[BOOK REVIEW] Corrie Ten Boom, The Hiding Place, 1971

Corrie Ten Boom felt that the significance of her life was not that she was an exceptional person, but that she was ‘a very weak and ordinary one’. I don’t know how many of you have read this book, but it’s a bit of a classic. The first half of the book focuses on the family’s history, how it’s faith was demonstrated, and how they hid Jews from the Nazis at great risk to themselves.…

[BOOK REVIEW] Pamela Evans, Driven Beyond the Call of God: Discovering the Rhythms of Grace, 1999

‘Religion can damage your health’, so the first chapter of this book is entitled (p11)! In attempting to serve the church and our neighbour with all our hearts and minds and strength, we can find ourselves sucked into a lifestyle which undermines our very purpose and makes nonsense of our message. It’s all easy to work the treadmill called ‘church’ until we’re worn out, and alienated from our families. To them we may have become…

[BOOK REVIEW] Gavin Calver, Disappointed with Jesus? 2005

This is a book intended for young people who ‘feel that no one quite understands what you’re going through’, but also for parents, youth workers and pastors. He doesn’t promises to provide all the answers, but to give insight into his own life – the son of Clive Calver (a ‘preacher man’), who grew up with an ‘inherited faith’, and fed up with the ‘eyes and expectations’ on him – abandoned faith altogether. Born 1979,…

[BOOK REVIEW] John Ortberg, If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat, 2003

I’ve heard many people recommend this book, and it’s on my list of books to read properly in the future. My mum has it on her shelf and I’ve flicked through it. Reviewers describe his style as engaging, compelling, profound, without being too heavy, and plenty of references to humour (what texters would describe as LOL humour). On p17, Ortberg summarises his challenge: If you want to walk on the water, you’ve got to get…

[BOOK REVIEW] Phillip D Jensen & Tony Payne, Guidance and the Voice of God, 1997

This is a book which I’ve been dipping in and out of for the last couple of years. The book seeks to answer questions such as: How do I know what God wants me to do? How can I make decisions which are in line with His will? If God speaks to me, will I recognise His voice? The book looks through ways in which we can discern what/how God speaks to us. P115 notes…