Reviews

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

“Is this the day I die?” Quan stiffened at the shout behind him. The voice rang with authority. “You meet in the night like the criminals you are. How dare you defy the law? In three minutes we will shoot every man, woman, and child who does not declare himself loyal to the people rather than the gwelios, foreign devils.” This…

HOW’S YOUR SOUL By Judah Smith
HOW’S YOUR SOUL By Judah Smith

Judah Smith is the Lead Pastor of ‘Churchome’, a thriving multisite church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Judah is known for his preaching ministry, his fresh, practical, humorous messages that demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. In this book Judah Smith asks a surprisingly different question from the usual…

KNOWING GOD by J. I. Packer
KNOWING GOD by J. I. Packer

Knowing God is one of the most significant and popular Christian books of our time and has deepened the faith and understanding of millions of people around the world. In 2006 the influential evangelical magazine Christianity Today listed it as 5th on their list of ‘The Top 50 Books That Have Shaped Evangelicals. Whilst it is over 40 years old, J.I.…

WHERE IS GOD IS A CORONAVIRUS WORLD? By John C. Lennox
WHERE IS GOD IS A CORONAVIRUS WORLD? By John C. Lennox

Jan Knightly handed me this book on Tuesday and I highly recommend it. It is a book that explores how belief in a loving and sovereign God helps us to make sense of and cope with the coronavirus outbreak that has changed all our lives. We are living through a unique, era-defining period. Many of our old certainties have gone,…

Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

Steve Furtick is well known to many of us at Encounter. He is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church. He has blessed many through the worship ministry that has emerged from Elevation over the years, as well as the podcasts that a number of us listen to. He is also the best-selling author of Greater and Sun Stand Still. In a world where we…

THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON By Henri Nouwen
THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON By Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Roman Catholic priest who left his academic career to share his life with people with mental disabilities as pastor of the l’Arche Community in Toronto. He has produced many extraordinary books, including ‘The Wounded Healer’, ‘The Selfless Way of Christ’ and ‘Show Me The Way’. The Return of the Prodigal is the best book of…

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Last week we introduced you to Carl Lentz and Bishop TD Jakes. We hope it was a helpful conversation in the light of recent events, over in the USA, as well as here in the UK. In the light of the current climate and the Black Lives Matter Movement, we want tocontinue to point you in the direction of powerful…

Miracle Work by Jordan Seng
Miracle Work by Jordan Seng

Jordan Seng is the pastor of Bluewater Mission in Hawaii. We have known Jordan and his wife Sonya for many years. Jordan is a sought-after speaker on issues related to the healing and prophetic ministry, as well as worship and mission. This is a great book and truly instructional. It encourages us to explore what it means to rely on…

STRENGTHEN YOURSELF IN THE LORD How to Release the Hidden Power of God in Your Life by Bill Johnson
STRENGTHEN YOURSELF IN THE LORD How to Release the Hidden Power of God in Your Life by Bill Johnson

I am reading this book for the third time but I am gleaning so much from what I believe is a brilliant book! Today we are faced with situations that were unknown, fifty, thirty, even twenty years ago. How do we navigate this COVID-19 season and how do we strengthen ourselves in the Lord? This book shows us how to:…

The Chosen – YouTube Series
The Chosen – YouTube Series

Rather than another book review this week, we thought we would share what we are watching at home at the moment. We are watching The Chosen, which you will find on YouTube. The Chosen is one of the most engaging Bible inspired productions we have ever seen. With a charismatic fisherman drowning in debt, a troubled woman wrestling with demons…

SCATTERED SERVANTS: UNLEASING THE CHURCH TO BRING LIFE TO THE CITY By Alan Scott
SCATTERED SERVANTS: UNLEASING THE CHURCH TO BRING LIFE TO THE CITY By Alan Scott

Alan Scott is an old friend of ours. We have known him for many years and had the privilege of ministering alongside him on many occasions.He has been a leader in the wider Vineyard Movement for many years. Having lead Causeway Coast Vineyard up until a few years ago. He and his wife Kathryn are now leading Anaheim Vineyard in…

The Shack by William Paul Young
The Shack by William Paul Young

If you haven’t ever read this very popular and best-selling book, we want to recommend it to you! This is the story of a man (Mac) in great emotional pain, who is taken / invited on a very special journey, having experienced a huge tragedy in his life. He meets God in a profoundly special way and discovers the way…

Garden – City: Work, Rest and the Art of Being Human by John Mark Comer
Garden – City: Work, Rest and the Art of Being Human by John Mark Comer

