Book of the Month

Book of the Month (Archive Index)
The Book of the Month feature has been temporarily suspended. This page lists all previous Books of the Month, most recent first. To read the review, select either the title or the thumbnail cover image.

These books should be available from your local Christian Bookshop; for a few, you may need to search elsewhere. If you’re not sure where your nearest Christian Bookshop is, please check the Town & City Index. If you can’t find a shop nearby, most titles featured should be available from

Christian Zionism January 2009 Christian Zionism
Israel’s crimes against humanity must always be seen against the backdrop of the equally terrible crimes of humanity against Israel. But does this make those crimes – its ongoing abuse of the Palestinians and, as I revisit this review at the beginning of 2009, its current assault on the Gaza Strip – any less offensive?

A Permanent Becoming October 2008 A Permanent Becoming: Review
Alan Mann, what are you doing to me? When I invited Alan to tell me about his new book, when I designated that book UKCBD ‘Book of the Month’ for September 2008, little did I realise what I was letting myself in for…

A Permanent Becoming September 2008 A Permanent Becoming
I invited Alan Mann to tell us about his new book – and that’s precisely what he’s done. So not a review but an author’s story. Read, enjoy, then get on down to your nearest Christian bookshop to buy and read the book – because the challenges Alan sets before us here are far too important to ignore.

The Dave Walker Reposts August 2008 The Dave Walker Reposts
Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, even for highly placed business men and lawyers…

What am I doing here? July 2008 What am I doing here?
What we have here is a real gem of a book: an introduction to church that starts where we are rather than where the church is, and which bids us welcome even when the church itself seems to delight in building obstacle courses.

Justice and the Heart of God June 2008  Justice and the Heart of God
Not a review but an author’s story: I invited Emma Kennedy to tell us how she became involved with Christian Aid and what inspired her to write this book…

Embracing Grace May 2008 Embracing Grace
At the heart of this book lies a very simple belief – the heart-cry of today’s generation tired of the old way of doing church – it is this: the gospel is to be performed and not just proclaimed.

Why Forgive? April 2008 Why Forgive?
With no simple platitudes to placate us, and no seven steps to perfecting forgiveness to follow, this book is a hard, even harrowing look at the reality of what it means to be hurt and be able (or in some cases, unable) to forgive.

One Step Beyond March 2008 One Step Beyond
You know you’re reading a gripping book when you almost miss your tube stop. That’s what just happened to me, just looked up in time and leapt through the door before it slammed shut on my heels…

The Dawkins Delusion February 2008 The Dawkins Delusion
In less than 100 pages the McGraths do a far more thorough job of dismantling Dawkins than Dawkins does of dismantling God in his 400 page bestseller, ‘The God Delusion’.

Insight into Anxiety January 2008 Insight into Anxiety
A practical and helpful guide to anxiety: a valuable resource for those suffering from it as well as for those working to alleviate anxiety in others.

Thirty Days with Mary and Joseph December 2007 Thirty Days with Mary and Joseph
This colourful book is a must-have for any young Christian family for the Advent season. In these days of mass commercialisation of Christmas, it’s great to find an alternative to chocolate advent calendars, which has a solid Christian message for children to engage with during the run up to Christmas.

The Doors of the Sea November 2007 The Doors of the Sea
Everywhere, Hart’s language is electric and his style energetically lucid and deeply polemic. Indeed, and as one blogging friend put it to me recently in private correspondence, it makes reading anyone else rather boring by comparison!

Love Your Neighbor October 2007 Love Your Neighbor
Living in turbulent times, it is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate the ethical challenges confronting a believer living in the post-Christian 21st-century. This book is a welcome resource in a time where relativism and personal freedom blur the biblical lines of morality.

An Emergent Manifesto of Hope September 2007 An Emergent Manifesto of Hope
I am blown away. Reading this book, I think I have an inkling – just an inkling, mind – of how those two disciples on the Emmaus Road must have felt so many years ago as they spoke with the newly risen Jesus: ‘Our hearts burned within us…’

The iPod August 2007 The iPod
Brian Draper, a graduate of London School of Theology and lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity – as well as frequent BBC Radio 4 ‘Thought for the Day’ presenter – offers us 32 pages of thoughtful and biblically focused reflections on the iPod.

The Good Artist July 2007 The Good Artist
This superbly illustrated story from CWR could well become ‘Journey Into Life’ for the next generation: the Good Artist draws a perfect picture, a perfect world in which he draws perfect animals and people. All is well until the people take the lid off the forbidden paint pot – Splat! And as any parent with toddlers will know, once kids start throwing paint around, we’re in for a serious mess…

Live Laugh and Be Blessed June 2007 Live Laugh and Be Blessed
In an age of terror and unreason, in amongst the twisted thorns of heavy theology and even heavier gunfire, this book shines like a ray of sunlight, restoring faith, resetting priorities, renewing hope.

