Living Faithfully: Following Christ in everyday life
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The faith we proclaim on Sunday is just as relevant to the rest of the week … We need to close the gap between sacred and secular, and that’s what this book aims to help us do. Each chapter identifies an issue, explores how we might respond and encourages us – through practical ideas, stories, humour, quotes, Scripture, questions and prayer – to seek to make a difference.
Book, with suggestions for group interaction at the end of each chapter. Topics gathered under sections: Facing myself; Facing the world; Facing others; Facing the future. Covers subjects such as guidance, temptation, health, politics, justice, marriage … 21 topics. From SPCK
Adult Christians, beginning and growing
£9.99, ebook also available.
Well-produced book with clear font.
This is a self-confessed ‘starter kit' for thinking about big issues, which aims to stimulate thought and discussion. Each chapter/theme set out in same format, helpfully presenting the problem, some suggested approaches, and what we could do differently.
Suggestions for group responses and discussion at the end of each chapter. These are creative and designed to interact with the previous material – which each member would presumably read in advance. It would depend on group as to how long a group meeting would take. 45-60 minutes perhaps? The questions do not have obvious answers so discussion should be good.
Leadership could be shared among the group.
Each chapter is self-contained, clear, accessible, honest, challenging and often humourous.
Reading of chapter, some materials for the closing prayer section.
Very relevant in 2015 . . .
Discussion is the main interaction, with well-crafted questions that would provoke engagement.
Reading, talking, praying, and some active responses. Unlikely to be suitable for groups of low-literacy.
Designed for adult Christians who want to wrestle with some big questions of how to live and respond as Christians in our challenging world. Unlikely to be suitable for groups of low-literacy.
This would come out in discussion, but prayer responses are more personal.
A fifth or so directly, and Christian doctrine underpins the rest.
Allows for reflection on a relevant passage. Most chapters engage with the passage as part of the following question section as well.
Questions clearly aim to do this in a thoughtful and challenging way, leaving the group to work out appropriate ‘answers' .
John Pritchard is a Church of England bishop, but there are only a few assumptions of Anglicanism, and most material is relevant to most Christians in the West. Some may want more robust attitude to some issues, but discussion could open that up anyway.
Wide-ranging and ambitious interaction with the big questions of life, faith and culture. Good starting places for difficult issues. Very realistic.
Chapter material aims to start where people are at, and stimulate creative ways forward for authentic Christian responses.
Encourages deep connections between faith, ourselves and the world we live in.
Essentially, profoundly, creatively, honestly and with hope.
Dealt with directly in chapter ‘Sharing faith'. As per the rest of the book, encourages honesty and creative ways ahead.
Chapter on ‘Building community', and others in the section Facing others. Encouragement to get involved in imaginative and appropriate ways.
Facing the world and Facing the future deal with these well, with unflinching realism, but overarching, God-based hope.
Implicit in Sharing faith and outlook on world, from caring for the planet, to health, and assumption that mission is a good thing.
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