 This book takes a holistic approach to work, life, and leisure. Arguing that each part of daily life should support a strong spiritual life. He advocates for an approach to work that “builds for the Kingdom of God” and views rest as not just refuelling for more work but for sake of worship, enjoyment, and becoming more like God, who…

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala

This is one of my favourite books of the last 25 years! It’s the story of a young married man who had no background in ministry who felt led to serve a congregation in a very challenging neighbourhood. Less than twenty people attended the services, the building was in disrepair and there was no money for even basic necessities. Amazingly,…

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

Richard Rhor, a Franciscan Priest, author and speaker, in this book, talks about the two halves of life. In the first half of life we are more naturally occupied with establishing ourselves, climbing, achieving and performing. But as we get older and encounter challenges and mistakes, he says, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life giving…

Face to Face with God by Bill Johnson
Face to Face with God by Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson is the senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California. As a leader Bill has networked with many churches and church leaders, crossing denominational lines, encouraging renewal and revival. Over the last 5 years Bill has been a great blessing to us and many others, with his teaching and writing. What is clear to any of us who…

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer lives, works and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon. He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church, where he seeks to be a practitioner of the way of Jesus. Prior to that he was the lead pastor of one of the fastest growing megachurches in the USA. He is a brilliant communicator.…

Own the moment by Carl Lentz
Own the moment by Carl Lentz

We have a son and daughter in law who have recently moved to New York. With this in mind I’ve been wondering what it might be like to engage in mission and ministry in NYC, as they start this new season of their lives. To get a little more of an idea I have been re-reading Own the Moment by…

Live in Grace – Walk in Love by Bob Goff
Live in Grace – Walk in Love by Bob Goff

New York Times Bestselling Author of Love Does and Everybody, Always This book walks us through a calendar year of reflections on how we can step out in love and confidence in every part of our lives. We are encouraged to let go of fear and to practice a bigger adventure with God. Bob Goff who has founded Love Does,…

Reckless Devotion by Rolland and Heidi Baker
Reckless Devotion by Rolland and Heidi Baker

As we move into December there are many of us who like to think about, and consider, how we might ‘feed ourselves’ devotionally in the coming year. Reckless Devotion is one of those books with thoughts for each day of the year that enables us to journey deeper into the heart of God. We read this book together each morning…

The Artisan Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus
The Artisan Soul by Erwin Raphael McManus

If you want to read a book that will be thought-provoking and inspiring, then this is for you. If you want to be reminded that you’ve been created for a reason, then this book is for you. If you want to be reminded which voice, in the midst of all the noise, you should listen to, then this book is…

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse By Charlie Mackesy
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse By Charlie Mackesy

This book is certainly different in every way to the books we normally recommend but nonetheless one we couldn’t recommend more! We have known of Charlie for a number of years now. We have enjoyed hearing him speak on various of occasions. We have been to exhibitions of his work and avidly follow his creativity and musings on Instagram. In…

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God – Brian Zahnd
Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God – Brian Zahnd

Nearly three centuries ago the revivalist Jonathan Edwards produced his famous sermon ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.’ It was hugely influential and shaped much of American and Western theology with a vision of God as violent, angry and retributive. As many of you will know we have recently been drawn to the writings of Brian Zahnd. In…

Storylines by Andy Croft and Mike Pilavachi
Storylines by Andy Croft and Mike Pilavachi

Every now and again you come across a book that makes a really big impact on your life, and we believe, having watched a number of people reading this book over the years, and having picked it up ourselves and been both encouraged and helped, we really believe this is a book for many of us. Ever wondered what the…

Enemies of the heart by Andy Stanley
Enemies of the heart by Andy Stanley

This is a book that we have discovered recently by a church leader who writes with experience of his own personal struggles as well as those of people he has worked with. He uses simply, the four emotions Jesus spoke of in the gospels which can so easily control us as human beings. They include guilt, anger, greed and jealousy.…

The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning
The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning

Many of you may have read books by the author Brennan Manning. His most famous book is ‘The Ragamuffin Gospel.’ It is deeply touching and inspiring. The Furious Longing of God is another contribution from the same author. It’s a beautifully written little book. In many ways, it’s a poetic look into the heart of God. I love the fact…

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+44 (0)1242 604552
Encounter Church, Gretton Road, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5EE
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Sunday at 10 am

Encounter meets every Sunday in Winchcombe for celebrations that start at 10:00 am and that last about 90 minutes. They are informal, welcoming and involve a mix of spirit-filled worship, relevant and real Bible teaching, communion and prayer ministry.

Encounter Kids will take place during the talk allowing the kids to have their own input with creative crafts and stories whilst the parents have quality time to focus on the talk.

Encounter Trust Winchcombe is a UK registered charity no. 1157308

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