The books of John Stott

Since the 1950s John Stott has practised “double listening”, that is listening to God’s Word and God’s world, in order to bring the former to bear upon the latter in a relevant way. Dr. Stott has written 49 books and a number of articles, and has preached on six continents.

Most widely read books

Stott was known for his rigorous, clear, and faithful exposition of the Bible. His most famous and widely read books include:

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Basic Christianity

“If He is not who He said He was, and if He did not do what He said He had come to do, the whole superstructure of Christianity crumbles in ruins to the ground.” What on earth did He do? What made Him do it? What good did it all do? Examine with John R. W. Stott, rector emeritus of All Souls Church, London, the historical facts on which Christianity stands. And discover what Jesus Christ can mean to you.

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The Cross of Christ

“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross…In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?” With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God’s redemption of the world—a world now haunted by the memories of Auschwitz, the pain of oppression and the specter of nuclear war.

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Issues Facing Christians Today

Terrorism, same-sex marriage, debt cancellation, the AIDS pandemic: these are just some of the critical contemporary issues addressed in this book. Issues Facing Christians Today helps thinking Christians sift through and respond to a sweeping array of complex and pressing topics.

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The Contemporary Christian

“Contemporary Christians are called to the difficult and even painful task of ‘double listening’. That is, we are to listen carefully both to the ancient Word and to the modern world, in order to relate the one to the other” (John Stott) The Contemporary Christian is John Stott’s definitive and passionate plea to the church. Before we attempt to teach or evangelize, he urges, we must listen to God’s Word and God’s world. Only then will we be able to communicate the authentic gospel effectively.