Category: Books

Books Of The Term

Wouldn’t it be great if we could sit down with our non-Christian friends, family, colleagues and neighbours and read the Bible with them?  Forget how scary it sounds for a minute!  If it happened, it would be great, wouldn’t it?

Our new Books Of The Term are designed to make it a lot easier to read the Bible with our friends one-to-one.  Those books are Uncover and The Word One-To-One.

The Word One-To-One is a brand new resource looking through John’s gospel. Uncover goes through Luke’s gospel and was produced by UCCF a couple of years ago.  They say these have led to more conversions in the last few years than they’d seen for decades.  These kinds of things work.

But how do they work?  Here’s a video we watched in church last Sunday about The Word One-To-One.  As you watch it, do keep an open mind about whether this something you might be able to do.

The same goes for both books.  The text of the Bible is printed in the book so the booklet is all you need with you.  In fact, it’s so self-contained that, if the worst came to the worst, you could give the booklet to a friend and they could do it themselves!  But you doing it with them will really help.

Here’s Becky Pippert, who wrote the Uncover studies, explaining why she thinks reading the Bible with someone one-to-one is so great.

We’re promoting these two books with A Passion For Life in mind.  As you’re hopefully aware, A Passion For Life is the national mission we’re part of here in Nottingham next year.  It’s a great opportunity to bring our friends to hear the gospel clearly explained.  But we don’t want to simply invite people to stuff where they’ll hear other people talk; we want to talk with them ourselves, hear what they think and say what we believe.  These 2 books are a great way to encourage that.  Which is why we’ve bought tons of them!

There are 150 sets of these notes.  We went for that many cos we’d love it if everybody bought a couple of copies; for yourself and for your friends.  Why not be brave and buy a couple of copies?  And then for a week or so use them for your own times reading the Bible.  Get a feel for them and how simple it is.  Maybe meet up with another Christian and encourage each other using these notes.  And when you’ve got the hang of it, ask a non-Christian friend – you’ve got a spare copy lying around so you might as well use it!

Uncover would normally cost around £3, but at Emmanuel you can get them for just £2!  Similarly, The Word One-To-One is usually £4 for a set, but you can get them from Emmanuel for just £3!

Who could you pray for?  Who could you ask to read with you?  Let’s make the most of this great opportunity to tell people about Jesus.

Find out more about Uncover here and about The Word One-To-One here.

Summer Reading 2013

Lots of people stick a book in their suitcase and finally get around to doing some reading while away on holiday.

At Emmanuel we like to recommend a few books for you to check out over the coming weeks when there’s more time for that kind of thing.  Here are the 3 books for this summer:


When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper

A great book with lots to chew on about how to fight for joy.  If you’re aware you’re not as joyful as you could be, you’ll find this book insightful and practical when trying to deal with that.

RRP £9.99 only £7.50 at Emmanuel!








The Valley Of Vision edited by Arthur Bennett

This is a collection of prayers from a number of Christians from centuries past.  You’ll find it refreshing to your prayer life and a real encouragement to delight in God for all He is and all He has done for us through the Lord Jesus.  One to keep coming back to over the years.

RRP £7 only £5.25 at Emmanuel!






Planting For The Gospel by Graham Beynon

A little book outlining the why and how of church planting.  The first half is the theory and the second half is full of stories from people involved in planting churches.  Considering Emmanuel’s plans to church plant in the future, if you’re unsure what that means or might look like, this would be a great book for you.

RRP £5.99 only £3.50 at Emmanuel!







Do try to read one of these if you can!  They are all available at our Sunday services throughout the summer.

If you’d like more information, CLICK HERE to listen to Alex, Nathan and Nigel explain more about each of the books.  (Recorded during the Bitesize section of Sun 21st July’s service.)

Book Of The Term: ‘Note To Self’

We try to always have great books on the bookstall all year round.  But each term we single out one book which we’d encourage everyone to check out.

The book of the term for Spring 2013 is Note To Self by Joe Thorn.

This is a fantastic little book.  Really encouraging.  Really helpful and practical in the everydayness of being a Christian.

It’s very easy to come to church on Sundays and go to Connect Group midweek and hear lots of great and true things.  But sometimes I wonder about myself, how deeply has that truth sunk in?

We need to take the truth of the gospel and apply it into every nook and cranny of our lives.

