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The NIV Audio Bible: Read by David Suchet

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The Divine Magician

By Peter Rollins

Peter Rollins knows one magic trick - now, make sure you watch closely. It has three parts: the Pledge, the Turn, and the Prestige. In The Divine Magician, each part comes into play as Rollins describes the way God works in our world today, and how this connection helps us understand the truly radical message of Christianity.

The Divine Magician interrogates traditional religious notions from a refreshingly original perspective, undermining the commonplace debates involving dogma, doctrine, and tradition.

Rejecting our preconceptions of what the spiritual and the religious mean, Rollins argues for a deeply material faith that finds meaning not in a set of beliefs, but in a passionate commitment to the world.

This incendiary reading of Christianity breaks the boundaries of religion and overturns the tables of conventional wisdom. It offers hope for those seeking a depth and density in life, calling for the existing church to disappear, only to reappear in a fundamentally new and dynamic form.

A bold and subversive vision of faith from the front line of theological innovationPeter Rollins has been praised as possessing one of the most provocative and thoughtful theological voices of our day. An author, lecturer and storyteller, he is renowned for his dynamic and winsome speaking. He is also the founder of ikon, a faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual and reflection to create what they call 'transformance art'. Rollins received his higher education in Queen's University, Belfast, where he earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory (MA), and Post-Structural Religious Philosophy (PhD). He is currently a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College, Dublin, and is the author of the much talked about How (Not) to Speak of God, The Fidelity of Betrayal, The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales, Insurrection and most recently The Idolatry of God. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and currently lives in New York.Leading voice in the emergent church movement, who speaks to the postmodern 'spiritual but not religious' audience of the 21st century.Unique writing style, using parables and anecdotes to express deep theological truth in an engaging way.Expanding platform - he now speaks to around 30,000 people annually, has 14,000 followers on twitter and 4,000 unique visitors to his website each week.
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In the Shelter

By Padraig O Tuama

There's an old Irish proverb: 'It is in the shelter of each other that the people live'. In this book much-loved poet, storyteller, theologian and speaker Pádraig Ó Tuama applies ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection and prose to open up gentle ways of living well in a troubled world.

The fourth gospel tells of Jesus arriving in the room where the disciples are gathered, full of fear, on Easter Sunday. He does not chide or admonish; instead he says 'Peace be with you', which, in the Aramaic of his day, was simply a greeting. 'Hello,' he said, welcoming people locked in a room of fear to a place of deep encounter; encounter with themselves, with their fear, with each other and with the incarnate one in their midst.

Interweaving everyday stories with analysis, gospel reflections with mindfulness and Celtic spirituality with poetry, this book explores the practice of welcoming as a spiritual discipline. In particular, Pádraig tells careful stories of welcoming parts of life that are often unwelcome.

O Tuama relates of shelter and welcome to the journey of life making full use of poetry, stories and biblical reflection

The author's Christianity is a more inclusive, learned and subtler version than the one I grew up with...

If I had a teacher like Ó Tuama, I might have kept my soul's wagon hitched to Jesus, instead of switching to Buddha...

The most staunch of atheists would find inspiration and, if I may use the hackneyed phrase, life lessons in its pages. It is infused with bruised, loving and confused humanity. For believers it is infused with a bruised, loving God...

This is not an easy, cosy read. It is challenging, erudite, poetic...

A book to be kept at one's bedside for those dark nights of the soul when sleep evades, for though it may not be cosy, it offers us ways of accepting life as it is, of standing still in the moment, and it offers the courage needed not to run from fear...

Pádraig's wonderful book, In the Shelter: Finding a home in the world is a patchwork of reflections, poems and true stories. It takes the reader to some tough places, with calmness and hope, letting us into the story of someone facing the hard task of growing up whole in Ireland in the 1980s. It's also an inspiring guide to the kind of conversations that bring peace and understanding between people.Padraig O Tuama provides a gateway into mindfulness from a Christian perspective.He weaves together scripture, literature and poetry into a rich tapestry... This is certainly a book I will return to- I imagine again and again.A Christian pathway into mindfulness, using the gospels, poetry and storytellingPádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian based in Belfast. He teaches on spirituality, storytelling and conflict transformation, and is a popular speaker at conferences and festivals in Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia. www.intheshelter.comFirst major book from speaker and poet Pádraig Ó TuamaIn the vein of bestselling John O'Donohue - will be of appeal to his market/constituencyFresh and accessible blend of storytelling, biblical reflection and poetryOf appeal to Christian, Celtic spirituality and mindfulness/spirituality markets
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Teachings of the Torah

By New International Version

Explore your twenty-first-century culture in light of the first-century world of Jesus. These are the books that Jesus would have studied. Teachings of the Torah allows you to study the first five books of the Bible through the eyes of a first-century disciple by exploring the text from the viewpoint of those who have also wrestled with and wondered about the Word of God. It invites you into the questions, stories, and interpretations-both ancient and modern-that prove the Bible is a living book.

* The Torah, the first five books of the Bible, in the clear, accessible NIV (New International Version) translation.

*Stunning full-color interior includes photographs, maps, and illustrations.

*Word studies illuminate Hebrew words and explore their meanings.

*Study notes expound on the Scripture and incorporate writings from early church writers, rabbis, and other extra-biblical sources. These notes offer a commentary and ask thought-provoking questions about the text and the Bible times in which they were written.

*Book introductions and outlines for each of these five books of the Bible.

*"Addressing the Text Articles" delve deeper into select passages of Scripture.

*"Day in the Life Articles" illustrate what daily life was like for people in Bible times.

Coverage from Families First Magazine.Premier Christian Radio featured on their morning radio shows for a week lond period.This Bible portion includes the first five books of the Bible from the NIV First-Century Study Bible, along with a special introduction from author Kent Dobson.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.US text.The Torah, the first five books of the Bible, in the clear, accessible NIV (New International Version) translation.Stunning full-colour interior includes photographs, maps, and illustrations.Word studies illuminate Hebrew words and explore their meanings.Study notes expound on the Scripture and incorporate writings from early church writers, rabbis, and other extra-biblical sources.Book introductions and outlines for each of these five books of the Bible."Addressing the Text Articles" delve deeper into select passages of Scripture."Day in the Life Articles" illustrate what daily life was like for people in Bible times.
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NIV LUMO JESUS Gospel of John

By New International Version
The account of Jesus as told by the apostle John and as shown in the forthcoming Netflix film.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.Published to accompany the film of the Gospel of John to be shown on Netflix in 2015.The full text of the Gospel of John taken from the NIV Bible. Chapter and verse numbers have been removed and text laid out as a single column to encourage easy, continuous reading.
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Judas

By Peter Stanford

In this fascinating historical and cultural biography, writer and broadcaster Peter Stanford deconstructs that most vilified of Bible characters: Judas Iscariot, who famously betrayed Jesus with a kiss. Beginning with the gospel accounts, Peter explores two thousand years of cultural and theological history to investigate how the very name Judas came to be synonymous with betrayal and, ultimately, human evil.

But as Peter points out, there has long been a counter-current of thought that suggests that Judas might in fact have been victim of a terrible injustice: central to Jesus' mission was his death and resurrection, and for there to have been a death, there had to be a betrayal. This thankless role fell to Judas; should we in fact be grateful to him for his role in the divine drama of salvation? 'You'll have to decide,' as Bob Dylan sang in the sixties, 'Whether Judas Iscariot had God on his side'.

An essential but doomed character in the Passion narrative, and thus the entire story of Christianity, Judas and the betrayal he symbolises continue to play out in much larger cultural histories, speaking as he does to our deepest fears about friendship, betrayal and the problem of evil.

Judas: the ultimate traitor, or the ultimate scapegoat? This is a compelling portrait of Christianity's most troubling and mysterious character.

A cracking piece of writing that posits such a great idea - a pilgrimage to Judas.I've been reading Peter Stanford's JUDAS. It's great. He's a beautiful writer

'There is no better navigator through the space in which art, culture and spirituality meet than Peter Stanford. His biography of the Devil is a masterpiece. This is an easier book, written in a friendlier style, but the research is just as through.'

