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Reading suggestions in a time of isolation

27 May 2020

Reading suggestions in a time of isolation

While hordes of would-be life coaches seem busy encouraging us to use the coronavirus crisis to learn new things, it might also be a chance to return to some of the wisdom on our bookshelves or in our e-book libraries, or buy those we intended to but then forgot.

So here are some of the especially good books that have been reviewed in The Preacher over the past few years:

 

2016


Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women
Elaine Storkey

The book ends with what might serve as a plea and a challenge to those who speak on behalf of the gospel of justice: ‘It is time to join the healing and the work of restorative justice.’

SPCK Publishing, 2015, £9.99. ISBN 978-0281075089

 

 

The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women

Editor: Elizabeth a. Johnson

This is a valuable collection which is worthy of a place in the preacher’s library. Its fresh and often challenging approaches to Christology will provide much food for thought. The challenges offered should exercise the preacher’s theological muscles and hone their thinking on a doctrine which lies at the heart of the Christian faith.

Orbis Books, 2016, £27.99. ISBN 978-1626981720

 

2017

Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship

John Swinton

It is challenging, thought provoking and inspiring. I have recommended it several times already. For those who work or live with disability, for those who seek to lead or preach inclusively there is much food for thought. For the theologically inquisitive it is invaluable.

SCM Press, 2017, £19.99. ISBN 978-0334055570

 

2018

God be in my Mouth: 40 ways to grow as a Preacher
Doug Gay

As befits a book in which authenticity, individuality and artfulness are valued in preachers, it is not a ‘how to’ manual of preaching, but rather offers ideas for reflection and discussion. As a book for academic homiletics and practical preaching it is appropriately underpinned by the work of other scholars. A worthy addition to preachers’ bookshelves.

Saint Andrew Press, 2018, £14.99. ISBN 978-0861539963

 

2019 

Making a Scene in the Pulpit: Vivid Preaching for Visual Listeners
Alyce M. McKenzie

As a prompt to working in new ways it will prove highly valuable, offering ways of bringing biblical text to life. Doctrine is presented more as ‘stage direction’ than focus of preaching, and for that reason preachers inclined toward exploring Scripture and life will enjoy the book more than those committed to doctrinal teaching.

Westminster John Knox Press, 2018, £18.00. ISBN 978-0664261566

 

2020 

By Way of the Heart: The Seasons of Faith

Mark Oakley

This is an excellent book that should find a home on the desk of every preacher, experienced or just setting out. In it is a wealth of wisdom about preaching in today’s challenging times, and a treasure trove of sermons to test our practice and feed our souls.

Canterbury Press, 2019, £14.99. ISBN 978-1786222046

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