We try to do that through sermons which try to hit on big life issues.  Through Connect Groups where we can challenge and encourage one another through conversation over an open Bible.

But wouldn’t it be great if we also took those things we’re learning and preached them to ourselves?

Here’s how Joe Thorn puts it in the introduction (p32):

“Preaching to yourself demands asking a lot of questions, both of God’s Word and especially of yourself.  You will have to ask and be honest about your motives, struggles, and needs.

You will need to clarify to yourself what God’s law means in principle, but also what it requires specifically of you.  You will need to ask how the gospel meets your needs and heals your brokenness.

To preach to yourself is to challenge yourself, push yourself, and point yourself to the truth.

It is not so much uncovering new truth as much as it is reminding yourself of the truth you tend to forget.”

I have found this book to do just that.

Being a full-time minister, I spend a lot of my time looking at the Bible, thinking about the gospel, and even how the gospel applies to us!  But still this book convicted me of things, reminded me of things, and challenged me to rest more deeply in what Jesus has done for me.

Perhaps you struggle to see how the gospel is relevant to normal life.  Maybe you just really want to grow in godliness and want more help working that out.  Note To Self is just the book to help you.

Perhaps you don’t think you’re much of a reader.  One of the best things about Note To Self is just how readable it is.  There are 48 chapters and each of them is just 2 pages long.  It’s a really easy read!  Perfect for a little bit every day.  Something small to chew on.

The book is split into 3 parts: the gospel and God, the gospel and others, and the gospel and you.  Under each section there are a load of these bite-sized chapters on different issues.  Chapters include:

Jesus is big,
Jesus is enough,
Seek God,
Stop judging,
Love your wife,
Love your husband,
Honour your parents,
You can’t make it alone,
Suffer well,
Take risks,

In all these things, we get a Bible verse or two, then a wonderful encouragement to live in light of the gospel.

Each chapter is written as a ‘note to self’, as if it’s you saying these things to yourself.  This gives the whole thing a refreshingly different feel to a lot of books, and makes what it says even more striking.

Having said it’s an easy read, Note To Self is also a very challenging book.

The chapter called ‘Wait For Jesus’ starts like this (p60):

“Dear self,

What is your greatest hope?  Your deepest longing?  Is it for Christ to return?  Be honest.”

It’s those kinds of things which I know I need to hear.  “Be honest.”

This isn’t a book which bashes you with loads of stuff you need to do.  Far from it!  It bangs on and on about what Jesus has done for us.  And shows how this wonderful news should apply to us day by day.

One of the great things about this book isn’t just the great stuff it says, but the way it helps you get into the mindset of deeply applying the gospel to yourself long after you have finished the book.

I really strongly recommend it.

‘Note To Self’ by Joe Thorn is Emmanuel’s book of the term for Spring 2013, and can be purchased at a special discounted price of £5 from the church bookstall.

The Innkeeper

Imagine if Jesus, as a grown man, returned to Bethlehem to visit the stable where He was born.  What would He say to the innkeeper?  How do the cross and the resurrection make sense of all the terrible suffering in this world?

John Piper wrote this poem a number of years ago to help us ponder how God brings hope into awful times.  The coming of Jesus, first time round and the time still to come, brings hope of a better country beyond this world. In this video, the author invites us to sit with him by the fire as we marvel at our God who was made a man in order to transform the world.

To skip the publisher’s introduction, start watching at 55 seconds.

The Innkeeper is available as a hardback here.

Free Audiobook: What Is The Mission Of The Church?

What is the Mission of the Church?Books at Emmanuel are always cheap.  But this one’s free!

What Is The Mission Of The Church? by Kevin de Young and Greg Gilbert was one of the Holiday Reads we were plugging this summer.  And now, only during November 2012, you can download the audiobook for free at

It’s a great book wrestling with the roles of telling the world about Jesus and helping with the practical needs we see around us.  It’s an excellent explanation of why evangelism has to be the priority, without denying the need to care for people in other ways too.  Why not whack it on the iPod and listen on the way to work?  Or round the house?

Click on this link to take you to the download.

You need to sign up to a Christian Audio account, but this is free and they don’t bombard you with emails.  It also means that next time they do a freebie and we plug it on the Emmanuel blog, you can download it quicker because you’ll already have an account!