Introducing Inspiring Books

Can you name a book which has inspired you?

We’ve been asking people which books were an inspiration to them. Then we post their choices in our ‘Inspiring Books’ series on our church blog.

A good variety of people have named a book that has inspired them. Their choice doesn’t have to be a religious or spiritual book – it could be a children’s book, an adventure story, a biography or whatever. It’s up to the person to choose.

Then we like to know why. So we invite whoever has chosen to tell us in a few sentences about their choice. It’s as simple as that.

The people asked range from people who come to church, through to friends of our church and then beyond to friends of friends.

That’s just the start. We’ve had a great response so far, and we are hoping others (such as you!) will join in too. Don’t feel left out – the invitation is to everyone who wishes to tell us of an inspiring book.

A blog post in the series is posted on a Thursday or Friday. Each post will usually include the choices of two people who in some way are connected, although they may not actually know each other. They may share a profession, culture, or have something else in common.

We encourage people to read the posts and see what has been inspiring. Hopefully reading about books which have inspired may lead us to find a book to read in Lent, say, on holiday or whatever. We also hope it encourages us all to look at and slightly broaden our reading habits.


About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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