Summit 2020 Bookshop

Welcome to the bookshop for Summit 2020! We’ve carefully curated a selection of books relevant to life as a student. There are books to equip you, books to encourage you, books to give away to friends, and books to answer your questions.

Most of the links will take you to the Book Depository, where you can buy a physical copy of the book with free postage. If you buy using the links below, you’ll also be supporting TSCF as Book Depository will give a small percentage of the proceeds to TSCF, at no extra cost to you. If you’re more of an ebook fan, feel free to buy from your usual online retailer.

Books are grouped according to our four aims.

True Witness | Undivided Life | Deep Thought | Global Reach

True Witness

Books to help you share the good new about Jesus with friends, or to give to friends who don’t yet know Jesus.

What kind of God? Responses to 10 popular accusations

 by Michael Ots

 How can God be good when he allows suffering, authorizes war, limits my sexuality, excludes people of other religions, and even sends them to hell?

 Michael Ots responds with clarity and warmth to these and other moral objections to the character of God. He shows that in spite of some common perceptions, God really is good and can be trusted.

 

Can I really trust the Bible?

by Barry Cooper

The Bible makes big claims for itself. But do those claims stand up?

Aren’t the stories just legends? Hasn’t the information been corrupted over time? Isn’t the Bible full of mistakes? And isn’t it culturally outdated?

In this absorbing little book, Barry Cooper explores these questions – and many others – with warmth, wit and integrity.

But is it true? Honest responses to 10 popular objections to the Christian faith

by Michael Ots

The Christian faith may seem attractive, but is it true? And what if it is true? Could our desires actually be a pointer to the God who really is there and desires to be known by us?

Michael Ots explores some of the objections people have to the Christian faith, looking critically at the evidence and showing that there are good reasons to believe. Over ten chapters, he considers questions like these: Isn’t faith irrational? Hasn’t science buried God? Isn’t faith a psychological crutch or sociological construct? Don’t you need evidence? Wasn’t Jesus just another myth? Can we really believe the miracle stories? How do we know that the accounts of Jesus weren’t just made up? Hasn’t the Bible been distorted? Did Jesus really claim to be God? Did the resurrection actually happen?

If you sometimes struggle to know what to say when a friend asks you difficult questions about what you believe, or if you have lots of questions yourself, But Is It True? could be the perfect book to help you.

Can science explain everything?

by John Lennox

Can science explain everything? Many people think so. Science, and the technologies it has spawned, has delivered so much to the world: clean water; more food; better healthcare; longer life. And we live in a time of rapid scientific progress that holds enormous promise for many of the problems we face as humankind. So much so, in fact, that many see no need or use for religion and belief systems that offer us answers to the mysteries of our universe. Science has explained it, they assume. Religion is redundant.

Oxford Maths Professor and Christian believer John Lennox offers a fresh way of thinking about science and Christianity that dispels the common misconceptions about both. He reveals that not only are they not opposed, but they can and must mix to give us a fuller understanding of the universe and the meaning of our existence.

The Book of Books

by our very own TSCF staff worker (Canterbury) Geoff Robson

At one level, the Bible is such an outstanding publishing success story that, just by the sheer scale of its translation and the quantities printed, it calls out to every person on the planet: “Read me!”

Add to that the profound impact the Bible has had on our culture, and the personal testimony of the many who claim it has transformed their lives, and the case to open and read it surely becomes compelling.

But… the barriers to doing so can be off-putting.

It’s a big book, written a long time ago, with words and ideas that may be unfamiliar to us. Where do I start? How do I go about it? Can I trust that what I am reading is the original, uncompromised Bible? How do all the different sections fit together and relate to each other?

Geoff Robson writes to help you read the Bible, answering these and other common questions and explaining how to go about it and get the most out of it.

The case for Christ

by Lee Strobel

Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Former atheist and Chicago Tribune journalist Lee Strobel takes an investigative look at the evidence from the fields of science, philosophy, and history.

In this revised and updated bestseller, The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, asking hard-hitting questions–and building a captivating case for Christ’s divinity.

Strobel asks challenging questions like:
How reliable is the New Testament?
Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible?
Is Jesus who he said he was?
Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event

Honest evangelism

by Rico Tice

Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Former atheist and Chicago Tribune journalist Lee Strobel takes an investigative look at the evidence from the fields of science, philosophy, and history.

In this revised and updated bestseller, The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, asking hard-hitting questions–and building a captivating case for Christ’s divinity.

