One of Sandra Baugh's favourite authors and speakers is R.T. Kendall who was the Pastor of Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years. He emphasises 'Word and Spirit' (the authority of the Word of God AND the power of the Holy Spirit). I strongly recommend his book: 'Whatever happened to the Gospel?' It deeply challenges and encourages us to 'keep the main thing the main thing'. I love his opening quotation by C.S. Lewis, 'If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next! It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.' Reading this book helps us to rediscover the 'main thing'. It is one of the best books that I have read for a long time.
Sheelagh Evans recommends The Passion Translation of the Bible:
Sometimes a new way of looking at something can bring fresh inspiration and meaning. I have found this to be the case with The Passion Translation. The meaning of words changes from one generation to the next and there is no such thing as a truly literal translation of the ancient texts; all translations have value if you find them helpful. However, this translation seeks to unlock the passion of God’s heart for us and ours for Him. Personally I have found it to be inspirational and enlightening and the fascinating text notes are an added bonus.
Sheelagh also recommends Premier Christian Radio:
Rachel Christophers recommends Pope Francis book Let us Dream subtitled The path to a better future which Clare Purser has read and found very useful. He urges us not to let the pain of the last year be in vain and offers realistic ways in which we can build a safer, healthier and fairer world in harmony with one another and the whole of creation.
recommends the books of Francine Rivers - especially “Redeeming Love” and “Lineage of Grace” .
“Redeeming Love” re-enacts the story of Hosea in the Old Testament, in the time of the California gold-rush. It reveals God's patience and unconditional love so powerfully.
“Lineage of Grace” is the stories of 5 women in the Bible who are all in the lineage of Jesus, all unlikely characters chosen by God.
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