Recommended reading of authors who present

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General Christianity

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Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

by N.T. Wright (Author) 

Surprised by Hope Description:


In Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, top-selling author and Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright tackles the biblical question of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong. We do not “go to” heaven; we are resurrected and heaven comes down to earth--a difference that makes all of the difference to how we live on earth. Following N.T. Wright’s resonant exploration of a life of faith in Simply Christian, the award-winning author whom Newsweek calls “the world’s leading New Testament scholar” takes on one of life’s most controversial topics, a matter of life, death, spirituality, and survival for everyone living in the world today. 

Surprised by Hope Details:

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061551821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061551826
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches

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Paul: In Fresh Perspective                            

by N. T. Wright (Author)        

Paul: In Fresh Perspective Description:


"For me," says N.T.Wright, "there has been no more stimulating exercise, for the mind, the heart, the imagination and the spirit, than trying to think Paul's thoughts after him and constantly to be stirred up to fresh glimpses of God's ways and purposes with the world and with us strange human creatures." Wright's accessible new volume, built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004, takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots, his attitude toward the Roman Empire, and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ. Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today.


Part One Themes: 1. Paul's World, Paul's Legacy 2. Creation and Covenant 3.Messiah and Apocalyptic 4. Gospel and Empire

Part Two Structures 5. Rethinking God 6. Reworking God's People 7. Reimagining God's Future 8. Paul, Jesus, and the Task of the Church.

Paul: In Fresh Perspective Details:

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; unknown edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800663578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800663575
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches

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The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are                           

by Alan Watts (Author)      

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are Description:


In The Book, Alan Watts provides us with a much-needed answer to the problem of personal identity, distilling and adapting the Hindu philosophy of Vedanta.

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are. The illusion that we are isolated beings, unconnected to the rest of the universe, has led us to view the “outside” world with hostility, and has fueled our misuse of technology and our violent and hostile subjugation of the natural world. To help us understand that the self is in fact the root and ground of the universe, Watts has crafted a revelatory primer on what it means to be human—and a mind-opening manual of initiation into the central mystery of existence.

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are Details:

  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reissue edition (August 28, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679723005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679723004
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches

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The Shack Revisited: There Is More Going On Here than You Ever Dared to Dream 

by C. Baxter Kruger (Author) 

The Shack Revisited Description:


Millions have found their spiritual hunger satisfied by William P. Young's #1 New York Times bestseller, The Shack--the story of a man lifted from the depths of despair through his life-altering encounter with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Now C. Baxter Kruger's THE SHACK REVISITED guides readers into a deeper understanding of these three persons to help readers have a more profound connection with the core message of The Shack--that God is love.

An early fan of The Shack and a close friend to its author, Kruger shows why the novel has been enthusiastically embraced by so many Christians worldwide. In the words of William P. Young from the foreword to THE SHACK REVISITED, "Baxter Kruger will stun readers with his unique cross of intellectual brilliance and creative genius as he takes them deeper into the wonder, worship, and possibility that is the world of The Shack."

The Shack Revisited Details:

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455516805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455516803
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

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The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of

the Book of Revelation

by David Chilton(Author)

The Days of Vengeance Description:


David Chilton has done it. He has written a book on Revelation that is sure to spark an eschatological revolution. Going where no commentary has dared to go before, Chilton's work shuts the mouths of end-times doomsayers with their pessimistic view of the future. David Chilton's extraordinary verse-by-verse exposition of Revelation is as welcome as a cool drenching rain upon a dry, thirsty ground. From the very beginning, cranks and crackpots have attempted to use Revelation to advocate some new twist on the Chicken Little Doctrine: "The Sky is Falling!" But, as David Chilton shows in this careful, detailed exposition, St. John's Apocalypse teaches instead that Christians will overcome all opposition through the work of Jesus Christ. A biblical and scholarly exposition of Revelation is laid out for readers to soak up and begin to view the world with renewed hope and optimism. Chilton skillfully shows in detail that Christians will overcome all opposition through the work of Jesus Christ. The book of Revelation is not about the antichrist, the devil, microchips, or bar codes. It is, as the very first verse says, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ." About the Author: David Chilton was a pastor and author of several books on eschatology, including: Paradise Restored, Days of Vengeance, and The Great Tribulation.

The Days of Vengeance Details:

  • Hardcover: 721 pages
  • Publisher: Dominion Press; !st edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930462092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930462093
  • Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches

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Discovering the Character of God                                                      

by George MacDonald (Author), Michael R. Phillips (Editor)            

Discovering The Character of God Description:


The words and wisdom of George MacDonald, one of the nineteenth-century's greatest thinkers, are now available in modern paperback editions. Discovering the Character of God and Knowing the Heart of God have been carefully put together by editor Michael Phillips. Combining thematically relevant portions of poetry, sermons, and fiction, each title will help lead serious readers into deeper regions of faith in God. In Discovering the Character of God, MacDonald presents the magnificent qualities inherent in God's loving character, while still insisting on the harmony between his mercy and justice. His imaginative perception of God's presence and handiwork in every facet of life lead the reader on an enriching path of discovery.

Discovering The Character of God Details:

  • Hardcover: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Pub; No Additional Printings Listed edition (December 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556610688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556610684
  • Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches

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Unspoken Sermons Series I, II, and III

by George MacDonald (Author) 

Unpoken Sermons Description:


MacDonald's Unspoken Sermons include sermons arranged in series building upon one another. Throughout the series MacDonald is more concerned with a person developing a love of God than developing dogmas. His sermons are focused more on doing the will of God than believing true things about God. George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He is known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels. MacDonald inspired many authors; W. H. Auden, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, E. Nesbit, Madeleine L'Engle, Elizabeth Yates and there is even evidence that Twain was influenced by MacDonald. It was C.S. Lewis who wrote that he regarded MacDonald as his "master": "Picking up a copy of Phantastes one day at a train-station bookstall, I began to read. A few hours later," said Lewis, "I knew that I had crossed a great frontier." G. K. Chesterton cited The Princess and the Goblin as a book that had "made a difference to my whole existence."

Unpoken Sermons Details:

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612035272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612035277
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches

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The Prophets                                                  

by Abraham Joshua Heschel (Author)         

The Prophets Description:


Abraham Heschel is a seminal name in religious studies and the author of Man Is Not Alone and God in Search of Man. When The Prophets was first published in 1962, it was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of biblical scholarship.


The Prophets provides a unique opportunity for readers of the Old Testament, both Christian and Jewish, to gain fresh and deep knowledge of Israel's prophetic movement. The author's profound understanding of the prophets also opens the door to new insight into the philosophy of religion.

The Prophets Details:

  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson (2007)
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches

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