Reading List

Please find here a list of books I’ve been reading in recent years (even if I’m re-reading them) with a bit of a star recommendations for any particularly worth reading.  Just helps me keep track!  I didn’t keep the list during 2015/2016 for a variety of reasons, but thought I’d start keeping note again!  I’m happy to talk to you more about any book if you want to know more!

One to five stars, five being the ‘best’.

2017

‘Leading a Whole-Life Disciple-making Church’, by Tracey Cotterell, 2012 (Grove Books)

‘The Benedict Option’ by Rod Dreher, 2017 (Sentinel) ***

‘A Gospel Primer for Christians’ by Milton Vincent,  (10ofthose) ****

‘Being Disciples’ by Rowan Williams, 2016 (SPCK) ****

‘Slow Church’ by Christopher Smith and John Pattison, 2014 (IVP) ***

‘Simply Good News’ by Tom Wright, 2015 (SPCK) ****

‘Little Book of Hygge’
Miek Weiking, 2016  (Penguin) **

‘The Alchemist’
Paul Coelho, 1995 (HarperOne) ****

2014

‘Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes in God’ Frank Shaeffer, 2014, (Creatista) **

‘We Make the Road By Walking’
Brian McLaren, 2014, Brian McLaren, 2014 (HodderFaith) ****

‘REvangelical:  Becoming the Good News’
 Lance Ford, 2014, (Tynedale) ***

‘The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairytales’ Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm,  (Acheron Press) ****

‘The Duty of Delight:  The Diaries of Dorothy Day’  (Ed) Robert Ellsburg, 2008,  (Image) *****

‘The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read it’  Peter Enns, 2014, (HarperCollins)****

‘Eager to Love:  The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi’ Richard Rohr, 2014 (Hodder & Stoughton) *****

‘F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way’, John C Parkin, 2008  (Hay House) ***

‘Urban to the Core: Motives for Incarnational Mission’, Juliet Kilpin, 2013 (Matador Publishing) *****

‘Bivo: A Modern-Day Guide for Bi-vocational Saints’, Hugh Halter, 2013, (Missio Publishing)****

‘Interrupted’ – Jen Hatmaker, 2014 (Navpress) ***

‘Thin Places’ – Tracy Brazer, 2007 (Leafwood Publishers) ***

‘The Celtic Quest’ – Rosemary Power, 2010, (St Columba Press) *

‘Recovering the Past: Celtic and Roman Mision’ – John Finney, 1996, (DLT) ***

‘King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine’ – Robert Moore & Doug Gillette, 1992, (HarperSanFransisco) ****

‘Spiritual Direction:  A Guide to Giving and Recieving Direction’ – Gordon T Smith, 2014, (IVP) ****

‘Re-enchanging Christianity: Faith in an Emerging Culture’- Dave Tomlinson, 2008, (Canterbury Press) ****

‘Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth’  – Hugh Halter, 2014 (David C Cook) ****

‘The Hobbit’ – J R R Tolkein, 1937, (George Allen And Unwin UK) *****

‘Leaving Church’ – Barbara Brown Taylor, 2007 (HarperOne) ****

‘Epic Jesus: The Christ you Never Knew’ – Frank Viola, 2011, (PTM)****

‘Altars in the World’ – Barbara Brown Taylor, 2009 (Canterbury Press) ****

‘The Radical Disciple’ – John Stott, 2010, (IVP) ***

‘The Celtic Way’ – Ian Bradley, 1993 (Darton, Longman, Todd) ****

‘Beyond Busyness’ – Stephen Cherry, 2013 (Sacristy Press, Durham) ***

‘Follow Me’ – David Platt, 2013, (Tyndale/ Zondervan) ***

‘A New Monastic Handbook’ – Ian Mobsby & Mark Berry, 2014, (Canterbury Press) ****

2013

‘Forest Church’ – Bruce Stanley, 2013, (Mystic Christ Press) ****

‘Soulcraft’ – Bill Plotkin, 2003, New World Library ***

‘Preparing for Christmas’ – Richard Rohr, 2008,  (Fransiscan Media) ****

‘Adam’s Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation’ – Richard Rohr, 2004 (Crossroads) ****

The Naked Now:  Learning to See as the Mystics See‘ – Richard Rohr, 2009, (Crossroads) ***

‘Falling Upward:  A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life’ – Richard Rohr, 2011, (Jossey-Bass) *****