Strobel asks challenging questions like:
How reliable is the New Testament?
Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible?
Is Jesus who he said he was?
Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event

Bible

by God

This lovely blue Bible comes in a sturdy gift-style box and includes a ribbon marker and silver page edges.With over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is the world’s most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability. Fully revised and updated for the first time in 25 years, the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.
This Bible also features:
clear, readable 6.75pt text
easy-to-read layout
shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible
reading plan
timeline
book by book overview
quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.
British Text

This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.

Have no fear: being salt and light even when it’s costly – see your staff worker for a FREE copy!

by John Lennox

Christians are under increasing pressure to be silent. We’re led to believe that, at best, our beliefs are outdated, and at worst they are dangerous. Silenced by fear, it’s all too easy to keep quiet.

But our Christian faith was never meant to be private. Jesus’ followers are instructed to be deliberately and willingly different, seeking to share the life-changing good news they’ve heard with everyone whatever the cost. We might feel that we fall very short of this confident evangelistic lifestyle, but John Lennox shows us that any one of us can become an effective gospel witness.

Using examples from the Bible and from his own life, John explains practically how we can winsomely share Jesus with our friends, despite our fears. He argues that it is possible to stand up to the pressure society places on us, and in so doing we’ll find our Christian life grows in strength and joy.

Ask your local staff worker for a FREE copy!

 

Undivided Life

Books to help you live out your faith in the everyday of life.

Down not out: depression, anxiety and the difference Jesus makes

by Chris Cipollone

Depression can lead to self-condemnation–and yet the gospel tells us there is no condemnation in Christ.

Anxiety leads us to inner turmoil–but the gospel assures us of the love of God and the peace that comes with knowing him.

Whether you have experienced mental illness yourself, or want to understand depression and anxiety to care for somebody you love, this book provides a personal and theologically-thoughtful reflection on the challenges facing Christians in this area.

Written by a pastor from his own experience of depression and anxiety.

Short accessible chapters with reflection questions for each one.

Swipe up: a better way to do love, sex and relationships

by Jason Roach

In a sex-saturated culture where anything goes, it’s tempting to think that the Christian vision for sex seems dull, uninspiring and just plain weird!

Join author Jason Roach as he reflects on how he discovered a different way of looking at sex, relationships and love. He found the true intimacy he was craving in God’s perfect design for sex and sexuality–and shares how you can too.

Discover a better story than the one our culture tells, a story where respect, generosity and care for others abound and relationships can flourish. Trade insecurity for confidence, anxiety for freedom and stress for happiness as you enjoy who God has made you to be and live in the way He intends.

Final: bite-sized inspiration for final year students

by Krish Kandiah

The last year of university holds huge potential for Christian students. Make your final year at university the best year with FINAL – packed with practical, biblical wisdom. Find out how to:

– Face the future with confidence
– Identify your vocation
– Navigate your options
– Anticipate the hurdles
– Leave university well

Hear what God’s wisdom has to say about career choices, interviews, gap
years, debt, CVs, exam stress and numerous other finalist–friendly topics.

Don’t let yourself get lost in transition – allow FINAL to help you chart the way forward with God

Decisions made simple

by Tim Chester

How we get reliable guidance is always a hot topic for Christians. Should we wait for a personal ‘word’ from the Lord, perhaps delivered by some mysterious process? Does God have anything to say about the daily matters that concern his people? Can the Bible be involved in our understanding the will of God for our lives, considering that it was written when so much that is familiar to us was not dreamt of?

Perhaps most importantly of all, the dangers of personal decision and guidance without considering our relationship with others, particularly the believing community, are raised. Tim Chester addresses the issues and provides clear, thoughtful biblical answers. Reflections on each section and a final decision-making checklist make this a truly practical and readable guide.

Where was God when that happened?

by Christopher Ash

This is a warm, pastorally hearted guide to the Bible’s teaching on God’s sovereignty. 

When a disaster happens; when personal tragedy strikes; when we are perplexed by world events, Christians can begin to doubt that God is either truly good, or truly in control. 

Christopher Ash faces these questions head on, without flinching at any of the difficulties. First he looks at six different ways people have answered this question — both as Christians and from other religions and none. He then reveals the Bible’s answer: the revelation of God’s character and purposes throughout history.

