We’d love everyone at St Matt’s to have a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus. These worship, media and reading resources have been selected by our church pastors to enable us to grow and sustain our faith every day of the week through different chapters of life. If you have any specific topics you are thinking about — or if you exhaust the list! — please feel free to contact us for other recommendations by emailing us here.

Bible Overviews

www.thebibleproject.com — Excellent videos that summarise each book of the Bible and explain its major themes too. 

‘Storylines: Your map to understanding the Bible’Andy Croft & Mike Pilavachi (David C Cook, 2010).

‘God’s Big Picture: Tracing the storyline of the Bible’ — Vaughan Roberts (Inter-Varsity Press, 2009).

‘The Drama of Scripture: Finding our place in the Biblical story’ — Craig Bartholomew & Michael Goheen (SPCK, 2006).

Christian Classics

‘What’s So Amazing About Grace?’ — Philip Yancey (Zondervan, 2002).

‘Chasing the Dragon’ — Jackie Pullinger (Hodder & Stoughton, 2006).

‘God’s Smuggler’ — Brother Andrew (Hodder & Stoughton, 2008).

‘The Heavenly Man’ — Brother Yun & Paul Hattaway (Monarch Books, 2002).

CS Lewis Signature Classics — (HarperOne, 2017).

Life topics

‘Dirty Glory: Go where your best prayers take you’ — Pete Greig (Hodder & Stoughton, 2016).

‘If: Trading your “if only” regrets for God’s “what if” possibilities’ — Mark Batterson (Crossway Books, 2015).

‘Travelling Light: Releasing the burdens you were never intended to bear’ — Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, 2010)

‘You Can Change: God’s transforming power for sinful behaviours and negative emotions’ — Tim Chester (Crossway Books, 2010).

‘Parenting Children for a Life of Faith: Helping children meet and know God’ — Rachel Turner (BRF, 2010).

’The Marriage Book: How to build a lasting relationship’ — Nicky & Sila Lee (Alpha International, 2009)

Bible Guides & Commentaries

www.bibleinoneyear.org — A reading plan for the whole Bible with helpful explanations for each passage.

‘New Testament For Everyone’ series — Tom Wright (SPCK).

‘Old Testament For Everyone’ series — John Goldingay (SPCK).

‘God’s Word For You’ series — Series editor Tim Keller (The Good Book Company).

‘The Bible Speaks Today’ series — Series editors John Stott & Alec Motyer (Inter-Varsity Press).

Theology Books

‘Cafe Theology’ — Michael Lloyd (Alpha International, 2009).

‘How God Became King’ — Tom Wright (SPCK, 2012).

‘Prodigal God’ — Tim Keller (Hodder & Stoughton, 2010).

‘Knowledge of the Holy’ — AW Tozer (Faithful Life Publishers, 2014).

‘Knowing God’ — JI Packer (Hodder & Stoughton, 2005).

Big Questions

‘Why Trust the Bible: Answers to 10 relevant questions’ — Amy Orr-Ewing (Inter-Varsity Press, 2005).

‘The Case for Christ: A journalist’s personal investigation of the evidence of Jesus’ — Lee Strobel (Zondervan, 1998).

‘The Reason for God: Belief in an age of scepticism’ — Tim Keller (Hodder & Stoughton , 2008).

‘Why Suffering: Finding meaning and comfort when life doesn’t make sense’ — Ravi Zacharias & Vince Vitale (FaithWords, 2014).

‘God on Mute: Engaging the silence of unanswered prayer’ — Pete Greig (Baker Books, 2012).

‘Jesus among secular Gods: The countercultural claims of Christ’ — Ravi Zacharias & Vince Vitale (Faithwords, 2017).