Book Review

UNLEASHED: The Acts Church Today
           By: Gavin and Anne Calver

This book unpacks the theme of Spring Harvest 2020 which was available to watch on YouTube.

The authors are amongst the online speakers and if you missed it live it is still available and well worth watching whilst we have nothing to do in this lock-down period!!

I found the book gripping and inspiring. It is packed with biblical insights about how the early church in Acts inspires us to be all the Lord wants his church to be today. The authors skilfully unleash the power of the Gospel, the potential of the Church and the possibilities of the age in which we live. It explores topics such as The Holy Spirit in the life of the Church, taking risks, living together in the power of the Spirit, works and wonders, hearing from God and miracles then and now.

I found this book spiritually challenging and very practical and would thoroughly recommend it. It can be downloaded from Amazon for £5.03 or £6.74 in paperback.

Sue Leek

Book Review for Book Group

A suggested book to explore whilst we await an opportunity to discuss, delight in, or disagree about!

‘Following Jesus – Finding our way home in an age of anxiety’ by Henri Nouwen is the suggested book.   This reaches and enriches our being more deeply than most other books – and “refreshes”.   It scratches where spiritual seekers itch (perhaps reveals itches we didn’t even know we had) and invites us to both understand why we itch (e.g. why we are not as happy as we want to be) and what to do about it.   Nouwen has a worldwide reputation as an insightful and reliable spiritual guide.   He’s both gentle and straight talking, and whilst his book welcomes and encourages all of us, we are also asked to think and pray, and perhaps rethink our understanding of the depths of our Lord’s teaching, and the spiritual riches and costs involved.  (e.g. I had to reconfigure my understanding of ‘joy’).   This is a helpful map towards finding the ‘life in all its fullness’ that Jesus talked about.  One reviewer said, ‘I recommend this book with all my heart’.

It’s cheaper on Kindle but the physical book is really well produced.   The publisher is SPCK.   On this occasion please order your own copy if you possibly can.   For more info phone John C (0115 9654566) or John S (07850 677618).