'Despite the layers of confusion between the present day and what happened - or not - 2,000 years ago, he finds meaning, and spins a good yarn. (There is also an A to Z of Judas-related bits and pieces, from asparagus to the Zodiac, which is fun).'

'Stanford is more than willing to admit that some or all of this - including the character of Judas himself - may be fiction, as he picks apart the gospels beautifully and uncovers what appears to be home truths.'

'This entertaining, enlightening biography serves the sympathetic old devil wonderfully well.'

Peter Stanford's engrossing book shows that Judas is a man for all seasons, nearly all of them bad for him and those around him. Judas is a chameleon, though a chameleon in consistently dark colours, endlessly fertile as a symbolic figure, because he helps us to reflect on our own dark side.

Stanford, a journalist and broadcaster, says a lot about the many faces and other attributes of Judas and does so very engagingly: his book manages to be fun as well as sometimes profound, and it is as much an enjoyable tour of Christian art and thought as an account of a 2,000-year-old traitor.

The biggest question has always been whether Judas was an "out-and-out traitor or cog-in-the-wheel of a divine plan", as Stanford puts it.

With Judas, as with other religious figures, you can and must believe just what you choose. One of the best moments in the book is when Stanford sees a sign outside the Basilica of the Agony in Jerusalem that reads, "Please: no explanations in the Church."

It's a fascinating subject.

This is scary and thought-provoking stuff.

Curiously, thoughtfully and reassuringly English

Wide-ranging and engaging ... Stanford, a much-respected commentator on Catholic affairs, has unearthed some fascinating material and left his readers with more than enough material to prompt some echo of the question "Is it I?"Stanford's book is ultimately a cultural history of the forces which subsumed Judas, leading unstoppably to the version of him - so close to 'Jew' or 'Yehuda' - that lent weight to the idea that the Jews were the murderers of Christ... this book provides, among many insights, a timely account of the origins of anti-Semitism.

'Judas continues to play an important part in Christian history, the symbol of the bad guy or more specifically the traitor, and especially in the history of anti-Semitism.

'In a brilliant piece of writing, the whole enduring story is summed up in the Appendix, the tale of the author's visit to Laurence Whistler's engraved Judas window in Dorset, entitled "the Forgiveness Window".'

The tortuous journey of the arch-traitor through cultural history is something of a revelation'

A "clever and nimble book"

"Stanford's book is engaging without being decisive on Judas and his fate (no matter, the Church has the same problem). In his pilgrimage in search of Judas, some of the finest material in this work is in the form of travelogue: the various sites which have become associated with Judas in the Holy Land, few of which appear in standard tours of Bethlehem, Nazareth, Gethsemane and Calvary."

'No Christian, I think, can have avoided wrestling with the nature of Judas. Stanford's book makes this evident, while charting a dangerous history of co-opting the figure for some of humanity's most shameful episodes. When one thinks of the horrors perpetrated by seemingly decent men and women, the scapegoat Iscariot seems more deserving of pity than terror.

Stanford is particularly good at explaining how interpretations evolved during Christianity's early years as the new religion sought to differentiate itself from other sects.

Stanford avoids trying to write an all-encompassing study of treachery. He sticks to his subject... he does not balk at explaining theological concepts, yet his manner is always engaging. All in all, his quest for Judas provides a satisfying left-field approach to the entire history of Christianity.

But a new book from Peter Stanford asks Christians and non-believers alike to look anew at Judas. It chronicles the hatreds, often anti-Semitic in nature, that were cultivated around Judas and contrasts the subsequent mythology with the historical and Biblical record. When it was uncomfortable for Christians to think of their God going willingly, even meekly, to death, Judas made a convenient scapegoat.

While Stanford finds much fault in Christendom, he settles on the cornerstone of the faith: Forgiveness. Stanford writes: 'In Matthew, straight after the Judas kiss, Jesus tells his betrayer: 'My friend, do what you are here for' (26:50). And in John's account of the Last Supper, once Jesus has identified Judas as the one who will betray him, he tells him: 'What you are going to do, do quickly'(13:28). Contrary to two millennia of remorseless official vilification and scapegoating, these two brief remarks surely indicate that Jesus knew all too well that Judas was playing his anointed role in God's plan. It was not a task to win him fans, or a halo, but equally is hardly sufficient to tar him ever after as 'the most hated name in human history'."

A delightful Odyssey which attempts to unravel mystery of the enigmatic Judas Iscariot'Peter Stanford...holds our attention with the skill of an experienced writer.'Very thought-provoking and well-informedPeter Stanford appeared on BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday on Sunday 22nd March 2015 to speak about JUDAS.Peter Stanford appeared on BBC Radio 4's Beyond Belief to speak about JUDAS.Peter Stanford appeared on BBC Radio 4's START THE WEEK on Monday 16th March 2015 to speak about JUDAS.Peter Stanford appeared on BBC One to speak about Judas..Peter Stanford appeared on fourteen regional BBC radio stations to speak about his book Judas.Peter Stanford wrote a piece for The Daily Telegraph entitled 'The most hated name in history'.Peter Stanford wrote a piece for The Independent on Sunday entitled 'Judas: The Resurrection.'Well known journalist Peter Stanford gives us in his new book Judas not just a biographical study of the gospel figure but an illuminating analysis of how Judas has been regarded in different periods of history. Highly recommended.Peter Stanford wrote about Judas for The Tablet.Peter Stanford wrote an article on Judas in the Church Times.For those of us for are fascinated by myth-making Stanford has performed a great service.

[A] wide-ranging and interesting read

If God can forgive him - and there is arguably no Christianity without the concept of forgiveness from God - then who are we to judge? It's an interesting question, and Stanford does a thoughtful and informed job of creating the space in which we can dare to ask it.

Peter Stanford appeared on BBC Radio 3 'Free Thinking' to speak about Judas.A fine evocative piece of writingMany have tried to chart Judas's cultural trajectory through the centuries. Few have approached the task with Stanford's skill and nuance.A thought provoking study' of a figure dubbed by Pope Leo 1 "the wickedest and unhappiest man that ever lived".

Having previously written The Devil: An Autobiography [sic] you can't help but think that if anyone was going to tackle this topic for a general readership, he'd be the man to do it...

If God can forgive him - and there is arguably no Christianity without the concept of forgiveness from God - then who are we to judge? It's an interesting question, and Stanford does a thoughtful and informed job of creating the space in which we can dare to ask it.

Peter Stanford was a guest on Premier Christian Radio's 'Inspirational Breakfast Show' and was also featured in a documentary about Judas.The author unravels this knotty theological problem with aplomb, bringing Judas into the secular age.Peter Stanford was interviewed by Aslan Books.From this readable book you will see that Judas' story is full of contradictions and confusion. Like the baffled civil servant, Pontius Pilate, he makes brief, vivid appearances in the story and then spends eternity living down his role.Peter appeared on 'The Last Days of Jesus Christ' on Channel 5 on May 8th.Stanford neatly debunks the idea of Judas Iscariot as the most evil man who ever lived... Stanford's book is fascinating from start to finish.This "troubling history of the renegade apostle" is the subject of Peter Stanford's magnificent Judas (Hodder & Stoughton, £20). This book does several things at once: it is a study in biography, intellectual history and iconography; a personal pilgrimage to the places where the tragedy of Judas took place and traces of his life remain; and a meditation on his meaning for our time. But it does all these things with a generosity of spirit that lends nobility to what could otherwise be a tale of unremitting woe for Jews and shame for Christians.It's a fascinating journey... Stanford has a light touch and a quick eye for absurdity and drama.Judas: the most famous traitor in all of human history. But who was he really - and what does he mean for us today?Peter Stanford's previous investigations into the history, theology, enduring appeal and cultural significance of religious ideas include: The Devil - A Biography; Heaven - A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country; and The She-Pope, an investigation of the Pope Joan legend. His other books include biographies of Bronwen Astor, Lord Longford and the Poet Laureate, C Day-Lewis, plus the polemical Catholics and Sex that became an award-winning Channel 4 series in 1992. He is a senior features writer at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles, and contributes to the Independent, the Observer, the Daily Mail and the Catholic weekly, the Tablet, where he is a columnist. He has presented programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as BBC Radios 2 and 4 and the BBC World Service.From well known journalist and broadcaster Peter StanfordFascinating subject, of appeal to both Christian and general markets
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NIV LUMO JESUS Books of the Bible

By New International Version

The Books of the Bible (New Testament) is a revolutionary new presentation of Scripture that strips away centuries of artificial formatting, leaving behind nothing but pure Bible text. The result is a Bible unlike any other available today, but more like the original Scriptures. The Books of the Bible is specially designed to be read from start to finish, as if you were reading a novel. Natural literary breaks have been restored and the books have been rearranged chronologically, rather than by length, leading to a more authentic presentation of the Bible. There is also a helpful introduction to each book that sets the text in context, rather than adding explanation or application. The NIV text is also set in single-column format, rather than in two columns as you usually find in the Bible. This aids reading longer chunks at a time, as you would if you were reading a novel for pleasure.

