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BOOK SEVEN of Ten that have Shaped my Life Community and Growth by Jean Vanier.

A book that I have returned to on so many occasions. My copy is now dogeared and falling apart through constantly referencing it and drawing from it both its inspiration and instructions on community life. Written by somebody who formed … Continue reading

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BOOK SIX of Ten that have Shaped My Life. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

I’d come to faith, studied the Bible, read theology and was now pioneering and pastoring a young and growing church. I’m a simple Geordie bloke who has come to see the faith as embracing the Great Commandment to “love God, … Continue reading

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BOOK FIVE of Ten that have Shaped my Life. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

Pioneering and planting on an urban council estate in 1980s Teeside, privileged to see many people coming to faith, baptisms and church growth there was no disguising the fact that we were living through a period of devastating injustice and … Continue reading

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BOOK FOUR of Ten that have shaped my life. The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler

Following three years in Bible College, which was brilliant for spiritual formation and a missional outlook but was fairly confined and prescriptive in its theological outlook, I spent a year at Cardiff University, (a very different theological arena) doing a … Continue reading

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BOOK THREE of Ten that have shaped my life. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.

A young believer in the faith, at Bible College, reading theology, learning about the Bible and church history, much emphasis on mission and evangelism and exhortation to love God and the world. Knowing what you should and what you desire … Continue reading

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Book Two of Ten

BOOK TWO of Ten that have shaped my life. Strength to Love by Martin Luther King. Sent to me, by a former schoolfriend, when I was in the Cairngorms of Scotland training to be an Outward Bound instructor. The book … Continue reading

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10 Books that Have Shaped My Life

Apologies to those readers of my blog for the absence of posts in recent months. There are issues of capacity and I have been posting on Facebook at fairly regular intervals. if you would like to follow me on Facebook, … Continue reading

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