For the countless numbers of people who have come to faith through the Alpha course, here is a beginner's guide to spiritual formation and exploration of the next stages of the Christian journey. This attractively illustrated book draws on the riches of the biblical and Christian traditions to offer a complete personal guide to spiritual growth.
Following the seasons of the Christian year, it asks 'the big questions' that arise on any journey of faith: Advent - Beginnings: why are we here? Christmas - how is God involved in the world? Lent - why do some people suffer while others prosper? Good Friday - why are we afraid of death? Easter - is there more to life? And Pentecost - where is the power for living? With biblical reflections and practical ideas for spiritual nourishment throughout, this is an ideal guide to living the Christian life.
Canon Dr GRAHAM KINGS is the Vicar of St Mary's Islington, one of London's largest and most vibrant churches. He was previously a lecturer in the Cambridge Theological Federation and vice-principal of a theological college in Kenya. He is the founder and theological secretary of Fulcrum, a leading evangelical think tank.
'...a great refresher for those needing a bit of a blast, although it may be most useful for beginners, those unfamiliar with the church calendar, and how it shapes our unfolding discipleship.'
'[It] covers a great deal of ground ... The introduction says the book is for new Christians ... but it is not a simplistic book and has something to say to those who have been Christians for many years ... It would be helpful to anyone who has recently joined a church and wants to learn more about the faith and the terms used in church services.'
-- Mavis Relph