The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass: Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend
By Adrian Plass
Adrian has been trying to keep a low profile at church but his son Gerald is now an Anglican vicar and the two churches are getting together for a joint weekend away. Now Adrian's been volunteered to run it...From the confusion of arrival when Anne is allocated to the top bunk with a schizophrenic recovery group, and Adrian is in a low-ceilinged 'pod' at the top of the tower, to the hugs and tears of departure, this is typical Plass, humorous and heartwarming in equal measure. Adrian has a simple conversation about birdlife that ends with him being accused of harassment, Leonard Thynn and his wife turn up just in time to leave again after falling out with the SatNav lady, and Gerald's wit just keeps getting the better of him.There are as many questions as answers, of course. Will poor Sally, the unwilling nomad of the community, ever find a proper bed to sleep in? What exactly is it about Adrian's twinkle that Minnie Stamp 'lovey-doves' so very much? And how do you cope when your daughter-in-law shares a secret you simply cannot, must not tell? Once again, Adrian Plass gets us laughing just long enough for the truth to slip in by the back door, and for all the mishaps, this new instalment of the Sacred Diary series once again shows just how good God is at caring for this mixed bag of people we call the church.
Scapegoats, Shambles and Shibboleths
By Martin Manser
'The fruit of his labours', Martin Manser's SCAPEGOATS, SHAMBLES AND SHIBBOLETHS is a delightful book for all who adore the English language. 'In the twinkling of an eye' we learn that many of our most familiar phrases are taken straight from the King James Version of the Bible. Far from being 'holier than thou', it seems we quote from the Bible without even realising!Martin Manser explains in detail what it is to be 'the apple of someone's eye' . . . 'No modern physiology book would put it like this, but in the past the pupil of the eye was referred to as "the apple". After all, it was shaped like one. In addition, because it was recognised to be the most important part of the eye it was a symbol for all things precious. The most valuable part of a highly valued organ of the body. Dotted around the Bible the phrase therefore represents anything that is of great worth - whether it is the law of God in Proverbs 7 v 2, the people of Israel found and nurtured in the desert or as an individual on the receiving end of divine care.'A quirky present, SCAPEGOATS SHAMBLES AND SHIBBOLETHS will amuse and entertain as well as shed a thought-provoking light on the background to our rich and varied language.
The Sceptical Student eBook
By Timothy Keller
The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus Christ. In the first essay of his new series, Timothy Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times-bestselling author of The Reason for God, shows how those encounters can still have a deep effect on us today. Through a lively examination of the biblical passage where Nathanael, the sceptical student, meets with Jesus, Keller reveals how this interaction is about life's deep questions: Who are we? Why are we here? Why be a good person? Why love instead of hate? This first essay in the ten-part Encounters with Jesus series also includes an exclusive look at Timothy Keller's book on faith and work: Every Good Endeavour: Connecting Your Work to God's Work.This and the other nine in the series make up the complete Encounters With Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions.
By Jasvinder Sanghera, Jasvinder Sanghera
A new edition of the bestselling memoir Shame, including additional content from the author updating her story to the present day. When she was fourteen, Jasvinder Sanghera was shown a photo of the man chosen to be her husband. She was terrified. She'd witnessed the torment her sisters endured in their arranged marriages, so she ran away from home, grief-stricken when her parents disowned her. Shame is the heart-rending true story of a young girl's attempt to escape from a cruel, claustrophobic world where family honour mattered more than anything - sometimes more than life itself. Jasvinder's story is one of terrible oppression, a harrowing struggle against a punitive code of honour - and, finally, triumph over adversity.
The Shepherd's Song
By Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures...Shortly before a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote down the powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper for her wayward son. Just before she loses consciousness, Kate wonders if she's done enough with her life and prays, 'Please, let my life count.'Unbeknownst to Kate, her handwritten copy of Psalm 23 soon begins a remarkable journey around the world. From a lonely dry cleaning employee to a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing her country, to a Kenyan runner in the Rome Invitational marathon, this humble message forever changes the lives of twelve very different people. Eventually, Kate's paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God changes lives, even through the smallest gestures.With beautiful prose and a 'pass it on' message reminiscent of THE SHACK, this story will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.
The Silent Stones
By Diana Cooper
Handed a sacred scroll from Atlantis by a dying Tibetan monk, Marcus, Joanna and Helen are propelled into adventure as they race to get it translated and to follow its instructions. Because its contents hold the key to healing and empowering Earth and humanity, vested interests will stop at nothing to prevent the information from being revealed, and the lives of all three are endangered as their endeavours to protect and act on this information take them across the world, and to a final denouement in Machu Picchu, Peru. Diana Cooper weaves into her story profound elements of spiritual learning, as her characters reveal the seven Great Mysteries that are the spiritual laws of this planet, the illusions by which humans live, the symbols and sounds for unblocking interdimensional portals and the true purpose of Stonehenge and Machu Picchu.
