Author: Sherry Helms
The whole world is observing today the World Day of Prayer, a global ecumenical movement which brings women of various races, cultures and traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. This day is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March.
On this sacred day, we expect our readers to chase the motto of this movement, that is, Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action by acquiring more knowledge. And, what can be the genuine aide than books in this graceful activity. Here enlisted some bestselling books written by veterans of Ecumenical Studies:
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis: This book is all about a forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief by C. S. Lewis. Counted among the most popular of Lewis’s books, this epic has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity. It unveils the common ground upon which all Christians can stand together. Through this book, Mr. Lewis demonstrates that Christianity is not a religion of flitting angels and blind faith, but of free will, an inherent sense of justice and the grace of God.
The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity by Lee Strobel: Award-winning journalist and author Lee Strobel once again uses his investigative skills to address the primary objections to Christianity. As her previous book The Case for Christ already proved her veteran in Christian knowledge, in this book Strobel attempts to clear about the rational resistance to faith.
In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his skills to dig up the most persistent emotional objections to belief—the eight ‘heart barriers’ to faith. This Gold Medallion-winning book is fitting for those who feel attracted to Jesus but are facing questions that they find difficult to understand.
unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman , Gabe Lyons: Based on the findings of revolutionary Barna Group research, unChristian reveals about the negative perceptions young folks have of Christianity and suggests what can be done to invalidate them.
To minimize the complexity of the content, the authors provide crux and insights at the end of every chapter from Christian leaders like Charles Colson, John Stott, Brian McLaren and Jim Wallis. Overall, this is a wonderful and thoughtful book that conveys difficult truths in a spirit of humility. Every Christian should read this master work.
The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus J. Borg: World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg tries to elicit through this book the answer of how we can live passionately as Christians in today’s world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.
This book can help those millions of people who have turned away from many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, wholesome faith. The author describes how prayer, worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, and more can be experienced as life-giving practices.
A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith by Brian D. Mclaren: In this much anticipated book, McLaren illustrates ten ecumenical questions facing by today’s church. Those are the questions about how to articulate the faith itself, the nature of its authority, who God is, whether we have to understand Jesus through only an ancient Greco-Roman lens, what exactly the good news is that the gospel proclaims, how we understand the church and all its varieties, why we are so preoccupied with sex, how we should think of the future and people from other faiths, and the most intimidating question of all: what do we do next?
Introduction to Christianity (Communio Books) by Pope Benedict XVI: Considered among the Cardinal Ratzinger’s most important and widely read books, this volume has an in-depth 20 page preface by the Cardinal, stating that since this book was first published over 30 years ago, many changes and significant events have occurred in the world, and in the Church. In this book he elicits his fundamental approach that puts the question of God and the question about Christ in the very center, which leads to a “narrative Christology” and further makes obvious that the place for faith is in the Church.
The Criminalization of Christianity: Read This Book Before It Becomes Illegal! By Janet L. Folger: This very book is dealt with the war that is going on between Christian morality and public policies. Serving as a wake-up call for America, this book will expose the truth that Christianity is being criminalized, and that we must stand up against it now. Through this book the author argues that as a Christian in America, you may be understandably reluctant to speak out on moral issues like abortion, homosexuality, or pornography. But God never call us to become silent, because if the world can silence the truth, it will silence the gospel.
True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In by James Choung: In this engaging narrative, James Choung unite the tale of a search for Christianity worth believing in. This is a story of Caleb and Anna who tussle with the plausibility of the Christian story in a world of pain and suffering. Through their story, the author conveys that real Christianity is far bigger than anything one ever heard about in church. Ultimately, the protagonists discovered a new way of understanding and presenting the Christian faith that really matters in a broken world.
Readers will find this book apposite to understand about the worth of Christianity.