What happens when I die?

by Marcus Nodder

We all have questions about death. Despite the strong assurance the Bible gives us about life beyond the grave, Christians are often troubled by other questions. What will happen on the day of judgment? Will we have bodies in heaven? Will there be rewards? 

Marcus Nodder brings clarity to an area where many Christians are confused, and shows that there is much that we can say for sure from the Bible. Highly accessible and suitable for all Christians. 

Part of the Questions Christians Ask series: a range of short, simple books designed to help Christians understand what God has said about these questions and many more in the Bible.

Is hell for real?

by Erik Raymond

The word Hell conjures up all kinds of nightmares in people’s minds. But also presents a difficulty for many Christians. How can a God who the Bible says literally is love condemn anyone to an eternity of torment? Will punishment be eternal? Is Hell for real? 

In this short, accessible book, pastor and author Erik Raymond reviews this important subject for everyone with pastoral warmth and biblical clarity.

Is God anti-gay?

by Sam Allberry

It’s the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view to the culture’s. So is God homophobic? And how do we relate to both Christians and non-Christians who experience same-sex attraction?

In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures. Drawing on his own experience, he offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.

This revised and updated version includes answers to some new questions, including:
– Should Christians attend gay weddings?
– Isn’t the Christian view of sexuality dangerous and harmful?
– Is it sinful to experience same-sex attraction?

Do more better: a practical guide to productivity

by Tim Challies

Don’t try to do it all. Do more good. Better. I am no productivity guru. I am a writer, a church leader, a husband, and a father with many responsibilities and with new tasks coming at me all the time. I wrote this short, fast-paced, practical guide to productivity to share what I have learned about getting things done in today’s digital world. Whether you are a student or a professional, a work-from-home dad or a stay-at-home mom, it will help you learn to structure your life to do the most good to the glory of God.

In Do More Better, you will learn:

> Common obstacles to productivity
> The great purpose behind productivity 
> 3 essential tools for getting things done
> The power of daily and weekly routines
> And much more, including bonus material on taming your email and 20 tips I have learned along the way.

It really is possible to live a calm and orderly life, sure of your responsibilities and confident in your progress. You can do more better. And I would love to help you get there. -Tim Challies

Plugged in: connecting your faith with what you watch, read and play

by Daniel Strange

Whether it’s TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume culture. So it’s important that we are neither bewitched by it–buying into everything it tells us–or bewildered by it–lashing out in judgment or retreating into a Christian bubble.

Dan Strange encourages Christians to engage with everything they watch, read and play in a positive and discerning way. He also teaches Christians how to think and speak about culture in a way that plugs in to a bigger and better reality–the story of King Jesus, and his cosmic plan for the world.

It’s possible to watch TV and read novels and play video games in a way that actually feeds our faith, rather than withers it. It’s even possible for you–yes, you–to be that person who starts off talking to a mate about last night’s football and ends up talking about Jesus.

So be equipped to engage with culture in a way that helps your relationship with Christ and points others to him.

Is God green?

by Lionel Windsor

Do we need to save the planet? Is the future of our world at stake? It’s hard to escape questions like this in the media and the wider world these days. How would you answer them? Maybe you’re an environmental warrior, or maybe you’re sceptical that there’s anything to worry about at all. Have you wondered where God stands on this issue? Does he care about the world and what we do with it? Is God green? In this short book Lionel Windsor takes us through what the Bible says about the environment. You’ll discover what God has to say about:

  • why the world is in a mess
  • where the world is headed
  • what we should do about it in the here and now.
Thank God for bedtime

by our very own TSCF staff worker (Canterbury) Geoff Robson

Sleep. It seems an unlikely topic for a Christian book, doesn’t it?

Yet we all need to sleep, and we spend a fair proportion of our lives doing just that (or, for some of us, tryingto do just that).

What’s more, when we carefully read the Bible we discover that God actually cares about our sleep and has quite a bit to say about it.

In this engaging, practical, and strikingly gospel-centred book, Geoff Robson offers a ‘theology of sleep’ that is full of wise and helpful Christian insights for all of us.

    Abortion

    by Dr Lizzie Ling with Vaughan Roberts

    Our culture is locked in a battle between two opposing worldviews on abortion. How can we help those who are struggling with the emotional and spiritual fallout from abortion? How should Christians advise those who are feeling pressure to abort their child? What should we be saying in the public arena, and how should we conduct ourselves in conversation? 

