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Previous 'Books of the Month'

Week commencing 24th May 2020

'How to Pray: a simple guide for normal people'

Pete Greig

“Prayer was never supposed to be perplexing. In 'How to Pray', Pete Greig offers a simple guide to prayer: what it is, who it's for, and what it can achieve.” 

Week commencing 21st June 2020

'What's so mazing about grace'

Philip Yancey

“Grace does not excuse wrong but treasures the wrongdoer. True grace is shocking, scandalous. It shakes our conventions with it's insistence on getting close to evil and touching it with mercy and hope." Philip Yancey

Week commencing 19th July 2020

'God and the Pandemic'

Tom Wright
BishopTom Wright examines our initial reactions to the Pandemic looking 'to blame' and 'seeing what might not be there' and instead, he invites us to consider a different way of seeing and responding – a way that draws on the teachings and examples of scripture, and above all on the way of living, thinking and praying revealed to us by Jesus

Week commencing 16th August 2020

'Paradoxology: Why Christianity was never meant to be simple'

Krish Kandiah

A bit of a modern classic (2014) this very 'easy to read book' explores some of the paradoxes which seem to undermine our Christian faith when old answers seem to have worn thin. Chapters address paradoxes including 'The God who needs nothing but asks for everything', The God who is actively inactive' and 'The God who wins as He loses'

Week commencing 20th September 2020

Striking Out:

Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

This book came out of Stephen's 700 km pilgrimage walk to Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, and contains prayers, poems, reflections and images.

Whether you have been on pilgrimage in the past, whether you are thinking about walking the ‘Camino’, or you are happy to ‘go’ on pilgrimage while staying at home, you might find this is the book for you.

Week commencing 18th October 2020

‘Secret Believers: What happens when Muslims turn to Christ?’ - Brother Andrew & Al Janssen

 Thousands of ‘Muslim Background Believers’ suffer daily rejection; are prohibited from sharing their faith; and are threatened and in extreme cases beaten or even killed by extremist Muslims.

Here ‘God Smuggler’ Bother Andrew has written a thrilling novel, tracing the intertwined lives of a small group of believers in an unnamed Islamic country. The story becomes all the more fascinating as we realise that the stories are all based on the actual experiences of real people.

Week commencing 10th January 2021

Sitting at the feet of Rabbi Jesus: Ann Spangler & Lois Tverberg

“In Scripture, we perceive the words of Jesus at a distance of many centuries, from an entirely different culture, and in a different language. But what if we could find a way to fine-tune our hearing so that we could develop first-century Jewish ears? Then the words of Jesus that electrified the crowds would have a much greater impact on us.”

This book helps Christians in understanding the Bible (both Old and New Testaments). It enables the reader to grasp a deeper meaning from the things that Jesus taught, as well as to correct the assumptions many have made about the culture in which Jesus lived.

For Lent 2021

Living His Story: Revealing the extraordinary love of God in ordinary ways -

Hannah Steele

(The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2021)

The book explores accounts of Jesus and his first followers in the Bible and helps us discover simple and practical ways of telling the gospel story afresh as we look forward to celebrating Easter Sunday, when Jesus says to us “go and tell”.

The Revd Dr Hannah Steel is an author and teaches at St Mellitus College.

Teaching to help us grow as disciples of Jesus

Week commencing 24th May 2020

Ravi Zacharias

'Why I believe Jesus'


Week commencing 7th June 2020

Michael Reeves 

'Explaining the Trinity'


Week commencing 21st June 2020

Philip Yancey 

'What Grace?'


Week commencing 5th July 2020

Nicky Gumbel

'Where are you God?'


