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Top 10 recommended books to read

In no particular order here are 10 must reads as curated by several people at King's. Get these books either at the King's Bookshop or using the links provided. Happy reading!

 

A Resilient Life by Gordon MacDonald

What is this book about?

"It makes little difference how fast you can run the 100 meters when the race is 400 meters long. Life is not a sprint; it is a distance run, and it demands the kind of conditioning that enables people to go the distance." Isn't this the perfect metaphor of what our hearts long for?  As a former champion runner, MacDonald demonstrates how resilient people practice spiritual self-discipline to build stamina and grit, know what's up ahead, what obstacles they will likely face; and bond with special friends who share their commitment to finishing well.  MacDonald is uniquely qualified to coach and encourage us in developing that resilient spirit - to weather adversity, to finish what we start, and to never be satisfied with anything short of God's best for us.

Where can I get it?                 

King’s bookshop and at wordery.com

 

The Good God by Michael Reeves

What is this book about?

At the heart of the universe is the passionate love between members of the Trinity. Mike Reeves not only helps us grapple with a difficult doctrine but draws us to the magnetically attractive centre of all things – Jesus Christ The Lord. His light touch and theological wisdom combine to provide a truly helpful book which both clears your mind and warms your heart.  The Good God is a wonderful read. Reading it feels like you're eating candy floss - sweet, fun, easy. But in fact you're getting a nourishing, nutritious meal of real substance!

Where can I get it?             

King’s bookshop and at wordery.com

 

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Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

What is this book about?

A ‘furious love’ is hot on your trail! It’s an easy trap to fall into, but many of us believers beat ourselves up over our failures, wrongly believing this to be a godly path back to righteousness, but in this process we, in fact, pull away from God.  We can subconsciously believe that He is keeping count of our defects and hanging His head in disappointment.  In this newly repackaged edition - now with full appendix, study questions, and the author's own epilogue, " Ragamuffin Ten Years Later," Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. The Father beckons us to Himself with a "furious love" that burns brightly and constantly. Embracing God's grace is the ONLY way to bask in the joy of a gospel that enfolds the most needy of His flock (ie, everyone!) - the "ragamuffins."

Where can I get it?             

King’s bookshop and at wordery.com

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Just Walk Across The Room by Bill Hybels

What is this book about?

Building on the solid foundation laid in Becoming a Contagious Christian, Just Walk Across the Room signals the next era in personal evangelism. Pastor Bill Hybels's firm conviction is that personal evangelism is at its very most effective when we are tuned into, and cooperate with, the promptings of the Holy Spirit – walking when the Spirit says to walk, talking when the Spirit says to talk, or even falling silent!  Today, the mission for every Christian is to reflect Christ's love and follow his example by taking simple ‘walks across rooms’ - extending hands of care, compassion, and inclusiveness to people living far from God. Hybels encourages Christ-followers to 'live in 3-D' -develop friendships, discover stories, and discern your next steps – and in so doing learn to understand the Spirit's promptings.  You may be only a conversation away from having unparalleled impact on someone's life---if you will just follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Where can I get it?             

King’s bookshop and at wordery.com

 

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller

What is this book about?

Many of us find prayer so hard that unless circumstances demand it; an illness, or  even saying grace at a meal, most of us simply do not pray. We prize accomplishments and productivity over time in prayer. Even Christians experience this prayerlessness, a kind of practical unbelief that leaves us marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy.  Prayer is all about relationship. When Jesus describes the intimacy He seeks with us, He talks about joining us for dinner (Revelation 3:20). A Praying Life feels like having dinner with good friends. It is the way we experience and connect to God. In A Praying Life, author Paul Miller lays out a pattern for living in relationship with God and includes helpful habits and approaches to prayer that enable us to return to a childlike faith.

Where can I get it?             

King’s bookshop and at wordery.com

 

Mountain Rain by Eileen Crossman

What is this book about?

This book is a biography of James Fraser, pioneer missionary to China. James Fraser was only 22 years old when he abandoned a promising engineering career and went to China. At first sight of the Lisu tribespeople of Yunnan province he felt an immediate affection for them. For the rest of his life, he traveled on horseback over rugged mountains, laboring to bring the Lisu the good news of Christ. Packed with personal letters, insightful anecdotes, and riveting stories of missionary life in China, this superb biography by his daughter shines with God's constant faithfulness and power over evil.

Where can I get it?             

King’s bookshop and at Amazon.co.uk

 

A Way of Life by Mike Betts

What is this book about?

WHAT WOULD THE CHURCH BE LIKE IF ...

  • Everyone committed to pray together, and everyone committed to share the gospel?
  • It was marked by deep, genuine and lasting friendships, and was a place marked by love for a broken world?
  • It equipped the next generation and gave itself to starting more churches, just like this one?
  • It didn't stand apart from others, but worked in partnership with other churches for the sake of the mission?
  • It made a diligent ongoing attempt to build on New Testament values, combining word and Spirit, relationship and mission?

Mike Betts is convinced that this should not just be a dream, but instead the reality for every local church. By forging relationship and mission together, familiar ideas find new power and fresh hope for the future of the church.  Putting these things together, though, is not a course or a programme, but instead values that embed themselves deep in your soul.

Where can I get it?             

King’s bookshop and at Amazon.co.uk

 

God's Lavish Grace by Terry Virgo

What is this book about?

This wonderful survey of the impact and outworking of God's grace in the life of the believer will revitalise the most threadbare faith. In his early years as a Christian, Terry Virgo experienced "zealous but rather condemnation-driven Christianity." Then, one day, he explains, "I began to grasp the wonder of God's glorious grace. I gave myself to fresh study, and then began to preach God's grace with new freedom, joy and certainty, having personally experienced the complete transformation of my own Christian life.

Where can I get it?             

King’s bookshop and at wordery.com

 

Knowing God by J Packer

What is this book about?

A true, timeless Christian classic, KNOWING GOD is one of the most significant and popular Christian books of our time.  It has deepened the faith and understanding of millions of people around the world.  Dr Packer says we're cruel to ourselves if we try to live in his world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it.  I'm convinced we're cruel if we deny ourselves the wisdom contained in this Christian classic.' Rico Tice

Where can I get it?            

King’s bookshop and at wordery.com

 

 

Battle for the Mind by David Holden

What is this book about?

"As a man thinks, so he is" - our actions are determined by our thinking. The mind is powerful, affecting our words, actions and thoughts. How can our thinking be changed and our lives transformed? This is a practical, down-to-earth and thoroughly biblical book, showing us how to face the daily onslaught in our thought life from the devil, the world and our flesh, and how, through applying these principles, The Holy Spirit renews our minds. It really is possible! Although written almost 20 years ago, it could be argued that as Christians living in today's culture, the message of this book is even more relevant.

Where can I get it?             

This book is currently only available at the King’s bookshop