Books & Resources
Bookstall: Every Sunday after the morning service a range of Christian resources is available for purchase: quality Christian books, Bibles, children's materials, study notes and seasonal cards. The stall is run by a team of volunteers, who are always happy to custom-order any specific resources you are interested in. Orders are placed through Wesley Owen, and special discounts apply for St George's. These savings are passed on to you. Contact: Susie Flory.
Library: The church lounge is well-stocked with a range of English-language books to borrow and return. There is a mix of Christian material as well as popular novels by a variety of authors, both contemporary fiction as well as timeless classics. Help yourself to a book and feel free to donate 1 or 2 books yourself. However, the church does not accept large donations of whole libraries and cannot accommodate vast quantities of books all at once, so please do contact the church office before dropping off any books.
The Chaplain’s Reading List: This list of books and websites are ones that the Chaplain has found personally helpful, and may be helpful for others in their own faith journeys. All are available through amazon.co.uk or as Kindle downloads from amazon.com (apart from those marked with *).
1) Bell, Rob & Golden, Don. Jesus Wants to Save Christians (Zondervan, 2008): This inspiring retelling of the Bible story shows how the Gospel addresses the biggest problems and fears of humanity.
2) Claiborne, Shane. The Irresistable Revolution (Zondervan, 2006): A contemporary prophet, Claiborne calls us to join Jesus in a provocative but non-violent revolution.
3) Gaston, Ray. A Heart Broken Open (Wild Goose, 2009): A stunning contribution to Christian/Muslim dialogue.*
4) Greig, Pete. The 24-7 Prayer Manual (David C Cook, 2008): A challenging and inspiring book, which is helping many Christians around the world rediscover the power of prayer.
5) Jersak, B & Hardin, M, eds. Stricken by God? (Eerdmans, 2007): A strong collection of essays that question the violent and judgmental picture of God that many people hold. I found the chapters by Sharon Baker and Denny Weaver especially helpful.
6) MacDonald, Gregory. The Evangelical Universalist (SPCK, 2008): The author makes a biblical case for his belief that, although salvation is found only by grace through faith in Christ, in the end all people will be saved.*
7) McLaren, Brian. A New Kind of Christianity (Hodder & Stoughton, 2010): Brian asks the hard questions that the Church needs to face if it is to impact society in the ways Jesus intended. An alternative way into McLaren’s ideas in story form is the A New Kind of Christian trilogy.
8) Morisy, Ann. Bothered and Bewildered (Continuum, 2009): A clear thinker and communicator, Ann helps us understand how to be truly Christian in a time of crisis.*
9) Newbigin, Lesslie. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (SPCK, 1989): A classic book by a highly respected missionary and ecumenical leader. Very relevant for Christians living in a multi-cultural and multi-faith context.
10) Talbott, Thomas. The Inescapable Love of God (Universal, 1999): A powerful vision of the love of God and an articulate and passionate challenge to the traditional doctrine of hell.*
11) Wright, Tom. Surprised by Hope (SPCK, 2007): One of the best books by this prolific scholar and former Bishop. The gospel of hope is centred on the resurrection of Jesus.
Derek Flood: This website has been the single most helpful resource for me during the past two years. Derek is a clear thinker, an excellent communicator and a passionate advocate of the gospel of grace. Check out his articles and essays as well as the blog entries, which are often followed by interesting discussions in the comments. He always responds in a respectful and helpful way, whether the comment has come from an ordinary reader or a heavyweight theologian.
Greg Boyd: A wonderful blog with masses of other useful resources and a brilliant Q & A section. His 28 September 2010 blog entry, titled "Revelation and the violent, prize-fighting Jesus", is brilliant. Equally good is 21 August 2009, "Did God send a tornado to warn ECLA?"
Brad Cole: Lots of helpful articles, Bible studies and videos of good quality teaching.