Category: Books

April 17, 2013
Being a Church Planter's Wife

A friend recently recommended this book to me so I gave it to my wife, who I felt was much better qualified to read and review it for the blog. This is her opinion on the book below. I found this book to be an honest reflection of being a church-planting wife. Christine Hoover openly […]

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April 12, 2013
How Can the Church Respond to Bankrupt Britain

‘Bankrupt Britain: An Atlas of Social Change’ by Daniel Dorling, says that society in Britain is shot through with inequality and poverty. According to their research: It is well-known that of all the countries of Western Europe, the UK has among the highest rates of child poverty and by far the highest rate given the […]

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April 9, 2013
Is Our Helping Really Hurting?

This is an extremely provocative book and I absolutely loved it. Although written for a North American cultural mindset, it is certainly applicable across much of Europe. The byline is, ‘How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself’. We live in a culture where the concept of a ‘missions trip’ […]

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April 2, 2013
The Rise and Fall of Housing Estates

This is quite a lengthy book (245 pages) given that it only contains 6 chapters. Is written by a lady who was born in a large housing estate in Birmingham, UK and latterly lived in the East End of London. She writes with a tangible sense of injustice at the way those of us who […]

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March 15, 2013
Why Love Just Isn't Enough to Plant a Church

Let me start by saying that this is quite a chunky book, considering the strap line: ‘Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline.’ 350+ pages on the topic of membership and discipline seems a bit on the extreme side! However, despite initial misgivings, I have to say that this is an absolute gem of […]

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March 9, 2013
Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel

Let me start by saying that at 170+ pages long, this book by Tim Chester is a short, sharp read on what is often quite an involved topic. For those of us who have read anything written by Ron Sider particularly, it is not going to add anything new to our armoury, but it is […]

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February 6, 2013
Why the Local Church is So Important for Housing Scheme Ministry

When it comes to reviewing books on this site, I ask three questions: Content. Is it biblical? Application. Is it relevant? Is it helpful for our type of ministry in housing schemes? This book comes in three distinct parts: I. What does the Bible say? This is broken down into eight chapters which are suspiciously […]

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January 26, 2013
A Book on Preaching that All Church Planters Must Own

I picked this book up a while ago and recently got around to reading it. The subheading is: “With illustrations from the sermons of Thomas Watson”. The book was so good that instead of reading it in my customary speedy fashion, I forced myself to read a chapter and then slowly digest it over a […]

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January 12, 2013
Walking With the Poor

I bought this book with no little excitement given the list of theological luminaries that have recently been recommending it as a must read. Ron Sider, for instance, calls it: “probably the best book on how to do holistic community development.” There is no doubt that it is comprehensive in its treatment of the issues, […]

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