Book Review: Living Faithfully by John Pritchard @SPCKPublishing

Book Review: Living Faithfully by John Pritchard @SPCKPublishingLiving Faithfully by John Pritchard
Published by SPCK Publishing on April 2013
Genres: Christian Life
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback
The faith we proclaim on Sunday is just as relevant to the rest of the week. However, too often the teaching and support that church life offers us can seem aimed at deepening our personal commitment to Christ and our involvement in church activities, rather than enabling us to live out our faith at work and in the world.

We need to close the gap between sacred and secular, and that’s what this book aims to help us do. Each chapter identifies an issue, explores how we might respond and encourages us – through practical ideas, stories, humour, quotes, Scripture, questions and prayer – to seek to make a difference.

Living Faithfully is equally suitable for individual and group use.

Yet another book from SPCK that I thoroughly enjoyed. Yes, this book is really about being a Christian Monday to Saturday. It’s challenging, direct, readable and thought provoking.

The book is quite systematic in its approach. It firstly deals with God’s relationship with us, and then our relationship with him. John Pritchard is well known for writing practical books, and this one confirms that reputation. After an exploration of the general relationship of the Christian and Jesus, we then go on to chapters which focus on certain topics. A whole range are covered from money to sex to death and lots more. Each chapter starts with pretty much an exploration of the subject with key Bible passages and texts followed by some helpful quotes. And then, at the end, there are discussion questions and prayer ideas.

I have found this a very helpful book. We have been using it for “one off” Small/House Group settings which have proved to have been great in getting discussion going and also encouraging people to dig deeper in their Bibles to get to know God better. This is a book for the real world. It is an easy read on the eyes, yet a very hard reading exercise for the heart. It is really challenging, thought provoking material which requires numerous readings of it in order for the application to sink in.

It is books like this that I enjoy – they are not merely words but catalysts for action. It is theology in practice.


Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @