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Your Year Ahead in Books

So you have just finished discovering what others have read in 2020. Books on leadership in times of crisis, books on biblical theology which can help you preach from obscure corners of the Scriptures, books which help you explain difficult doctrines to earnest enquirers, books which expound culture and give us new clarity in our missional commitments. I never cease to be impressed by pastors and preachers who still find the time to read in their busy schedule. Learning from a variety of voices makes us agile generalists, and we all know that ministry in local churches requires just that,...

My Year in Books – Wendy Lin

My books this year include Christian, parenting, cultural ponderings and fiction. (Books I have already reviewed on TGCA throughout the year have not been included again, however tempting it was to do so). They are grouped into broad categories below. Fiction   Books by Fredrik Backman Backman was a wonderful discovery for me this year. I devoured Beartown and Us Against You, both set in rural Sweden where ice-hockey reigns supreme and a crime separates the community. A totally compelling read with great insight into the complexities of relationships, and how people act, for better and for worse. For those that...

My Year in Books – Claire Smith

For someone who spends much of their time sitting at a desk reading and writing, I am generally amazed at how few books I read cover to cover, and that I read for no other reason than I am interested to read them! ‘My Year in Books’ tends to be determined by the projects I’m working on that given year. This year, for example, I was asked to review three books on the Bible’s teaching about men and women.[1] Unfortunately, I could not recommend any of them, as I explain in the reviews I’ve written. But they did alert me to...

The Lowest Place of Highest Joy – Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

ARCANE AND GERMANE BOOK REVIEWS #10 ““After reading a new book, never allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”“All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”(C.S. Lewis) The nineteenth century poet Christina Rossetti was born into an intellectual and artistic family. Her brother, Dante Gabrielle Rossetti—perhaps the most famous of the Pre-Raphaelite painters[1], became part of a circle that included the polymath painter/designer/writer/publisher and social reformer, William Morris. Many of Christina’s poems speak of grief and loss, but also bear testimony to the solid hope and true joy she found in...

My year in the Bible with My Conversation Partners

I have rarely spent more time in God’s Word. Determination not to get sucked into the Netflix binge vortex, led me to open the Bible on a daily basis. COVID-19 has changed our world for the worse and for the better. On the plus side, I have rarely spent more time in God’s Word than I have in 2020. Enforced lockdown, the challenges of ministry to people in isolation, and determination not to get sucked into the Netflix binge vortex, led me to open the Bible on a daily basis and to record short Bible bites on many sections of...

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