Westpoint 2019 features an amazing line up of speakers including Hannah Anderson, Andrew Wilson and Andy McCullough. Not only are they engaging speakers, but they have written excellent books too! We decided to ask some people within Commission to read and review them, and as you’ll see they’re well worth a read. Their books are available on Amazon and will also at our onsite book store at Westpoint.
“Hannah Anderson: Humble Roots” A review by Liz Blaber
After Andrew Wilson described ‘Humble roots’ as one of the best books he’d ever read, I was keen to read it. I love to read something that feels fresh and different, and this book certainly is that. If you’ve ever felt a sense of despondency that the work you do is not quite as groundbreaking or world changing as you may have hoped, then this book is an antidote, and a genuine route to peace and happiness in the wonderful every day…
Embracing the everyday call on my life has been particularly important for me as I’ve been parenting four young children for the past 7 years, where a feeling of groundhog day can sometimes creep in. By seeing the significance and beauty in the people and places around you, and realising the privilege of investing in even a small God-given task or person, can literally almost make you burst with pride.
I so enjoyed and benefited from Hannah’s wisdom speaking from every page. I was particularly moved and helped by her chapter on death ‘the ultimate humiliation’ – a subject often avoided and not easy to grapple with from an honest and creative perspective. To look death square in the eyes and to talk about what it is and what it isn’t and to reflect on the great, immortal God we love and worship brings hope and perspective. I applaud Hannah for managing this so well.
This really is a book for everyone, it never sits on my shelf long as I’m always keen to share its goodness with friends and family – my 70 year old mother enjoyed it so much she read it twice back to back! – Can any book receive a higher commendation??!!
“Global Humanity: Andy McCullough” A review by Simon Walker
In Spirit and Sacrament Andrew Wilson lays down a simple challenge – are we as faithful to the New Testament ideal of church as we think we are? Regardless of our church affiliation or style of worship, it’s very easy for us to call out the biblical references to practices we put into place on a Sunday morning (gifts of the Spirit, weekly Eucharist, communal confession…) and glide over the references to those practices. This short book sets out the biblical reasons why we may want to expand our current practices, wherever we’re starting from, and gives suggestions as to possible places to start.
Wilson has a relaxed and engaging style of writing, equally likely to make you laugh out loud, or wince. And regardless of whether you end up feeling changes should be made to your Sunday morning or not, the early two chapters in this book on Gift and Joy, underpinning the later ideas, are ones to keep coming back to.