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C. S. Lewis: A Life

By Alister Mcgrath
Compelling and definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.For more than half a century, C. S. Lewis's Narnia series has captured the imagination of millions. In C. S. LEWIS: A LIFE, Dr Alister McGrath recounts the unlikely legacy of this Oxford don, who spent his days teaching medieval English Literature and his nights writing a bestselling fantasy series for children.

To write this biography McGrath studied all of Lewis's correspondence and archival materials in chronological order, so as to illuminate afresh this much-loved author's life. Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the timing of Lewis's shift from atheism to theism and Christianity. This definitive biography paints a portrait of a deeply original thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.

Accessible and engaging, this is a fascinating portrayal of a creative genius who continues to inspire millions of readers around the world.


To the question of whether the world really needs another biography of C. S. Lewis, McGrath's lucid and unsentimental portrait of the Christian champion responds with a resounding "yes." The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death, and times have changed and evangelical sentiments have matured. McGrath offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography. The author takes us headlong into the heart of a Lewis we've known little about: his unconventional affair with Mrs. Jane Moore; his hostile and deceptive relationship with his father; his curiosity about the sensuality of cruelty. McGrath navigates the reader through these messy themes, ultimately landing us onto the solid ground of Lewis's postconversion legacy. He shows with skill, sympathy, dispassion, and engaging prose that Lewis, like the rest of us, did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. But he got over it, as must all those who would prefer a Lewis without shadows.Many of us thought we knew most of what there was to know about C. S. Lewis. Alister McGrath's new biography makes use of archives and other material that clarify, deepen and further explain the many sides of one of Christianity's most remarkable apologists. This is a penetrating and illuminating study.Alister McGrath's new biography of C. S. Lewis is excellent. It's filled with information based on extensive scholarship but is nonetheless extremely readable. It not only devotes great attention to the formation and character of Lewis the man, it offers incisive and balanced analyses of all his main literary works. Lewis's impact on me was profound and lasting, and Dr McGrath clearly explains why so many believers and Christians leaders today would say the same thing.A welcome addition to the biographical literature on C. S. Lewis, which includes several valuable new perspectives. McGrath's book will gain a permanent position in Lewis scholarship for his brilliant and, to my mind, undeniable re-dating of Lewis's conversion to Theism. How we all missed this for so long is astonishing!Alister McGrath sheds new light on the incomparable C. S. Lewis. This is an important book.There have been plenty of biographies of Lewis - I once wrote one myself - but I do not think there has been a better one than Alister McGrath's.This biography is the one Lewis's admirers - especially those who, like him, believe that books are to be read and enjoyed - should prefer to all others.If you're looking for a lively, general introduction to this multitalented thinker and writer, Alister McGrath's new biography is a good place to start.Those of us who have been changed for ever by Lewis's introduction to vanished worlds must be grateful for this sympathetic and thorough account.It weaves in a thoughtful, erudite lit-crit appraisal of the writings, plus an unabashed serenade for Lewis's theologyNot only has McGrath produced a lively and robustly researched work recounting the life of Lewis, he shares his subject's ability to reach out to a popular audience in communicating the message of faith evident in the lives of both.Alister McGrath gives us much food for thought in this dutiful, sound and worthy book.



http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/8889361/surprised-by-fame/
McGrath is a clear-eyed, learned companion. His analysis of the Narnia books is illuminating....it leaves the reader marvelling at the joy and wonder that inhabit the Narnia books:that enchanting glimpse into something beautiful and eternal.http://www.aslanchristianbooks.co.uk/book-review-c-s-lewis-a-life-by-alister-mcgrath/



As a Lewis fan I found this book compelling, engrossing and illuminating. Certainly a worthy edition to any Lewis collection, and the perfect contribution to understanding the man in this, the fiftieth anniversary of his death.
Scrupulously researched and accesible to the general reader... Dr McGrath is able to add to the story much compelling detail on how and why Lewis is a source of religious inspiration to millions. "Did a round up of all of the other reviews as opposed to an actual reviewMcGrath's illuminating book has benefited from access to recently released archive material that throws new light on Lewis's unconventional affair with Irish divorcee Jane Moore, his life at Oxford and his conversion to ChristianityMcGrath is a clear eyed and learned companion. His analysis of the Narnia books is illuminating... it leaves the reader marvelling at the joy and wonder that inhabit the Narnia books: that enchanted glimpse into something beautiful and eternalInterview with McGrath on Aslan Christian Books:



http://www.aslanchristianbooks.co.uk/alister-mcgrath-on-c-s-lewis/
The definitive biography of an influencial writer whose star burns far brighter now than it ever did in his lifetimeAlister McGrath writing on Why C. S. Lewis created Narnia on We Love This Book

http://www.welovethisbook.com/features/why-cs-lewis-created-narnia
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/review-cs-lewis-a-life-by-alistair-mcgrath-8612245.html





But, as McGrath's compelling narrative shows, the writer's life is often just as interesting as his work, whatever C S Lewis might have said.
Mr McGrath's clear, methodical biography is intended as a work of analysis rather than synopsis. Much of the story has been told before, not least by A.N. Wilson in 1990. But it is a story that bears retelling, partly because of the continuing interest in various aspects of Lewis's character, and partly because his personal life was so eccentric, not to say odd.http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/books/book-review-cs-lewis-a-life-by-alister-mcgrath-1-2919444



A RE-ISSUE of the Evening Standard review
One comes away with a renewed sympathy for a provocatice, perceptive, contrarian and somewhat tormented soul.This is a brisk, efficient and readable book that isn't afraid to make judgements. Alister McGrath's caustic reassessment of Davidman is especially welcome after the saccharine twaddle of Shadowlands. If someone wants to write a real good play, they might consider the moment when Davidman, now safely married to Lewis, tried to get her hands on his house, only to find out that he was merely a life tenant in the property which was to revert to Mrs Moore's daughter after Lewis's death - A fact she refused to believe - A problem of pain, indeed.The Guardian review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/may/08/lewis-genius-prophet-mcgrath-reviewNot only has McGrath produced a lively and robustly researched work recounting the life of Lewis, he shares his subject's ability to reach out to a popular audience in communicating the message of faith evident in the lives of both.McGrath has writen a key book on Lewishttp://stuck-in-a-book.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=mcgrathhttp://acommonreader.org/lewis-life-mcgrath/



This is altogether a very fine book and a welcome addition
Lucid, well-researched and timely new life of this extraordinary man.McGrath is not intimidated by Lewis nor overly reverential of him; but he shows him a professional respect that ought to silence those who dismiss Lewis as a theological amateur.A finely balanced book which allows Lewis' works to speak for themselves.Nobody is better qualified than Alister McGrath to write this masterly bookAlister McGrath provides an accessible account of the life... his book is a sympathetic portrait that concentrates primarily on the Christian apologeticsThis is a through and engaging biography that attempts to remove the veneer often applied to C. S. Lewis' life out of reverence for his workhttp://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1275683.ece



Diligently researched, densely footnoted, helpfully illustrated and solemnly crafted biography.





McGrath is ingenious and persuasive
McGrath's account of Lewis offers much that is fresh and new. It captures him in his eccentricities, abilities, strengths and perplexities.... Alister McGrath's biography of C.S. Lewis is one of the most beautiful volumes ever held. Photos, research, insight and challenge are all powerfully combined. You will feel yourself to be all the more in the company of a legend. This is a memorable 400 page masterpiece.This work ticks all the boxes by being beautifully written, merticulously researched as well as illuminating and thought provoking.Alister Mcgrath's magisterial biography... If you only read one of two books this year, choose this one.A new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure.McGrath's account of his life adds fresh energy, meaningful brilliance and maverick eccentricity.





This is one of the most beautiful volumes ever held. Photos, research, insight and challenge are all powerfully combined. Hodder are to be congratulated on this.





Here you'll feel yourself to be all the more in the company of the legendary and unique CS Lewis. This is a memorable 400-page masterpiece. Stunning five-star stuff!
I found this biography absorbing ... In Lewis we find that rare combination of a very fertile imagination matched by tight logic."A knowledgable and insightful account of the life...McGrath has condensed a large amount of material into this very readable and full account. 'Narnia's Lost Poet: The Secret Lives and Loves of CS Lewis Ft Alister McGrath-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03jrw5j/Narnias_Lost_Poet_The_Secret_Lives_and_Loves_of_CS_Lewis/
McGrath's account can be warmly recommended to anyone who wants a sympathetic, factually based, and balanced biography. He has read all the correspondence in order, and his scientifically trained mind leads him to question Lewis's account in some places- for example, on the date of his conversion.Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College London, and head of its Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion.Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death.From a writer and academic similar to Lewis in many ways, and thus ideally placed to write this book.Of broad appeal to both Christian and general markets.Includes many black and white photos, maps and drawings to illustrate Lewis's life.
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The Complete NIV Audio Bible

By New International Version
The deep, melodic, unrushed voice of David Suchet reading the NIV Bible.

Ever since he became a Christian at the age of forty, it has been Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. In between filming the final episodes of Poirot, David Suchet spent over 200 hours in the recording studio to create the very first full-length audio version of the NIV Bible spoken by a single British actor.

This 80-hour recording comes on six MP3 CDs. It can be used on any device that displays the MP3 symbol. You can transfer the audio files for your personal use onto your computer, smartphone, MP3 player and other compatible devices. It is also available separately as an audio digital download. Ebooks of each section of the Bible - enhanced with Suchet's audio narration - are also available.

For me it fulfils a 27 year ambition.He has spent 200 hours recording the entire Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation - 752,702 words, in his deep, melodic, unrushed voice.His appetite for work is frankly alarming. While starring in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and filming his final Poirot, Suchet has also spent 200 hours in the past year recording the entire Bible - 752,702 words - in his sonorous, antique voice. The recording will be released next Easter.

David Suchet, the British actor best known for his portrayal of Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, has recorded an audiobook of the entire Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation.

It took him over 200 hours in the recording studio to deliver the 752,702 words, the very first full-length audio version of the Bible spoken by a single British actor.

Suchet became a Christian after reading a hotel room Bible in 1986, his moment of epiphany came upon reading St Paul's epistle to the Romans, in which he proclaims: "if God be for us, who can be against us?". Suchet says of his own faith: "I am a Christian by faith. I like to think it sees me through a great deal of my life."

In 1989 Suchet was one of a band of leading British actors who recorded parts of the Bible for an earlier Hodder & Stoughton project: Suchet reading the Gospel of St John. Now, close to 30 years on and in between filming the final episodes of Poirot, Suchet has produced an 80-hour recording available to buy from this Easter and already in the audiobook charts on Amazon.