This edition features colour photos from the LUMO Project films of the four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The project has been informed by leading world experts' latest theological, historical and archaeological research on every aspect of life in first century Palestine. It was shot on location in Morocco, using the very latest 35mm digital film cameras to ensure picture quality of the very highest standard across a number of platforms - cinema, broadcast, BluRay, DVD and the web. The voice-over script is taken from the NIV Bible but the films have been shot with the intention of overlaying the Bible text in any language. These multi-language Biblical resources are set to transform the way in which people engage, discover and study the life of Jesus through the Gospels.

A Bible unlike any other available today - and more like the original Scriptures. This new presentation of the New Testament strips away all the verse and chapter numbers to allow you to read it just like a novel, and share it together in a book club over eight weeks. Includes colour photos from the Lumo Project films of the Gospels.Includes sixteen pages of colour photography from the LUMO Project films of all four Gospels.This paperback New Testament uses the 'Books of the Bible' presentation of the NIV text, meaning that the text reads like a novel, with no verse numbers, chapter numbers, headings, footnotes or columns to distract you from the story of Jesus. This rendering of the Bible text was designed by Biblica and is part of the global 'Community Bible Experience campaign.The photograph on the front of this New Testament was taken from the Lumo Project Gospel of John film.Visit www.biblicaeurope.com/cbent to download a small group reading guide that will lead you through the New Testament in just eight weeks.The LUMO Project film of The Gospel of John will be aired on BBC television over Easter 2015 in the UK. The film will be available on Netflix thereafter.
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NIV Bible: the Gospels

By New International Version

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - the first four books of the New Testament known as the Gospels, narrated by Poirot actor David Suchet.

Ever since he became a Christian at the age of forty, it was Poirot actor David Suchet's dream to make an audio recording of the whole Bible. The full NIV Audio Bible is available on MP3 CD or digital download.

Scripture is taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, 2011 translation and is the British text version.

This MP3 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. For more information about how to use this product, visit www.hodderbibles.co.uk where you will find a list of frequently asked questions.

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. Starting with the writings of the Apostle Paul to accompany his BBC1 documentary, 'In the Footsteps of St Paul', Suchet now turns his attention to the story of Jesus - the leading figure of Christianity - as he reads from the gospels.This enhanced ebook uses a very quick and easy navigation system to direct you through the biblical text, so you can listen and read along at the same time. Scripture is taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, 2011 translation.Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - the first four books of the New Testament known as the Gospels, narrated by Poirot actor, David Suchet.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.This is an MP3 CD.
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The Complete NIV Audio Bible

By New International Version, David Suchet

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.I've had quite a lot of Audio Bibles over the years and at Easter this year I got the new NIV Audio Bible narrated by David Suchet. It is head and shoulders above any other Audio Bible that you might have used with a clear UK accent, no background music distracting. For those who find reading tough, or those who just want a change then please consider trying this. It's worth the cost and Suchet will bring the words to life and literally make them dance them across the page. Listen to the resurrection narratives if you get it and hear the excitement of his voice at the words, 'He is not here, He is risen.'. . . Another tool bridging the ages of the 'book' and the 'digital'.David Suchet has been best-known for years for his TV portrayal of Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot. This recording of him reading every word of the New International Version of the Bible is an entirely different sort of tour de force. It is also wonderful. Suchet's voice, freed from the stiff disguise of POirot's accent, is melodic but strong. He reads in a measured way, always full of feeling.As to the performance, you cannot get much better than David Suchet. His use of light and shade is excellent, the clarity and diction is perfection and his voice extremely listenable. I would particularly recommend his reading of the psalms, which are full of emotion. For the household or someone who just wishes to study the Bible in sections or in its entirety, this is an ideal medium to use.Extracts of the NIV Audio Bible have been broadcast across BBC Radio 2 and have been featured on The Today Programme on BBC Radio 4.The deep, melodic, unrushed voice of David Suchet reading the NIV Bible.

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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Prayer

By Timothy Keller

'"Can't anyone teach me how to pray?" Millions of people today are asking the same question. There is a sense of the necessity of prayer - we have to pray. But how?'

Prayer is central to Christian faith; indeed, as Timothy Keller notes in his introduction, it is the main way we experience deep change. Yet so many people struggle with prayer - a struggle that the author himself has shared. This wise and inspiring book is the fruit of those struggles, offering a real and glorious vision of what it can mean to seek God in prayer.

Keller begins by giving a theological underpinning of what prayer actually is - both conversation and encounter with a personal God - before describing how we can learn to pray, and then deepen that prayer. Finally he gives detailed, practical suggestions on how to make prayer a part of the reality of daily life.

This is an intelligent, well-argued and accessible book. If you haven't read Keller before , try him!This excellent book is for the ordinary reading Christian. It is excellent, firstly because it is comprehensive. Unlike nearly all the other works on prayer, it is theological and experiential and methodological . . . he deal fascinatingly and satisfyingly with the balance or tension between the mystical/emotional and the intellectual in prayer.I have read many books on prayer, but Keller's stands head and shoulders above the rest... Keller writes with a humble authority. He draws from deep wells of academic and personal knowledge of God and his writing is edifying in the truest sense of the word.It is daring to call any 21st century book a classic. Yet I don't think that it would be out of place for this masterly work by Tim Keller...The book is comprehensive in its range, well thought through and eminently practical. Keller has probably read everything, ancient and modern on prayer. With engaging skill he helps us explore the mysterious world of prayer. He does so, not so much as an expert teaching principles, but as a praying man allowing us to eavesdrop on his intimate moments with God.A manual for the Christian life from trusted pastor and bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.

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.

From bestselling author of THE REASON FOR GOD and THE PRODIGAL GODTim Keller's most practical and pastoral book to dateOf huge appeal to the many Christians interested in spiritual growth and personal discipleshipFor anyone who wants to go deeper into prayer
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The Wisdom House

By Rob Parsons

You don't always have to learn the hard way.

On the spur of the moment, the morning after the birth of one of his grandchildren, Rob Parsons wrote the baby a letter.

And then Rob began to think about how he hoped he'd have the chance to talk with all his grandchildren as they grew. He imagined them coming into his study, settling into one of the two comfy armchairs in front of the fire and opening up about the challenges they were facing.

Perhaps it would be when they were beginning their first job, buying their first house, getting married or starting a family. Or perhaps they'd talk long into the night, when their hearts were broken or friends had betrayed them. Perhaps he would have the chance to help them rebuild the dream that somebody had trodden on.

'Come on in, take a seat - tell me what's been going on...'

Rob knew he wouldn't have all the answers. But maybe he could help - just a little.

You don't always have to learn the hard way.

On the spur of the moment, the morning after the birth of one of his grandchildren, Rob Parsons wrote the baby a letter.

And then Rob began to think about how he hoped he'd have the chance to talk with all his grandchildren as they grew. He imagined them coming into his study, settling into one of the two comfy armchairs in front of the fire and opening up about the challenges they were facing.

