Here you'll find our top picks for books, movies and articles ready to fed, inspire, encourage or challenge you.
Forgotten God - Francis Chan
Chan contends that we've ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan's invitation to stop and remember the One we've forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.
The Ragamuffin Gospel - Brendan Manning
There’s something about this guy’s writing – I really don’t know what it is, but it’s had both me and my Corps Officer ranting and raving about how good it is. Manning reminds us of our place in the world – we’re really all ‘ragamuffins’, and also of the Father’s endless love for us. Highly recommend.
The Signature of Jesus - Brendan Manning
I could rave just as much about this one, but I won’t. This book is about living by faith and not by religion, about living it out there as a real disciple of Jesus. If your faith is flagging, if you’re feeling discouraged or lazy or just plain apathetic, give this one a go. You won’t regret it.
Crazy Love - Francis Chan
Chan wants everyone to come to terms with this impossible, relentless, crazy love of God. God doesn't want your begrudging leftovers or even your good intentions. Explore what that means with this book.
The Prodigal God (also available as a six-week DVD study) - Timothy J Keller
You know, that parable of the Prodigal Son you’ve probably heard about a million sermons about? Well, this is it through a completely different take. This is a short read, but it’s really powerful, and it’s suitable for anyone, those new to their faith or a few years down the track.
The Shack - Wm. Paul Young
This has been talked up, so I resisted joining the fad for quite some time. When I did eventually pick it up, I finished it within a couple of hours. It’s a great read – just like a story, but you’ll learn so much about God’s character. Also makes for great (and sometimes heated) discussion with theologians!
(If it’s weird? Try “Finding God in The Shack”, Rauser Randal)
Blue Like Jazz - Donald Miller
A semi-autobiographical work, subtitled "Non-Religious Thoughts on Christian spirituality " is a collection of essays and personal reflections chronicling the author's growing understanding of the nature of God and Jesus, and the need and responsibility for an authentic personal response to that understanding. It's cool as.
Extraordinary - John Bevere
This is basically Switchfoot’s song “Meant to Live” in book form. I haven’t actually read it, but can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. It’s about what we were intended for – a life that’s totally out of the ordinary. I think that’s something really relevant to our youth today, in a culture that’s always seeking for fulfilment.
Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2 - Steve Stockman
Pretty much the band of a whole generation. Face it, they’re classic. This follows how the band’s changed over their days – from being pretty mainstream to Bono being really out there about his faith. This is the revised and expanded edition (ooo!) so we’ll guarantee they’ve got it right this time.
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God - D A Carson
The only aspect of God's character the world seems to believe in is His love - which is exactly what makes it a difficult doctrine. What of God's holiness, sovereignty and wrath? Renowned Bible scholar and teacher Don Carson provides a fresh perspective on the true nature of God's love.
The Reason for God: Belief In Age of Scepticism - Timothy J Keller
At a time when scientists and critics such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are questioning the validity of religion, this book uses literature, philosophy and reason to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief
Choose to Live - Erwin McManus
Mosaic church pastor McManus on making choices day-by-day.
The Gods Aren’t Angry - Rob Bell
Rob Bell on where religion came from, and what it looks like.
Everything Is Spiritual - Rob Bell
I’ve watched this time and time again. Bell links everyday concepts and our great God with every aspect of our being, proving that everything really is spiritual.
Passion Talks - Louie Giglio
These talks are based on creation, and bring to life just how awesome God is in a fresh way. Have the tissue box handy, especially for How Great Is Our God. Or maybe that’s just me.
To Save a Life - Film
This powerful film addresses the challenges and choices of teens as they seek to navigate through life's peaks and pitfalls. Its main message is that we are never more like Jesus than when we reach out to those who are lonely and hurting.
Soul Surfer - Film
The true story of competitive teen surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack, but courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, inspiring millions worldwide through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.
The Prince of Egypt - Film
This suggestion goes with the recent resurgence of Disney movies. The Prince of Egypt is totally cool. Unless you think you’re too cool for it. It’s like a cartoon/musical combo, detailing the story of Moses and the Israelite slaves.
Amazing Grace - Film
Surprisingly enough, this goes down quite well with youth audiences (the whole of Year Ten at my highschool watched it quite happily). It tells about William Wilberforce and his revolutionary movement for the overthrow of the slave trade.
Faith Like Potatoes - Film
Watch the rating, it is an M, but versions without the coarse language are available. A South African farmer gets converted, begins a healing ministry, starts an AIDS orphanage, and travels the world as an evangelist. Crazy stuff.