This month Claire Rush has written a review of Julia Immonen's Row for Freedom, which she would like to recommend to you for your Christmas reading. We asked the rest of the Trustees to suggest an inspirational and challenging book which would make a perfect Christmas gift...
So here we go:
'It's a short and fairly easy read, which seeks to bring the ideal of marriage and the reality of marriage closer together. Whilst there may not be anything profoundly new revealed about marriage, it is refreshingly real and balanced - particularly as it's written through a conversation between Rob and his wife Kristen who share stories in way that made me think 'I totally get that!'
'This is just a great book, witty, passionate and grounded in the reality of life as it is lived. If you are someone coming from a youth work background Anne Lamott’s essay on adolescence, chapter 7, is honest, moving and laugh out loud funny. This book is full of real life, real faith and lived out theology. Grab a coffee and read this because “Rest and laughter are the most spiritually subversive acts of all.” (p308).
Karen Openshaw recommends Roman Catholic Franciscan friar Richard Rohr's Eager to Love.
'Thi s is a study into the way of living (and loving) modelled by St Francis of Assisi. It’s an easy and enjoyable read but nonetheless thought provoking – a way of being to aspire too. My practice is to begin each day with prayer and reflection; it is a discipline without which I feel a little afloat. It anchors me and sets me up for the day – a salutary reminder that each and every day we are not alone but accompanied by God.'
'Presentation software is a wonderful communications tool for any leader or speaker - but 98% of the time it is used astonishingly badly. Nancy Duarte (who designed the presentation for Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth tour and film) is one of the best teachers on how to use it well, really well. This book is packed full of excellent advice, and will change the way you think about using slides.'
'This is a great book demonstrating the variety of leadership styles and explores what servant leadership looks like. Brian Harris argues that many people become leaders somewhat reluctantly, and do so because there is a need for leadership in a context where no leadership would be a worse option – and over time learn to lead effectively in a quiet, undramatic way. He calls these people: “quiet leaders” - and likens them to the tortoise of the old story, whereby through taking one step after another and persevering the tortoise eventually reaches the goal.'
'This book helps us to think about how older people in the church can learn from the young. It challenges us to be quiet and listen to the younger generation and spend more time with them, so that we can be encouraged and challenged by them. Creps is a very good communicator and argues his point well in an easy to read book.'
So – you just have time to order one of thee books as part of your Christmas reading or as a gift for someone else. Enjoy!