I'm a passionate follower of Jesus. I'm a husband, a dad and grand father. I pastor a church in a London suburb and teach New Testament at Spurgeon's College. I'm the author of nine books, most recently Paul and Poverty (Grove books 2014), The World of the Early Church: A Social History (Lion Hudson 2011), Discovering Galatians (IVP 2007) and Building a Better Body (Authentic 2007) and five other books
Yes. What does the picture represent?
I'm guessing the picture relates to my favourite metaphor in the book. That life in church is a bed of roses, it's beauty leaves you breathless, the thorns can rip you apart.
It's a lot prettier than the previous cover, looks aimed at a different market?
I like baptistjon's idea - it makes it sound planned! To be honest, I'm not sure what the image represents though I do know it's a detail from a stained glass window. The trouble with books on the church is that designers always think anglican buildings, so there were a lot of covers that I couldn't live with. In terms of who the book's aimed and what the cover tells us about that - I think it's trying to say that it's a serious book for strugglers and leaders alike to help them get to grips with how we can create better churches by talking to each other. But that's just a guess.
Thanks. I think covers are important as they can tell you a lot before you start reading and sometimes even put you off buying them!
I should add I like this one and it will not out me off buying it!!!!!
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