Books recommended by… Richard Littledale

Richard Littledale is pastor of Teddington Baptist Church in Middlesex and has written two books, Stale Bread?: A Handbook for Spreading the Story and Preacher’s A-Z. He blogs at Richard Littledale’s Preacher’s A – Z and you can follow him on Twitter at richardlittleda.

Richard, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Born and bought up in a non-Christian home. Came to faith on a road which started with my Gideon Bible at school, led on through School Christian Union and Crusaders, and landed me up getting baptised at the age of 16. Trained at St Andrews University and Spurgeon’s College (twice!), and been a Baptist Pastor for 23 years. Married to Fiona with 3 sons, two of whom are at Uni. In addition to my local church work I write books, serve as a tutor with the College of Preachers and provide Pause for Thought talks on BBC Radio 2.

What books or authors have you found most helpful in your growth as a Christian and why?

Lots of then over the years, so I shall just pick out four.

A Table in the Wilderness by Watchman Nee – sound, practical, no-nonsense spirituality which helped me a lot when I was an angry young man/ new Christian.

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer – weighty and challenging theology from a man who paid for his beliefs with his life.

The Shack by William P. Young – ok, ok, so I know EVERYONE has read it, but it has to be one of the most creative and illuminating depictions of the Christian faith to be written in the Twenty First Century.

The Sermon Maker by Calvin Miller – a touching depiction of a defeated and discouraged preacher who finds his way back. The book combines a story with more academic notes for those who would like to pursue them.

Thank you for your time Richard!


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