Grace Episcopal Church
Devotional Reading Recommendations
By Rev. Caroline Osborne
PAUL FOR EVERYONE BY TOM WRIGHT
This series of books goes through the letters of St. Paul chapter by chapter and verse by verse with a new translation by the author. Wright makes the sometimes confusing books of the Bible accessible to the everyday Christian, explaining the context in which they were written and how the ideas still apply almost 2000 years later.
KNOW THE HERETICS BY JUSTIN HOLCOMB
Written by our diocese’s own Canon for Vocations, this book examines the most famous heretics of the Early Church, including their background, beliefs, influence, why they were wrong, and where similar beliefs continue to crop up today. Although not a Bible study as such, this book can inform your faith by helping you spot subtle pitfalls and misleading messages that remain common in the Christian world.
THE GREAT DIVORCE BY C.S. LEWIS
In this fascinating book, Lewis imagines residents of Hell making a field trip to Heaven, a last opportunity for them to be saved. The main character is met by a man who walks and talks with him as they witness the other visitors facing the choice to give up their sins and live. In each encounter, Lewis’s typical insight and wisdom shines forth, both convicting the readers and opening their eyes to the subtlety of the sins they may be choosing.
THE CRUCIFIXION BY FLEMING RUTLEDGE
This contemporary classic is a collection of sermons by the great Fleming Rutledge. Together, they compellingly help the reader understand Jesus’s crucifixion in greater depth and guide the reader through this foundational event of the Christian faith.
A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS BY MICHAEL GOHEEN
Goheen explores the missional call of all Christians to share the Gospel. He recasts this call as a way of life for each individual rather than a vocational call for select group of people led to move abroad. Reading this book is an excellent way to begin thinking missionally in day to day life.