David Suchet, the actor best known for his TV role as detective Hercule Poirot, has recorded an audio version of The Bible. Suchet - who became a Christian in 1986 after reading a Bible in a hotel - undertook the project for publisher Hodder and Stoughton.Fans having withdrawal symptoms for the melodic timbre of a moustachioed David Suchet are in for an aural treat. [...] Suchet who converted to Christianity at the age of 40 after reading a Bible in a hotel room in 1986, devoted 200 hours of his time to recording the audio book, and donated his fee to charity.

David Suchet CBE has recorded the first ever full-length audio version of the New International Version Bible spoken by a single British actor for Hodder & Stoughton.

The 80-hour recording will be available on MP3 CD (four CDs) and as an audio digital download. E-books of each section of the Bible enhanced with Suchet's audio narration will also be available.

This audio Bible will be useful for so many people. If you have a busy life and find it hard to spend time regularly reading God's Word, you could listen to it in the car on the way to work. It can be used for Bible study alone, and in groups, it will also be useful for those with a range of physical and learning disabilities, the elderly, and for those who are unable to read.The Bible means a great deal to me, and I admire Suchet as an actor, so I sat down this morning with high expectations. Fifteen chapters into Genesis and I knew I possessed a thing of beauty. I was transported deep into the words I was listening to.In the same year I have finished the complete works of Agatha Christie and also read the whole Bible. It's lovely to feel that whenever I go up to the sky, I've left that behind.It's arguably his most personal project yet. After becoming a Christian while reading Romans 8 in a hotel Bible in 1986, Suchet quickly realised that he could use his talents to share his newfound faith.The Bible makes the most wonderful collection of literature; it's got stories, poetry, songs, drama, fortune telling and prophecy - it really is an extraordinary collection of works. When you're holding the Bible, you're holding a library.Actor David Suchet became a Christian as a result of reading a hotel-room Bible in 1986. He says that after his conversion he decided he wanted 'to put my voice to the Bible - not only bits of the Bible but the whole thing.' Many years later, he has achieved his ambition.

David Suchet CBE is an acclaimed British actor. He has enjoyed great success with the RSC and in London's West End. He is best known in television for his portrayal of Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot. He is also a practising Anglican. In 2012 he made a series for the BBC called 'In the Footsteps of St Paul'. Follow him on Twitter @David_Suchet

Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.

Six MP3 CDs make up the pack.
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Deep Magic, Dragons and Talking Mice

By Alister Mcgrath
Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College London, and head of its Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion.
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Paradoxology

By Krish Kandiah
Why Christianity was never meant to be simple - an essential exploration of the paradoxes that lie at the heart of the Christian faith.

The Christian faith is full of apparent paradoxes:

a compassionate God who sanctions genocide

an all-powerful God who allows horrific suffering

a God who owns everything yet demands so much from his followers

a God who is distant and yet present at the same time

Many of us have big questions that the Christian faith seems to leave unanswered. So we push them to the back of our minds, for fear of destabilizing our beliefs. But leaving these questions unexamined is neither healthy for us, nor honouring to God. Rather than shying away from the difficult questions, we need to face them head on.

What if the tension between apparently opposing doctrines is exactly where faith comes alive? What if this ancient faith has survived so long not in spite of but precisely because of these apparent contradictions? What if it is in the difficult parts of the Bible that God is most clearly revealed?

PARADOXOLOGY makes a bold new claim: that the paradoxes that seem like they ought to undermine belief are actually the heart of our vibrant faith, and that it is only by continually wrestling with them - rather than trying to pin them down or push them away - that we can really move forward, individually and together.

A book confronting the paradoxes at Christianity's heart. Kandiah challenges us to see them as an opportinuty for deepening faithLooking at the Bible's heroes of faith, Kandiah argues that it is only by wrestling with the challenges of faith rather than by pushing them away that we grow in knowledge of God. 'Paradox is often the pathway to truth, and Kris Kandiah is an accomplished guide along the road.'Krish Kandiah is Executive Director for Churches in Mission at the Evangelical Alliance, Chair of the Theological Advisory Panel for Tearfund and lecturer at Regent Park College, Oxford University. He is in demand as a speaker and lecturer. He lives with his wife, children and foster children in Oxfordshire.Krish Kandiah is a well-known speaker and writer and regularly appears at Spring Harvest, New Wine and Momentum festivalsKrish is in demand as an evangelist to churches and Christian Unions up and down the UK and this book expresses the heart of his message.
The NIV Audio Bible: Read by David Suchet

David Suchet fulfils "a 27 year ambition”

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How to be a Bad Christian

By Dave Tomlinson
This is a book for people who want God without the guff - showing that it's possible to ditch religion, but keep the faith.In the course of his work as a vicar, Dave Tomlinson meets lots of people who describe themselves as 'not good enough' to be a Christian, thinking that faith involves going to church a lot, or believing in a list of strange things, or following certain rules. But being a Christian isn't about any of that - and actually, following Jesus is a lot easier, and more fun, than most people think...In this handbook to Christianity for people who describe themselves as spiritual but not necessarily religious, Dave sketches out some key practices for how to be a 'bad' Christian, including how to talk to God without worrying about prayer, how to read the Bible without turning off your brain, and how to think with your soul rather than trying to follow rules. With beautiful illustrations from artist Rob Pepper, this is an accessible, light-hearted book, but one with a powerful invitation: to be the person you've always wanted to be, following a God you've always hoped is on your side.Here's my secret: sometimes, when I hear all kinds of outrageous things said and done in the name of Christianity, I think about turning in my membership. I don't want to be part of the elite club of the doctrinally correct and the spiritually superior. But then a book like this one comes along, and I say, "This is a way of being a Christian that makes sense to me. This is a way of life I can live with." I'm glad to be known as a bad Christian, thanks to Dave Tomlinson and this beautiful book.Dave Tomlinson is superb priest who is driven by God's love in Christ, and who understands the spiritual instincts and needs of ordinary people. But he has to work within - or against - an institutional Church which too often either cannot communicate at all, or else communicates a false God with a repellent face. If the Christian faith is ever to capture the imagination of our culture, we have to learn the lessons of this book.Dave is super-intelligent, funny, passionate, encouraging, generous, hard-working, self-giving, creative and a deeply faithful witness to the love of God - in short, a bad Christian. His book is a great gift to all who are searching for abundant life, in and out of church.A vicar in the pub is worth two in a pulpit. Dave Tomlinson's HOW TO BE A BAD CHRISTIAN is as welcome as a glistening pint to a thirsty patron. Free from religious claptrap and moralistic badgering, here's a book that talks about God without boring your socks off. Tomlinson allows humanity and grace to escape the shackles of pious pedants, and flow into the world we all inhabit. Beautifully written, full of streetwise stories and wisdom, delightful and engaging - read it and discover how good it is to be among the bad. A rip-snorting manifesto for a way of living that makes a difference in the world.Where is God? It's a question I often ask people. Does God live in Church? Does God live in Christianity? Does God live in the world and everything we know? In Dave Tomlinson's book How to be a bad Christian we wander through paths of discovery that God is wherever God wants to be. This is a gentle yet profound book that nudges people towards receptivity through stories and reflections. It invites us to imagine that the "spirit blows where the Spirit wills", and through its stories we are invited into a generous orthodoxy of faith where people discover their humanity - through discovering God, themselves, and an accepting love. Bad becomes good and good becomes reimagined. Please read it: it could change our communities, and the world.'Dave Tomlinson has written a book that should be read by every person disaffected by their experience of evangelicalism and by every leader of the contemporary evangelical movement.' (for The Post-Evangelical)'This is a book without the need for profound theology, but a reminder that faith is stronger than theory and based on our busy lives' (for I Shall Not Want)Dave Tomlinson has had a residency on Vanessa Feltz's BBC Radio 2 show in the Pause For Thought section.

'Dave wants to bridge the very real gap between church and ordinary people...

'Dave's "no frills" approach and identification with those who don't feel "good enough" to be a christian or go to church, is very attractive.'

'I think we can learn a lot from this book. I think we can probably do most of the things Dave suggests we should do, and get far more compassionately involved in the lives of people who need to know more of God's love. '

Honest, intelligent, articulate, insightful and with an air of urbane wisdom this book really shines for me.

It highlights the fact that Christ came for sinners, that he ate with sinners, mixed with sinners and was an outsider of his time.

It's a book that opens Christianity to those outside it, on the fringes of it and just as importantly to those already inside it. A brilliant book and one perfect for any seeker or those looking to better understand their own faith from the inside out.

The Church hierarchy has encouraged his spiritual journey- Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, calls Tomlinson a 'convincing and compassionate pastor'- and a media career beckons, with Vanessa Feltz giving him a residency spot on her Radio 2 show.Dave Tomlinson was a house church leader for many years and is now an Anglican priest. Unable to accept the narrow restrictions of his tradition, he founded the legendary Holy Joe's, a church in a pub in Clapham for disaffected church drop-outs. He is now Vicar of St Luke's, Holloway, a thriving parish church in north London. He is the author of the seminal The Post-Evangelical, I Shall Not Want and Re-enchanting Christianity.New book from well-known author (of The Post-Evangelical) and vicar Dave Tomlinson.Accessible and inviting survey of what it means to be a Christian - and how.Of appeal to both Christian and general markets.Attractive hardback format with beautiful illustrations from Rob Pepper.
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You Can Begin Again

By Joyce Meyer
Bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores the beauty of new beginnings through God's inexhaustible grace.

It's never too late for grace. Look closely enough and you'll see that theme all through the Bible. Page after page, story after story--God delights in turning tragic endings into new beginnings. The barren give birth, doubters become deliverers, and harlots are recast as heroes. In every biblical fresh start, we are reminded that with God, new beginnings aren't the exception; they're the rule.

Using a blend of inspiring stories, Scriptural principles, and straight-talk, in You Can Begin Again, Joyce Meyer powerfully demonstrates that God isn't done with you yet. If you're stuck in a rut, disappointed by an outcome, hurting from a wound, failing in an endeavour, struggling in a relationship, or unsure about the future . . . don't give up. Don't give up on yourself, and don't give up on the God who loves you. If you thought it was too late, it's not. With God you can begin again.

In typically robust style Joyce Meyer demonstrates that God isn't done with you yet. She urges readers not to give up on themselves and especially not on God, whatever the circumstances.Joyce Meyer uses inspiring stories, scripture and straight talk to drive home the message of her book You Can Be Born Again. God can turn tragic endings into new beginnings. It is never too late to find grace. With God, new beginnings are not the exception: they are the rule. This is a readable and moving book by an author whose last work spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling

author, her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration. Joyce has authored nearly 100 books, which have been translated into many languages. More than 30 million copies of her books have been sold.

Joyce's recent book, LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS spent five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. POWER THOUGHTS was there for nine weeks.Monthly website visits on joycemeyer.org average 1.4 Million per month. Over 3.2 million people currently like Joyce Meyer Ministries on Facebook and she has 1.5 million followers on Twitter and these numbers grow every day.
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NIV Bible Handbook

By Alister McGrath
The acclaimed single-volume commentary to the world's most popular Bible

Written by Alister McGrath, one of Britain's most admired and insightful biblical scholars, the NIV Bible Handbook is designed to be read alongside the New International Version as a comprehensive guide to Scripture.