    In this short book, Lizzie Ling and Vaughan Roberts survey the Christian worldview and help us to think biblically, speak wisely and act compassionately as we engage with the people, the questions and the heartache surrounding abortion, in a society with very different values.

      Assisted suicide

      by Vaughan Roberts

      In this short book, Vaughan Roberts briefs Christians on the complex questions surrounding assisted suicide. He surveys the Christian worldview and helps us to apply its principles as we navigate life and death in a society with contrasting values. 

      Talking Points is a series of short books by Vaughan Roberts, designed to help Christians think, talk and relate to others with compassion, conviction and wisdom about today’s big issues.

        The porn problem

        by Vaughan Roberts

        Pornography is no longer universally looked down on as bad or unhelpful, but is often seen as something to enjoy without guilt. 

        Christians, however, work to a different agenda–one set by the Bible’s revelation of the true meaning of sex and relationships. 

        This short book surveys the Christian worldview and applies it to the complex issues surrounding pornography, helping Christians know how to think about pornography, with biblical conviction and compassionate understanding for those influenced by it. 

        Discover the liberating and satisfying view of sex found in the gospel.

          Transgender

          by Vaughan Roberts

          There’s been huge cultural change in the last few decades. Same-sex marriage would have been unthinkable 20 or 30 years ago. Now it’s almost universally accepted in the Western world. Now suddenly the issue of transgender is the next big social, cultural issue that has dominated the headlines. 

          Vaughan Roberts surveys the Christian worldview and seeks to apply these principles to the many complex questions surrounding gender identity. This short book gives an overview and a starting point for constructive discussion as we seek to live in a world with different values, and love, serve and relate to transgender people. 

          Talking Points is a series of short books by Vaughan Roberts, designed to help Christians think, talk and relate to others with compassion, conviction and wisdom about today’s big issues.

            The biblical mandate for caring for creation

            by Dick Tripp

            Dick Tripp, in this very comprehensive expression of the biblical mandate of caring for God’s creation has provided Christians with a detailed biblical approach to the growing crisis in our environment, its causes, the role of the Christian church and the challenge that lies before us all.

            Dick’s work provides the biblical and spiritual motivation we need to move forward at this critical time. Readers of this well-researched and intelligently-argued resource will be given an irresistible biblical vision and mandate to redeem what is being despoiled.

              Deep Thought

              Books to help you dig into the Bible, think deeply and build a solid foundation to your faith.

              Before you open your Bible: nine heart postures for approaching God’s Word – ebook

              by Matt Smethurst

              We know the Bible is important, but many of us struggle with it. We’re not biblical experts—though we may have started enough reading plans to be really familiar with Genesis. If we’re honest, the Bible often intimidates us, confuses us, and reading it doesn’t always thrill us.

              And yet, the Bible is where God reveals his loving character and incredible plan of redemption. In a practical and engaging manner, Matt Smethurst—managing editor of The Gospel Coalition—presents nine heart postures that will prepare you to unpack all that’s awaiting you in God’s Word.

              Although there are many great resources on how to read and study Scripture, hardly any focus exclusively on how to approach it in the first place. That’s what Smethurst provides in this unique “prelude” to opening your Bible. For without the right heart postures, we’re not yet ready to start reading. 

              Best bought as an ebook, as shipping is a bit pricey.

              My Rock, My Refuge: a year of daily devotions in the Psalms

              by Timothy Keller

              New York pastor Timothy Keller is known for his ability to connect a deep understanding of the Bible with contemporary thought and the practical issues we all face in our lives. My Rock; My Refuge – his first devotional, consisting of all new material – offers inspiration for every day of the year, based on the book of Psalms.

              Here Keller helps readers apply the principles he laid out in his book Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. He walks them verse by verse through the entire Psalter, the one biblical book designed to teach us how to pray, how to spiritually handle every possible life situation, and how to actually know God.

              Search the Scriptures: the study guide to the Bible

              edited by Alan M. Stibbs

              The study of God’s Word is essential to spiritual growth. Still, a daily encounter with the Bible can be difficult to sustain. Search the Scriptures can support you in your discipline of daily Bible study. Using a question-and-answer approach, it helps you discover God’s truth for yourself. Its built-in flexibility and clear presentation allow you to use its contents according to your own needs.

              • section-by-section coverage of the entire Bible
              • concise introductions to each book of the Bible as you meet it
              • meaning and application for each daily passage

              Search the Scriptures has been used and appreciated by many thousands of readers for over half a century. This new edition, based on the New International Version of the Bible, has been completely reset in a fresh, accessible format. With its daily support, your own search of the Scriptures can become a delight and a source of strength.