‘Everything Belongs:  The Gift of Contemplative Prayer‘ – Richard Rohr, 2003 (Crossroads) ***

‘Immortal Diamond:  The Search for Our True Self’ – Richard Rohr, 2013, (Jossey-Bass) *****

‘From Wild Man to Wise Man:  Reflections on Male Spirituality‘ – Richard Rohr, 2005, (St Anthony’s Press) ***

‘Managing Depression with CBT for Dummies’ – Brian Thomson, 2012,  (John Wiley and Sons) *****

‘Living the Hours: Monastic Spirituality in Everyday Life’ – Anthony Grimley, 2010, (Canterbury Press) **

‘The Mind Map Book:  Unlock Your Creativity, Boost Your Memory, Change Your Life’ – Tony Buzan, 2009 (BBC) *****

‘Iron John: A Book about Men’ – Robert Bly *****

‘Speaking of Jesus:  The Art of Not-Evangelism’ – Carl Medearis, 2011, (David C Cook) ****

‘The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church’ – Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim,  2012 (Jossey-Bass) ***

‘How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels’ – Tom Wright, 2012 (SPCK)  ****

‘Big Hearted’ – Simon Goddard, Chris Duffett, 2012 (Gilead Books) ***

‘My Mother is an Old Elephant’ – Peter Neary-Chaplin, 2012 (MinistryofWords) ****

‘Love Wins:  At the Heart of Life’s Big Questions’ – Rob Bell, 2011, (Collins) ****

‘Multi-Voiced Church’ – Stuart and Sian Murray-Williams, 2012 (Authentic) ****

‘New Monasticism as a Fresh Expression’ – Graham Cray and Ian Mobsby, 2010, (Canterbury) **

‘Running Over Rocks:  Spiritual Practices to Transform Tough Times’ – Ian Adams, 2013, (Canterbury) *****

‘A Pilgrim Way: New Celtic Monasticism for Everyday People’ – Ray Simpson, 2005, (Kevin Mayhew) ****

‘Exploring Celtic Spirituality’ – Ray Simpson, 2004 (Kevin Mayhew) *****

‘The Rule of St Benedict’ – St Benedict ***

‘A Celtic Liturgy’ – Patricia Anne Robson, 2008 (SPCK) ***

‘The Imitation of Christ’ – Thomas à Kempis, 2008 (Paraclete Press) ***

2012

‘A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Mission and Community around the Table’ – Chester, Tim,  2011 (IVP)  *****

‘Everyday Church: Mission by Being Good Neighbours’ – Chester, T & Timmis, S,  2011 (IVP)  ****

‘Reading the Bible After Christendom’ – Pietersen, L,  2011,  (Paternoster) ***

‘Road to Missional: The Journey to the Centre of the Church’ – Frost, M, 2011, (Shapevine) ***

‘The Orthodox Heretic:  And Other Impossible Tales’ – Rollins, Peter,  2009 (Paraclete Publishing) ****

‘The Jesus Prayer:  The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God’ – Mathewes-Green,  Frederica, 2010 (DLT)  ***

‘The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure and Courage’ – Hirsch, A & Frost, M, 2011 (Shapevine)  ***

‘Launching Missional Communities’ Breen, M & Absolom, A, 2010 (3DM)  ***

‘The Grace Outpouring: Blessing Others through Prayer’ – Godwin, Ron, 2008 (David C Cook)  **

‘A Generous Orthodoxy’ – McLaren, Brian, 2006 (Zondervan)  ****

‘Naked Spirituality’ –  McLaren, Brian, 2011, (Hodder & Stoughton) ****

‘Erasing Hell’ – Chan, Francis, 2011 (David C Cook)  ***

‘From Wild Man to Wise Man: Reflections on Male Spirituality’ – Rohr, Richard,  2005 (St Anthony Messenger Press)  **

‘ Simply Jesus:  A Vision of What He Did, Who He Was, and Why He Matters’ – Wright, Tom  2011 (HarperOne)  ****

‘Surprised by Hope:  Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church’– Wright, Tom 2011 (SPCK Publishing)  *****

‘Cave Refectory Road:  Monastic Rhythms for Contemporary Living’ – Adams, Ian 2010 (Canterbury Press Norwich)  ****

‘Finding Our Way Again: The Return of The Ancient Practices’ – McLaren, Brian 2008 (Thomas Nelson)  ****