McGrath's in-depth commentary is complemented by introductions to and outlines of every Bible book, explaining the authorship, context and purpose with which each book was written.

The commentary is interspersed with over sixty feature articles addressing difficult questions arising from the Bible, such as, 'What does the Bible say about homosexuality?' and 'Did God really command all that killing?'

A number of helpful maps and charts also aid appreciation of biblical narrative and history.

Although McGrath is not in the narrow sense a biblical scholar, it [the handbook] well expresses its author's overriding concern to commend the faith of the Bible ... The application of 61 passages is discussed in blocks set off from the main text ... These comments could provide useful starting- points for group discussions ... The handbook includes three introductory articles, admirably clear maps and other readers' help.

Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, and Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion and, most recently, his acclaimed C. S. Lewis - A Life.

Project editor Martin H. Manser is a professional reference book editor and trainer. He has compiled or edited more than 200 reference books, particularly Bible- reference titles, English-language dictionaries and business-skills books. His Bible-reference titles include Managing Editor of the NIV Thematic Study Bible (Hodder & Stoughton), editor of the Collins Bible Companion, joint author of Who's who of the Bible (Lion) and revising editor of the 8-million word Matthew Henry Commentary (Zondervan).Visit martinmanser.co.uk

The ultimate study tool for use alongside your NIV Bible, the world's bestselling translation.Comprehensive commentary on the NIV Bible by leading British theologian, Alister McGrath.Features over sixty short articles tackling difficult questions like the problem of suffering, how we understand miracles, and whether the world was really created in six days.Extra charts, tables, maps and lists give the reader a rounded view of the history and culture of the Bible and its characters.
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Hidden in Christ

By James Bryan Smith
Words are powerful - especially the ones we use about, and hear from, God.

Words are powerful. They contain ideas and shape the way we see God, ourselves and all of reality. We're transformed, in particular, by God's Word, and by 'the Word', the Logos - Jesus himself - as described by John in the first chapter of his Gospel.

Memorising and studying a passage in depth can offer a deeper sense of the meaning of each word. In this unique introduction to the hidden life in Christ, James Bryan Smith walks readers through a thirty-day immersion in Colossians 3:1-17. Each of the thirty short chapters of this book bring out the main truth of just one word or phrase of this rich passage. You'll also find a very simple daily practice to take up, reflection questions and a guide for five weeks of group discussion.

The Apprentice Series is the best practice I have seen in Christian spiritual transformation.This book was a great blessing to me in my daily walk...I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a closer look at the amazing truths in Colossians 3, and to learn and grow through doing so.This book is both insightful and inspiring...It will transform the way in which you look at Colossians 3...Take the time to slow down and absorb the meaning of God's words to you today.The author of this very easy to read book has two simple messages for his readers - jesus is with you and in you always, and you live in the unshakeable kingdom of God . . .The simple truths . . . are presented very clearly

James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, D.Min., Fuller Seminary) is a theology professor at Friends University in Wichita, KS and a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation. He also serves as the director of the Aprentis Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation at Friends University.

A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, Renovar?, Smith is an ordained United Methodist Church minister and has served in various capacities in local churches. Smith is the author of the warmly received Apprentice series.

From the author of the Apprentice Series.Ideal for individual use or in small groups.Both reflective and practical, with exercises and discussion questions.Drawing on the teaching on spiritual formation by much-loved authors Richard Foster and Dallas Willard.
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The Shepherd's Song

By Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers
Follow the incredible journey of one piece of paper - a copy of Psalm 23 - as it travels around the world, linking lives and hearts with its simple but beautiful message.

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.

This book is unique and more than just an enjoyable read - I heartily recommend it.It is a book for the head and the heart.An imaginative and inspiring storyThis is an amazing book of short interconnected stories all based around a handwritten copy of the 23rd Psalm ... It's definitely the book I'm recommending and hand-selling in my shop for the next few months! It's a wonderfully crafted storyTHE SHEPHERD'S SONG is one of the most unusual and delightful books I have ever read. It hooked my attention from the first page and held it to the last! This is a truly beautiful book which displays the power of God's Word in our modern world, and its remarkable ability to change the lives of people today. Utterly refreshing! A glorious book.I found it remarkably compelling from the outset. Rarely have I read a novel which so poignantly juxtaposes tragedy with hope without becoming excessively sentimental or mawkish. It is an effortless read, but not an easy one - harrowing and uplifting by turns, it is impossible not to be moved by its artlessly engaging narrative. The characters are believable and likeable, each one deftly painted with a few expert strokes. The chain of connected storylines convincingly shows how one simple and apparently futile act of love can release a deluge of redemption and reconciliation. It is sure to challenge the assumptions of readers with a religious faith and those without. I loved it.

Betsy Duffey is a licensed counsellor and worked for four years with homeless women, often using writing as a tool for healing. Over the years Betsy has spoken at hundreds of elementary schools and has shared her ideas with countless women's groups. She lives with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia. They have two grown sons. Betsy and her sister, Laurie Myers, write together as the Writing Sisters.

Laurie Myers has spoken extensively in elementary schools across the nation, sharing her love of reading and writing. She has a passion for helping those in need, working as a nurse, tutoring incarcerated youth, and cofounding an urban school. Laurie lives with her husband in Augusta, Georgia. They have three grown children. Laurie and her sister, Betsy Duffey, write together as the Writing Sisters.

Fictional treatment of the most popular and well-known psalm, Psalm 23Christian fiction with strong word-of-mouth potentialInspiring story from two much-loved authors
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Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

By Timothy Keller
Acclaimed writer and pastor Timothy Keller grapples with the age-old question: how do we deal with pain and suffering, both in our own lives and in the world around us?The problem of pain is a perennial one; and for those who undergo particular sufferings it can often be the largest obstacle for trusting in a good and loving God. If such a God exists, why is there so much suffering in the world? And how do we deal with it when it comes into our lives? In his most fullest and most passionately argued book since 2008's bestseller THE REASON FOR GOD, New York pastor and church planter Tim Keller brings his authoritative teaching, sensitivity to contemporary culture and pastoral heart to this pressing question, offering no easy answers but giving guidance, encouragement and inspiration.
Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him.He has left no theological, philosophical, or personal stone unturned. The book is incredibly well researched, weaving timeless scriptures between salient observations of everyone from Camus to New York Times columnists.This is undoubtedly one of the most helpful books I have read on the subject of pain and suffering. I say that as a pastor who would recommend this book to other pastors ... Overall, anyone would benefit from reading this. You could give it to a thinking agnostic friend, and there is much to gain yourself. It did me and out grieving family no end of good.his intelligent analysis is nevertheless noteworthy. He stands in the shoes of his readers, facing squarely up to the issues - and, above all, the ideas - that they are likely to meet in their everyday sophisticated lives. The book is directed at the new type of urban Christian, the kind of people who attend his church in Manhattan and who are drawn there in large numbers. This is a handsome book. It is beautifully presented, and would grace any bookshelf or coffee table, not as an adornment, but as the object of serious study for a Biblical Christian. It is a book that such loyal believers would be proud to be seen reading.

Timothy Keller was born in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He became a Christian at university, was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America and worked as a pastor for nine years.

He was asked to start Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan in 1989, and under his leadership the church`s congregation experienced unprecedented growth from 50 to 5000 members. His target audience consists mainly of urban professionals, whom he believes exhibit disproportionate influence over the culture and its ideas.

The `Influentials` Issue of New York Magazine featured Dr. Keller as "the most successful Christian evangelist in the city by recognizing that young professionals and artists are `disproportionately influential` in creating the country`s culture and that you have to meet this coveted demographic on its own terms."

Timothy Keller is renowned for his clear, reasoned approach to Christian apologetics and his book THE REASON FOR GOD: BELIEF IN AN AGE OF SKEPTICISM was named Book of the Year for 2008 by World Magazine.

Timothy Keller lives in New York City with his wife Kathy and sons David, Michael and Jonathan.

Tim Keller's longest and most straightforwardly apologetic book since New York Times bestseller THE REASON FOR GODAn authoritative voice writing on a classic subjectOf appeal to both Christian and general markets
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Encounters With Jesus

By Timothy Keller
In Encounters With Jesus, New York Times-bestselling author and renowned pastor Timothy Keller explores Jesus' answers to life's biggest questions by showing what happened to those who met Jesus personally.What is my purpose in life? Who am I meant to be? How can I live a successful life? Why is there so much wrong with our world today? Am I part of the problem? What can I do to help change that?

These are the big, seemingly unanswerable questions that everyone must ask and then answer in life. In Encounters With Jesus, New York Times-bestselling author and renowned pastor Timothy Keller explores Jesus' answers to life's biggest questions by showing what happened to those who met Jesus personally.

Jesus changed the lives of nearly every person he met in the Gospels. These were powerful experiences that can have a profound effect on us today and help explain not only different aspects of Christianity, but the deep questions of life itself. Timothy Keller highlights ten of these encounters, including his meeting a sceptical student, a religious insider, an outcast, even Satan himself, and proves how invaluable the lessons from these encounters are for contemporary readers.In this book, New York Times best-selling author and renowned pastor Timothy Keller explores Jesus' answers to life's biggest questions by showing what happened to those who met Jesus personally. Timothy Keller highlights ten of these encounters, including meeting even Satan himself, and proves how invaluable these encounters were.I would highly recommend Encounters as a book to give to sceptics. Ordinarily, books of apologetics can be hard to digest, being packed with abstract logic and argument. Here these elements are powerfully in evidence, yet succinctly expressed. Also, because these apologetics arise out of 'real life' human story and interaction and because Christ is central to all observations made, Encounters is both fascinating and compelling in equal measure.Tim Keller takes a fresh approach to apologetics, linking the big questions of life with particular encounters that Jesus had with individuals ... This book is of the calibre that we have come to expect from Keller. It addresses an old issue in a creative, imaginative and accessible manner. It helps us to reflect on the reasons for our faith, and would be [a] useful book to study in a small group or potentially use as a basis for a series of talks - ****Timothy Keller is an American Protestant publishing superstar.It was a privilege to review his Walking with God through Pain and Suffering for the December 2013/January 2014 edition of Reform, so I was looking forward to reading this latest book. I was not disappointed. Encounters with Jesus Is full of wisdom and everyday language . . . he has the skill and the knack of helping us to see where our thoughts and opinions don't make logical sense and don't lead us to truth . . . and all of this is done with graciousness, humour and plenty of anecdotes. . . Encounters with Jesus would make a splendid present for someone who is beginning to work on the implications of following this Jesus. It is good theology at its most readable, its most comprehensible, its most enlightening.As is typical with Keller, it's full of helpful illustrations and quotes from philosophy, literature and media ... He lives up to his reputation as a skilled communicator . . . Chapter 7 contains one of the most helpful explanations of the person and work of the Holy Spirit as our advocate that I have read anywhere.The writer brilliantly weaves the characters and storylines together . . . I love this book, simple, straightforward but certainly not lightweight in content. It is a breath of fresh air, showing us the richness of encountering Jesus for ourselves. I would encourage anyone, Christian, seeker or sceptic, to read this book. I intend to give a copy to my doubting friend.

