Drink good coffee and read good books…

Before you get your hopes up, there is nothing about coffee on this page, although I thoroughly recommend that you only ever drink good coffee and excellent gin.

I love a good murder mystery, but as an ordinand I am sometimes (most of the time) required to read some theoolgy. I am not one for convention, and baulk at being ‘required’ to do most things, and so this offering will be no different.

Here you will find a list of the books that I have really enjoyed and hopefully, you might want to have a look at. I don’t plan on doing reviews as such, but want to share with you the things I love about them. Some will be theological books for those that like that kind of thing, and some will be the books I like to read…just because.

Lets start with the some historical crime…

Antonia Hodgson is the author of the Thomas Hawkins adventures. Set in Georgian England, this series starts in 1727 with Thomas entering the Marshalsea Debtors prison, where he meets Kitty Sparks. This series is a twisty turney relationship of Thomas and Kitty and all their adventures in 18th Century London keeps you interested and wanting to read more. There are currently four titles in this series – The Devil in the Marshalsea, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, A Death at Fountains Abbey and The Silver Collar.

Susannah Gregory is the author of the Matthew Bartholomew series. She has written a number of series, but this is the one that I have been reading. This series is set in medieval Cambridge and the Monks of Michaelhouse. To find out more about Matthew and his adventures, you can check him and all the other series HERE.

Andrew Taylor is the author of the Marwood series set at the time of restoration England. The series starts at the time of the fire of London 1666. The adventures of James Marwood, a traitors son and Cat Lovett, the daughter of a regicide. From the great fire and the chared remains in St Pauls Cathedral to the slow rebuilding of the City. Times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away.

Nadia Bolz-Weber – for anyone who is disillusioned with the institutional Church, her writing in Accidental Saints demonstrates what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. This is an account of steps toward wholeness and will ring true for both believer and sceptic alike. At a time when the Church (and I speak about the Church of England) is at a point of falling headlong into oblivion, her book Shamless, is ‘raw, intimate, and timely. A full-blown overhaul of our harmful and antiquated ideas about sex, gender, and our bodies’.

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