Perhaps it would be when they were beginning their first job, buying their first house, getting married or starting a family. Or perhaps they'd talk long into the night, when their hearts were broken or friends had betrayed them. Perhaps he would have the chance to help them rebuild the dream that somebody had trodden on.

'Come on in, take a seat - tell me what's been going on...'

Rob knew he wouldn't have all the answers. But maybe he could help - just a little.

Hodder Faith do produce attractive books. This title is elegantly packaged and makes a lovely gift. I enjoyed this book of 'life-lessons'. As a grandparent, so much of what Rob Parsons writes resonated. This is vintage Parsons: thought provoking, faith-full and wise. This really is a most significant book.The WISDOM HOUSE is beautiful. Attractively presented, it is very readable. With short chapters it's easy to dip in and out of, but its engaging writing style means that it's very hard to put it down once you start... A great book.Woman Alive ran a competition around The Wisdom House.Bestselling author of "The Sixty Minute Grandparent", Rob Parsons shares the wisdom he's picked up down the years in The Wisdom House.There aren't many books that truly alter the way you look at your life, but this honest series of lessons, told through letter to the author's new grandchild did just that . . . This deeply personal book proves you don't always have to learn the hard way.Rob Parsons, author of The Sixty Minute Grandparent and The Heart of Success, now a grandfather himself, shares some of the wisdom he's picked up down the years, from his own experiences and that of others he's met.

Rob Parsons is the bestselling author of THE SIXTY MINUTE GRANDPARENT, TEENAGERS! and THE SIXTY MINUTE FATHER. He speaks internationally on family issues and is the Executive Chairman of Care for the Family, a charity committed to strengthening family life and helping others who are hurting due to family breakdown.

Care for the Family, launched by Rob in 1988, is a registered charity and its work is motivated by Christian compassion. The resources and support it provides are available to everyone, of any faith or none.

Rob lives in Cardiff with his wife Dianne. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Rob Parsons speaks all over the UK and internationally to thousands of people every year.Rob is a mainstage speaker at the Spring Harvest, Keswick and New Wine festivalsCare for the Family have a mailing list of 40k+ supportersTHE SIXTY MINUTE FATHER and TEENAGERS! have both sold well over 100k copies

You don't always have to learn the hard way.

On the spur of the moment, the morning after the birth of one of his grandchildren, Rob Parsons wrote the baby a letter.

And then Rob began to think about how he hoped he'd have the chance to talk with all his grandchildren as they grew. He imagined them coming into his study, settling into one of the two comfy armchairs in front of the fire and opening up about the challenges they were facing.

Perhaps it would be when they were beginning their first job, buying their first house, getting married or starting a family. Or perhaps they'd talk long into the night, when their hearts were broken or friends had betrayed them. Perhaps he would have the chance to help them rebuild the dream that somebody had trodden on.

'Come on in, take a seat - tell me what's been going on...'

Rob knew he wouldn't have all the answers. But maybe he could help - just a little.

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Living Courageously

By Joyce Meyer

Everyone who has ever lived has known the torment of fear. Fear will try to push you back and is always ready to attack you through your thoughts. But you can live free from it!

God's promise is that you will be able to overcome this powerful emotion. In this book, Joyce Meyer shows that even though fear will surely challenge you, the Holy Spirit can still help you walk in faith.

Find out:

- How to keep fear from controlling your life

- How to move forward in spite of your fears

- How God stays faithful regardless of what you're feeling

- The one basic fear underneath all fears.

You can act on God's Word and defeat this enemy. Now is the time to seize victory, by stepping out to do it afraid!

Number one New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer shows us how to get the better of fear.Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A number one New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than ninety inspirational books. Joyce's Enjoying Everyday Life radio and television programmes are broadcast around the world and she travels extensively conducting conferences.The No.1 New York Times bestselling authorAlmost 3 million copies of Joyce Meyer's books were sold in 2005.Time Magazine recently named Joyce Meyer one of the 'most influential evangelicals' in America.
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Miracles

By Eric Metaxas

What are miracles, and why do we believe in them? Is it for comfort, to explain the inexplicable, or do we simply long for a connection with something larger than ourselves? And why do some people dismiss them out of hand, as if they can never happen?

What Heaven is for Real did for near-death experiences, Miracles does for the miraculous - provides undeniably compelling evidence that there's something real to be reckoned with, whatever one has thought of this topic before. It provides a wide range of real stories of the miraculous and will engage the reader in the serious discussion that this fascinating and rich subject deserves.

Miracles is in some ways a more personal, anecdotal, and updated version of C. S. Lewis's 1947 book on the subject. Metaxas's Miracles is an exploration and an exhortation to view miracles as not only possible, but as far more widespread than most of us had ever imagined.

Eric Metaxas says it is not a question of whether miracles happen - the evidence that they do is overwhelming in this book alone - but rather, what exactly are miracles, why do they happen, and how can we understand them in our own lives?

Metaxas has done it again....he presents hope for the tone deaf who cannot hear the splendor of the music of the spheres, and he brings in sunlight for modern cave dwellers who have become accustomed to only shadows on the wall of our increasingly windowless world.Both erudite and intimate, Metaxas invites even the scoffer to wonder.No Christian thinker today combines reason and wit, argument and imagination, to greater effect.It comes with some weighty endorsements, and attempts to navigate the middle ground between enthusiasm and scepticism.In some ways a more personal, anecdotal and updated version of C. S. Lewis's 1947 book on the subject, Miracles is an exploration and an exhortation to view miracles as not only possible, but as far more widespread than most of us had ever imagined.The book is in two halves, the first a defence of miracles...The second half comprises stories of more homely miracles drawn from the author's circle of friends. These range from the frankly unremarkable...to the genuinely astonishing.The definitive book on miracles from the New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas.Eric Metaxas is a bestselling author whose biographies, children's books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is the author of the international bestseller Bonhoeffer, as well as Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and Seven Men: And the Secret of their Greatness. He was the 2012 speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, and is frequently featured as a cultural commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and many radio programmes.The new book from New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, which has sold over 1/4million copies.A personal, anecdotal exploration of miracles.Eric Metaxas's biographies, children's books, and works of popular apologetics have been translated into more than twenty languages.Eric Metaxas was the 2012 speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, and is frequently featured as a cultural commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and many radio programmes.
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When God Breaks In

By Michael Green
Despite the growth of religion in general and Christianity in particular around the world, Western Europe and the UK remain overwhelmingly secular, with the church increasingly seen as backwards and irrelevant. In this provocative book well-known speaker and author Michael Green gives a snapshot of various different revivals from the UK's history, as well as describing how the early church started and focusing on various revivals around the world. Be bold, writes Michael - revival can happen again!A fascinating book of how Christianity is thriving and growing around the world . . . this is truly a faith-building and timely book.A well written and thought-proving book.

OVER the years I have read most of the books that Michael Green has written, and have never regretted buying any of them, I certainly wasn't disappointed by this one: it

is a deceptively slim and excellent book. Its subtitle is Revival can happen again, and even if you didn't believe this when you started the book, you are likely to think differently by the time you finish it.

So, in an astonishing tour de force, Green takes us on a journey from Pentecost through the Reformation, the Awakening of the 18th century under the Wesleys and Whitefield, the 19th-century social crusades of Wilberforce and Shaftesbury, together with the extraordinary life of Charles Simeon; then through the Charismatic renewal; and finally the revivals in Mongolia, Singapore, and China. Green's excitement and transparent faith in God are infectious, and I found mine growing as I read the book.

Green is intellectually confident in his assessment of the New Atheists, and detailed in assessing the impact of various people and movements; he writes the most mature assessment of the Toronto Blessing which I have come across, and is rightly generous in his treatment of the Oxford Movement. His admiring analysis of the revival in the Province of South East Asia in the second part of the 20th century shows how effective episcopal leadership, such as that displayed by Moses Tay, can release revival.

Green concludes by "outlining several preconditions on the human side that seem to make these times of special growth and blessing". They make salutary reading. I felt I should reflect on them regularly as

a kind of spiritual-fitness manual.