              Dig deeper: tools to unearth the Bible’s treasure

              by Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach

              This is a toolbox. Sorry if this conjures up painful memories of failed DIY projects, hours spent waiting for the emergency services on the hard shoulder of the motorway, or rusty, forgotten implements decked with cobwebs at the back of your garden shed.

              But there are no spanners or trowels here. These tools are rather a means of getting to the bottom of any Bible passage and discovering its true meaning.

              How to read the Bible for all its worth

              by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

              Get the most out of your Bible.

              Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.

              More than three quarters of a million people have turned to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth to inform their reading of the Bible. This fourth edition features revisions that keep pace with current scholarship, resources, and culture.

              Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible-their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today-so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word.

              Iron sharpens iron: leading Bible-oriented small groups that thrive

              by Orlando Saer

              Small Bible-study groups are great places for Christians both to interact with God’s Word and to share their lives with others. They provide relaxed and informal settings which facilitate growth in grace and understanding.

              Orlando Saer provides a realistic and practical guide for anyone leading or wanting to lead such a group. This book will give you the tools you need as a leader to see your group thrive.

              God’s big picture: a Bible overview

              by Vaughan Roberts

              Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. A worldwide bestseller published in countless sizes and bindings, translations and languages. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book. How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole?

              In this excellent overview, Vaughan Roberts gives you the big picture–showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God. He provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And he points you to the Bible’s supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him.

              Enjoying God: experience the power and love of God in everyday life

              by Tim Chester

              We believe in God, we serve God, we trust God, but would we say that we enjoy God on a day to day basis? What exactly does a personal relationship with God look like, and how is it even possible? 

              This seminal work by Tim Chester shows us how we can enjoy God in every moment of every day, whether we are experiencing good times or hard times; whether we are changing nappies, or stuck on a train. He explores how the Father, the Son and the Spirit relate to us in our day-to-day lives, and how to respond. 

              As we interact more with God and understand how awesome he is, we will experience joy in our service, our witness, our sacrifices and our suffering.

              Global Reach

              Books to help you take the good news of Jesus to the whole world.

              Crossing cultures with Jesus: sharing good news with sensitivity and grace

              by Katie J. Rawson

              You can be a missionary by crossing an ocean or by crossing the street. We now have unprecedented opportunities to meet people from every culture and nation. International study and global migration allow us to build relationships with Buddhists and Muslims, students from Singapore and workers from the Middle East. But how do we share the gospel with people from different cultures and worldviews?

              Crosscultural evangelism can be scary. But veteran crosscultural minister Katie Rawson shows how we can witness the way Jesus did, entering into people’s worlds and drawing them into God-centered community. She equips readers to evangelise Jesus’ way, depending on him as companion and guide and venturing out in joy to be and share good news. Filled with compelling stories, practical resources and relational tools, this guide gives crosscultural training and shows how you can share the gospel through story and diagram, with clear communication and authentic community.

              The mission of God’s people

              by Christopher J. H. Wright

              Chris Wright’s pioneering 2006 book, The Mission of God, revealed that the typical Christian understanding of “missions” encompasses only a small part of God’s overarching mission for the world. God is relentlessly reclaiming the entire world for himself. In The Mission of God’s People, Wright shows how God’s big-picture plan directs the purpose of God’s people, the church.

              Wright emphasizes what the Old Testament teaches Christians about being the people of God. He addresses questions of both ecclesiology and missiology with topics like “called to care for creation,” “called to bless the nations,” “sending and being sent,” and “rejecting false gods.”

              As part of the Biblical Theology for Life Series, this book provides pastors, teachers, and lay learners with first-rate biblical study while at the same time addressing the practical concerns of contemporary ministry. The Mission of God’s People promises to enliven and refocus the study, teaching, and ministry of those truly committed to joining God’s work in the world.

              Missions: how the local church goes global

              by Andy Johnson

              Who is responsible for global missions?

              Even though most Christians will never move overseas, the Bible enlists every Christian and every local church in the grand project of global missions. The local church is the engine of world missions. But where should a church begin?

              Churches don’t need a complicated missions program. They need the Bible and the wisdom to know how to apply it. This book points to Scripture and offers practical steps for training and supporting missionaries, forming international partnerships, sending short-term teams, and engaging the nations both at home and abroad.