This is The Good Book Company Podcast, a show where we have lively conversations with authors about church, culture and the Christian life.

Episode 7: Igniting wonder in a child’s heart (Tim Thornborough)

 

Those of us that have children under our care—parents, godparents, grandparents, kids’ ministry workers and more—have been gifted a wonderful opportunity and privilege. We can ignite the spark of wonder in a child’s heart that sets them up for a lifetime of adventurous curiosity into all the things of God and His Word.

In this episode founder of The Good Book Company, Tim Thornborough talks to us about Spark Wonder, a new campaign to urge parents—and anyone else with children in their care—to see Christian storybooks as a key discipleship tool.

Find out more at www.thegoodbook.com/spark-wonder

 

Episode 6: Rethinking Obedience (Jonty Allcock)

 

"Rejoice always." "Don't be afraid." "Give cheerfully."

What do we do when God's commands sound impossible? Most of us find opt-outs and excuses, or pretend we're doing better than we are.

In this episode, Jonty Allcock argues that there is a better way. And in his new book Impossible Commands he says that obedience can be a life-giving joy rather than a job, a delight instead of duty.

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.com/impossible-commands

 

Episode 5: Praying bigger and better (Alistair Begg)

 

So many of us struggle with prayer. Many books have been written on the subject and there’s a reason for that. Prayer comes hard to most of us, in most seasons. And when we do pray, we often don't know what to say. What is it that my Father loves to hear about? What are the best things I could pray for my family, my church, and myself?

In this episode, renowned Bible teacher Alistair Begg talks about his new book Pray Big. He shows us that the Apostle Paul clearly enjoyed prayer, and was excited about it. He also expected his Father in heaven to hear what he said, and to act in other people’s lives accordingly, and the truths that underpin and shape Paul's prayers can motivate us to pray and set us an example.

Find out more about the book at https://www.thegoodbook.com/pray-big

 

Episode 4: Am I Just My Brain? (Sharon Dirckx)

 

Modern research is uncovering more and more detail of what our brain is and how it works. We are living, thinking creatures who carry around with us an amazing organic supercomputer in our heads.

In this episode, brain imaging scientist Sharon Dirckx lays out the current understanding of who we are from biologists, philosophers, theologians and psychologists, and points towards a bigger picture that suggests answers to the fundamental questions of our existence. Not just "What am I?", but "Who am I?"—and "Why am I?"

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.com/am-i-just-my-brain 

 

Episode 3: Illustrating Bible Stories for Kids (Steph Williams)

 

Illustrating Bible stories for children is much harder than it seems. How much can a restless toddler take in from one story? How do you emphasise what you want them to remember? Do we have to convey the whole gospel every time?

In this episode we talk to Steph Williams, writer, designer, illustrator and Mum of three as she unpacks the 'Little me, Big God' series and how she went about turning three gospel stories into age-appropriate books for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Find out more about Steph's books at www.thegoodbook.com/little-me-big-god

 

Episode 2: Faith and Culture (Dan 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 judgement or retreating into a Christian bubble.

In this episode, Dan Strange, author of Plugged In, 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.

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.com/plugged-in

 

Episode 1: Looking After Our Pastors (Christopher Ash)

 

What do you think about your pastor? Do you chew over his sermons and wonder if they are clear and helpful? Do you feel he spends enough time with you? In fact, do you ever catch yourself wondering what he does all day?

In this episode we talk to seasoned former pastor, Christopher Ash, about his new offering The Book Your Pastors Wishes You Would Read (But Is Too Embarrassed To Ask). In it he urges church members to think about pastors not just in terms of what they do – how they lead and pray and preach and teach and so on – but about who they are. He encourages us to remember that pastors are people and to pray for them as they serve us.

Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.com/the-book-your-pastor-wishes-you-would-read