This is an excellent book, and should be read by everyone who longs for revival, and perhaps particularly by those training for ordination, as they prepare for ministry in a complex and rapidly changing world, but one in which God remains faithful, and ready to break in afresh.

Well-known speaker and author Michael Green focuses on various revivals around the world, challending us to be bold and believe revival can happen again.Michael Green was featured in Woman Alive Magazine.Religion is on the increase worldwide, but seems to be at an increasingly low ebb in the UK. Is all lost?Michael Green has had a long and interesting life. With first-class degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge, he combines the gifts of both theologian and evangelist. He is an Anglican minister, has travelled in every continent to spread the gospel, and has been special adviser in evangelism to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. He has taught in universities, been principal of a theological college, led a large university church, written more than 50 books and engaged fruitfully in church-planting overseas. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife, Rosemary.New book from well-respected speaker and author Michael GreenSupported by author's speaking engagements round the countryAccessible, provocative and optimistic
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The Bad Christian's Manifesto

By Dave Tomlinson

Welcome to the bad Christian's manifesto, an argument for

· keeping faith with scepticism

· making a virtue of pleasure

· & finding heaven in the ordinary things of life

Dave Tomlinson, author of How to be a bad Christian, thinks that a lot of our overly religious, formal ideas of God need to be reinvented - and a lot of our spirituality, too. What does it look like to live well and die happy - from an unapologetically generous Christian point of view? Join Dave as he considers virtues, vices, friendship, morality, mortality - and how to make a sacrament of anything from cigars to chocolate.

This book will change the way you think about God - and the way you live your life.

What he manages to do is to unpack the generous, compassionate love of God in a way that brings a tingle to everyday life.There's wisdom and grace here many of us can learn from.

The best thing about the book, and the reason it deserves to find a wide readership, is that there's something in it for everyone, and every reader will take away their own thoughts from it."

"For someone who claims that writing doesn't come naturally to them, Tomlinson's books are highly readable, and he has a finely tuned ear for story-telling coupled with the ability to put forward coherent and persuasive argument. Most importantly, he is interested in his fellow humans, and his passion for understanding what makes people tick shines through every word.Tomlinson's voice is an invaluable contribution to the continuing debate about the presence and value of religious faith in an increasingly secular society. The reasonableness with which he presents his faith is the major reason for the power of his voice.

Hearing Dave speak on his new book The Bad Christian's Manifesto- Reinventing God and other modest proposals was one of the highlights of Greenbelt for me, not least because Dave's approach sums up the festival- now by that I don't mean everyone is aiming to be a bad Christian! What I do mean is that for the many people on the fringes of the church for whom the dogma and traditions of religion just seem too much, the festival offers inclusivity and a place for everyone to explore their religious journey.

One of the things that struck me is how inclusive you are

There's a transformative tale in the book of how you converted a woman's idea of God from a rather chastising image of her father to a more benevolent image of her grandmother

You're certainly not scared to step back from the structure of religion.

The book is really theology for anyone and everyone.His tone is friendly and knowledgeable, and he's not afraid to say the unsayable ... This is a thoughtful and uplifting read."Dave wants to throw out the 'religion' in people's mind yet keep our notion of faith. Interesting read and typically controversial. Dave suggests that all pleasure is not bad and we need to focus on our personal relationship with God.Tomlinson provides a framework whereby religious and non-relgious folk might find it easier to work together on the issues we all agree upon.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 mymembership. I don't want to be part of the elite club of the doctrinally correct and the spiritually superior. But then a book like the 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 Tomlison's beautiful book.There is a lot that can be learnt from Dave's book and from those around us who may not know what offering a sign of peace is but, without having to shake people's hands, are bringing love and peace to those people around them. I think I need to be more of a bad Christian. What about you?As brilliant, fun and insightful as his first 'Bad Christian' book, this book is powerful because it is real and digs past the obvious gloss of being a Christian and going to Church ... A wonderful manifesto and a book so many need to read a pass around.Rev Dave Tomlinson has hosted Radio 4's Sunday Worship programme from his church, St Luke's.Dave Tomlinson spoke with Anna Cookson about God on BBC London.His book will get the traditionalist hot under the collar and, to be fair, I had the odd hottish moment. But it is worth a read and will prompt some profound questions. I like Tomlinson, even if I don't agree with him all the time.You'll have plenty of questions as you read Dave's take on living as a follower of Jesus in today's world, but before you pigeonhole him as an irreverent liberal, give some time to thinking through the generous inclusivity of his theology, and the heart that sees him mix with and welcome so many society rejects, and point them to Jesus. There's wisdom and grace here many of us can learn from.Spiritual intelligence - 'how to live well and die happy' - from the author of How to be a bad Christian.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, and is a regular guest on Radio 2.New book from well-known author (of The Post-Evangelical and How to Be a Bad Christian) and vicar Dave Tomlinson.Spiritual intelligence from a Christian viewpoint.Of appeal to both Christian and general markets.Attractive hardback format with beautiful illustrations from Rob Pepper.Fresh, accessible, warm, witty and inviting.
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Rowan's Rule

By Rupert Shortt
This major new edition of Rupert Shortt's acclaimed biography of Rowan Williams provides fresh insight into the life and thought of perhaps the most gifted Christian leader of our time. Unburdened by national office, the former Archbishop has spoken more candidly than ever about the multiple conflicts - over gay clergy, women bishops and the place of faith in the public square - that rocked the Anglican Church and wider society during his decade at the helm.Rupert Shortt's celebrated biography of Rowan Williams provides a sympathetic but clear-eyed assessment of a remarkable, gifted and much-maligned leader as he seeks to steer the Anglican Communion through the stormiest period in its history. Always a controversial figure, Rowan Williams' decisions have upset both conservatives and progressives alike. But is he playing a long game, obliged to rate church unity above the pursuit of his own vision? Written with Rowan Williams's cooperation, Rupert Shortt answers this question and many more, giving a compelling portrait of a private and in some ways surprisingly vulnerable man.In an updated version of his biography, Rowan's Rule, to be released next week, Lord Williams is asked by the author Rupert Shortt whether the church's current position needs to change . . . The biography also reveals that Lord Wililams, who is now master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, feared that his opposition to gay rights while in office could jeopardise his attempts at securing work afterwards . . . The extent of the despair Lord Williams felt in office is revealed in Rowan's Rule, including his telling a colleague after a bishops' meeting: 'I can't tell you how much I hate this job.'He's freer to express his opinions than when he was as the Archibishop of Canterbury.The job of Archbishop of Canterbury - pope-like in its trappings, but without the commensurate authority to impose doctrine - is simply undoable. Which is, by and large what this thorough, readable biography demonstrates - undoable certainly by a man of Rowan Williams' gifts and character. Short, the religion editor of the TLS, and no slouch himself as a theologian, is unashamedly as fan of his subject and of Williams' efforts 'to evoke the transcendent in a secular climate' . . . Shortt gives us much to admire about Williams . . . This, though is no hagiography, and so weaknesses as well as strengths are confronted unflinchingly. Overall, it provides an intriguing picture of a complex man.It's an interesting 580-page book, especially for those with a curiosity about theology.The lasting memory of Williams may be of a great public intellectual who made Christianity sound exciting and credibleIn his own defence of theism, Williams appeals to the imagination as putting human life in a fresh perspective.With the fully revised and updated edition Rupert Shortt should be commended for his work in writing a biography of the complex, thoughtful and deeply spiritual man that is Rowan Williams.This is a beautifully crafted, 500-page plus biography of the man who served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012.. . . If the subject interests you, investment of time in this tome will serve you well.[An] excellent, newly updated biographythrough it shines the warmth and breadth of Rowan's personality . . . A man of very many parts who will continue to enrich us all - ad so well worth taking time to read aboutReviled and adored in equal measure, and constantly in the news for his controversial statements, this newly updated biography explores both the public and private sides of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.Rupert Shortt is Religion Editor of The Times Literary Supplement and a Visiting Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He has contributed to a range of publications, including The Times, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. His books include Rowan's Rule - The Biography of the Archbishop, Rowan Williams: An Introduction, God's Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation and Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith.Published in the aftermath of Rowan Williams's resignation, this newly updated biography tells the story of one of the most compelling and controversial church leaders of our time.Granted private interviews with the former Archbishop and with those who know him personally and professionally, this book contains surprising new revelations about Williams.'An intriguing new insight into the personal life of an Archbishop better known for his liberal views and intellectual agility' Daily MailRupert Shortt's celebrated biography of Rowan Williams provides a sympathetic but clear-eyed assessment of a remarkable, gifted and much-maligned leader as he seeks to steer the Anglican Communion through the stormiest period in its history. Always a controversial figure, Rowan Williams' decisions have upset both conservatives and progressives alike. But is he playing a long game, obliged to rate church unity above the pursuit of his own vision? Written with Rowan Williams's cooperation, Rupert Shortt answers this question and many more, giving a compelling portrait of a private and in some ways surprisingly vulnerable man.
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Deep Magic, Dragons and Talking Mice

By Alister McGrath

Does life have meaning?

