More short book reviews

41msZhS8f1L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ Haverim – Paul Clayton Gibbs 

I read this one on recommendation and came away encouraged but not blown away. This book is a great place to start if you are new to leading a small group bible study and will give plenty to get your teeth into, practically as well as for thinking. It lays out good practice, handy tips and a philosophy of learning that would be good for more people to adopt. 7/10


Image 10-04-2018 at 09.29Canoeing the Mountains – Tod Bolsinger

A book on leadership that bounces off the story of explorers, Lewis and Clark, and utilises the experiences of the author in dealing with new and unexpected challenges. There are the usual aspects of leadership theory, good practical helps and a solid framework on which it all hangs. A well written book that will provide good resonance for leaders who need a level of creativity. 8/10


almost christian

Once again, another challenging read from Kenda Creasy-Dean.  Whilst set firmly in the American church setting, there are many parallels and similarities with the UK church.  Youthworkers will enjoy the challenges set, better still if church leaders were to grasp some of the issues and pro-actively engage.

There are more capable people who will no doubt review the book – over to you Ian – but its greatest challenge is not for teenagers but for adults and the ways in which they relate to teenagers.  In 3 words – “reclaim the story”.  Once this is done, a more meaningful faith will develop and then be cultivated.

My excuse for holding back is the imminent book launch “The Faith of Generation Y” (Mayo, Mayo, Nash, Cocksworth) which has also done significant research over the last 5-6 years – it also will talk about “the story”.  The 2 books together may be a very useful challenge to Christian youthworkers as they reflect and adapt to the world around them.

Will offer more thoughts after reading that.


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One of the things that has me addicted is Moleskines. Love the things. They are just notebooks and diaries but there is something strangely wonderful about them. I am rarely without one and they have almost become a “comfort blanket” for me.
Thought it was highly strange but have recently met a few people who share the addiction. It will not be long before we need to form Moleskines anonymous to help us resolve this inner conflict. I have started the road to recovery……I have stood up in the circle and declared it “I am a Moleskine addict”. I now sit down with my hands on head and shiver….the first hurdle is overcome, now it is the recovery track. 😉