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He moved to Manhattan in 1989 to found Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which has now grown to three distinct congregations and birthed the church-planting Redeemer City to City programme.

Tim is the author of numerous bestselling books, including The Reason for God, The Prodigal God and most recently Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, and the co-author, with his wife Kathy, of The Meaning of Marriage.

New apologetic book from the bestselling author of THE REASON FOR GODAsks the big 'meaning of life' questionsTo appeal to both Christian and general markets
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Walking Home From Mongolia

By Rob Lilwall
CYCLING HOME FROM SIBERIA author Rob Lilwall's unique adventure through freezing China from Mongolia to Hong Kong - this time on foot.

Starting in the Gobi desert in winter, adventurer Rob Lilwall sets out on an extraordinary six month journey, walking 3,000 miles across China. Along the way he and cameraman Leon brave the toxic insides of China's longest road tunnel, explore desolate stretches of the Great Wall and endure interrogation by the Chinese police.

As they walk on through the heart of China, the exuberant hospitality of cave dwellers, coal miners and desert nomads keeps them going despite sub-zero blizzards and treacherous terrain.

Rob writes with humour and honesty about the hardships of the walk, reflecting on the nature of pilgrimage and the uncertainties of an adventuring career, while also giving insight into life on the road amid the epic landscapes and rapidly industrialising cities of backwater China.

The book serves as an engrossing window into the nascent colossus that is China...where much that's written about the country is concerned with the big picture, this worm's-eye view is fascinating.I'm not sure Rob Lilwall knows it, but he has penned a two-wheeled classic. I wanted to rise up singing and strap on my bicycle clips.Lilwall has a wonderful ability to inspire trust in his readersLilwall's story is a remarkable one...enhanced by the fact that he has a writer's skill for conveying a sense of place.A rite of passage adventure, full of thrills, excitement and endurance testsRob Lilwall is such a transparently decent, honest and likeable bloke that it is difficult not to become involved in the highs and lows of his journey...Ever since Odysseus, the traveller has returned home to find himself wiser and more fulfilled than when he departed. Rob Lilwall is no exception.Full piece on Walking Home from MongoliaHere Lilwall sets off on another epic quest...This cracking story is the perfect addition to anyone's library of adventure books.It chronicles comedic run-ins, police interrogations, partying with nomads, encounters with cave dwellers and casual brushes with villagers in China.Rob Lilwall has been interviewed for Outlook on the BBC World ServiceRob Lilwall has appeared on BBC Breakfast.An honest, and often heartwarming meditation on the physical and mental hardships of extreme endurance, and the rapidly changing landscapes of rural China."In 2004 Rob Lilwall quit his job to cycle across Asia. The then-27-year-old left England with a 10GBP pair of Royal Mail trousers, a secondhand tent, and a whistle designed to scare away dogs. His only modes of transportation were boats, and a bike that he had bought in the 1990s.A strange yet compelling beast...an insightful and enjoyable read.I can honestly say Rob's book has inspired me... time to fire up Google, look at some maps and get the notebook out.The resulting book is an honest, and often heartwarming, meditation on the physical and mental hardships of extreme endurance, and the rapidly changing landscapes of rural China.But this is what makes his new book so attractive- he is just a normal guy doing immensely difficult things.Rob explores and then he writes. You won't want to put it down.Assistant Editor Richard Woodall writes a feature on Rob Lilwall and 'Walking Home from Mongolia' for Idea Magazine.Walking Home from Mongolia is a fascinating and well-written record...and a wonderful introduction to the landscape, history and culture of the places they travelled through.Braving the blisters, the traffic, and bathing in freezing rivers, the author notes everything down and presents an oriental odyssey for our times.Rob Lilwall has written a piece on his adventures for The Church Times.It should dispel at least a few stereotypes for most people... readable, interesting and funny.The walk is vividly described, the narrative rattles along at a fair pace and the reader is successfully drawn into the story.Rob Lilwall is a writer, adventurer, and motivational speaker who regularly transfixes audiences with tales from his 30,000 mile journey by bike from Siberia to England. Rob has written about his journey for magazines and journals worldwide. In 2004 Rob gave up his job as a geography teacher at a state school near Oxford and set off around the world with nothing but a bike and a healthy dose of fear ... around three years later he arrived home, with some remarkable stories to tell. Find Rob on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/walkinghomefrommongolia or at twitter.com/roblilwall or on the web at walkinghomefrommongolia.comA sequel to CYCLING HOME FROM SIBERIA by adventurer Rob Lilwall.A four-part documentary called Walking Home From Mongolia will be shown by National Geographic in Asia and Australia in early 2013. UK scheduling to be confirmed.CYCLING HOME FROM SIBERIA has sold 21,000 copies since 2009.
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A Story of God and All of Us

By Mark Burnett, Roma Downey
OFFICIAL TV TIE-IN TO 'THE BIBLE' CHANNEL 5 TV SERIES. The Bible's most fascinating stories are brought to life in vivid detail in this original work of fiction by husband and wife team Mark Burnett and 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. Developed alongside the epic TV mini-series 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 script for THE BIBLE TV series has been reviewed by a number of Christian church leaders and theologians for authenticity. All the key biblical characters are 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 down the centuries - Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians and Romans - as well as the many Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah.

...a sweeping narrative that breathes new life into some of the most important events and characters of the Bible...It's gripping stuff, written in short, sharp sentences, making it easy to scan through and get the story.Full feature in Together MagazineMark Burnett is an English TV producer based in Los Angeles. He is best known as the executive producer of Survivor, The Voice, and The Apprentice. A four time Emmy winner. Roma Downey is an actress, singer and producer from Derry, Northern Ireland. She is best known as Tess's angel/employee in the successful American TV series Touched by an Angel. She is married to television producer Mark Burnett.Official TV tie-in novelisation of the Bible story, to tie in with THE BIBLE epic TV mini-series broadcasting Nov/Dec 2013 on Channel 5THE BIBLE TV miniseries broke all records in the US, with over 100 million people having seen it, and similarly high viewing figures around the world - now it's coming to the UKHodder Faith will also publish a 100 day devotional based on the mini-series.Hodder Faith will also publish a Young Reader's edition, coinciding with the hardback publication in March 2013.
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Cycling Home From Siberia

By Rob Lilwall
The gripping adventure story of one man's epic journey back from Siberia to England by bike'It is late October, and the temperature is already -40C...My thoughts are filled with frozen rivers that may or may not hold my weight; empty, forgotten valleys haunted by emaciated ghosts and packs of ravenous, merciless wolves.'In 2004 Rob Lilwall arrived in Siberia equipped only with a bike and a healthy dose of fear. CYCLING HOME FROM SIBERIA recounts his epic three and a half year, 30,000 mile journey back to England via the foreboding jungles of Papua New Guinea, an Australian cyclone and Afghanistan's war-torn Hindu Kush.A gripping story of endurance and adventure, this is also a spiritual journey giving a poignant insight into life on the road in some of the world's toughest corners.www.roblilwall.comI'm not sure Rob Lilwall knows it, but he has penned a two-wheeled classic. I wanted to rise up singing and strap on my bicycle clips.Lilwall has a wonderful ability to inspire trust in his readers.Lilwall's story is a remarkable one ... enhanced by the fact that he has a writer's skill for conveying a sense of place.A rite of passage adventure, full of thrills, excitement and endurance tests.Not only describes different countries and their peoples, but also delves into the human heart.A real adventure storyRob Lilwall is such a transparently decent, honest and likeable bloke that it is difficult not to become involved in the highs and lows of his journey. 7/10Rob Lilwall is a writer, adventurer, theology student and motivational speaker, who regularly transfixes audiences with tales from his 30,000 mile journey by bike from Siberia to England. Rob has written about his journey for magazines and journals worldwide. In 2004 Rob gave up his job as a geography teacher at a state school near Oxford and set off around the world with nothing but a bike and a healthy dose of fear ... around 3 years later he arrived home, with some remarkable stories to tell.A gripping, poignant and humorous adventure story of one man's journey from the frozen tundra of Siberia back home to England by bikeThe author begins his journey in the depths of winter, cycling the 'road of bones' across Far East Siberia that Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman motorbiked in summerAn inspirational reflection on the spiritual state of the world seen through the author's Christian faith
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Cross Roads

By Wm Paul Young
The new novel from Wm Paul Young, author of international bestseller THE SHACK, is an inspiring and provocative story of a man who only realises how bad his life has been when it's too late - yet is miraculously given a chance to put things right. Will he take it?

Multi-millionaire Anthony Spencer is trapped in a coma and finds himself in a surreal world that reflects the skewed priorities of the life he's lived on earth where he meets a stranger who turns out to be Jesus and a grandmother who is the Holy Spirit.

Pleading for a second chance, he is sent back to earth to redeem himself. There he must fight to put right the mess he's created, experiencing events through others' eyes before deciding how to use the miraculous gift he's been given. Before his illness he had set events in motion that he now needs to undo - but will he have the courage to make the right choice?

THE SHACK is an international phenomenon, surpassing 1 million copies sold before being picked up by a mainstream publisher: its combination of radical spirituality with a heart-wrenching story made it a word-of-mouth hit, and CROSS ROADS has all the ingredients to repeat its impact.

One of the most faith-enhancing books I have ever read.This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good!This book is speaking loud and clear to a lot of peopleBunyanesque - bold, imaginative, humane and funnyCross Roads will make you think, as well as cry and laugh out loud, often in the space of a few minutesWm Paul Young was born in Canada but raised by his missionary parents among a stone age tribe in the highlands of what was New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, but now enjoys the 'wastefulness of grace' with his family in the US Pacific Northwest. This is his second book.THE SHACK has sold 600,000 copies in the UK aloneOver 18 million copies of THE SHACK sold worldwideWm Paul Young has been touring the world since THE SHACK came out, talking about the story of how the book came about
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A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity

By Nick Page
Everything you need to know about the history of the Christian church - and a fair few bits you didn't want to know thrown in for good measure.

From Abelard to Zwingli, via a multitude of saints and sinners, Nick Page guides us through the creeds, the councils, the buildings and the background of the Christian church in an illuminating, and perhaps ever so slightly irreverent way.

Well-known as a writer, speaker, unlicensed historian and general information-monger, Nick Page combines in-depth research, historical analysis and cutting-edge guesswork to explore how on earth the Christian church has survived all that 2,000 years of heroes, villains and misfits could throw at it (mostly from the inside) to remain one of the most influential forces in the world today.