What's the nature of real friendship?

Can reason and imagination be reconciled?

Does God exist?

How do we deal with pain?

And are these questions - even, perhaps, the answers - to be found in books that feature magical wardrobes, spaceships and Greek myth?

Author and academic McGrath sees C. S. Lewis as the perfect conversation companion for the persistent meaning-of-life questions everyone asks, thanks to the wide and varied terrain of his life - Lewis travelled from early atheism to conversion, from rational scepticism to the appreciation of value of human desires and imagination, and from Christian apologist during the Second World War to celebrated author of classic children's literature. The questions Lewis thought - and wrote - about are still asked today, and all are illuminated by his astonishingly varied body of work.

Join McGrath as he opens the wardrobe door and guides you into a conversation with Lewis's writings, in which all the most important questions are asked.

What if you could ask C. S. Lewis his thoughts on the questions we all ask ourselves from time to time - questions about friendship, education, suffering, God ... and the meaning of life itself?
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Paradoxology

By Krish Kandiah

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.'Evangelical theology has so often been written off as altogether too simplistic; so Kandiah is owed a hearing - and what he offers rewards our attention . . . While this admirably readable exercise in Evangelical apologetics is more likely to attract those already sympathetic to its theological preconceptions, there is still much here for the general reader to use as a stepping-stone to rather more profound theological reflection.This book helpfully steers away from overly neat or glib answers to the sorts of questions people really struggle with. It's well written, accessible and deserving of a wide audience . . . presents a compelling vision for the deep riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God.The author is honest about inconvenient questions and loose ends. With an eye to the issues that face Christians in the contemporary world Kandiah explores some of them here....the chapters on Abraham, Joshua and Job touched the rawest nerves in my consciousness.Read this book and give your faith a workout.Krish Kandiah said about writing Paradoxology: I wanted to help Christians take their faith more seriously by tackling some of the most difficult parts of the Bible.Why Christianity was never meant to be simple - an essential exploration of the paradoxes that lie at the heart of the Christian faith.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.
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How to be a Bad Christian

By Dave Tomlinson
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.This is a book for people who want God without the guff - showing that it's possible to ditch religion, but keep the faith.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.This is a book for people who want God without the guff - showing that it`s possible to ditch religion, but keep the faithIn 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, lighthearted 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. 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.
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You Can Begin Again

By Joyce Meyer

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.

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.This is work of great encouragement and hope to anyone who needs a fresh start. Even if you think you don't, please read it and pass it on to someone who does.The Gospel she describes is positive and affirming.Bestselling author Joyce Meyer explores the beauty of new beginnings through God's inexhaustible grace.

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.

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.

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NIV Bible Handbook

By Alister McGrath

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.

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.McGrath's handbook is more about the communication of his gigantic knowledge into accessible helpful ways.More in-depth teaching on the different books of the Bible.Provides a helpful introduction to, and outline of, each book.A rounded view of the history and culture of the Bible and its characters.The author also tackles difficult questions in 60 short feature articles interspersed throughout the commentary.The more I read this handbook, the more impressed I was. . . [It is] well laid out, making it easy to use. Although the commentaries are rather brief they are nonetheless interesting.The acclaimed single-volume commentary to the world's most popular Bible

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.

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.

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Revelation Road

By Nick Page

If you're reading this, we're still alive. The end of the world has not occurred. But it can't be long now, can it?

For two thousand years, the Book of Revelation has inspired countless conspiracy theorists, film-makers, writers and artists, as well as theologians and teachers. But why are we so bothered? After all, the end of the world still hasn't turned up, and it's been quite a while now.

When Nick Page wanted to get to the bottom of what this mysterious book is really all about, he realised there was only one way to go about it: he had to go to the land of apocalypse. Travelling to Patmos via the ruined cities of the seven churches of Revelation, determined to seek out a revelation of his own, Nick explores the culture behind Revelation, who wrote it, why they wrote it, and what it means for us today.

Mixing history, commentary, creative reconstruction and sun-crazed travelogue, here at last is the (perhaps not quite) final word on heaven, hell, the four horsemen of the apocalypse - and why the end of the world never does turn up when it's supposed to.

Heaven, hell, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and why the end of the world never does turn up when it's supposed to.

Prized for his skills as a writer, speaker, unlicensed historian, applied ranter and general information-monger, Nick Page has written over 70 books, including The Tabloid Bible, the Longest Week trilogy and, most recently, A NEARLY INFALLIBLE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY, looking at the history of the Christian church down the centuries.

Nick lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Claire and their three daughters.

He is not now, nor has he ever been, a theologian.

Nick Page is an established author and excellent speaker with a growing reputation in the trade and the wider Christian world.Nick's quirky yet informative approach enables his books to cross over well into the Waterstone's and Amazon sales channelsFun but genuinely informative romp through the wild and wacky world of apocalyptic prediction, from ancient times to the present day.Nick is a regular speaker at Christian events and literary festivals and keen to build his online profile further.
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Hidden in Christ

By James Bryan Smith
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 clearlyThis is a 30-day study of Colossians 3:1-17 - an immersion into the individual words and phrases that make up this wonderful passage of scripture - but also a practical guide as to how to put what we learn into practice. Challenging and inspirational.I've long searched for books on one of Smith's main themes: how we live in Christ and he lives in us... the book is suitable for use as a daily devotionalWords are powerful - especially the ones we use about, and hear from, God.

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, Renovaré, 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.Fourth and final book in the Apprentice Series, a course in spiritual formation THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL CHURCH is the fourth book in the Apprentice Series, which along with three other titles forms 'a curriculum for Christlikeness'. THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL CHURCH explores why and how the contemporary church is largely failing to make wholehearted disciples of Jesus. He offers real-life stories of authentic life change that come out of his own church and talks about how we can create a context in which apprentices of Jesus can emerge. Each chapter includes a 'soul-training' exercise to help embed Jesus' narratives into our minds, bodies and souls, along with questions that can be used for individual reflection or group discussion.
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Faith on the Streets: Christians in action through the Street Pastors movement

By Les Isaac, Rosalind Davies

11,000 trained volunteers

11 years

280 towns

8 countries

100,000 pairs of flip-flops

- these are the numbers that are bringing about change, town by town, to the face of the UK... and more and more countries around the world. Since 2003, Street Pastors have been a fixture of the night-time high street: friendly faces and a reassuring presence, defusing tension and helping people get home safely.

These are the Street Pastors: caring; listening; helping.

And this is the church in action - taking its faith on the streets.

the book will inspire readers as it relates the stories which show how the work of the volunteers has changed the face of the night-life scene in many towns and the lives of those involvedA familiar and valued presence on the high street.Les Isaac and Rosalind Davies write about them [Street Pastors] and go behind the scenes to tell their story . . . Short, meaningful encounters have changed lives.

