When I was young I read 'I dared to call him Father' - it was a short book, I read it in one sitting and it had a transformative effect.
Over the years I've bought many copies to give to friends and I buy one whenever I see it in a charity shop. Reading Bilquis Sheikh's story began in me a desire to see people from Muslim backgrounds meet Jesus; it fascinated me in the way it spoke about hearing God's voice and it persuaded me that story, as well as analysis, can have a significant impact on faith and hope.
What's your 'I dared to call him Father'? Which books have transformed your thinking or experience of faith? Which books have impacted the way you do ministry and lead others? Perhaps they're academic, perhaps they're short, perhaps they're long; perhaps they focus on practical application or perhaps, like mine, they're stories which raise your faith for what could be.
At improvise : Student Work Conference 2016 we're going to have an opportunity for you to share these books with others, and pick up some up for yourself. Bring along the books which have helped you on your walk of faith, leadership or student work development and share the love. Find the bookshelf in The Student Experience, leave a book for someone else and pick one up that a fellow student worker would recommend.
Let's share what has sharpened us and learn from one another as we press on to see students meet Jesus.
Book on now to join us in September. Team rates still available.
improvise : Student Work Conference 2016
Friday 2nd September - Saturday 3rd September
Sheffield University Students Union
International Gathering : Thursday 1st September