By T.D. Jakes
While focusing on his core mission to preach the gospel worldwide, T.D. Jakes has seen many good people not spend enough quality time with family, friends, and God. They have gotten so swept up in the daily grind that they have failed to live the rich life that God desires for each of His people. In his new book, Jakes provides readers with strategies that will help them rejuvenate their life and turn their "busyness" into a "business." All readers-not just entrepreneurs-will benefit from Jakes' insightful advice so that they can use the days God has blessed them with wisely and finish each day strong!
Soar! Study Guide
By T. D. Jakes
By Sarah De Carvalho, Sarah De Carvalho
'You have to search for the key to the song of your life and when you find it, don't let it go.' Fourteen year old Solomon lives for adventures with his cousin Ze, his dog Duke and above all, to sing and play the piano, for which he has a rare gift. But when life in the idyllic mountains of the Serra dos Orgaos is shattered by injustice, the family is uprooted to the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Everything Solomon loves is stripped away and life seems worthless.Growing up at 'Goodnight', her family's vast cattle ranch in Montana, Kiera Kavanagh dreams of finding the love of her life - the key to her song. But the untimely deaths of two people close to her leave her in turmoil and questioning her romantic teenage notions.Born on the same day, thousand of miles apart, will these two young lives find a love that overcomes their suffering, discovering who they are meant to be, and each other?Solomon's Song is a beautiful debut novel, interlacing the lives of many vividly drawn characters across continents and cultures.
A Story of God and All of Us - Young Readers Edition
By Mark Burnett, Roma Downey
Abridged to be age appropriate for older primary school readers, THE STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US is the tale of Jesus Christ, abridged, told through his eyes, starting with his crucifixion and flashing back through the story of the world and the reason he was sent to die on the cross. It is a Bible story, exhaustively researched, correct to the last detail, not trivialised or altered in the least. A chronologically accurate account from Genesis to Revelation, with a riveting progression of interesting characters, epic stories and events woven together so that THE STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US reads like a sweeping historical novel and page-turner you can't put down. Featuring an introduction by Roma Downey and a colour insert of exciting photos from TV mini-series The Bible.
A Story of God and All of Us Reflections: 100 Daily Inspirations (Devotional)
By Mark Burnett, Roma Downey
A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US DEVOTIONAL contains 100 days of devotional material based on the History Channel's epic mini-series, The Bible. This series is a sweeping drama of the most important events and characters in The Bible. The devotional will enable the reader to experience the main themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation through a daily devotional reading. Relevant scripture passages are included along with a daily prayer to inspire readers and keep them challenged and motivated.
A Story of God and All of Us
By Mark Burnett, Roma Downey
A STORY OF GOD AND ALL OF US is a sweeping narrative that dramatises some of the most important events and characters in the Bible. The book reads like a fine novel, dramatising the sweep of biblical events, making the men and women of scripture come alive in vivid detail and dialogue. All are historically and theologically accurate. The Bible, a ten-hour mini-series on the History Channel will be based on the story, and the script has been reviewed by a number of Christian church leaders and seminarians for authenticity. Many prominent biblical characters will be portrayed in the story: Moses, David, Daniel, John the Baptist and of course, Jesus. The book will also highlight the prophetic significance of the empires that controlled Israel (Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians and Romans), as well as the many Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah.
Successful Women of the Bible
By Katara Washington Patton
Contemporary "success" is often defined in financial terms or by number of Twitter followers. But for women of faith, success is so much more. And it turns out the timeless qualities of success are exemplified by women on the pages of their favourite book, the Bible. Deborah's model leadership is just as relevant today as it was in the age of the Hebrew judges. Esther's courage to stand up for a cause, Miriam's joyful support of others, Priscilla's exemplary partnership skill, Lydia's business acumen, and other characteristics of women in the Bible are embodied in lively storytelling. Busy Christian women--often working and raising a family--crave examples of success. Here are distilled principles they can use to succeed in today's noisy culture. The lessons of these icons of the faith apply, even in the age of Facebook and Instagram.
Successful Leaders of the Bible
By Katara Washington Patton
If you could drop biblical men and women into our world today, what kind of lessons might they teach you? In SUCCESSFUL LEADERS OF THE BIBLE, the Bible's most exceptional leaders come alive in fictionalised form to help readers understand that the lessons God imparted in the Bible millennia ago are just as applicable today as they were then. For example, if David lived today and continued to chase after God, how might God help him rise to a position of great power just as he did eons ago? If Moses was alive, imagine how God might use him to advocate for others. These stories are perfect for those who want to better themselves and see biblical characters in a whole new light.