"I was predestined to read this." John Calvin.

"I felt my heart strangely warmed. Or it could have been indigestion." John Wesley.

Written in a chatty style designed to invite people in to share the authors fascination with his subject, and to keep them intrigued with the use of jokes and funny illustrations, this is, in fact, quite a serious history, in spite of itself.Written in a chatty style, this is a serious look at the long and tangled history of Christianity, its saints, martyrs, Crusades, writers and thinkers.I read many books on Church History, but this is the first which made me laugh out loud - on several occasions. [...]. [I]f you like '1066 and All That', you will relish it and the footnotes can be deeply thought provoking.'A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity' is an accessible, provocative and very funny history of the church.Essential reading...enlightening and informative...you will be sure to learn something new.This is a book written by a highly experienced, technically brilliant and detailed writer.'Nick Page's books are always thoroughly researched and engagingly written, and this one is no exception.''Author of the most eye-catching and provocative titles in the Christian book market, Nick Page's books are always provocative, dangerous and refreshingly well written.'Nick guid[es] us through the history of the Christian church in his slightly irreverent and humorous way, providing unique insights.Nick Page has done it again. Another cracking book professing to be humorous, silly and light- hearted, whilst really being intelligent and erudite... this book is the perfect starter book for anyone who needs to know something about church history, actually wants to understand what they are reading, and the reasons why it was so important... Add into this the great section headers, cartoons and other ephemera within it and you have a cracking gift or enjoyable read for anyone who wants to know just a little more.ALTHOUGH it is never stated explicitly, Nick Page's Nearly Infallible History of Christianity is a sort of Horrible Histories brought to bear on belief. Like that popular series, its tone is light and breezy... [a] fertile, inventive, and imaginative pen.Nick Page is the author of over sixty books, including The Bible Book, What Happened to the Ark of the Covenant and Other Bible Mysteries, The HarperCollins Atlas of Bible History 'editor' and most recently, THE WRONG MESSIAH. Follow Nick Page on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/NickofEynsham and visit his website at: http://nickpage.co.ukSubstantial but easy to read history of the Christian churchEnjoyable blend of real history and wild surmiseNick Page is an established author and excellent speaker with a growing reputation in the trade and the wider Christian world, and a track record of general market sales also.
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The Shack

By Wm Paul Young
The powerful bestselling novel of how a grief-stricken man's encounter with God changes his life forever.

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, still trapped in his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack.

Against his better judgement he arrives at the shack on a wintery afternoon and faces up to his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question, 'Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?' The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!

'Brilliant! One of the most faith-enhancing books I have ever read''Clearly the book is speaking loud and clear to a lot of people'Bunyanesque ... bold, imaginative, humane and funny.This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good!'This is the most heart-warming, inspirational story I have read in decades. If you only read one book in the next year....read THE SHACK''By far the most captivating, deliciously written and theologically refreshing page turner of a novel I have ever read.''Dangerous, dangerous way to do off-the-hook theology, I love it! It's not just what happens when a theologian becomes storyteller: this is what happens when a survivor who has experienced God decides to tell a story. This should be required reading in spirituality/theodicy classes everywhere. The Shack will quickly become a modern classic, and it will inspire imitators. But very few will match the competence of this work.'THE SHACK is the most absorbing work of fiction I've read in many years. My wife and I laughed, cried and repented of our own lack of faith along the way. THE SHACK will leave you craving for the presence of God.This story reads like a prayer - like the best kind of prayer, filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it.Reading THE SHACK during a very difficult transition in my life, this story has blown the door wide open to my soul.Wm Paul Young was born in Canada but raised among a technologically stone-aged tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of what was New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, and now enjoys the 'wastefulness of grace' with his family in the US Pacific Northwest.A fascinating piece of fiction: spiritually profound, theologically enlightening and life impacting.On a par with John Bunyan's Pilgrim's ProgressThis title has had wide-ranging success in the US, with almost 500,000 books distributed in 11 months, mostly by word of mouth. (www.theshackbook.com news, April 2008)
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The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass: Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend

By Adrian Plass
The Sacred Diarist is back... Adrian Plass has reluctantly agreed to run his church's weekend away, but as ever, you can guarantee things won't go smoothly with Adrian in charge.

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.

http://www.aslanchristianbooks.co.uk/book-review-adrian-plass-and-the-church-weekend/

This book is a testament to the idea that sometimes grace can reach the heart best when it is laughing - and there is a maturity and depth to the writing. It is wonderful to read such a wonderful book written by one of the great treasures of the British Church. Thank you Adrian.

One of the picks of the new releases

One of Woman Alive's "Two great summer reads"

The Sacred diarist is back with a new tale about how God cares for his often mixed up people

Plass handles the issue of how Christians relate to one another outside of their usual environment (church) with comedic skill and sensitivity. His characterisations are brilliant.'

By the time I'd finished, my sides ached and my eyes were streaming with tears. I literally laughed out loud.

Live review of Adrian at Greenbelt 2013

Adrian Plass held little back in his Saturday morning... while revealing that his first diary, written in the mid-80s was actually a result of his breakdown. His ultimate conclusion at the time? That, maybe, God was nice.

He delighted the crowd by reading from his first two diaries, and his latest one (Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend), having to pause frequently for the hearty laughing to cease, and tears to be wiped from faces, before being able to continue.

Plass performed his earlier, larger session with his wife Brigit, who adds a wry, feminine slant on the foibles of Christian life. Where, once Charismatic Christian were the butt of his humour, attention was now focused on those who divided the world between those "like us" and those "in error", i.e. Everyone else.

Adrian Plass has aged well, or at least his Sacred Diaries have. Now father to a vicar and with a teenage grandson the laugh-out-loud lines are a little more spaced out but delivered with as much weight as ever before. The humour is also balanced with passages of profound reflection, and in this last installment of the series, it ends not with humour but a sign of hope.Plass's greatest gift, in my opinion, is to weave the serious in with his playfulness in a way that doesn't seem forced, and can be quite profound.Although this is a humorous book, there are many serious ideas served up in it. I hope that many of those involved in the prayer ministry of churches will read it . . . This story . . . end on a hopeful note with a possibility of a sequel.Adrian Plass is the bestselling author of The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37? - this and its various sequels have sold millions of copies around the world. A somewhat bemused Anglican, Adrian and his wife Bridget live in Yorkshire and recently spent two years as part of the Scargill Community as well as continuing to speak in churches, prisons, schools, festivals and literary events in the UK and around the world.Adrian Plass is a bestselling author and speaker, with over two million copies of the previous Sacred Diary titles in print.National Sacred Diary tour to coincide with publication.Adrian will be speaking at all the major Christian festivals during 2013.
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Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio

By Sergio Rubin, Francesca Ambrogetti
The only authorised biography of Pope Francis I, Jorge Bergoglio

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was chosen as the next Pope in one of the shortest conclaves in history. He is the first Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope to come from Latin America. Who is this man, and how did he come to such high position?

This book begins with the arrival of Bergoglio's family in Buenos Aires in 1929, travelling from Italy, explores his childhood as one of a family of five, his first job as a factory cleaner and the bout of pneumonia which forced him to reassess his life completely. Then from his early days as a seminarian through his experience as a teacher of psychology and literature, through to his consecration as a cardinal by Pope John Paul II, Bergoglio shares his experiences of faith and life.

The difficult subjects are met head on, from the declining numbers of priests to celibacy and even the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church - and through it all, Bergoglio's humble approach and desire to live an austere and faithful life shine through.

This is a Pope who will not allow himself to be fitted to a traditional mould - and the world waits with bated breath to see what his time as leader of the world's largest church will bring.

This papal biography is enthralling on family life, and he emerges as a sensitive man.Well-written, well-researched and full of warmth, clarity and conviction.A useful introduction to the man who will, in coming years, significantly influence the world's largest church.

Sergio Rubin was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is an award-winning author, journalist, and is currently chief of religious news for the Clar?n newspaper as well as editor of the supplement Valores Religiosos (Religious Values). He has interviewed major figures such as Mother Teresa and covered over a dozen of John Paul II's trips, his funeral, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Francesca Ambrogetti was born in Rome. She is a journalist and social psychologist, and currently teaches journalism. In 1982 she headed the Association for Foreign Press in Argentina and from 2000 to 2003, the Association of Foreign Correspondents. She collaborates with international media such as Vatican Radio.

International No.1 Bestseller, the only authorised biography of Pope Francis IThe authors spent two years interviewing Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I, so the book's coverage is full and insightfulSold for massive sums all round the world, this is the ultimate Pope Francis I book...
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NIV Tiny Pink Soft-Tone Bible with Zip

By New International Version
The world's most popular Bible, the NIV, in a conveniently tiny size and beautiful pink soft-tone binding.This stylish pink Bible in soft-tone binding is an attractive new presentation of the New International Version. In a very small format, with a zip to protect the pages, this edition is the ideal Bible to carry with you at all times. It includes a presentation page at the front of the book, making it perfect for giving as a gift. This Bible has a pink ribbon marker, silver gilt page edges and very pretty endpapers with a butterfly design.The New International Version is the most popular modern English Bible translation in the world. It is acclaimed for its accurate scholarship, its lucid, dignified English and the clarity with which it communicates the timeless truths of Scripture.I went over every word of the NIV text in depth. I found it to be a wonderful balance of accuracy and accessibility, and I've used the NIV as my standard text ever since.

The Bible is the only reliable data we have about God. The NIV is a trusted Bible translation - it communicates clearly and relevantly to our world today.

I would encourage every Christian and every seeker to read this reliable translation daily and thoughtfully.

The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.

Price, format and design combine to make this a wonderful gift.Protective slipcase and zip.Includes a pink ribbon marker, silver gilt page edges and very pretty endpapers with a butterfly design.The NIV is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation.Translated by a team of leading international scholars, its hallmarks are clarity, accuracy and dignity.
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NIV Pocket Red Soft-Tone Bible with Zip

By New International Version
A stylish and durable pocket-sized NIV Bible with a contemporary and distinctive red colourway.Brightly coloured soft-tone NIV Bible with zip, ribbon and slipcase. The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability. Fully revised and updated for the first time in 25 years, the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features:

clear, readable 6.75pt text

easy-to-read layout

shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible

reading plan

timeline

book by book overview

quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.British Text

This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.



Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.


This newly updated edition of the NIV retains its commitment to accuracy even while remaining accessible to the widest audience possible.

The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.

Revised and updated NIV text.The most popular Bible translation in modern English.British spelling, grammar and punctuation.Lists of key people and events.Text size 6.75pt.Includes ribbon marker and zip fastening.
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Unconditional

By Justin Lee
Finally, the book that gay Christians, their friends, families and the Church have been waiting for.

'Gay.

