Mark's Recently Read Books and Reviews

really liked it
Vaughan Roberts is a past master of pithy clarity and concise overview - exemplified by his great popularisation of Graeme Goldsworthy's work in his God's Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible. Over the years he has written on...
Home At Last: Freedom from Boarding School Pain
really liked it
I was given this book by a friend who thought it might be helpful. And to be honest, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But he had also given me Nick Duffell's remarkable and salutary The Making Of Them: The British Attitude To Children...
The Bruised Reed
really liked it
Very much of its time (Stuart England) - with regular slapdowns of popery and religion, in contrast to the purity of puritanism (which is, of course, too often unfairly maligned and disparaged these days). But apart from that (regardless...
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
it was amazing
Brilliant - couldn't put it down. Susan Cain has a remarkable breadth of interests and has spent years researching this book - with stunning results. It has set hares racing in my mind in all kinds of directions (as often happens with in...
Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership: How to Become an Effective Leader by Confronting Potential Failures
liked it
This book should be essential reading for all in pastoral leadership. It may not be the best written, and the attempts to pin various patterns of behaviour or psychology on Old Testament leaders jars (and smacks of a rather weak attempt ...


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To be fair, some of these links are not reviews as such - merely often reflections, recommendations or provocations from these books, movies or music. But some of them are more substantial reviews - just click on the images to see what's what. By the way, in case it is of use, I've recently worked on a couple of things to help people engage with what they listen to or read (for Lars Dahle's project Engaging Mediaover in Norway). Here are links to both the documents themselves (they are available on Scribd) plus some explanation of what lies behind them:

Any suggestions and recommendations welcome...







Q READING & WATCHING (Amazon lists) 

Here are a few reading lists for fun, interest, to while away the hours. More will get added in time I suspect! Totally personal choices and purely a matter of prejudice, preference and subjectivity. Not suggesting you buy them on Amazon at all, either, but it seemed a cunning way of getting the lists online. To check out individual book reviews, click HERE. Otherwise go to the individual lists: Holy Books!

Being Alive in Today's World

Those Alive in Yesterday's World - Historical Fact & Fiction

DVDs to get one thinking or living