BooksPosted by Brian McGinnis Wed, February 03, 2016 12:17:14
!) Eddie Askew - Cross Purposes - Meditations and Prayers based on meals with Jesus (Published by the Leprosy Mission): At first glance, this might seem a slight book. It is only 100 pages long, but the format of Bible text, reflection, painting and poem is anything but superficial; and it is just what the reader looking for a basis for a quiet time of thought, alone or with friend(s), needs. The stories are familiar to many, but, as with all familiar stories, this doesn't mean that the message has sunk in. Sometimes, having read this book - or rather one of its short sections (since it is very definitely not a book to be read straight through), you may conclude that until then you have completely missed the point! This was our January read, and we have been sharing it with others ever since.
2) Philip Yancey: What Good is God? On the Road with Stories of Grace (Published Hodder): This is basically a book of part-answers to the vexing question of how you preach the Good News of God's love not to the comfortable who feel comfortable (and therefore loved), but to those who are (and not just on their own perspective) going through hell. The surviving, but seriously injured, victim of a College massacre; the woman sold into the sex trade by her own mother at the age of four; the very poor living next to the very rich; the person experiencing life-long persecution, perhaps with a high risk of a short life. These are people who, told that Jesus wants them for a sunbeam might justifiably ask what the sun is. Here you find real faith, in a Gospel which is a Cross and Resurrection Gospel, rather than Guaranteed Prosperity Gospel. (This is our February read.)
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