Subscribe now

Equipped to serve

By Richard Bewes
June 2014 | Review by Richard Atherton
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-78191-286-7
  • Pages: 224
  • Price: 8.99
Buy this book »

Book Review

Equipped to serve
Richard Bewes
Christian Focus Publications
224 pages, £8.99
ISBN: 978-1-78191-286-7

This book is a pleasure to read from start to finish. The brief introduction brings a smile and also a challenge and sets the tone for the whole book, which is a manual to help us in our service for the Lord.

Richard Bewes is the retired rector of All Soul’s, Langham Place, London. His style is so engaging, you feel he is talking to you as you read. He gives us the benefit of a lifetime’s service as a Christian leader, with a true pastor’s heart.

The first section is fascinating, giving many practical tips for the times when ‘you’re up at the front’. I especially liked the chapter on reading the Bible in public, where we are warned not to be a reader who is unready, or (amateurly) dramatic or dull; also the chapter on praying in public.

The next section is about meeting and working together, with great advice about leading the team. There is much food for thought to help leaders improve prayer meetings. There is an all-too-brief comment on dealing with criticism and disagreements. (Could this be expanded if there is a second edition? How do we handle forcefully expressed opposite opinions and remain lovingly united?)

There is a focus on personal witnessing and ‘authentic lifestyle’, fundamental aspects of our service for the Lord. Scripture is the source of all that is said, but handled with a light touch and mingled with interesting personal anecdotes.

The final part, ‘When the heat turns on’, brings the book to a superb climax, dealing with the spiritual battles we face. These last chapters strengthen us to fight the good fight, wrestle in prayer and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who one day will banish all evil.

This book is strong meat given in easily digestible portions. A chapter a day will give the reader a feast of biblical wisdom for the best part of a month.

Richard Atherton




Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Why Should I Trust the Bible?

We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Who Am I? Human Identity and the Gospel in a Confusing World
Thomas Fretwell

In today’s secular society, religion is often regarded as without rational or scientific basis, and therefore irrelevant to life in the modern world and all areas of public engagement. If that is our social context, then it is no wonder…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans
Matthew D Haste & Shane W Parker

This book highlights ‘some of the many lessons that today’s pastors can learn from the Puritans’ (p.151). As such it is aimed at pastors, but the lessons are really for anyone who is a Christian leader. The opening chapter provides…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in the History of the Church
Stephen J Nichols

What a breath of fresh air this book is! Stephen Nichols has given us 40 vignettes from church history that are brief enough to be digested over a bowl of cereal. The book doesn’t aim to be a beginner’s guide…