2011

Radical Holiness for Radical Living – C Peter Wagner ***

‘One for All’ – J Knaggs & S Court  ****

The Jesus Creed – Scot McKnight **

Missional Small Groups – M Scott Boren ****

Missio Dei Breviary – Missio Dei ****

High Street Monasteries – Ray Simpson ***

Punk Monk – Andy Freeman *****

Follow – Floyd McClung ****

Right Here, Right Now – Ford and Hirsch ***

Worship and Mission After Christendom – Krieder & Krieder ****

History of Scotland – Neil Oliver ****

The Provocative Church – GrahamTomlin ***

The Passionate Life – Breen and Kallestad ****

The Naked Anabaptist – Stuart Murray *****

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith – Rob Bell **

Barefoot Disciple – Stephen Cherry ***

The Fry Chronicles – Stephen Fry **

Leadership in The Salvation Army: A Case Study in Clericalisation – Harold Hill ****

From Eternity to Here – Frank Viola ***

The Testament – John Grisham ***

Finding Sanctuary – Christopher Jamieson ****

Finding Happiness – Christopher Jamieson ***

Clusters: Creative Mid-sized Missional Communities – Mike Breen and Bob Hopkins ***

2010

– Brafman, O. “The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organisations” ****

– Viola, F & Barna, G “Pagan Christianity: Exploring the Roots of our Church Practices” ****

– Viola, F & Sweet, L “Jesus Manifesto” ***

– Viola, F, “Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity” ***

– Viola, F. “The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament” *****

– Viola, F “Finding Organic Church ***

– Hirsch, A . “The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church”  *****

– Hirsch, A. “The Forgotten Ways Handbook: A Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches”  *****

– Hirsch, A. “Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship”  ***

– Claiborne, S & Perkins, J. “Follow Me to Freedom: Leading as an Ordinary Radical” **

– Eastman & Latham, “The Urban Church: A Practitioners Resource Book.” *

– Boren, M.S. “Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community that makes a different in the world” **

– Cole, N. “Organic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You Are” ***

– Cole, N. “Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church” **

– Murray, S. “The Naked Anabaptist” ****

– Stibbe, M & Williams, A. “Breakout”  ***

– Freeman, A & Greig, P . “Punk Monk: New Monasticism and the Ancient Art of Breathing”  *****

– Jamison, C “Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life” ****

– McClung, F “You See Bones – I see an Army: Changing the Way we Do Church” *****

– Bessenecker, S “The New Frairs: The Emerging Movement Serving the World’s Poor”  ***

– Wilson-Heartgrove, J “New Monasticism: What it has to say to today’s Church”  ***

– Bonnhoeffer, D “Life Together”  ****

– Bishop, G. “Darkest England and the Way Back In” *****

– Wilson, M “Eden: Called to the Streets” ****

– Yancey, P “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” **

2009

– Larsson, J. (2009). “1929: A Crisis That Shaped the Salvation Army’s Future” ***

– Hirsch, A. (2009). “ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church” ****

– Hirsch, A (2007). “The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church” ****

– Hirsch, A. (2009). “The Forgotten Ways Handbook: A Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches” ****

– Claiborne, S. (2006) “The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical” ***

– Halter, H & Smay, M. (2008) “The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community” ***

– Cole, N. (2005) “Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens”  ***

– Noland, J. (2000) “No Limits Together” **

– Murray Williams, S (2004) “Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World”  ****

– Murray Williams, S (2005) “Church after Christendom” ****

– Murray Williams, S (2008) “Planting Churches: A Framework for Practitioners” **

– Bonnke, R (2002) “Evangelism by Fire” *

– Comfort, R (2006) “The Way of the Master” **

– McLaren, B (2008) “A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey” ****

– McKenzie, G (1998) “Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace” *****

– Wagner, P (2002) “Radical Holiness for Radical Living” **

– Munn, O & Court, S (2007) “The Uprising: a Holy Revolution” ***

– Northumbria Community (2005) “Celtic Daily Prayer” ****

– McManus, E (2009) “The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within” ***

– McManus, E (2007) “Soul Cravings” **

– Tomlin, G (2008) “Provocative Church: and study guide” ****

– Wimber, J (2007) “The Way In is the Way On” **

– Booth, W (2009) “Essential Measures” *

– IHQ (2008) “The Salvation Army In The Body Of Christ” *

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