Available from www.brfonline.org.uk
Midlife is one the key transitions in life and spiritually full of potential for growth and transformation. The period between 40 and 60 years however can also be fraught with danger and the possibility of making poor choices – hence the idea of a midlife crisis. In this book we look at how it is possible to navigate this stormy period with God’s help so that in the second half of life we reach our full potential and discover our true vocation. By looking at our past, considering our present, and looking ahead to the future we can chart a course that will lead us to growth and maturity. Helpful exercies will help you to reflect on your own journey, either alone or in company with others.
Deep calls to deep – spiritual formation in the hard places of life
Available from www.brfonline.org.uk from 20 February 2015
This book considers the book of Psalms as a handbook for spiritual formation, illustrating as it does the reality of life with God. It explores some of the psalms of lament to show how God often uses the difficult times in our lives to form the life of Christ within us. Six psalms are explained in detail, each accompanied by a story from real life to further explain the way in which God uses our experience of distress and darkness as transformative agents in our spiritual journey. Themes such as failure, depression, unjust suffering and feeling of abandonment are dealt with in a positive way, showing how God can be found even in such hard places.
Servant Ministry – a portait of Christ and a pattern for his followers
Available from www.brfonline.org.uk
Based on the first of the Servant Songs in Isaiah 42, this book looks at the importance of servant ministry in the life of the church today. Jesus himself came not to be served, but to serve; he said ‘I am among you as one who serves.’ His example, so clearly portrayed by Isaiah, becomes a pattern for the life of every believer. Loving service is what we are about, expressed in a multitude of ways.
The book looks at such key topics as: the servant’s identity and calling; the servant’s character and attitude; the servant’s encouragement and confidence; the servant’s attentiveness and responsiveness.
This is an important reminder to all involved in Christian ministry that we are not to get caught up in seeking status, power and fame, but in offering humble service to one who is a humble King.
Rhythms of Grace – Finding intimacy with God in a busy life
BRF 2012 £7.99 Available from www.brfonline.org.uk
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Do you obey God purely because you ought to, or because you want to? Sometimes we can be so busy trying to do things for God that we forget to simply be with him…
In this age of busyness and activism we desperately need to hear the Spirit’s call to a more reflective approach to life This book is written especially for the evangelical and charismatic who is ready to explore the riches of the contemplative stream of the Christian faith – before they wear out or burn out.
Get away from drivenness; get into the rhythms of grace-filled living.
“My prayer as this little gem goes to print is that, through its pages and by the grace of God, readers will find themselves enriched and enlightened, and that they will be nourished as they feast from the banquet spread before them.’ Joyce Huggett
Mentoring for Spiritual Growth
BRF 2008 £7.99 Available from www.brfonline.org.uk
This book is an introduction to spiritual mentoring for those who are exploring this aspect of discipleship or embarking on training for ministry as a mentor within their church. Taking the theme of the Christian life as a journey, it explores both the purpose and the process – what mentoring means, the benefits to all involved, and how to explore the call to become a mentor. It provides useful ‘road maps’ by which we can navigate our way through the Christian life, and explores some of the issues that commonly arise in the mentoring context.
‘One of the best introductions to mentoring I’ve read.’ James Lawrence, CPAS
Working from a place of rest
Jesus and the key to sustaining ministry
BRF 2010 £7.99 Available from www.brfonline.org.uk
Written with those in Christian ministry in mind, and especially those who live and work overseas, this book shows how we can operate from a place of rest – physical, emotional and spiritual. It is based on John 4 and the insight that everything that happens in the chapter (the conversion of the Samaritan woman and the mini-revival at Sychar), happens because Jesus was doing nothing – sitting by the well and having a breather. By looking at the example of Jesus, and how he lived and worked, we too can operate in the relaxed way that indicates we are allowing God to work in us and through us.
How liberating it is to realise that Jesus rested, and said ‘no’ to demands, and allowed needs to go unmet. This book can help us discern what God wants us to say ‘yes’ to, and when to say no; and learn to build margin into our lives so that we work from a place of rest. How are you? Busy? If so, and especially if you do not have time to read books, then this is the book for you. Debbie Hawker, InterHealth
A Fruitful Life
Abiding in Christ as seen in John 15
BRF 2006 £5.99 Available from www.brfonline.org.uk
Here we ponder the teaching of Jesus in the famous ‘vine’ passage where Jesus teaches his disciples how they can live lives that produce spiritual fruit and glorify God. We are taken to the heart of the gospel message: the only way to live the Christian life is to allow Jesus to live his life in us and through us.
Tony is also a regular contributor to New Daylight (daily reading notes) and Quiet Spaces (a spirituality journal), both published by BRF (www.brfonline.org.uk )