If you’ve got some time out this summer and are looking for something encouraging to read, here are a couple of suggestions from me:
1. Unshockable Love
Why were “sinners” so attracted to Jesus, yet repelled by the religious? Do the broken people we meet feel drawn to us and our church, or do we repel them by expecting them to clean themselves up a little before we can accept them?
In this book John Burke looks at how Jesus interacted with people in the gospels and considers what we can learn from that. Prepare to be shocked.
I found this hugely shaping personally, and I would say it’s a must read for us all.
2. God is closer than you think
Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself.
That’s what the Bible promises, so why settle for less?
This book by John Ortberg is a personal favourite of mine.
Enjoy … and I would honestly love to know what you think.