Book Reviews’ Category, but here I’ll collect them by theme, over time.

This page is gradually becoming a hub for all the book reviews I’ve written, as I port them across from my old blog, tweak them, and republish them. The ‘dates of publication’ thus represent their original publication date, rather than when they first appeared on this blog. Below, though, in Alphabetical Categories, are all of them, eventually…

Books about Jesus

God With Us, by Rowan Williams,
Jesus, the Only Way to God? by John Piper,
Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

 

Books about the Cross/Atonement

Jesus Saves, but How? by Steve Burnhope,
Love Story by Glen Scrivener
The Forgotten Cross by Lee Gatiss

Books about the Bible

Unbreakable, by Andrew Wilson (A great little book about what Jesus said about the Bible)

Books about the Vineyard/Charismatic Theology

Words, Wonders and Power, by Martyn Percy
Empowered Evangelicals by Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson,
Stepping into the Impossible, by Mark Marx,
Post-Charismatic 2.0 by Robby McAlpine,
Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? By Rick M. Nanez,
Holy Fire, by R. T. Kendall,
The Spirit-Filled Church, by Terry Virgo,
The Introvert Charismatic by Mark Tanner
Evangelical, Sacramental, Pentecostal by Gordon T. Smith

Books about Justice

Scars Across Humanity, by Elaine Storkey (Violence against women)
When Evangelicals Care by Brian H. Edwards (the story of Pilgrims Friends Society)
Impossible is a Dare by Ben Cooley (Anti-Slavery campaigner)
Christian Tradition and the Practice of Justice, by Nick Sagovsky

Books about Culture, etc 

A Wilderness of Mirrors, by Mark Meynell
Book Review: Incarnational Humanism, by Jens Zimmerman,
Book Review: A Brief Theology of Sport, by Lincoln Harvey,

Books about Sex and Sexuality

Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualised World, by Eliza Huie,
A Better Story, by Glynn Harrison,
Journeys in Grace and Truth, edited by Jayne Ozanne,
Satisfaction Guaranteed, by Jonathan Berry with Rob Wood,
A Letter to My Congregation, by Ken Wilson,
What is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk,
This Momentary Marriage, by John Piper,
God and the Transgender Debate, by Andrew T. Walker
Same Sex Relationships by John Stott
Transgender by Vaughan Roberts

Books about Being Human

Being Human in God’s World by Gordon McConville
Being Human, by Steve Chalke,
Theological Anthropology, a Guide for the Perplexed, by Marc Cortez,
Theology of the Body by Jean-Claude Larchet
What Makes us Human? By Mark Meynell
Identity and Idolatry, Richard Lints

 

Books about Evangelicalism

Prophet of Purpose, by Jeffrey L. Sheller (a biography of Rick Warren)
Serving the Church, Reaching the World, edited by Richard Cunningham (for Don Carson)
Still Christian by David Gushee (a memoir)
In Search of Ancient Roots by Kenneth J. Stewart

Books about Mission

The World on our Doorstep, by Dewi Hughes (a great little book about international mission in our back garden)

 

Book Reviews about Anglicanism

Feed my Sheep, ed. by Lee Gatiss,

Book Reviews about Church History

The Unquenchable Flame, by Mike Reeves,
Know the Heretics, by Justin Holcomb,
China’s Urban Christians by Brent Fulton

Books about Theology – For Everyone

Visual Theology, by Tim Challies and Josh Byers,
Justification, 5 Views, edited by Bielby and Eddy.
A Theology in Outline by Robert Jenson

Books about Theology – Academic

Words of Power by Jem Bloomfield,
Unity and Diversity, by Oscar Cullmann,
Sin, Grace and Free Will Vol. 1 by Matthew Knell
Justification by Stephen Westerholm

Books about the Trinity

The Essential Trinity, edited by Brandon Crowe and Carl Trueman,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit by Bruce Ware
The Good God, by Mike Reeves

Books about Leadership

Church Leadership, by Ray Evans,
Radical Leadership by Michael Green
To Fly, To Serve, by Adrian Reynolds (a great little book on preaching!)

Books about Mental Health

The Perfectionism Book, by Will Van Der Hart and Rob Waller.
The Big Ego Trip, by Glynn Harrison,

Books about Apologetics

Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
Unapologetic by Francis Spufford

Books about Pastoral issues

Some Words for Another Time, by Ken Benjamin (a little book about grief and grieving)
The Pastor’s Kid, by Barnabas Piper,
Where was God when that Happened? By Christopher Ash

Books about Eschatology (The End of the World, Heaven, Hell, etc)

Surprised by Hope, by Tom Wright,
Is Hell for Real? (Multi-Contributor volume, conservative evangelical, but excellent in my opinion)
Kingdom, Hope and the End of the World by Ian Paul (an excellent Grove Booklet)

Books about Disability/Disabilty Theology

Disability in the Christian Tradition, ed. John Swinton and Brian Brock,

Books about Discipleship/Christian Living

The Sunshine of the Gospel, edited by Dave Bish,
Humility, by C. J. Mahaney,
The Radical Disciple, byJohn Stott.
Being Disciples by Rowan Williams
Suffering and Singing by John Hindley
The Art of Turning by Kevin DeYoung (little book about conscience)
The Selfish Gospel by Freddie Pimm (great book about what the Gospel is and means)
Unpopular Culture by Guvna B
Revolutionary Work by William Taylor
A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments by John Dickson

Books about Prayer

Living the Prayer, by Trystan Owain Hughes
Enjoying your Prayer Life by Mike Reeves

Books about Spirituality

A Silent Action: Engagements with Thomas Merton by Rowan Williams

Novels

Silence, by Shusaku Endo,

Other Non-Fiction Books 

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall (one of my Top Ten books of 2017)