How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Christian? May 2007 How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Christian?
A booklet that pulls you up short with simple reminders of how easy it can be to make changes for the better at a personal, church and community level.

The Biblical Revelation of the Cross April 2007 The Biblical Revelation of the Cross
Why did Jesus die? It’s a simple enough question at first glance: he was crucified. That’s what happens: crucifixion kills. But for Christians, as well as for anyone else who wants to understand Christianity, that’s inadequate: deeper questioning is called for…

The Manga Bible March 2007 The Manga Bible
Prepare to read the Bible as you’ve never read it before – totally mind-blowing, the Word of God alive and active, cutting edge as sharp as a Samurai sword.

For Young Women Only February 2007 For Young Women Only
So ladies, think about the last time you liked a guy. Of course you probably spent hours upon hours discussing all the ‘what if’s’ …

Heroes & Villains January 2007 Heroes & Villains
Through popular heroes and villains, this book shows how faith and hope versus fear works to influence human attitudes and actions.

Carol Praise December 2006 Carol Praise
At a time of year when church attendance soars, this volume presents a superb opportunity to breathe new life into old services which church leaders can ill afford to ignore.

Silent Heroes November 2006 Silent Heroes
These accounts stand as powerful testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and as a reminder to us all of the terrible price of war, a price that we must never forget.

Simply Christian October 2006 Simply Christian
Simply brilliant… Wright expresses deep and complex ideas with great clarity.

Dear Church September 2006 Dear Church
A book so remarkable that it receives not just one but two reviews, by Conrad Gempf and by Phil Groom.

Christian Zionism August 2006 Christian Zionism
The time for silence is over: those who are Israel’s true friends must speak out against Israel’s behaviour before this nation pushes itself over the brink and into Armageddon.

The Secret Message of Jesus July 2006 The Secret Message of Jesus
“If enough of us see the kingdom — and seeing it, rethink our lives, and rethinking our lives, believe that the impossible is possible — everything could change.”

The Da Vinci Code and the Secrets of the Temple June 2006 The Da Vinci Code and the Secrets of the Temple
A small book with a powerful punch which gets to the bottom of the questions raised by The Davinci Code.

The Christian Handbook April 2006 The Christian Handbook
A superb book that will crack you up with laughter one moment and pull you up short the next as you find yourself and your attitudes caricatured in its pages.

The Dream of Learning Our True Name February 2006 The Dream of Learning Our True Name
A beautifully-presented series of poems and reflections for private and corporate worship use.

White China January 2006 White China
Spirituality tuned in to reality: just what the doctor ordered to get the new year off to a good start!

A Christmas Compendium December 2005 A Christmas Compendium
Looking for a Christmas gift book that connects with the true Spirit of Christmas? Look no further than J John’s Christmas Compendium!

Unlocking the Door November 2005 Unlocking the Door
Packed with creative ideas for evangelism in the real world, this is too good a book to miss!

Mission-Shaped Church October 2005 Mission-Shaped Church
If you only read one Archbishops’ Council report in your entire life, make it this one.

Mealtime Habits of the Messiah August 2005 Mealtime Habits of the Messiah
Just when you thought it was safe, Jesus drops in for dinner…

The Barbarian Way July 2005 The Barbarian Way
Avoid this book at all costs: it’s dangerous.

Not the End of the World June 2005 Not the End of the World
An astonishing and superb retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark.

A Generous Orthodoxy May 2005 A Generous Orthodoxy
If you only read one faith-related book this year, make it this one.

Detox Your Spiritual Life in 40 Days April 2005 Detox Your Spiritual Life in 40 Days
Perhaps the greatest accolade that I can give this book is simply this: it works.

The Last Disciple March 2005 The Last Disciple
Left Behind — or taken in? Thousands, if not millions, of Christians have been…

Child Rearing for Fun February 2005 Child Rearing for Fun
Trust your instincts and enjoy your children!

Jesus and People Like Us January 2005 Jesus and People Like Us
Passionate and powerful, this is one of those rare Christian books that’s almost impossible to put down…

A New Kind of Christian December 2004 A New Kind of Christian
It’s easy to get lost in the post – but it’s supposed to happen to letters, not people. Christians, of no fixed abode (see Hebrews 11:13-16) but so often with a fixed mindset, seem to be especially susceptible…

What Would Buffy Do? November 2004 What Would Buffy Do?
Can Christians learn something from the spirituality of a Vampire Slayer?

The Lost Message of Jesus October 2004 The Lost Message of Jesus
Strips away 2000 years of accumulated tradition & dogma to reveal the real Jesus.

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