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Old 05-13-2016, 04:43 PM
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I am reading an interesting book, Simon Sebag's Jerusalem the Biography. Simon Sebag is a historian. For a historic book it is not too dry. I started reading it in a book shop and was at page 20 before I realised. The author is not a Jew, Christian or Muslim so is slightly skeptical about the bible but doesn't discredit it. I am just about to the creation of the Muslim religion.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend for people searching but as a christian provided you read critically and read it with the knowledge of the authors beliefs it doesn't provide an interesting background to the battle over Jerusalem and its historic context.
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I recently read Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell. It was a good book that spoke to my heart about things I need to change and encouraged me that I was doing some things right.
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I've been turning out some old stuff in the house recently, and have come across a number of books I have had for years, but have not got around to reading.

One of these I have now just read for the first time. Its called "Five Evangelical Leaders", by Christopher Catherwood, and as the title implies, it surveys the lives of 5 prominent evangelical church leaders of the 20th century. The five leaders in question are:-

The Revd. John Stott - Anglican clergyman, Rector of All Souls Langham Place (in London's fashionable West End), theologian and author.

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones - one time Medical Doctor and Harley Street specialist, Presbyterian Minister, Puritan scholar, and Minister of Westminster Chapel, London.

Francis Schaeffer - American Pastor and Christian Philosopher, who founded the L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland.

James Packer - English Anglican clergyman, theologian and author, who eventually went to work in Canada.

Billy Graham - well-known American Evangelist, with a world-wide reach.

I found it very interesting to read how these five very different characters all had immense influence over the Christian Church during the 20th century, and each in their own very different ways enriched the life of that church, and of many individuals also. The book is really an essay in how God can use different individuals, with different approaches, and to some extent different beliefs, to add to the sum-total of the life of His church. Each of these men made a huge contribution to the life of the church in their day.

I have personally sat under the ministry of three of them (John Stott, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Billy Graham), and thank God for it. The book reminded me of the immense debt we all owe to these spiritual leaders.

Five Evangelical Leaders was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1984
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I am currently reading, They're Your Kids by Sam Sorbo. It is an excellent read and I highly suggest it!
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I am currently reading, They're Your Kids by Sam Sorbo. It is an excellent read and I highly suggest it!

Oh, awesome! Good to hear such a favorable review from someone who's already been homeschooling.
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I am reading WikiChurch by Steve Murrell. It's really good and talks a lot about how the best way to grow a church is to quickly disciple new converts and get them out winning new people as well. It's really good and worth the read, even if you aren't a pastor or church leader.
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I recently started, Redeeming Childbirth and I am really liking it!
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I have just finished reading "He never said..." by Steve Chalke. The author is a Baptist Minister, conference speaker, and television presenter. Thirty years ago he founded the Oasis Trust, a Christian charity which is involved in churches, education, youth work, and anti human trafficking. He is well known on this side of the Atlantic and beyond.

The book is a reflection and examination of various "sayings" which ae common parlance among the community at large ( and frequently among Christians too), but which Jesus never actually said. The book consists of 20 chapters, each of which considers one popular phrase, and then examines it against the teachings of scripture, and of Jesus Himself.

Examples of chapter headings are:-

"God helps those who help themselves"
"The family that prays together stays together"
"Better safe that sorry"
"Would you like to apply for church membership?"

This is a stimulating book, and whether we agree with all the author's conclusions or not, the questions he poses are ones we can all benefit from considering.

Well worth a read.

the book is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton.
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Just finished reading "John Sentamu's Faith Stories". This is a collection of 20 true faith-based stories taking place in the North of England. Each story is told by the person involved, and the book is edited by John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, who also writes a brief introduction to each story.

Some of the stories related are truly remarkable, and this has led me to open a new thread which you can find here: http://www.christianparentsforum.com...031#post127031

The book is published in the UK by Darton, Longman and Todd.
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I've just finished reading "Prayer -does it make any difference?", by the American writer Philip Yancey. This book examines the question of prayer both from a theoretical/philosophical standpoint, but also from a practical day-to-day standpoint. Typical of the questions he asks and seeks to address are:-

What is prayer?
What difference does it make?
Why and how should we pray?
What about unanswered prayer?
How should we understand prayer for physical healing?

I imagine that many of you probably have the same kind of difficult relationship that I have with prayer - sometimes it comes easily and flows out of our minds, and at other times it is difficult and we struggle to enter into the spirit of prayer. Perhaps we have different approaches also - formal/informal style, scheduled prayer-times/random impulses - formal written prayers/spontaneous prayers from the heart. And maybe many of us use a mixture of all those things. The author considers all these issues and many more, dealing with the intellectual considerations and difficulties as well as the ordinary everyday issues of finding time/inclination/concentration etc.

I found this book very helpful in concentrating my mind on why and how I pray, as well as opening up new possibilities for methods and opportunities with this most personal and intimate act of communing with God.

Oh, and by the way, the author gives a most resounding "yes" to the question implied in the title of the book!

The book is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton.
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