Week commencing 19th July 2020

Tom Wright

'God and the Pandemic'


Week commencing 2nd August 2020

'With God on our side'

produced by Porter Speakman


Week commencing 16th August 2020

John Ortberg

'When the game is over it all goes back in the box'


Week commencing 30th August 2020

Elaine Storkey CBE

'Women in a Patriarchal World'


Week commencing 13th September 2020

Katharine Hayhoe

'Christians & Climate Change'


Week commencing 27th September 2020

Jeff Lucas

'Living for Jesus in Turbulent Times'


Fortnight commencing 18th October 2020

Francis Chan

'The Simple Gospel'


Week commencing 8th November 2020

Lee Strobel

'The Case for Christ'


Week commencing 22nd November 2020

Tony Reinke

'Who will have your attention? Clinging to Christ in a Digital Age.'


Fortnight commencing 17th January 2021

John Piper

‘How important is the Bible?’


Week commencing 31st May 2020 (Pentecost)

Jim Cymbala

'Holy Spirit Directed Ministry'


Week commencing 14th June 2020

Tim Keller 

'You must be born again'


Week commencing 28th June 2020

J John 

'If God asked you to do something, would you do it?'


Week commencing 12th July 2020

Andy Stanley

'Don't settle for Christian'


Week commencing 26th July 2020

Stephen Cottrell



Week commencing 9th August 2020

Andy Stanley

'What it means to have faith'


Week commencing 23rd August 2020

John Macarthur

'The Ordinary Church'


Week commencing 6th September 2020

Justin Welby

'Evangelism in a Multi Faith Context'


Week commencing 20th September 2020

Christine Caine 

‘The courage to let go of your past.’


Fortnight commencing 4th October 2020

Tim Keller

'Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective '


Week commencing 1st November 2020

Bishop David Walker

'A reflection for All Souls'


Week commencing 15th November 2020

Lee Strobel

'The Case for Miracles'


Advent: November / December 2020

‘Watching and Waiting’ 2020 Advent Course


Fortnight commencing 31st January 2021

Bishop Michael Nazir Ali 

'God’s Church'


Going Deeper teaching series through Lent

What it means to be human: Tim Keller

Tim Keller will already be a familiar speaker to many from Christ Church Walshaw as he has featured in our Going Deeper videos more than once, and many of you have been praying for him as he has been very poorly these last few months.

During this series of talks at Oxford University in 2019, for the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, Tim explores the story of Jesus and what it means to be human through readings from Marks gospel. Each talk is a stand alone but they also come together as a series as they were given over five evenings in July 2019.

This series really does help us to examine ourselves and reflect on where we are with God. I would suggest that you listen to one talk each week spending the rest of the week to think on, and pray about, what Tim has said.

  • w/c Sunday 21st February: Human Nature: To Err is Human?


How can we change the world or ourselves without knowing what is wrong with us … the human race? During this first of five talks Tim helps us, with the help of Mark 7: 14 – 23, 
- to think about the feeling that things aren’t what they should be in our lives; 
- he discusses why we suffer from guilt and where that guilt comes from; and 
- he shares with us dislocation of the heart and disordered love impacts on us, our relationships and our lives. 
And at the end .. stay tuned in for the very helpful Q&As session.

  • w/c Sunday 28th February: Human Race: The Pursuit of More?


Are you happy with life? Are you satisfied? Are you content? What do all these things really mean? In this talk Tim explores our desire for things which make us happy with the help of a reading from ‘Mark 2’ and he asks the questions …
- What are we looking for?
- How are we looking for it?
- Where can we find it?

  • w/c Sunday 7th March: Human Being: Recovering Who We Are?


Search engines think that one of the most important questions we ask is: 'Who am I?' So in this talk Tim explores issues of identity and what, for us, is the source of our identity? As he does this he explores the person of St Peter and draws on movies like Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and Frozen!

This is such a powerful talk ... very highly recommended!

  • w/c Sunday 14th March: Human Condition: Living When Life Hurts?


During this talk Tim draws on Mark 5: 22 – 42 and he continues to help us think about how can get the ability to face suffering … and even grow and get stronger through difficult times. And he doesn’t avoid the biggy … what about ‘death’?

Just as a reminder while part of series this is also a stand alone talk too.

  • w/c Sunday 21st March: Human Story: Happily Ever After?