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Welcome to the Christian Book Club Review

Each month, the Book Club meets to discuss a book that has been read.

Heres your chance to read reviews about the books they have read

84 Charing Cross Road

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, in the days before Amazon, Waterstones, the internet, kindles and credit cards, there were small independent book shops, whose staff valued their customers and whose customers returned the compliment. In those days it only took THREE days for a book to arrive at its USA destination after being posted in London and flown by the book plane across the Atlantic.
These were the days when people loved and cherished books. They loved and savoured the feel ...

Bolts from the Blue

Perhaps our expectations were unnaturally high when we began to read “Bolts from the Blue” by Rabbi Lionel Blue because, unfortunately, they were soon dashed. Perhaps we had been lulled into a false sense of security having enjoyed the books of choice for the previous two meetings. Rabbi Blue failed to send out any bolts and turned out to be a rather damp squib.
All of us had heard his talks on the radio at some time or other and enjoyed them for those brief two or three minutes in th...

Christian Atheist: Belonging without Believing

We had realised that this book would require deeper thought and study than our more recent readings and, accordingly, had allotted more time to its study. Not enough in some cases! However, it must be admitted that this book was well outside our comfort zone and had to be read, not perused, chapter by chapter, with frequent recourse to the use of a dictionary.
Brian Mountford sets out to explore the reasoning behind people, who are found in many churches, who attend church regularly, some...

Have A Little Faith

“Have a Little Faith” was in itself a mini-miracle – for the second month in succession, we had a book which everyone liked. Some had not wanted it to end because they liked it so much; another confessed that after reading it she thought she might make a good Jew and yet another was very relieved that it was not in the same mode as an earlier book, by Mitch Albom, Five People you might meet in Heaven.
It is difficult to exactly describe one’s reaction to this book. It is too thoug...

How to be a bad Christian … And a better human being

“How to be a bad Christian … And a better human being”
was the title of our Christian Book Club’s book for March, by far, I think, the longest title of any chosen book. I first heard about it when it was mentioned by Janey Lee Grace when she appeared at Central last autumn. It was written by Dave Tomlinson, the vicar of her Church. (He doesn’t tend to use his title, “Rev”, so I won’t.)
So what’s it about? The flyleaf includes the questions “Would you describ...

Light shining in the Forest

Cast your mind back to 22nd June and the theme of the morning service, led by our young people. “ I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
This was mindfully apt for our club’s book of choice for July –“Light shining in the Forest” by Paul Torday. We had chosen this book mainly because we had so enjoyed reading another of his books, “ Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” and, to be honest, we were looking for a...

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Our first meeting of 2014 was well attended and this may be because the members actually liked/enjoyed the book of choice, “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. Not only had they enjoyed the book but they urged that some of the blurb on the cover be quoted because, for once, it was found to be accurate.
SO: “That love can overcome cultural barriers is no new theme, but it is presented here with great sensitivity and delicacy… Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand is refresh...

Pilgrims Progress

Never let it be said that the members of the Book Club do not like a challenge! From the easy read of January’s book choice, in February we took it upon ourselves to read “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan. A book about which we had all heard; with which we felt we were acquainted and whose characters had been referred to in various sermons by different preachers. BUT which none of us had actually sat down and read.
Well, we have now! At least the majority of us have, but everyon...


Perhaps, after reading “The Christian Atheist”, anything might seem lighter – even a book of the Bible. Perhaps that is why we relapsed into some of the bad habits of the early years of the Book Club: one of us had read the wrong chapters and another hadn’t read any! Nevertheless, it was a highly enjoyable evening, if somewhat light hearted.
We can, of course, blame our Interim Moderator, Jenny Morgan, for it was she who set us on the path of discovering Proverbs, having used five...

The Lifeboat

The book for July was “The Lifeboat” by Charlotte Rogan and what a
disappointment it was. Turgid, derivative, totally lacking in pace,
characterisation or anything which might stimulate and keep the reader’s
interest other than a desperate desire to finish it out of a sense of duty to
the other members of the Book Club.
We do have an unspoken code that we do not discuss the book of the
month before we meet., so it was with a palpable sigh of r...

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
(Hebrews 11. V.1)
Perhaps some might find this a strange quotation with which to introduce the Book Club’s holiday reading of “ The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” but it is apposite in many ways, not in the sense of faith in a religious sense but of faith in achieving a goal.
This is a book, which reminded us of “Pilgrim’s Progress,” which we had read earlier in the year and it ...