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Alpha books

Whether you are an Alpha Course leader or a participant, this shortlist of books/booklets will help you to grapple with the eternal questions: ‘Is there more to life than this?’, ‘Why and how do I pray?’ and ‘Does God heal today?’ as well as provide a practical introduction to the Christian faith. Several books are very helpful for those leading or helping on an Alpha Course, and others explore aspects of the course in greater depth.

Resources for you to run your course

The Alpha Guide - Why am I here? is designed to be provided to all members of the course. The Alpha Team Guide - What do you think? is essential reading for team leaders or helpers; and our further suggestions will prove very useful in planning issues for discussion.

Alpha Guide - Why am I here?

This indispensable guide outlines the content of the fifteen talks on the course, which each look at a different aspect of the Christian faith. It highlights the main points, and helps course guests to explore the meaning of life, while revealing that Christianity can be every bit as relevant as it was 2,000 years ago.

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Alpha Team Guide - What do you think?

Behind the success of the Alpha Course is an army of prayer warriors interceding and praying for every aspect of the course. In this booklet are practical models of corporate prayer, alongside inspiring testionies from Alpha Offices and 24-7 Prayer networks around the world - providing helpful guidelines for becoming an effective praying community.

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Alpha Prayer Guide

An evangelistic booklet for those who are having their first thoughts about the Christian faith, this booklet is designed to be given to all guests at an Alpha supper, during the course, at church services or events. An Easter version of Why Jesus?

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Telling Others - How to run the Alpha Course

This book gives the answer that one church has found, and which has been taken up by thousands of churches across the UK and around the world. It imparts the vision, excitement and challenge of Alpha and is for churches that wish to run this course within their communities.

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Useful for your participants

The Alpha Guide - Why am I here? is designed to be provided to all members of the course. The Alpha Team Guide - What do you think? is essential reading for team leaders or helpers; and our further suggestions will prove very useful in planning issues for discussion.

Is God a Delusion?

Nicky Gumbel

Has science disproved God? Does religion do more harm than good? Does God exist? Drawing on his experience as a barrister, Nicky Gumbel addresses the biggest issue of our age, sifting through the arguments adopted by some prominent atheists and assesses the evidence.

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Why Jesus?

Nicky Gumbel

Why is there so much interest in a person born 2,000 years ago? Why do we need him? Why did he come? Why did he die? and Why should anyone bother to find out? Michael Green maintains that this is “the clearest, best illustrated and most challenging short presentation of Jesus that I know”.

‘Why Jesus?’ is one of a series of ‘Why?’ booklets which include ‘Why Easter?’ and ‘Why Christmas?’.

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Questions of Life

Nicky Gumbel

This book attempts to answer some of the key questions at the heart of the Christian faith. It is designed for non-churchgoers, those seeking to find out more about Christianity, and those who have recently come to faith in Jesus Christ.

“Questions of Life remains a sympathetic, fascinating and immensely readable introduction to Jesus Christ... Nicky Gumbel’s intelligent, well-researched and informed approach ensures that the search for Truth fully engages our minds as well as our hearts”. Bishop Sandy Millar

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Searching Issues

Nicky Gumbel

This book explores and discusses common objections to the Christian faith. Doesn’t science make Christianity redundant? What about followers of other religions? Nicky Gumbel offers an engaging, insightful and accessible response to the tough questions that surround faith and Christianity in the modern world.

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The Jesus Lifestyle

Studies on the Sermon on the Mount show how Jesus’ teaching flies in the face of a modern lifestyle and presents us with a radical alternative. It will prove equally useful to both mature and new Christians, and provides excellent follow-up material to the Alpha course.

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Café Theology

Michael Lloyd

In this book we are invited to grab a cappuccino and travel on a mind-stretching journey from Creation to New Creation - a unique journey with an author who has an inimitable gift for mixing insightful theology with unflinching honesty and a fantastic sense of humour.

“... so refreshing and clear and funny and shrewd and on the ball and wholesome and encouraging.” Tom Wright

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