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The Editorial

Books of the Year

It is arguable that we live in a bit of a golden age for Christian publishing. Whatever the ups and downs of particular publishers over the decades, as evangelicals we have vast numbers of titles from which to choose each year.

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This year, among many, three that have caught our attention are these: Searching for Grace: a Weary Leader, a Wise Mentor, and Seven Healing Conversations for a Parched Soul by Scotty Smith and Russ Masterson (Tyndale House, May 2021) is an unusual book. It is centred on conversations between two men, a spiritual mentor and the younger Christian he helps. There’s lots of grace here – not only for leaders, but for anyone feeling weary after nearly two years of pandemic. The second, A Certain Brightness: Bible Devotions for Troubled Times by Philippa Wilson (Christian Focus, May 2021) has the feel of an instant classic – a book which is here to last. The title is brilliant, the contents are outstanding, and part of the genius of the book is that each chapter has a heading of just five words based on Scripture which are designed to be remembered through a day. The excellent illustrations, by Rebekah Lesan, complement the text well.