[BOOK REVIEW] Tim Chester, The Busy Christian’s Guide to Busyness, 2006

I picked this up whilst working as a caretaker/cleaner on an Oak Hall ski holiday in 2007. I was to give my testimony for the first time and was thinking around the tissues that were/are relevant at this time. Having taken redundancy, I was looking forward to some idle time, alongside some de-cluttering to really think things through. By April I wasn’t sure I was getting anywhere fast, the to-do list was as long (if…

[BOOK REVIEW] Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?, 2002

(p14) Author Stephen Brown notes that a veterinarian can learn a lot about a dog owner he has never met just by observing the dog. What does the world learn about God by watching his followers on earth? Trace the roots of grace, or charis in Greek, and you will find a verb that means ‘I rejoice, I am glad’. In my experience, rejoicing and glamour are the first images that come to mind when…

Book Review: Playing God by Tony Watkins

"As advances in technology push back the boundaries of the possible, are we losing sight of the question of whether it is right to do everything that science makes possible? From (premature) birth to (endlessly delayed) death, more and more decisions have to be made. How can Christians find a way through the moral minefield that new technology presents, and how can we talk about these things in a way that helps, rather than browbeats,…

Book Review: Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend (1992)

I bought this book in 2006, read the book cover-to-cover, and have since encountered many people who have found it helpful. Written from an openly Christian perspective, this book investigates 'the God-given gift of boundaries', aiming to allow us to take responsibility and ownership for our lives - allowing us not just to survive, but to thrive. We can't take responsibility for the behaviour of others, but we can prayerfully (and practically) take responsibility for…

Book Review: Longing for More by Ruth Haley Barton

I read this book right-through on my return from my travels round the world, as I looked for a way to re-connecting with living a life more real for God for the previous 6 weeks spiritual study/sermons has pretty much gone out the window as I gorged myself on Latin American scenery - and I was feeling the worse for it. How can I possibly lead others when my own spiritual discipline is so poor…