I’ve recently read the book ‘Simply Christian‘ by Tom Wright. Tom Wright is the pen name for N.T. Wright. The author uses his middle name for his books aimed at the mass audience. N.T. Wright is a New Testament scholar and was the Bishop of Durham from 2003 to 2010 for the Church of England.
I have been a fan of N.T. Wright for a while. I have often enjoyed listening to him speak as guest speakers for many different organisations on YouTube. I find his talks insightful as well as positive about Christ and the New Testament. This book is very much an introduction to Christianity addressing the fundamentals of Christianity. In hindsight, I should have read this when I was beginning to become acquainted with the Holy Bible back in 2018. I still found it a good read despite having a good understanding of the topics and fundamentals he addressed. It is one of his best selling books, published in 2006 and I would recommend it to anyone intrigued by Christianity.
As written on back cover:
Simply Christian is essential reading for anyone who wants to consider the real fundamentals of Christianity or is intrigued by its claims about the place of justice, beauty and love in our daily lives.Back Cover of Simply Christian by Tom Wright
Written in a lively and accessible style, though rooted in solid scholarship, this book describes the exciting relevance of the Bible and the Christian story for the contemporary world.
It is laid out helpfully in three sections. The first opens with the frustrated longings of humanity for justice, spirituality, relationships and beauty: why are things like this, do they have to be so and can life be lived differently? Tom Wright then sets out the core Christian belief about God and his creation, and discusses the biblical analysis of what’s wrong with the world. He explains God’s plan for its renewal and the central importance of Jesus. In the final section, he explores what it means to follow Jesus, to be energized by the Holy Spirit and to advance God’s plan for the world.