The word seemed to hold the weight of eternity within its single syllable.

As strange as it may seem, in all the years I had struggled with my sexuality, the idea that I could be 'gay' had simply never crossed my mind. I was a Christian! That was my whole life! And Christians weren't gay.'

This could be the most important book you read this year.

It's a memoir.

An exploration of what is, and what could be.

Most of all, it's a clarion call to the church - to rediscover the love that Jesus called us to. Unconditionally.

'So many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people give up on Christianity because they cannot reconcile who they are with what they were brought up to believe that the Bible teaches about sexuality. Here is a wonderfully told story of a brave young homosexual man who has struggled to hold onto his faith while still affirming himself as gay. This is a must-read.' Tony Campolo

What makes this book different is that it is not essentially about arguing a case but about bridging the gaps of understanding and sympathy that have distorted or muffled the overwhelming miracle of God's gift in Christ and in Scripture. I welcome it very warmly.I believe that what is going on here is crucial for the destiny of the Church. Especially since [the Gay Christian Network] recognises [both sides in the gay/Christian debate], and that there is an ability to love and accept across those lines.Justin Lee is a courageous, kind, thoughtful and emotionally sophisticated gay man who obviously loves Jesus and is fearless in his pursuit of God's reality. Here's hoping (and praying) that more of us straight followers of Jesus learn from his example and find a way to follow in Justin's footsteps.Many who face a similar struggle will find much here to make them laugh and cry. For those who want to know what such struggles can be like, I can recommend no better place to begin than this bookJustin Lee has written a brave book. Unconditional isn't just from the heart, but from the head too. It's a well-considered, thoroughly-researched and persuasive call for understanding and dialogue between both sides on what has come to be seen as the 'gays vs Christians debate' in the culture wars.I loved this book - it's personal, it's Justin's life story. He shares his heartaches, joys, and faith.Pick of the new releases - UNCONDITIONAL is a sensitive exploration of sexuality from an evangelical perspective that draws on personal experienceCommitted to biblical integrity in his thinking, he nonetheless poses provocative and uncomfortable questions that will cause the reader to think... his book offers the prospect of better understanding for all.

Justin Lee has written a book that has so much to commend it. Unconditional...movingly relates his own personal experience of same-sex attraction whilst growing up in evangelical circles and coping with negative responses.

His persistent desire to educate those who misunderstand same-sex attraction is impressive and his balanced treatment of its origins is one of the most helpful I have read.

Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a non-profit, interdenominational organisation working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues. A passionate Christian from a conservative evangelical background, Justin thought he knew everything there was to know about the Christian approach to homosexuality - until unexpected events turned his world upside down and forced him to reconsider everything he believed. Today, his organisation works with individuals, families and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart.Groundbreaking new book from the founder of the Gay Christian Network, a Christian non-profit organisation working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians.Justin Lee is widely considered one of the church's foremost voices on gay/Christian reconciliation.Not an argument for one side of the debate or the other - rather, an invitation to think about what the Church's and individual Christians' response to this often painful topic should be.Above all, a beautifully written, compelling argument for peace and reconciliation.
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What Good is God?

By Philip Yancey
When life gets tough what use is a belief in God?

Speaker, journalist and bestselling author, Philip Yancey has travelled the world tackling the most challenging questions: Can God truly bring solace to the terrorised people of Mumbai, or the students who witnessed the murder of their classmates? Will the deep scars of racism ever heal in post-apartheid South Africa, or the American South? Can a persecuted Christian minority have any impact in places as hostile as China or the Middle East?

For each of his ten destinations, WHAT GOOD IS GOD? shares Philip's inspiring words of encouragement and reveals the compelling story behind the speaking engagement.

Whether he's addressing alcoholics or Bible college students, sex workers or C.S. Lewis enthusiasts, Yancey's experiences of redemption, hope and grace provide evidence that when we are severely tested, faith really does matter.

Powerful and life-changing.'Compelling'Author of CBC Book of the Year 2007 - PRAYER, Philip Yancey is one of the most popular and acclaimed religious writers of our day. His searching and refreshingly honest books, have encouraged and inspired millions of people around the world. With a background in journalism, Philip prefers to ask the questions instead of answer them. This has led him through a path of re-discovering his faith and sharing that publicly through his writing in some of the most heart-felt ways imaginable. Philip admits that he lost his faith in a racist church and made a living out of being a doubter and sceptic. After he came back to his faith, he wrote books about his journey by `circling the edges` of common issues and eventually moving on to topics like Jesus, grace and most recently prayer.Yancey's previous bestseller PRAYER sold close to 100K copiesWritten in the author's trademark authoritative yet friendly styleFull of moving stories of faith and redemption
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The Reason for God

By Timothy Keller
An intelligent, intellectually rigorous examination of why the Christian faith still makes sense in an age of scepticism

As the pastor of an inner-city church in New York City, Timothy Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced 'doubts' sceptics bring to his church, as well as the most important reasons for faith. In THE REASON FOR GOD, he addresses each doubt and explains each reason.Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.

In this apologia for Christian faith, Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Written for sceptics and the believers who love them, the book draws on the author's encounters as founding pastor of New York's booming Redeemer Presbyterian Church.Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him.Timothy J. Keller is an American author, speaker, and the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in New York City.A much-needed new voice in the debate concerning religious belief, and a twenty-first century Mere ChristianityAn enlightening look at the perennial reasons against belief in GodAn intelligent invitation to reasoned debate for those on both sides of the faith divideTHE REASON FOR GOD has sold 10,000 hardback copies in the UK so far
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Celebration of Discipline

By Richard Foster
A brand new re-issue of this Christian classic, with a stunning new cover.

Arguably the most established contemporary spiritual classic by our most profound living religious writer. This timeless classic has helped well over a million people discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace and a deeper understanding of God.

The book explores the 'classic disciplines' of Christian faith: the inward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study; the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission and service and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance and celebration.

Like a child exploring the attic of an old house on a rainy day, discovering a trunk full of treasure and then calling all his brothers and sisters to share the find, Richard Foster has 'found' the spiritual disciplines that the modern world stored away and forgot ... the instruments of joy, the way into mature Christian spirituality and abundant life.This is a book I'd love to have written ... exciting, stimulating and joyful.The best modern book on Christian spirituality.Richard Foster is a best-selling author, the founder of RENOVAR? - a movement committed to spiritual renewal - and Professor of Spiritual Formation at Azusa Pacific University, California.A classic work - over 100,000 copies sold in UK & Commonwealth markets aloneRichard Foster is one of the most respected Christian writers of our dayRe-issued with a brand new cover in a similar design to LIFE WITH GOD, released May 2008
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NIV Thinline Blue Patterned Cloth Bible

By New International Version
With a vibrant and stylish pattern printed on a tactile cloth-bound Bible, this edition is an attractive gift.

With over 400 million Bibles in print, the New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability. Fully revised and updated for the first time in 25 years, the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features:

clear, readable 7.25pt text

easy-to-read layout

shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible

reading plan

quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.

Short concordanceBritish Text

This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.

More about the translation

This revised and updated edition of the NIV includes three main types of change, taking into account changes in the way we use language day to day; advances in biblical scholarship and understanding; and the need to ensure that gender accurate language is used, to faithfully reflect whether men and women are referred to in each instance. The translators have carefully assessed a huge body of scholarship, as well as inviting peer submissions, in order to review every word of the existing NIV to ensure it remains as clear and relevant today as when it was first published.

Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

This newly updated edition of the NIV retains its commitment to accuracy even while remaining accessible to the widest audience possible.

The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.

Revised and updated NIV textThe most popular Bible translation in modern EnglishBritish spelling, grammar and punctuationLists of key people and eventsConcordance
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God Is Not Mad At You

By Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer's latest book addresses those who know God loves them but still fear his anger.When Joyce Meyer posted 'God's not mad at you' on Facebook a few months ago, she didn't realise that those five words would trigger thousands of posts of gratitude and relief. She had obviously hit a nerve.



'Where does this concept of God come from?' she asks in the introduction. 'Perhaps from an angry parent who was difficult to please. Or the pain of rejection from parents or friends who didn't know how to give unconditional love. Perhaps it came from the church! From religious teaching that offered us rules and regulations to follow and implied that we'd be unacceptable to God if we didn't follow them.'



It's a paradox that isn't often discussed by Christian teachers: God loved the world so much that He gave His son to rescue mankind. Yet we tend to think of Him as a stern judge who is ready to punish us at the slightest mis-step.



In God Is Not Mad At You, Joyce examines the sources of this mixed message and untangles the confusion that most Christians experience. Chapter titles include:











Perfectionism and Approval









The Pain of Rejection









Guilt and Shame









Developing Your Potential









Run To God, Not From Him









Getting Comfortable with God



Joyce's latest book addresses a need that isn't often discussed within the Christian community: the need to see God as the loving parent that He is, not a petty tyrant who is ready to pounce at the first opportunity. It will help to clarify for readers one of the greatest misconceptions within the church and free them to experience His love on an entirely new level.


She clearly expounds how righteousness could never be earned, and encourages Christians to run to God with their sin and not move away. This is a clear message which is underpinned by numerous biblical verses, and would be valuable not only for "fragile" believers, but for any Chrisitian who wants to be reminded of the basics of their faith.

Joyce Meyer is a wonderful Bible teacher and Hodder Faith is proud to publish her in the UK. Her approachable, friendly style is welcomed by millions of readers who appreciate down-to-earth, practical guidance on applying biblical teaching to their everyday lives. Her best-known works include BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND, LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, and CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE. She has also written two novels, ANY MINUTE and THE PENNY, with Deborah Bedford.

Joyce Meyer has a worldwide ministry and broadcasts to millions daily through her television programme `Enjoying Everyday Life`?.

POWER THOUGHTS, one of Joyce's most recent titles, reached number two on the New York Times Bestseller List.NEVER GIVE UP! remained on the New York Times bestseller list 5 weeks after its release in March 2009 and has sold over 200,000 copies.THE CONFIDENT WOMAN debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold over 400,000 copies.LOOK GREAT, FEEL GREAT has sold 300,000 copies and has been included on the USA Today, New York Times, and CBA bestseller lists.
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NIV Journalling Mint Polka Dot Cloth Bible

By New International Version
For Bible readers who love to add their own notes, references and personal reflections, this beautiful journalling Bible with wide margins and ruled lines is perfect.

Beautifully designed, cloth-bound journalling Bible with high quality paper and extra wide ruled margins for note taking and referencing. The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability and is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features:

clear, readable 7.25pt text

easy-to-read layout

shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible

reading plan

book by book overview

quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.British Text

This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

It has extra wide margins with ruled lines so that you can make little notes of lessons or cross-references which occur to you in your daily reading as you study God's word... I think many people will be excited by the idea of being able to scribble thoughts in the margins.The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.Spacious, ruled margins on every page.Printed on high-quality, thick notebook paper.Fabric covered hardback binding with rounded corners.Includes ribbon marker.British spelling, grammar and punctuation.Revised and updated NIV text.Text size 7.25pt.
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NIV Journalling Soft-tone Bible with Clasp

By New International Version
For Bible readers who love to add their own notes, references and personal reflections, this journalling Bible with wide margins and ruled lines is perfect.

