These are the books that our chaplain has been reading in the last year. If you have any recommendations, want to find out any more about any of them, or ask to borrow one, please get in touch! (The ones marked with * are currently out on loan).

On Digital Church

Tips for making worship engaging digitally:
www.rochester.anglican.org/communications/digitalchurch/

On the Emerging Church

A churchless faith‘ by A. Jamieson (click link for a review by another author who is a contemporary of Jamieson)
A new monastic handbook‘ by I. Mobsby and M. Berry (see link for review by the national Franciscan network)
Home by another route‘ by P. Bradbury (see link to copy of first chapter online)
How to pioneer‘ by D. Male (see link to book review and engthy extract on Google Books)
Liquid church‘ by P. Ward (see link for extract on Google Books)
‘Rewilding the church’ by S. Aisthorpe
The invisible church‘ by S. Aisthorpe (see link for an online review of the book by Aisthorpe in the Church Missio Society’s magazine, Anvil)

On Mental Health

‘Healing the fragmented selves of trauma survivors: overcoming internal self alienation’ by J. Fisher
The body keeps the score: Mind, brain and body in the transformation of trauma‘ by B. Van der Kolk (see link to a review in the New Scientist)
The Sanctuary Course‘ by Sanctuary Mental Health (see link to access the free online course detailing a healthy approach to mental health conditions and how Christians and churches might support)
‘Waking the tiger: Healing trauma’ by P. A. Levine

On Reforming Relationships with the Church

Healing wounded history: reconciling people and healing places‘ by R. Parker (see link for a review on the Premier Christian website)
‘Pure’ by L. Klein
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church‘ by R. Held-Evans (*MM, see link for an interview with the author about the book)
One Native Life‘ by Richard Wagamese (*SN, see link for a review by a professional indigenuous American book reviewer)
‘Sex, God and the Conservative Church’ by T. Schermer Sellers
The Divine Heart of Darkness‘ by Catherine Bird (*PB, see link for the book’s website, including some additional liturgy and reflections that didn’t make it into the book)

Of all the books I’ve read, my favourite must be Searching for Sunday, Divine Heart of Darkness, and the Sanctuary Course. I found the others helpful, insightful, challenging and informative, and helped me develop as a person and in my ministry over this last year, and I’m grateful for the access to such a wide range of books in an otherwise difficult year.

Those three, though, stayed with me, reasonated with me, and I found myself coming back to them. The authors seemed to be coming where I’m coming from. They seem to have had the same questions, doubts and particular challenges I’m facing and have faced. There’s also a naked authenticity and honest vulnerability in their writing. They don’t have all the answers and they don’t pretend to, rather they share their stories with courage, learning, and a desire to help others on the same journey.