Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Christianity" - book review

Christianity” by Peter Graystone (Collins 2008 £8.99).

I am always on the look-out for books about Christian faith that manage to be easy to understand without being simplistic. They are hard to find, so when I do find one I want to let others know about it. This book, by Peter Graystone, is I think a very valuable addition to that small collection.
It covers all sorts of issues basic to Christian faith; beliefs about God and Jesus, reading the Bible, Church history, Church architecture and contemporary ethical dilemmas as well. Graystone manages to give just enough detail to give a clear picture without swamping you with information you might not need and provides sensible suggestions for further reading. Best of all, he doesn’t tell the reader what to think, but gives a broad picture of the range of Christian opinions and practices, so that you can make your own mind up about where you stand. It hasn’t got any pictures, which is a shame, but I think it is very accessible nonetheless.
If you feel a bit rusty on the basics, or would like something to start you thinking about Christian faith from scratch I would highly recommend this book. Sevenoaks Bookshop would be able to order it, and it is available online from Amazon too.
I’ll leave an inspection copy at the back of church if you’d like a look. Please don’t take it away!

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