[BOOK Review] Tom Wright ‘Paul for Everyone’

Part of a series Tom Wright is working his way through – to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, using a fresh translation of the entire text, accompanied by 1-2 pages of thought. Wright comes from an academic background, but has deliberately written in an approachable and anecdotal style. Designed for personal or group use, I have used this for daily study in the past. Use it so long as it…

[BOOK REVIEW] Patrick Dixon, Building a Better Business (2005)

Patrick Dixon was one of the keynote speakers at the Churches Media Council conference in 2007, at which I had a training place. Dixon is a futurologist – predicting forthcoming trends and advising businesses on their strategy/working practices based on this. Quite a move from his original medical background where he specialised in AIDS/cancer … but it won’t surprise you to know that he has an ethical stance on working practice. I’m fascinated by seeing…

[Book Review] Mark Greene ‘Thank God It’s Monday’

I first heard of LICC (the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) at Greenbelt in 2005. I’d been doing a lot of thinking about whether I should be doing ’more Christian’ work. I was particularly struggling as I was finding my job job in Manchester deeply unfulfilling. I picked up a few pamphlets, then when I was at a friend’s I saw this book, and have since read the whole thing through., been to a few…

[BOOK REVIEW] Garry Williams, The Da Vinci Code: From Dan Brown’s Fiction to Mary Magdalene’s Faith, 2006

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown was a bit of a runaway success a couple of years ago, and continues to sell well. A number of other books have been produced, arguing for and against the ‘findings’ of the novel (and we must remember that it is a novel), but Garry Williams with this book has deliberately produced a short, accessible book, which may only be a starting point. The big positive he sees…

[BOOK REVIEW] Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, 2002

Our church in Winchester decided to do this as a New Year study. I was in a liberal housegroup which was half in/out of church – which wanted to make its own decisions about what we studied. However, we decided to try this one – I don’t remember much other than laughing at the awful fashions, the boring font, and us abandoning it halfway through. I love my housegroup, it’s still going, and I join…