"Les Isaac and his band of pioneers" Ed Stourton

"I couldn't just sit in church and pray about it, I had to do something practical. Drug dealers asked us for prayer and told us why they were selling drugs, people began to unburden their problems." Les Isaac on BBC Radio 4

Faith on the streets is an account of the positive impact of street pastors and begins with an account of Les' childhood and teenage years and his journey to Christian faith. It contains interviews and powerful testimonies from police officers, church leaders, street pastors, school pastors, head teachers and the Mayor of Lewisham.Fathers interested in social change, taking Christianity into their own community or the Good Samaritan story will form a connection with this book.Les Isaac has been a guest with Claire Balding on her Radio 2 Sunday morning show.Faith on the Streets brings the story [of Street Pastors] up to date in a mixture of personal narrative, social and organisational history and some outlining of facts and figures.What a wonderful way for the church to be seen as caring, relevant and a crucial part of the community.This book is eminently readable, a mix of testimony, Isaac's own faith journey and proof of the value of both ecumenism and strong local partnerships with Police.I have found it a fascinating read, both in terms of the stories and experiences of the people and the way in which the street pastor movement has spread.What makes this book so very fresh and intelligent is that it doesn't just laud the work or report the changed lives that can result from an organisation underpinned by prayer. It seriously explores the part that Christian-led volunteers can play in the infrastructure of public life.This clear and lively book is a richly rewarding exploration of Street Pastors . . . This is a great and thought provoking book.It's encouraging to read about the initial and continuing challenges that Street Pastors face.Street Pastors has touched many lives in the eleven years since its launch in the UK. This book collects together some of those people and tells the stories of their connection to Street Pastors.

Les Isaac is the founder of the Street Pastors initiative. Born in Antigua, Les was a Rastafarian involved in London's gang scene before he became a Christian. He went on to work as a church leader for over twenty years, always seeking to engage with the same hard-to-reach communities that he came from. He is the author of Street Pastors, Relevant Church and Dreadlocks, and the director of Ascension Trust, which administrates and leads the Street Pastors movement.

Rosalind Davies is a writer and editor who has worked with Les Isaac and Ascension Trust on a variety of publications, and is the co-author of Street Pastors.

Inspiring, narrative-based account of the difference that the Street Pastors movement has made on the streets of the UK.Tapping into a nationwide movement of 9,000 volunteers.The continuation of the story begun in Les Isaac's 2009 book.Popular testimony appeal.
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The Books of the Bible (NIV): New Testament

By New International Version

The Books of the Bible New Testament is a revolutionary new presentation of Scripture that strips away centuries of artificial formatting, leaving behind nothing but pure Bible text. The result is a Bible unlike any other available today, but more like the original Scriptures. The Books of the Bible is specially designed to be read from start to finish, as if you were reading a novel. Natural literary breaks have been restored and the books have been rearranged chronologically, rather than by length, leading to a more authentic presentation of the Bible. There is also a helpful introduction to each book that sets the text in context, rather than adding explanation or application. The NIV text is also set in single-column format, rather than in two columns as you usually find in the Bible. This aids reading longer chunks at a time, as you would if you were reading a novel for pleasure.

Community Bible Experience is about changing the way we read God's Word. By following the reading plan found online at biblica.com/cbent, you'll experience the whole New Testament in just eight weeks. Why not gather together as a book club to share the journey rather than reading in isolation. You'll glimpse more of the Bible's context than ever before. And your entire church community will rally around the one thing that matters most: God's Word.

For more information, and for free accompanying resources, visit www.biblicaeurope.com/cbent

A Bible unlike any other available today - and more like the original Scriptures. This new presentation of the New Testament strips away all the verse and chapter numbers to allow you to read it just like a novel, and share it together in a book club over eight weeks.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.A new presentation of the Bible to combat the of lack of Bible reading among church-goers.Chapter and verse numbers, headings, footnotes, cross-references and anything else that distracts from the story have been removed so you can experience the Bible like a novel.The Books of the Bible New Testament is designed to be read and discussed together in book clubs as the Community Bible Experience.The ultimate Bible reading resource for your whole church.Free downloadable digital resource kit.Uses the Anglicised NIV 2011 translation.
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The Shepherd's Song

By Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures...

Shortly before a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell writes 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.'

Unbeknown 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 marathon, this humble message forever changes the lives of twelve very different people. Eventually, Kate's paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God changes lives, even through the smallest gestures.

With beautiful prose and a 'pass it on' message reminiscent of THE SHACK, this story will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.

THE 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.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 storyI really recommend this book. My husband has heard me talk about how much I love this book so much that he is planning on reading it next. If I could I would probably buy several copies and give out to friends and family - I liked it that much. I hope Betsy and Laurie write another novel together.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.

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

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 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.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?

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

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.

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.

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Walking Home From Mongolia

By Rob Lilwall

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's travel log is an insight into Chinese culture and the different communities they encounter. His conversational style describes the magnificent terrain they cross, reflecting on the 'highs' and 'lows' of this incredible pilgrimage. I admired his courage and determination to complete the task.CYCLING HOME FROM SIBERIA author Rob Lilwall's unique adventure through freezing China from Mongolia to Hong Kong - this time on foot.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

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 MagazineFull Feature in Christianity Mag on 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.Mark 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
'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. 7/10The gripping adventure story of one man's epic journey back from Siberia to England by bikeRob 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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We Make the Road by Walking

By Brian D. McLaren

For over a decade, author and activist Brian McLaren has been challenging Christian leaders to explore what he calls a new kind of Christianity. In WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING, McLaren offers a basic orientation on what it means to be a new kind of Christian, and how it might look to be alive in the way of Christ.

WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING comes in the form of 52+ sermons, each one easily read aloud in ten to twelve minutes. Working with the framework of the church year, they provide a Genesis-to-Revelation overview of the Bible that can be used (together with a wide array of accompanying resources) in a variety of ways: a year of church services, a year of weekly dinner-dialogue gatherings, a year of classes or online interactions, a series of retreats, or simply a rich reading experience.

It isn't the kind of book you can start at the beginning and read over a weekend. It is a pilgrimage. A journey. It's a book that if you click with it will sit next to you for the next year and be part of you and your life . . . It made me think in ways I'd not thought before, some things weren't mindblowing, some things made me stop. It's excellent as a starting place for journaling.We Make the Road by Walking (Hodder) is a year's worth of reflections on the Bible designed to fit with the Church's year ... a rich resource for spiritual growth.A new book by Brian McLaren is never dull or predictable; he is a creative and imaginative wordsmith, who likes to stay close to the edge.A blend of the progressive and the traditionalThe journey through the year with McLaren is a stimulating rideA beneficial spiritual exerciseThis could be an ideal resource for a church to use to travel the Christian year together; or the book you find being shared by a group in the home of someone who, you remember, used to be part of your church.We Make the Road by Walking is a year's worth of innovative and refreshing reflections on scripture. . .I liked the accessibility and open-mindedness of McLaren's material. He encourages a participative form of Bible engagement in which new meanings are discovered and old meanings are appreciated afresh. The book is a very flexible resource that can be used individually or in groups, or as part of church services.Whether used on its own or as an enrichment of your other personal or small group reflections, "We Make the Road by Walking" provides excellent stimulation for holy conversation.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

This is arguably McLaren's most practical application of his theological approach. What I liked was his willingness to let people consider each story and wonder about its application for themselves. It isn't pushing a particular agenda, orthodox or unorthodox.

A year-long interactive walk through the Bible from widely acclaimed author of A New Kind of Christian Brian McLaren.Brian McLaren is an internationally acclaimed speaker and outspoken advocate for 'a new kind of Christianity'. Named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Evangelical Christians, McLaren was a pastor for over 20 years. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programmes, and an in-demand blogger on faith and public policy (brianmclaren.net).New resource from emergent author Brian McLarenFresh, accessible and thought-provoking approach to reading through the BibleFor churches, small groups and individuals alike

For over a decade, author and activist Brian McLaren has been challenging Christian leaders to explore what he calls a new kind of Christianity. This 'generous orthodoxy' involves four key components: a fresh vision of Jesus, his message, and his mission for today; a narrative and conversational understanding of the Bible; a simple, doable, durable spirituality; and a strong-benevolent understanding of Christian identity for our emerging multi-faith world. In A TABLE, A BIBLE, SOME FOOD, SOME FRIENDS, McLaren integrates all four components in an accessible, practical, and potentially game-changing format.

