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A Select Reading List

Please take advice about what to read.

To begin with, visit and follow links to ‘Ministry in the Church of England’.

Ordained Ministry

  • Graham Tomlin The Widening Circle: Priesthood as God’s Way of blessing the world (SPCK 2014)
  • Magdalen Smith Steel Angels: The Personal Qualities of a Priest (SPCK 2014)
  • John Pritchard: The Life and Work of a Priest (SPCK 2008)
  • Stephen Cottrell Hit the Ground Kneeling: Seeing Leadership Differently (Church House Publishing 2008)
  • Henri Nouwen: In the name of Jesus (DLT 1997)
  • Jonathan Lawson and Gordon Mursell Hearing the Call: Stories of Young Vocation (SPCK 2014)
  • Christopher Cocksworth & Rosalind Brown: being a Priest Today (Canterbury Press 2002)
  • Steven Croft: Ministry in Three Dimensions (DLT 1999)
  • Rosalind Brown: Being a Deacon Today (Canterbury Press 2005)
  • Richard Foster: Streams of Living Water by for information on permanent Diaconate


  • Margaret Silf Taste and See: Adventuring into Prayer (DLT 1999)
  • Margaret Silf Landmarks: An Ignatian Journey (DLT 1998)
  • John Pritchard: How to Pray (SPCK 2002)
  • Angela Ashwin: Woven into Prayer (Pauline Books and Media 2002)
  • Jeremy Fletcher and Gilly Myers Using Common Worship Daily Prayer: A practical guide to the new services (Church House Publishing 2002)
  • Christopher Jamison Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2006)
  • Magdalen Smith Fragile Mystics: Reclaiming a Prayerful Life (SPCK 2015)


  • Paul Avis: The Anglican Understanding of the Church (SPCK 2000)
  • Richard Giles: How to be an Anglican (Canterbury Press 2003)
  • Alastair Redfern: Being Anglican (DLT 2000)
  • Todd Hunter: The Accidental Anglican (IVP)
  • Samuel Wells: What Anglicans Believe (Canterbury Press 2001)
  • Mark Earey Beyond Common Worship: Anglican Identity and Liturgical Diversity (SCM 2013)

 Christian Faith and Theology

  • David Ford: Theology: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 1999)
  • Michael Lloyd: Café Theology (Alpha 2009)
  • Alistair McGrath: Christian Theology: An Introduction (Blackwells 2001)
  • Alistair McGrath: Mere Theology (SPCK 2010)
  • Keith Ward: Christianity: A Short Introduction (SPCK 2000)
  • Rowan Williams: Tokens of Trust (Canterbury Press 2007)
  • Tom Wright: Simply Christian (SPCK 2006)
  • Gordon Oliver Ministry without Madness (SPCK 2012)
  • Sara Miles: Take this Bread (Ballantine Books 2007)
  • Rob Bell What we talk about when we talk about God (Collins 2013)

 Mission and Evangelism

  • Paul Bayes: Mission-shaped Church – Missionary Values, Church Planting and Fresh Expression of Church (Grove Booklet Ev67, 2004)
  • Bob Jackson: Hope for the Church (CHP 2002)
  • Mission Shaped Church (CHP 2004)
  • Graham Tomlin: The Provocative Church (SPCK 2008)
  • Samuel Wells Learning to Dream Again (Canterbury Press 2013)

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