Bound in intricately patterned soft-tone leather, this specially designed journalling Bible has high quality paper and extra wide ruled margins for note taking and referencing. The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability and is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features:

Clear, readable 7.25pt text

Easy-to-read layout

Shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible

Reading plan

Book by book overview

Quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.

This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.Includes ribbon marker.With magnetic clasp and pen loop.Spacious, ruled margins on every page.British spelling, grammar and punctuation.Revised and updated NIV text.Text size 7.25pt.Soft-tone leather binding with intricately designed debossed pattern.Printed on high-quality, thick notebook paper.
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NIV Journalling Charcoal Cloth Bible

By New International Version
For Bible readers who love to add their own notes, references and personal reflections, this journalling Bible with wide margins and ruled lines is perfect.

Attractive, cloth-bound journalling Bible with high quality paper and extra wide ruled margins for note taking and referencing. The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability and is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features:

clear, readable 7.25pt text

easy-to-read layout

shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible

reading plan

book by book overview

quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.British Text

This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.

The paper is also slightly thicker so notes and highlights don't bleed through. I'm not a great scribbler in my Bible but I know people who are and this would really suit them.Bibles don't come much smarter than this. Sleek, practical and pretty lightweight... The extra wide margins make it the perfect study companion and the thicker pages and hard cover means it will be enjoyed for years.Of the various covers available, the black cloth hardback is my favourite... It feels great and is a welcome addition to the rangeThe New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.Spacious, ruled margins on every page.Printed on high-quality, thick notebook paper.Fabric covered hardback binding with rounded corners.Includes contrasting ribbon marker and endpapers.British spelling, grammar and punctuation.Revised and updated NIV text.Text size 7.25pt.
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Billy Fidget's Family Fortunes

By Nick Battle And Eric Delve, Nick Battle, Eric Delve
Thanks to a bit of divine intervention, Billy Fidget, reformed wheeler-dealer and ex-womaniser, finally has his life back on track. Then his wife, Helen, gets pregnant. And teenage son Tom gets sent to prison for dealing drugs. This is not how life was meant to work out...

Billy Fidget writes letters to God. And, somewhat unexpectedly, God writes back. After the traumatic events and dramatic reconciliation of THE BILLY FIDGET LETTERS life has got back to normal, but then Helen gets pregnant with their fourth child - and Tom gets caught selling drugs to schoolfriends. Billy just doesn't understand it.

But, as ever, God has a plan - it's just not necessarily going to be an easy road.

This follow-up to THE BILLY FIDGET LETTERS has just the same fearless honesty as the first book, so that through the ups and downs of Billy's spiritual career we can connect with the issues that face him and his family - and maybe learn something about ourselves along the way.

Enjoy an entertaining and imaginative read, and see how your own experiences take on fresh meaning in light of God's fatherly love for you.It only took me a few hours to read this book as it is written in a light-hearted style but it deals with some very deep theological issues, such as sin and forgiveness...well worth a read.A great read and honest look at the trials of life

Eric Delve is vicar of St Luke's Maidstone, Kent and runs the Detling Festival. He travels extensively, speaking in churches and at conferences, and at Echoes in Eternity events around the country.

Nick Battle worked for thirty years in the music business with celebrities such as Simon Cowell, The Spice Girls, Gary Barlow and Michael Ball before giving it all up to write books and found the charity The Gravel Road Trust helping people dealing with bereavement.

Battle and Delve collaborate for the second time on this unique and hilarious follow-up novel.Battle and Delve's Christian festival tour of readings from Billy's letters was a huge hit with thousands across the UKThis humorous but poignant and thought-provoking story will appeal across a wide range of people.
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The Sixty Minute Grandparent

By Rob Parsons
Rob Parsons will help you be the best grandparent you can be - in just one hour.

'If you have children, buy this book for your parents now. If you are a grandparent, don't go near your grandchildren until you have read it!' Rosemary Conley

There are many different kinds of grandparents - tired-out or over-eager, super-involved or unsure how to help, unwilling or ever-ready. In this simple book Rob Parsons will help you reach the common aspiration: to be the best grandparent that you can possibly be.

The baby stage: helping out without interfering

How to help your own children find their way as parents

Loving your grandchildren without spoiling them

When to intervene, and when to keep out of it

Finding your place within a blended family

Becoming invaluable (rather than insufferable) to your daughter-in-law

On SIXTY MINUTE FATHER: 'A brilliant book.'On SIXTY MINUTE FATHER: 'Sixty minutes that could save the regret of lost family opportunities.'On SIXTY MINUTE FATHER: 'For all those fathers who know, somewhere in their hearts, that their children's lives are slipping by while they are too busy to notice.'On IXTY MINUTE MARRIAGE: 'Wise and witty. Full of down-to-earth advice that works.'How to be a better GrandparentCoverage across all of the regional BBC stationsOne of the Picks of the new releasesMany people will benefit greatly from this book

Very witty, informative and helpful...I would definitely recommend this book especially for parents . It will show you another perspective of life.

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I am currently reading The Sixty Minute Grandparent by Rob Parsons. It is interesting to read about other people's perceptions of this new role that is thrust upon us when our children start having their own families. The book is pretty light hearted and easy to read or dip into. The emphasis is on becoming the best grandparent you can be, in whichever way you are most comfortable. It reminds us that our grandchildren only really want two things from us: to be loved and to know we are there for them.Grandparents are a varied species! Some are very hands on and play a major role in their grandchild's life. I don't see Ted very often so I'm not a nappy changing, babysitting, disciplining, bottle making grandma. However, what I can be is someone who can give Ted unconditional love and the promise of quality time spent together whenever I do see him. As he gets older, this will become more and more significant to his life. I can tell him about his dad and what he was like as a child. I can tell him about our family and our past. I can make him feel included and embraced, a brand new branch on our family tree.The line in the book that really resonates with me is this one on the job description of a grandparent:"Individuals must be loving, caring, loving, selfless, loving, accepting and loving."I think I am definitely up for that job!

Written in a very uplifting and positive way. I am really pleased that I took that sixty minutes to read this book.

http://www.grannynet.co.uk/reviews-things-for-you/discoveries/the-sixty-minute-grandparent-by-rob-parsons/

Rob Parsons has distilled the essential skills for becoming the best, most effective grandparent one can be.Principally entertaining, wise and helpful. Readers of this book could contribute significantly towards healthier and happier lives for younger, vulnerable generations.Concise, well informed, and written with a commendable mix of common sense, wisdom and humour, this is a book I would recommend to all grandparents - would-be ones and those already 'underway

http://www.playpennies.com/sixty-minute-grandparent-review-82833

For a very small book, numbering around 120 pages, the book certainly runs the gamut. It covers the tough stuff too grandparenting at a distance, grandparenting when a child is special needs, grandparenting when a child is tragically lost.

The book deals wisely and sensibly with painful issues of grandparenting ... I particularly liked the idea that grandparents are the keepers of the family memories ... I enjoyed reading this book.Another brilliant book in the 'Sixty Minute' series; Rob Parsons thoughtfully advises grandparents on the wide range of complex family situations that can develop in two generations. In a penetrating analysis of the power of a grandparent, this book combines humorous anecdotes with deep insights. I was struck by the idea that grandparents can offer a greater sense of stability and identity to children, and by sharing stories of the past, they can deepen a child's roots. The real secret, of course, is giving unconditional love.It is ideal for prospective, new or seasoned grandparents as each chapter contains refreshingly low-cost ideas, encouragement and comments from grandchildren. In only 128 pages, Parson manages to do far more than simply scratch the surface of this topic.The book is short, easy to read and full of helpful stories. It is realistic about all the complexities of relationships that grandparents encounter but it will reassure those who wonder if they are doing the right thing for the children and grandchildren.Rob Parson's latest in his Sixty Minute series is a quick and easy book to read, full of wisdom and humour.Rob Parsons has wit and wisdom aplenty to offer in The Sixty Minute Grandparent... A well-spent 60 minutes.As a grandparent myself there's always something new to learn and little books like this can be extremely valuable. Very worthwhile.Rob Parsons OBE is a bestselling author and international speaker, and the founder of Care for the Family, a national charity committed to strengthening family life. His books include THE SIXTY MINUTE FATHER and TEENAGERS! WHAT EVERY PARENT HAS TO KNOW. Find out more about Rob and Care for the Family at www.careforthefamily.org.uk or on twitter.com/care4thefamilyRob Parsons is a leading UK expert on family life.National 60 Minute Grandparent tour with Care for the Family.Grandparents are becoming more and more important in the childcare equation - here's how everyone can get the most out of it.Practical, easy-to-read style makes this an accessible and enjoyable opportunity to rethink your grandparenting priorities.
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Red Letter Christianity

By Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo
What does it mean to take Jesus' words seriously, and how do they affect the 'hot' issues facing us at the beginning of the 21st century?

In RED LETTER CHRISTIANITY Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo explore what it means to take seriously the words of Jesus. Both authors are known for their commitment to the lifestyle requisites of the Gospels, and their belief that real Christianity must inform the way we live... every day of our lives. RED LETTER CHRISTIANITY deals with the crucial questions facing followers of Jesus today, including global poverty and injustice, the growth of the church, issues of sexuality, the environment... and many more. Readers are invited to sit around the table with Shane and Tony as they discuss these issues together.

'a clarion call to rethink the meaning of church, conversion and Christianity; no reader will go away unshaken' (for Shane Claiborne's The Irresistible Revolution)'This book's blend of kindly spiritual insights and practical wisdom may well appeal to those beyond the target Christian audience' (for Tony Campolo's Connecting Like Jesus)Shane Claiborne is the best selling author of The Irresistible Revolution and Jesus for President. A prominent Christian activist and sought-after speaker, he is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Acclaimed preacher Tony Campolo is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St Davids, Pennsylvania. A media commentator on religious, social and political matters, he is the author of many books, including Letters to a Young Evangelical, Speaking My Mind and Which Jesus.New book from leading US author and activist Shane Claiborne, and veteran activist/author Tony CampoloConfronts head-on some of today's most pressing issues - consumerism; the poor; the environmentWritten in a lively, engaging, conversational style
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Every Good Endeavour

By Timothy Keller
The most important book on work and faith since Ken Costa's God at Work (Continuum, 2007). Keller is one of the UK's most popular Christian authors of the moment.

