Recommended Reading

A list of critically-acclaimed titles.

 

All I Want is You: A collection of Christian reflections
Sandy Millar

This collection of fascinating stories, anecdotes and illustrations from Sandy Millar’s teachings is for anyone who shares Sandy’s energy and love for life and Jesus. This book is a storehouse of Christian wisdom from one of its most respected practitioners. In short paragraphs, he talks about Jesus, God’s call to intimacy, the power of the Holy Spirit and the teaching of the Bible, alongside more personal stories from his Scottish upbringing, his time as a criminal barrister, his family life, his love of poetry and literature & his experiences of God at work...

NIV Alpha Bible In One Year
Paperback & App

The Alpha course is a great way to find out more about Christianity. Now the Alpha Bible In One Year offers you a practical way to get to know the Bible better. Starting in January, the whole Bible is divided up into easy daily readings to take you through the year. With an introduction and daily online commentary from Alpha founder Nicky Gumbel, reading the Alpha Bible In One Year is designed to be a community experience that will inspire and equip you in building lifelong faith on firm foundations.

Culture Making: Recovering our creative calling
Andy Crouch

Crouch unpacks the complexities of how culture works and gives us tools for cultivating and creating culture. He navigates the dynamics of cultural change and probes the role and efficacy of our various cultural gestures and postures. Keen biblical exposition demonstrates that creating culture is central to the whole scriptural narrative, the ministry of Jesus and the call to the church. A model of his premise, this landmark book is sure to be a rallying cry for a new generation of culturally creative Christians. Discover your calling and join the culture makers.

Courageous Leadership
Bill Hybels

This is far more than another book on leadership strategies and techniques. You’ll find those topics in here, to be sure. But beyond them, you’ll find the very essence of one of today’s foremost Christian leaders—his fervent commitment to evangelism and discipleship and his zeal to inspire fellow church leaders even as he seeks to keep growing as a leader himself. If unchurched people matter to you . . . if you love seeing believers serve passionately with their spiritual gifts . . . if God’s heartbeat for the church is your heartbeat as well . . . then this book is a must. Courageous Leadership will convince you to lead with all your might, all your skill, and all your faith. And it will give you the tools to do just that.

Developing the Leaders Around You
John C. Maxwell

Why do some people achieve great personal success, yet never succeed in building a business or making an impact in their organization? John C.Maxwell knows the answer. “The greatest leadership principle that I have ever learned in over twenty-five years of leadership,” says Maxwell, “is that those closest to the leader will determine the success level of that leader.” It’s not enough for a leader to have vision, energy, drive, and conviction. If you want to see your dream come to fruition, you must learn how to develop the leaders around you. Whether you’re the leader of a non-profit organization, small business, or Fortune 500 company, Developing the Leaders Around You can help you to take others to the limits of their potential and your organisation to a whole new level.

Dirty Glory: Go Where Your Best Prayers Take You
Pete Greig

For many Christians, prayer is an obligation that has little bearing on everyday life. The story of the 24/7 prayer movement demonstrates in gripping detail how prayer is far more than an obligation and how God is far more interested in prayer than we are. Continuing to chronicle the life and extraordinary ministry of the 24/7 prayer movement for a readership anxiously awaiting this title, Pete Greig tells story after story of God’s faithful interaction with human prayer to change lives and cultures.

Get It Across Loud And Clear
Ali Martin

A practical resource to equip and develop public speakers to communicate the word of God effectively. How can we take the Bible and help it to come alive for others? How can we ensure that church talks aren’t just something people have to endure but instead are opportunities for people to understand and respond to the word of God? This book is packed full of practical tips to enable speakers to refine and develop their ability to communicate. Whether they ve been communicating for years or have never tried to communicate God’s word before, this book will encourage, equip and inspire them to become the very best communicator they can be.

Good To Great
Jim Collins

After a five-year research project, Collins concludes that good to great can and does happen. In this book, he uncovers the underlying variables that enable any type of organization to make the leap from good to great while other organizations remain only good. Rigorously supported by evidence, his findings are surprising - at times even shocking - to the modern mind. Good to Great achieves a rare distinction: a management book full of vital ideas that reads as well as a fast-paced novel.

From Vision to Action: Practical steps for church growth
Tricia Neill

From Vision to Action is a practical and encouraging ‘how-to guide’ for turning vision into reality and managing church growth. Tricia Neill draws more than nineteen years’ experience at HTB and Alpha to produce a book that offers valuable insights for churches of all sizes. Updated and expanded, this edition includes new material on how to form a vision.

Live, Love, Lead: Your best is yet to come!
Brian Houston

Whether you are searching for your calling or wholeheartedly pursuing your life’s purpose, Brian Houston’s transformative approach to life will help you navigate a faith path that is all your own and discover unique gifts tailored perfectly for your journey. In this straightforward book, Brian Houston shares his own life-tested experiences and the powerful biblical truths he’s learned that will enable you to live fully, love completely, and lead boldly - the hallmarks of Jesus’ time on earth. When it comes to life with Jesus, there is no doubt - your best is yet to come!

Preaching
Tim Keller

Most Christians - including pastors - struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people’s lives. Timothy Keller is known for his insightful, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, encounter Jesus and apply the Bible to their lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate and compassionate way.

Refuel
Kate Middleton

Stress is a massive issue in our 21st century culture, and the Church is by no means exempt. There is some evidence that people involved with the church might be at particular risk of stress related illness and burn out. How do we get the balance right when there’s so much more than work and life to juggle? How do we manage the tension between our passion for God and our other responsibilities? How do we manage to reach our full potential without burning out? Good stress management isn’t about living a half-life - it is possible to remain motivated, passionate and on fire, without constantly being on the brink of burnout. Kate Middleton’s biblical self-help book will help readers to identify understand the dangers of stress and offers practical tips to reduce and manage stress in a biblical way.

The Blessed Church
Robert Morris

In The Blessed Church, Pastor Morris of Gateway Church explores how a church can be fast-growing and spiritually-enriching—and still healthy. With the powerful stories, candour, and humour he’s known for, Morris shows how every component of your church—including mission, government, teaching, worship, small groups, giving, and outreach—can receive God’s richest blessings.

The Church On Its Knees: Dynamic prayer in the local church
Jeremy Jennings

The story of how prayer developed at Holy Trinity Brompton, a dynamic church in central London and home of the Alpha course. Written by Jeremy Jennings, this book is a practical approach to dynamic prayer in the local church.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
Patrick Lencioni

In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two best–selling books, The Five Temptations of a CEO and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.

The Marriage Course
Nicky and Sila Lee

How can we be happily married to one person for the whole of our lives? How do we resolve conflict? How can we discover and rediscover sexual intimacy? Full of practical advice, this best-selling book is easy to read and is designed to prepare, build and even mend marriages.

The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs
John C Maxwell

The path to leadership begins with a question only few of us ask: How do I lead myself? John Maxwell presents twenty-six insights, not just for those who aspire to positions of leadership but also for veteran leaders who aim to build and improve upon the steps that led them to the front of the line. Sound leadership will impact any endeavour, but sound leaders are prepared for risk-and importantly, failure-just as they point the way toward achievement. With application exercises and a "Mentoring Moment" to accompany each chapter, The Leadership Handbook presents a road map for a path many may cross but few choose to follow. "A leader," counsels Maxwell, "never has to recover from a good start."