Adam Northcroft
Books to inspire, encourage and inform this Summer

The first is by the late Tim Keller and it’s called The Reason For God. While not new, this book is an excellent resource for sceptics and those genuinely searching for answers. Each chapter addresses some of the big objections to Christianity including other religions, hell, science and suffering dealing with them in an intelligent and thoughtful way.

The Reason For God was on The New York Times’ Best Seller list and uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations along with reasoning to explain how belief in a Christian God is soundly rational and relevant today.

Next is a similar, but altogether different book! Andrew Wilson’s If God, Then What? takes a look at nine big questions of life in a quirky and amusing way, wondering aloud about possible answers. The book offers a fresh way of looking at life and communicating the gospel.

Then we come to Andrew Ollerton’s book The Bible: A Story That Makes Sense of Life. Dr Ollerton is a pastor and theologian who has developed The Bible Course in conjunction with the Bible Society, and his book shows how the Bible makes sense of the human story. By exploring the storyline of scripture, he connects six major biblical events with six human needs: meaning, freedom, peace, community, love and home.

At a time of cultural and social upheaval, a better understanding of how the Bible provides wisdom that helps us flourish today will be a source of reassurance and inspiration for many.

The final book to consider is Tom Holland’s Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind.  This plots the impact Christianity has had over the last 2,000 years and the way it shaped the thinking and assumptions of all who have grown up in the West.

He argues Western morality and social norms are deeply influenced by Christianity and helps us to see the debt that is owed to it through the formation of values (such as human rights) that are simply assumed by everyone today.

The book takes a grand sweep through history and sees the way that even non-Christian movements such as feminism and secularism were shaped by Christian thought.

Happy reading!