Look at ‘Suggested Reading’ for titles of books which are well worth reading.
This page is reserved for members of Christ’s Body The Church who have written, or who are writing a book, and would like to give some information about the book, and share a short passage. Please email me with anything of interest.
My own book, ‘Who Are We Listening To’, is now in its second draft. It focusses on the listening aspect of prayer.
Following is a short extract from the chapter which looks at ‘The Bible’ as a source of God’s word, which can speak to us as individuals:
‘Throughout the Bible, the importance and sanctity of the Bible for our guidance is emphasized. In Psalms we read:
‘The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.’ (Psalm 19 vs. 7)
Moreover, it asks:
‘How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.’ (Psalm 119 vs. 9)
‘Sanctify them by the truth,’ said Jesus, ‘your word is truth.’ (John Ch. 17 vs. 17)
Paul also echoed these words in Acts Ch. 20 vs. 32, while speaking to the Ephesian Elders, when he said before leaving them:
‘Now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.’
Likewise, in Romans Ch.15 vs. 4, Paul emphasizes the importance and value of the written word in our walk with God:
‘For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.’
It is impossible for a Christian to mature in his relationship God, and in his life on this earth, without constant reference to, and meditation on, the eternal word of God.
The Bible is to be seen as a whole, and consequently I would encourage anyone who has not done so to read the whole book, and not to rely totally on being selective. Each time I have read through this book I have identified familiar threads, aspects of God’s character and purpose, weaving their way through the Old and New Testaments, and I have been more thrilled and challenged by it than I have by hundreds of sermons. Moreover, each time I have read through the Bible I have felt drawn to Christ, whose character and purpose shines out of every page.
In no way are the Scriptures simply a treasure trove of God’s words for us to dip into and pull out wonders and marvels that tantalize and excite us.’