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Illuminations

Adrian Bailey
 
Bible: New International Version Study Bible (Bible Niv)
Bible: New International Version Study Bible (Bible Niv)
"This translation is easy to read with helpful notes - my favourite book that I read most days."
Journey Towards Holiness: A Way of Living for God's Nation
Journey Towards Holiness: A Way of Living for God's Nation
"How should we live? What ethical standards should we embrace? This book describes a way of living, which is radical and rooted in the Christian faith. Extremely challenging reading."
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (Penguin Psychology)
The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (Penguin Psychology)
"Sociology is the art of stating the obvious. Genuine insights from a master of observation."
Catch-22
Catch-22
"Heller uses the 'theatre' of war to question modern conceptions of reason and sanity.  A classic exploration of humanity alienated by bureaucracy and machine age calculation."
Crime and Punishment (Oxford World's Classics)
Crime and Punishment (Oxford World's Classics)
"Nietzsche meets Jesus Christ in this clash of moral philosophies. Dostoevsky explores the social and psychological consequences of dispensing with moral law."
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
"Philosophy and confessional narrative combine as Pirsig uses motorcycle maintenance as a metaphor for life and his pursuit of quality. Worth reading for a number of brilliant aphorisms."
L'Assommoir (Penguin Classics)
L'Assommoir (Penguin Classics)
"A story about the search for happiness and the destructive effects of urban poverty and moral decadence on human life. A nuanced view of working class Paris in the nineteenth century."
Germinal (Oxford World's Classics)
Germinal (Oxford World's Classics)
"Anarchism, socialism, capitalism, poverty, mining, murder, sex, violence, disease, friendship, bereavement, survival, betrayal, morality, complexity...its all here. Must be read."
The Card (Edwardian)
The Card (Edwardian)
"Humorous insight into nineteeth century Stoke-on-Trent. Edward Henry Machin dares to be different and takes on the town in a variety of escapades and mad schemes."
The Historical Christ & the Jesus of Faith ' the Incarnational Narrative as History '
The Historical Christ & the Jesus of Faith ' the Incarnational Narrative as History '
"Argues that the Christian doctrine of the incarnation, is reasonable and consistent with historical evidence. It identifies the weaknesses of critical theology and affirms orthodox belief."
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
"Through the lives of working class decorators, Tressell shows how unbridled capitalism destroys humanity and results in poorly decorated houses. Ultimately nobody wins in this kind of system."
In Dubious Battle (Penguin Modern Classics)
In Dubious Battle (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Relevant to contemporary debates about direct action, Steinbeck questions the morality of certain forms of working class protest."
The Atonement: Its Meaning and Significance
The Atonement: Its Meaning and Significance
"Why did Jesus Christ die? What was achieved through the crucifixion of the incarnate God? A important book, well written."
The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics
The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics
"Has the Western state bound church any hope of regaining or retaining integrity in the contemporary world. Hauerwas offers his view of how Christian faith can inform ethical practice."
Truth and the Reality of God: Essay in Natural Theology
Truth and the Reality of God: Essay in Natural Theology
"An advocacy of theism based upon a realist defense of truth. Explores whether critical realism provides a warrant for natural theology?"
The Brothers Karamazov (Penguin Classics)
The Brothers Karamazov (Penguin Classics)
"An exploration of the modern human condition. Through a range of characters the author reflects on the transcendent, subjective and institututional aspects of morality, justice and truth ."
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
"Christianity is presented as a way of life that is orientated to God. The book describes a range of individual and corporate disciplines that help us to focus upon God."
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
"Favourite childhood read."
Revelation (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)
Revelation (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)
"If you have the patience to study hard, this is an inspirational read."
The Politics of Jesus
The Politics of Jesus
"Excellent exposition that explains why Christianity ought to be engaged in politics and how the political dimensions of Jesus Christ's ministry have been overlooked."
The Hiding Place (Hodder Christian paperbacks)
The Hiding Place (Hodder Christian paperbacks)
"Inspiring story of a woman's faith."
The Genealogy of Our Present Moral Disarray: An Essay in Comparative Philosophy (Problems in Contemporary Philosophy)
The Genealogy of Our Present Moral Disarray: An Essay in Comparative Philosophy (Problems in Contemporary Philosophy)
"Interesting and unconventional analysis of the Western philosophical tradition. Thinks through a number of key names and their moral approaches."
Literary Theory: An Introduction
Literary Theory: An Introduction
"A rich trawl through the history of literary criticism, introducing the philosophies of many great thinkers."
Orientalism
Orientalism
"A fantastic research methodology applied to imperial occidental constructions of the 'orient'.  A vivid and captivating read."
Truth is Stranger Than it Used to be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age (Gospel & culture)
Truth is Stranger Than it Used to be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age (Gospel & culture)
"Postmodern thought and evangelical Christian thinking combine and make a lot of sense. The key to the book is its narrative epistemological approach to truth. Excellent stuff and fairly easy to read."