My Summer Reading List

OK, so here is what I plan to read over the summer – I may read more, or less, I may even read different books – but these have been set aside for the summer pile;

312sz+BLBWL._SL500_AA240_LETTERS OF C. S. LEWIS edited with a Memoir by W. H. Lewis

Speaks for itself!!




517GH6NY10L._SL500_AA240_Explosive Preaching: Letters on Detonating the Gospel in the 21st Century: Letters on Transformative Preaching for the 21st Century

Why do so many preachers make the most exciting news in the world sound so boring?’ That is the question driving this unusual book. In a series of honest, personal and humorous letters, the author also answers the question, ‘What will it take to inspire great preaching for the 21st century?’.


51kggr5kyDL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-big-look,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

This book will teach you that contentment lies in subtraction, not in addition; that the ABC’s of Christianity are nothing like what you thought them to be; that there is a mystery of contentment, but that once you have learned the way from Christ’s word, you will be able to attain such a depth of contentment as you never before dreamed existed. This is a key book for building up Christian maturity.


51ZGHDQ49FL._SL500_AA240_No Condemnation: A New Theology of Assurance

In his study of the biblical, theological, and historical dimensions of the question of assurance, Michael Eaton brings a challenge to both traditional Arminianism and Calvinism. He propounds a radical grace, a salvation that overflows in assurance.





Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923

This survey of the demise of the Ottoman Empire reeks of academic turf wars. In assessing the last 130-odd years of the Turkish empire, the authors assault the prevailing wisdom that the decline of the “Sick Man of Europe” was inevitable; they claim, rather, that it resulted from a series of poor choices made by its leaders. This approach is both provocative and productive.



Disraeli: A Personal History

This is an adroitly written evocation of a compelling but enigmatic personality, a man whose ambition, idealism and opportunism would not seem out of place on the political scene today.





It is 1537, and Thomas Cromwell is charged with protecting the newborn Church of England. So when one of his commissioners is murdered in a monastery, he sends his sharpest lawyer to investigate. Historical fiction – a big weakness of mine!




The Race

 For anyone fascinated by how American politics works, this is a gripping read (apparently). Recommended by my dad! 





Grace For Muslims?

 Is it possible for Christians to relate to Muslims without being politically naïve or theologically liberal? Steve believes it is. He shares his own journey and reflects upon how he arrived at the crucial ingredient grace. 




Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life

Drawing on specially collected oral history, this biography fully portrays the person, the work, and the teaching of one of the most important figures in modern Christianity.




William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner 

The former leader of Britain’s Conservative Party, Hague has lately immersed himself in biography writing. As with William Pitt the Younger (2005 – excellent book – I read about a year ago), this depiction of William Wilberforce recurs regularly to the political arena of the House of Commons. Incorporating Wilberforce’s domestic life, Hague’s effort is a well-rounded portrait of the pioneering British abolitionist.



John Wesley: A Brand from the Burning

This is a re-read for me. Hattersley convincingly portrays Wesley as a reluctant revolutionary, loathe to leave the Church of England but ultimately doing so and succeeding in initiating a moral renewal that profoundly shaped Great Britain in the century after his death. A nuanced and satisfying portrait from a ‘secular’ or non-christian position.


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