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Book Reviews

We have selected these books below as being helpful and biblical. Please click on an image for a full review and more details about the book.

David Bennett was attracted to other boys from the age of 14, and so had issues with Christianity because he felt if he was to become a Christian he couldn’t act on his romantic inclinations. He became a gay activist in Australia in support of gay marriage. But, “Jesus did not stay tidily out of [his] life.”

Preston Sprinkle (don’t you just love that name!?), is an author, teacher, and speaker with a PhD in New Testament. He’s written a gem of a book called ‘People to be Loved.’ It’s a book that takes seriously the challenge of revisionist teaching, but throughout it radiates a pastoral warmth.

In his introduction, Paul Mallard shares with us some of the weighty family situations and disappointments his family have faced. His aim is to take us on a journey through the “Land of Disappointment” and onwards to a place of forgiveness, restoration and hope in Christ.

This insightful and thought-provoking book is apt for our spiritually hungry age where both Christians and non-Christians are easily caught out by searching for contentment in the wrong places. There have been countless Christians who have struggled with contentment and satisfaction throughout history and the author draws extensively on the wisdom of writers from centuries past.

This autobiography is a deeply personal and honest picture of a man who wants to find fulfilment in Christ and pursue a life of celibacy by taking up his cross. He shows us that there is beauty and joy in sacrifice. Celibacy is a call to longing for something greater than sex.

This is a very practical, intelligent yet accessible read on the issue of introspection. “Think Again” sets us free from looking at our faults and releases us to look outwards and upwards to Christ. The style is uncomplicated, humorous at times and peppered with personal experiences.

This short but meaty book is a useful summary of much of the distilled wisdom of Vaughan Roberts. The book grapples with the debate raging in the Global Anglican Church, but the questions posed by Roberts deserve consideration by all of us seeking to get to grips with the fast-changing nature of sexual ethics in our society.

Andrew T Walker has written a warm and pastoral book on the issue of transgender. He starts by setting out the context of cultural trends, gender language and where we get our authority from. He then looks at the Bible, both at individual passages and also the broad themes that go through it.

In this helpful book, Glynn Harrison firstly sets out where we are today. Then he sets out how to tell a better story that speaks into values of our society. This will equip us to respond to a world that has been failed by the so-called 'sexual revolution' and instead tell a truly better story.