24th July, 2013 – On the bookshelf this week…

OK, once again time has slipped away and the bookshelf remains bare. But we return this week with some new books you may like to take a look at…

• First up, it’s the latest book we’ve reviewed on Sight - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. To read Darren Cronshaw’s review, head to www.sightmagazine.com.au/stories/Books/pilgrimage24.7.13.php.

Here’s some others you may have missed:

The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church. You can read Darren Cronshaw’s review here: www.sightmagazine.com.au/stories/Books/revolution26.6.13.php.

• The Ephesus ScrollYou can read Darren Cronshaw’s review here: www.sightmagazine.com.au/stories/Books/ephesus29.5.13.php.

Turn Back the Battle: Isaiah Speaks to Christians Today. Read David Adams’ review here: www.sightmagazine.com.au/stories/Books/turnback16.5.13.php

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The Sight Bookclub’s February read – ‘Every Good Endeavour: Connecting Your Work to God’s Plan for the World’…

Every-Good-EndeavourEver wondered how your work – whether mundane, exciting or otherwise – fits in with your Christian walk? New York Times best-selling author and pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Timothy Keller, takes an indepth and insightful look at the issue in his 2012 book, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Plan for the World.

We’ve selected the book as the February read and are inviting you to join with us in reading it and then participating in a discussion about the book at the end of the month.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re joining us – just leave a comment below and let us know. The date and time of the online discussion will be revealed down the track…

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On the Sight Bookshelf this week…

It’s almost Christmas so here is our last on the bookshelf for the year (and yes, there have been far too few). 

But before we do that, I wanted to mention that in 2013 we’re introducing a new SIGHT BOOKCLUB in which we’ll be reading and then discussing a particular book each month (with anyone invited to join in the conversation!). More details to come soon.

But back to our bookshelf list (where you may just find some holiday reading or even a belated Christmas gift)…

Fascinating Times: A Social Commentary – Mal Fletcher. A collection of essays by Mal reflecting on ethics and society today. Read our recently posted review here.

Dead Sea: A Novel - Lynne Baab. You can read Darren Cronshaw’s review here.

The Unsolved Mystery of Noah’s Ark - Mary Irwin. The story of how Mary Irwin came to conclude Noah’s Ark was not on Mt Ararat. You can read more about the book in a piece by Mark Ellis here.

The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger - Lee Strobel. A classic investigation of the Christmas story by journalist Lee Strobel.

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine - Max Lucado. The much loved author’s latest book on the subject of, yes – you guessed it, grace.

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On the Sight bookshelf this week…

Apologies for the gap between posts – we’ll try and make it a more regular feature. Here’s this week’s selection of books that you may find interesting, including some related to recent articles…

• The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die - David Nyoul Vincent. Read David Adams’ review of his inspiring story here.

Reaching for the Invisible God - Philip Yancey. Mentioned by Nils von Kalm in his recent Thoughts on Life blog entry, Expectation is the Mother of Resentment.

•  Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life - Nick Vujicic. Nick’s latest book, Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action, is released in October.

The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness - Timothy Keller. Released earlier this year, this short text looks at how freedom is found in the putting aside of self.

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On the Sight bookshelf this week…

You may have noticed that Sight is now directly linking to books for sale on Amazon from the main website – just follow the links from there as you would from here. But we’ll still be updating this page as we hope it becomes something of a hub for talk about books…

Meantime, here’s some books of interest…

• A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran. A fascinating book by an ex-CIA spy with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who is now a Christian. For more on the man known as Reza Khalili, see our article here.

• The Society of Promoting Christian Knowledge Australia (SPCKA) recently announced its shortlist for Australian Christian Book of the Year. Along with historian Geoffrey Blainey’s A Short History of Christianity, Baptist theologian Ross Clifford’s Apologetic Preaching and Teaching for the Church and the Marketplace, and Cameron Semmens’ The Zoo In You (see Darren Cronshaw’s review  here)they include Murray Seiffert’s Gumbuli of Ngukurr, Sharon Witt’s Teen Talk Parent Talk, Shan Joseph’s Colour Worms and Cecily Patterson’s Love, Tears and Autism.

• Lady in Waiting: Sex. God. Love. (Extended Version) - Sabrina Peters. Unfortunately we don’t have a link but you can read our review here

The Cross and the Switchblade - David Wilkerson. A classic book about the life changing power of Jesus Christ.

Any recommendations?

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On the Sight bookshelf this week…

What’s on the Sight bookshelf this week…

Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries - Gerald L Sittser. You can read Darren Cronshaw’s review on Sight here..

 Beautiful Outlaw: Experiencing the Playful, Disruptive, Extravagant Personality of Jesus - John Eldredge. Like all of Eldredge’s books, this is encouraging and inspiring, and serves to challenge how we view Christ, to form an accurate and real picture of all that He is. (Kris Bather)

• Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl. Nils von Kalm mentions Frankl’s work in his Sight-Seeing article, The Way of Meaning.

• The Great Awakening: Seven Ways to Change the World - Jim Wallis. A challenging text on the interplay of Christianity and politics (David Adams).

We’re keen to hear your thoughts on these books and any other recommendations you’d like to make!

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On the Sight bookshelf this week…

What’s on the Sight bookshop this week…

The Voice Bible: Step Into the Story of Scripture. A new Bible translation which, as well as scholars, involved writers, poets and musicians. See our story on it here

 Viral Jesus: Recovering the contagious power of the Gospel - Ross Rohde. A look at how can we recapture the excitement of the early church.

Punk Monk: New Monasticism and the Ancient Art of Breathing - Andy Freeman. An interesting examination of the rise of monasticism.

The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis. A classic text. What else needs to be said?

What would you recommend?…

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