In today's increasingly competitive and insecure economic environment, we often question the reason for work: why am I doing this? Why is it so hard? And what can I do about it? Work may seem just a means to an end: we do it to earn the money to enjoy life outside the workplace. Here, Timothy Keller argues that God's plan is radically more ambitious: he actually created us to work. We are to work together to make the world a better place, to help each other, and so to find purpose for our lives. Our faith should enhance our work, and our work should develop our faith.With deep insight, Timothy Keller draws on essential and relevant biblical wisdom to address our questions about work. There is grace available if we have taken the wrong attitude, idolising money and using our careers to glorify ourselves rather than God. Keller shows how through excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity and passion in the workplace we can impact society for good.Developing a better attitude to work releases us to serve others humbly, to worship God everyday, and leaves us deeply fulfilled.

Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him.Keller has written a book that should be read by all of us keen to honour God with our employmentWorking for God is more than mere office-place evangelism or Bible studies; rather it requires an application of the gospel to all areas of our work-life... This is, no doubt, a tremendous challenge to the comfortableTimothy Keller started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan in 1989, and under his leadership the church's congregation experienced unprecedented growth from 50 to 5,000 members. The 'Influentials' Issue of New York Magazine featured Dr. Keller as 'the most successful Christian evangelist in the city by recognizing that young professionals and artists are `disproportionately influential` in creating the country`s culture and that you have to meet this coveted demographic on its own terms.'New book from Timothy Keller, the author of THE REASON FOR GOD and THE PRODIGAL GOD.Keller's previous books have sold millions of copies to both religious and secular readers.Wisdom-filled biblical insights applied to today's pressing questions about work. Highly relevant in a time of economic uncertainty.Up to the minute, challenging and important teaching on 'work'. Applicable to everybody.Keller is renowned for his clear, reasoned approach to Christian apologetics and his book THE REASON FOR GOD: BELIEF IN AN AGE OF SCEPTICISM was named Book of the Year for 2008 by World magazine.
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NIV Proclamation Bible

By New International Version
For pastors, vicars, lay readers and serious students of God's word, the NIV PROCLAMATION BIBLE includes nearly two hundred pages of extra study material.The NIV PROCLAMATION BIBLE offers a valuable resource for those who teach from the Bible regularly and anyone who enjoys studying Scripture at greater depth.Translated by a team of top international scholars, the New International Version takes into account the latest developments in biblical scholarship and language usage. Setting the highest standards of reliability and readability, the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This edition, developed by Lee Gatiss in collaboration with the Proclamation Trust, includes a wealth of additional material from leading theologians, pastors, and Bible teachers to enhance your study of the word. The Bible features ten introductory essays on theology, doctrine and the application and interpretation of Scripture, as well as detailed overviews of each biblical genre from the historical narratives to the apocalyptic literature and introductions to every book. Sixty-five expert Bible teachers have contributed to the NIV PROCLAMATION BIBLE including Christopher Ash, Graham Beynon, Gerald Bray, Simon Gathercole, David Jackman, Karen Jobes, Dick Lucas, Douglas Moo, Peter O'Brien, Vaughan Roberts, William Taylor, and Chris Wright.At last! A really useful study Bible that encourages us to focus on the text and not just the notes below the line! The introductory essays and overviews of each book help the reader to understand, interpret and apply the different Biblical genres with wisdom and confidence. Every Sunday school teacher and Bible study group leader should invest in one.Writers from that stable [The Church Society and The Proclamation Trust] have provided a number of excellent essays on how to approach Scripture and introductions to Bible books which are bound into the volume.What makes the PB distinctive is a helpful set of introductory essays on handling the Bible, written by names familiar to those who know the Proclamation Trust and its work.The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.In depth essays, book and section introductions from top Bible scholars and teachers, including Christopher Ash, Vaughan Roberts and Douglas Moo.Centre column cross-references and concordance to aid further exploration.Revised and updated NIV 2011 edition.British spelling, grammar and punctuation.Lists of key people and events plus selected colour maps.9.3 pt text.
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Home for Good

By Krish Kandiah
There are thousands of children in care in the UK, in need of adoptive or foster parents, and this strong call to action from Krish Kandiah, tying in to a nationwide campaign, urges us all to find ways to help them find a real home.

Tying in to a nationwide joint campaign by the Evangelical Alliance and Care for the Family, Krish Kandiah wants us all to take seriously Jesus' call to 'suffer the little children' by engaging with the needs of the many thousands of children up and down the country who are in care and whom the church could and should be helping.

Krish and his wife Miriam have adopted and fostered children themselves and their experience - and that of the many others in this book - is very different from the popular myth which suggests social services seek to prevent Christians from getting involved. Krish argues that whatever the state's stance may be, it is a part of our calling as God's church to get involved where it's hardest, and to help these children out of the tough realities they find themselves in.

Filled with stories from people who have adopted or were adopted themselves, alongside practical advice on how it all works and the challenges that will come, this book makes a compelling case that the church can and must make a difference in these children's lives, and asks us all to consider our response.

Krish and Miriam Kandiah write from a deep well of experience as they explore the landscape of adoption and fostering in today's culture. In this book they provide practical models to help anyone who has a vision to offer homes to some of the most vulnerable in our society.The book Home for Good: Making a Difference for Vulnerable Children provides a detailed theology of adoption, as well as practical examples of ways in which people can help, even if they do not foster or adopt themselves.Krish Kandiah is Executive Director for Churches in Mission at the Evangelical Alliance, and was until recently part of the Spring Harvest Leadership Team. He and his wife, Miriam, have adopted and fostered a number of children as well as having their own family, and are heading up the Home for Good campaign on behalf of Evangelical Alliance and Care for the Family.Krish Kandiah is a well-known Christian speaker, both in the UK and increasingly overseas, with a gift for communicating clearly and compellingly.National campaign by Evangelical Alliance and Care for the Family is set to make this issue a major talking point next yearMajor promotion for campaign and book at each of the Christian festivals through 2013
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Making Good Habits, Breaking Bad Habits

By Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer hones in on fourteen life-enhancing habits and provides practical tools to help you make them your own.

From nail biting to cell phone addiction, procrastination to overspending, bad habits seem to outnumber the good ones. Unfortunately, we pay a price for bad habits that outweighs the immediate gratification that they bring.

Experts say that at least forty per cent of what we do is solely the result of habit, which is why it is so important to make good habits and break bad ones.

In this book, Joyce Meyer starts by examining the nature of habits. The first habit - and most important one to have - is the God Habit. By making it a habit to start your day by reading the Bible and communing with God, asking for His help in your efforts and His strength and sustenance, the stage is set for overcoming the habits you want to break and establishing new ones in their place.

The author moves on to discuss fourteen good habits and devotes a chapter to each. The reader is given a specific roadmap to follow until the behaviour has become automatic (the definition of a habit). It's like following a SatNav to get you to a new place. After travelling the same route several times, the SatNav isn't needed for you to find your destination. The 'habit' of following the right route is ingrained.

She writes with a deep understanding of scripture, and takes Romans 12:21 ('overcome evil with good') as her central theme, suggesting that the key is to overwrite bad habits with good ones.'Since you're in the (good) habit of reading, try this. Along with God's word, it can transform your life!Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. Her bestselling books include LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, POWER THOUGHTS and BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND.Monthly website visits on joycemeyer.org average 1.4 Million per month. Over 3.2 million people currently like Joyce Meyer Ministries on Facebook and she has 1.5 million followers on Twitter and these numbers grow every day.Joyce's recent book, LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS spent five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. POWER THOUGHTS was there for nine weeks.
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Kingdom of Fools

By Nick Page
The author of THE WRONG MESSIAH turns his attention to the life of the early church, digging deep into first century culture to understand why it made such an impact - and what we can learn today.

Fools. Rebels. Ignorant peasants.

That's how the Roman world saw the first Christians. Led by fishermen, tax collectors and renegade Pharisees, the first Christians shunned power and welcomed the poor and uneducated. Roman commentators mocked their upside-down values, but the apostle Paul - himself a Roman citizen, and a Pharisee to boot, affirmed that 'God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.'

Its followers were persecuted and its leaders killed, yet this ragged collection of lowly tradesmen, women, slaves - and a smattering of turncoat high-born Jews - created a movement that changed the world. How did this happen? How did the kingdom of fools conquer the mighty empire that was Rome?

In this fascinating new biography of the early church, Nick Page sets the biblical accounts alongside the latest historical and archaeological research, exploring how the early Christians lived and worshipped - and just why the Romans found this new branch of the Jewish faith so difficult to comprehend.

Kingdom of Fools joins Nick Page's previous books, The Longest Week and The Wrong Messiah, as a fresh and challenging read. It is an accessible portrait of a movement so radical, so dangerous, so thrillingly different that it outlasted the empire that tried to destroy it and went on to become the driving force of our cultural development - and claims more followers today than ever before in history.

Essential reading...enlightening and informative...you will be sure to learn something new.This is a book written by a highly experienced, technically brilliant and detailed writer.'Nick Page's books are always thoroughly researched and engagingly written, and this one is no exception.''Author of the most eye-catching and provocative titles in the Christian book market, Nick Page's books are always provocative, dangerous and refreshingly well written.'Nick Page is the author of over sixty books, including The Bible Book, What Happened to the Ark of the Covenant and Other Bible Mysteries, The HarperCollins Atlas of Bible History 'editor' and most recently, THE WRONG MESSIAH. Follow Nick Page on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/NickofEynsham and visit his website at: http://nickpage.co.ukAn ideal book for Pentecost, focusing on the early church's unlikely rise to prominence.A startling and vivid new analysis of the historical and archaeological details of the early church.Nick Page is an established author and excellent speaker with a growing reputation in the trade and the wider Christian world, and a track record of general market sales also.
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NIV Pocket Cyan Soft-tone Bible with Zip

By New International Version
A stylish and durable pocket-sized NIV Bible with a contemporary and distinctive turquoise colourway.Brightly coloured soft-tone NIV Bible with zip, ribbon and slipcase. The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible. It is renowned for its combination of reliability and readability. Fully revised and updated for the first time in 25 years, the NIV is ideal for personal reading, public teaching and group study.This Bible also features:

clear, readable 6.75pt text

easy-to-read layout

shortcuts to key stories, events and people of the Bible

reading plan

timeline

book by book overview

quick links to find inspiration and help from the Bible in different life situations.British Text

This edition uses British spelling, punctuation and grammar to allow the Bible to be read more naturally.Royalties from all sales of the NIV Bible help Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, in their work of translating and distributing Bibles around the world.


The New International Version is the world's most popular modern English Bible translation. Developed by Biblica, formerly the International Bible Society, the New International Version is the result of years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, overseeing the efforts of many contributing scholars. The translators are drawn from a wide range of denominations and from various countries and they continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance and authority.

Revised and updated NIV text.The most popular Bible translation in modern English.British spelling, grammar and punctuation.Includes a ribbon marker and zip fastening.Lists of key people and events.Text size 6.75pt.