Eat, Pray, Tell: a relational approach to 21st century mission
BRF (Abingdon, UK), 2018
About: Jesus told his disciples to go to a town, stay and eat with a host household, pray for their earthly needs and only then tell them about the 'reign of God', that is the Gospel. Jesus' methodology holds good for every generation, including our own; this book tells you theologically why and practically how without imposing upon anyone!
What others said: `This clear and direct book goes a long way to explain in everyday language, not only why Christians need to find fresh ways of encouraging others on their own personal journey into God's reign, but also how. This book offers both affirmation and guidance and reminds us all, that to underpin any form of activism with prayer is a key lesson which every Christian needs to reflect upon.’
Fr. Allan Armstrong ODP, writer of 'Spiritualise your life' and Prior of the ODP
OIKOS: God's Big Word for a Small Planet (a theology of economy, ecology and ecumeny)
Cascade (Eugene, OR), 2017
About: The biblical vision of the world as oikos, meaning household, is God's challenge to all people about the way we live now - and in the future. Oikos affirms the need for reconciliation and peace, between faiths and nations, and how that should determine our economic practices and how we care for the planet.
What others said: `More than ever, the world today needs a liberation theology, that liberates theology itself from the knots in which it has been tied by human history. In OIKOS, Andrew Francis contributes to such an approach. He does so in a manner unusually well-integrated across the triune fields of social, environmental, and religious life that constitute the 'eco', or neighborhood, that is our human home’
Dr. Alastair McIntosh, author of 'Soil and Soul' and former Director of the UK Centre for Human Ecology
Shalom; the Jesus Manifesto
Paternoster (Milton Keynes, UK) 2016
About: Jesus’ and the Bible’s way of shalom is just that – it’s about how we live now. Learn from Anabaptist, black, green, feminist and liberation communities and how they are still doing this. Change your life – change your thinking, as you read these quasi-autobiographical encounters.
What others said: `Whether for private reflection or group discussion, Shalom: the Jesus Manifesto promises much by way of underlining the blessing unleashed by 'Peace be with you'’
Dr. Andrew Dawson, Dept of Theology, Lancaster University
Foxes Have Holes: Christian Reflections upon Britain’s Housing Need
Ekklesia (London, UK) 2016
About: This multi-authored book (which Andrew Francis edited) contains 10 essays providing an overview of UK housing history and specific development or issues, creating a call to both church and nation, as well as individuals, for a cross-party strategy to meet Britian’s fast-growing housing needs.
What others said: `These well-informed, yet ultimately hopeful essays are a challenge to society to face some home truths and a challenge to the church to translate the worthy theology of heavenly belonging into the practical ethics of earthly believing’
Revd. Dr. Sam Wells, Vicar, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
Earth Air Fire Water
Kettle Press (Bristol, UK) 2016
About: A second Kettle Press anthology of my poetry, each element containing 13 poems about different aspects of these forces. Again, this poetry reflects a ‘spirit of place’ rooted in the elemental nature of many experiences, enabling readers to think about their relationship to the planet, including several that we all share.
What others said: `Here are clever, playful, poems, the reading of which dropped me at once into a deeper-thinking, memory-rich place in my mind. Andrew Francis writes of things I recognise, and always with a deep compassion and caring, for the ancient and as much as for the present and utterly real. These poems resonate with intimate, loving thoughtfulness, delighting equally in a handful of earth and the vast mystery of what grows therein.’
Talis, Folk singer and recording artist, Wiltshire, UK
Dorothee Soelle: Life and Work
Imagier (Bristol, UK) 2014
About: Following a short introduction and a biographical chapter, this book surveys each of the major writings (published in English) by Dorothee Soelle, one of the foremost radical eco-feminist theologians of the twentieth century, before providing an overview of her key theological themes.
What others said: `Reading this book is like being propelled into a room to meet someone, and finding that you just don’t want to leave. I was absolutely drawn in by this account of an awe-inspiring person, her life and her writings. Francis’ style is just right for a book about Soelle’
Revd. Dr. Susan Durber, Theology Co-ordinator, Christian Aid UK
What in God’s Name are You Eating
Cascade (Eugene, OR) 2014
About: Following chapters reviewing the key global concerns and the insights of Judaeo-Christian faith, this book central core is seven chapters, each detailing the issues involved in principles such as water supply or meat-eating or cereal production or trading practices etc., before a compendium of more than fifty suggestions for personal/individual/family change and an action plan chapter.
What others said: `What we put on our plates, and how it found its way there, has political, economic and steep environmental conclusions. What in God’s Name are You Eating? can have a direct and immediate impact on our lives, the lives of others, and the planet. Put down whatever else you are reading and read this book. It’s that important.’
Dr. Tripp York, co-editor of The Peaceable Kingdom series
Hospitality and Community After Christendom
Paternoster (Milton Keynes, UK) 2012
About: Both hospitality and community were essential parts of both the New Testament church and radical Christian communities ever since. They are essential to the Church’s nature well-being and mission. This book explains that, advocating both hospitality and community, provides some original liturgies for everyday use and advocates a dynamic way for Christians to move forward.
What others said: `Reading this book is like enjoying a stimulating conversation over a meal with the author…[whose] style bursts with anecdotes from life experience of meal-sharing and community building. He knows what he is talking about’
Eleanor Kreider, Mennonite educator, writer and musician
Avebury: Rime and Time
Kettle Press (Bristol, UK) 2011
About: The first Kettle Press anthology of my poetry. It contains a mixture of both some of my early poetry and more recently written work of 30 previously-unpublished poems. It is based around themes inspired by the Neolithic stone circle at Avebury, close to my Wiltshire home.
What others said: `The poetry of Andrew Francis has great breadth in the subjects on which muses. His poems are soul searching, open and refreshing and his observations, are honest and thought provoking. Avebury Rime in Time is certainly one for bookshelf’
Martin Bithrey, pilgrim and celebrant
Anabaptism: Radical Christianity
Antioch Press (Bristol, UK) 2010
About: This book demonstrates why Anabaptism, a radical alternative Christianity with roots in the 16th century Reformation, can enrich the whole Church in its mission and discipleship, in the 21st century and beyond. It outlines the movement’s six core practical beliefs, underpinned by the four key principles of vision, spirituality, community and personal activism.
What others said: `Andrew Francis…lives out what he studies and talks about. In this well-researched book, he introduces the historical roots and some contemporary expressions of UK Anabaptism. If you are looking for a window with an accessible view on radical discipleship, this book is it’
Revd. Dr. Jeremy Thomson, Head of Practical Theology, OASIS COllege, London
The Wind of The Spirit
Anmchara/HHSC Christian Press (Leeds, UK) 2000
About: Church history has helped shape Britain. This primer’s nine chapters (rooted in an ecumenical Lent course and series of public lectures) reflects upon different aspects, from the coming of Christianity to these islands up to the present 21st century challenge, asking questions in its overview. Most centrally it questions how British church history shaped the the faith and spirituality of Britain.