St Michael's Book Stall

Reading Christian books is a great way to help us grow as disciples of Jesus.  Even more so when we read them 'in community', where we read the same book at about the same time. It's why 'book groups' are so popular across the country. Who knows, this may even spur some on to gather their own book discussion group?!

Sharon, our Youth, Children and Families' minister, and Carl, our Vicar, have chosen a diverse range of recommended books for 2024, which are available at all good book shops, and also via this easy link at: St Michael's Book Stall

Why not have a browse for anything else that looks good, and maybe share your finds with others at St Michael's?

June's book recommendation is The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller.

In The Prodigal God, New York pastor Timothy Keller uses the story of the Prodigal Son to shine a light on the central, beautiful message of Jesus: The gospel of grace, hope and salvation. 

Keller argues that the parable of the prodigal son, while Jesus’ best–known parable, is also his least understood. He introduces the reader to all the characters in this timeless story, showing that it concerns not just a wayward son, but also a judgemental older brother and, most importantly, a loving father. 

This short but powerful book is a reminder to the faithful, an explanation to the seeker and finally an invitation to all – both older and younger brothers – to enter in to the ‘unique, radical nature of the gospel’: the reckless, spendthrift love of God. 

June Book

March’s book recommendation is Heaven, How I Got Here by Colin S Smith. 

What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus. Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity, and the faith that can change yours.

March book

February's book recommendation is Let the Children Worship by Jason Helopoulos.

Jason Helopoulos encourages the church to embrace the important part children play in the life of the church and unfolds the enormous blessings to be found in having them present in the worship services of the congregation. He points out how the struggles are temporary – whereas the blessings can be eternal.

February Book

January's book recommendation is A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester.

Tim Chester brings to light God’s purposes in the seemingly ordinary act of sharing a meal—how this everyday experience is really an opportunity for grace, community, and mission. Chester challenges contemporary understandings of hospitality as he urges us to evaluate why and who we invite to our table. Learn how you can foster grace and bless others through the rich fare being served in A Meal with Jesus.

 january book club