A TABLE, A BIBLE, SOME FOOD, SOME FRIENDS comes in the form of 52+ sermons, easily read aloud in ten to twelve minutes each. Working with the framework of the church year, they provide a Genesis-to-Revelation overview of the Bible that can be used (together with a wide array of accompanying resources) in a variety of ways: a year of church services, a year of weekly dinner-dialogue gatherings, a year of classes or online interactions, a series of retreats, or simply a rich reading experience.

'I'm a big fan of the Revised Common Lectionary,' McLaren explains, 'although as a pastor, I usually preached in four- to eight-week sermon series.But what both approaches lack is an integrated overview of the faith, a basic orientation on what it means to be a Christian, to be alive in the way of Christ. That's what I've offered in this new book.' Each sermon-chapter includes readings and prompts for dialogue, because, McLaren believes, 'Adults - especially young adults - don't simply need to hear or read. They need to engage with content in a community of fellow-learners.'

'I heard recently from a gifted young Christian leader who is about to drop out of the church,' McLaren says. 'He described himself and his friends as "believers who still want to believe but aren't sure what is left to believe in." This book is my attempt to be a pastor to people like them ... both the insiders who feel they need to get out of a dishonest and life-denying approach to faith, and the outsiders who wish they could find a way into an honest and life-affirming approach.'

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Cross Roads

By Wm Paul Young

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 minutesThe 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?Wm 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

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.

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.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've 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.Written in a chatty style, this is, in fact, quite a serious history that works its way through the long and tangled history of Christianity, its saints and martyrs, its Crusades, its writers and thinkersWell-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 two thousand 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.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.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

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.The powerful bestselling novel of how a grief-stricken man's encounter with God changes his life forever.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 Approval Fix

By Joyce Meyer

When we hear the word addiction, we tend to think of unbreakable habits involving drugs or alcohol. But many people struggle each day with a different kind of addiction: a deep need for the approval of others. Their unquenchable thirst for love and acceptance often causes people to suffer in relationships, give up on their dreams, and even forfeit their destinies.

The key to breaking free from approval addiction, and the people-pleasing that goes along with it, is to understand and embrace the love of God and others and to be able to love yourself.

In The Approval Fix, best-selling author Joyce Meyer offers the practical insights and lessons necessary to find freedom from the need for approval. Anyone who wants to enjoy life and build healthy relationships, but struggles to feel accepted, will benefit immensely from this book, which is full of proven principles from Meyer's years of experience helping people find freedom in many areas of their lives.

I like Joyce Meyer's style. It's to the point but with a veneer of self-deprecating humour, so that even though what she says might have a slight sting to it, you come out feeling better for it anyway. This book on people-pleasing is no different. It's short, easy to read but nonetheless packs a punch . . . gently . . . Approval seeking is an addiction we need to see it for what it is and work through the steps to give it up. This easy to read book could be a good step on that path.The Gospel she describes is positive and affirming.Based on her book Approval Addiction, best-selling author Joyce Meyer teaches us how to overcome the debilitating desire to please and become free to accept the love of God and others.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 Meyer has a proven track record with this specific subject - Approval Addiction has sold over 430,000 copies to date.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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The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass: Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend

By Adrian Plass

Adrian has been trying to keep a low profile at church but his son Gerald is now an Anglican vicar and the two churches are getting together for a joint weekend away. Now Adrian's been volunteered to run it...

From the confusion of arrival when Anne is allocated to the top bunk with a schizophrenic recovery group, and Adrian is in a low-ceilinged 'pod' at the top of the tower, to the hugs and tears of departure, this is typical Plass, humorous and heartwarming in equal measure. Adrian has a simple conversation about birdlife that ends with him being accused of harassment, Leonard Thynn and his wife turn up just in time to leave again after falling out with the SatNav lady, and Gerald's wit just keeps getting the better of him.

There are as many questions as answers, of course. Will poor Sally, the unwilling nomad of the community, ever find a proper bed to sleep in? What exactly is it about Adrian's twinkle that Minnie Stamp 'lovey-doves' so very much? And how do you cope when your daughter-in-law shares a secret you simply cannot, must not tell?

Once again, Adrian Plass gets us laughing just long enough for the truth to slip in by the back door, and for all the mishaps, this new instalment of the Sacred Diary series once again shows just how good God is at caring for this mixed bag of people we call the church.

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.The book is equal parts heart-warming as humorous and shows God's love for the mixed-bag of people in a church.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 Plass is the bestselling author of The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37¾ - 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

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.A fascinating text of an interview Francis gave to two Argentine journalists while he was still Archbishop of Buenos Aires. As the book makes clear, Francis is an original it is impossible to place in any of the pigeon holes beloved of Western commentators. On some issues conservative, on others extremely radical.The only authorised biography of Pope Francis I, Jorge Bergoglio

Sergio Rubin was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is an award-winning author, journalist, and is currently chief of religious news for the Clarín 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 with a zip. The print size is 5.3PT.

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 world's most popular Bible, the NIV, in a conveniently tiny size and beautiful pink soft-tone binding.

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
This newly updated edition of the NIV retains its commitment to accuracy even while remaining accessible to the widest audience possible.A stylish and durable pocket-sized NIV Bible with a contemporary and distinctive red colourway.

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

'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.

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

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 with 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

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.

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What Good is God?

By Philip Yancey

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'When life gets tough what use is a belief in God?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

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.An intelligent, intellectually rigorous examination of why the Christian faith still makes sense in an age of scepticismTimothy 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

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.A brand new re-issue of this Christian classic, with a stunning new cover.Richard Foster is a best-selling author, the founder of RENOVARÉ - 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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God Is Not Mad At You

By Joyce Meyer
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 Christian who wants to be reminded of the basics of their faith.Joyce Meyer's latest book addresses those who know God loves them but still fear his anger.

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.

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 misstep.

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.

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'®.

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NIV Journalling Mint Polka Dot Cloth Bible

By New International Version

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.Premier Christian Radio have featured this Bible as part of their Mum of the Year competition.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.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

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.

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.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.Soft-tone leather binding with intricately designed debossed pattern.Includes ribbon marker.With magnetic clasp and pen loop.British spelling, grammar and punctuation.Revised and updated NIV text.Text size 7.25pt.
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NIV Journalling Charcoal Cloth Bible

By New International Version

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

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 lifeThanks 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...

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

'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.

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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

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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 will help you be the best grandparent you can be - in just one hour.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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Vanishing Grace

By Philip Yancey

'Why does the church stir up such negative feelings?' This is a question that Philip Yancey has been asking all his life - for himself, as a pilgrim; for others, as a journalist. The question is more relevant now than ever: in the UK Christianity continues to decline, even as it is increasingly thought to be linked with intolerant, fundamentalist attitudes.

Yet while identification with traditional forms of Christian religion is dropping, indicators show that interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect? Why are so many asking, 'What's so good about the "good news?"'

Yancey's lifelong writing career has always focused on the search for honest faith that makes a visible difference for a world in pain. In his landmark book What's So Amazing about Grace? he issued a benchmark call for Christians to be as grace-filled in their behaviour as they are in asserting their beliefs.

People inside and outside the church are still thirsty for grace, Yancey points out. Perhaps what the church seemed to lack in its heyday is now, in its increasingly marginalised stance, exactly what it needs to recover in order to thrive. Grace can bridge the gap across the movement away from Christianity, inviting outsiders as well as insiders the chance to take a deep second look at why it matters and what could reignite its appeal to future generations.

How can Christians offer grace in a way that is compelling to a jaded society? And how can they make a difference in a world of such wrenching need? Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News is a milestone book for all those who are striving to make sense of their faith and live it out amid the changing landscape of our day. Philip explores how Christians may have contributed to hostility toward them by presenting the gospel in ways that come across as strident and judgemental. Then he explores what kind of news is good to a culture that thinks it has rejected the Christian version. And finally, he offers illuminating stories of how faith can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics - through pilgrims, activists, and artists rather than through preachers, evangelists, and apologists.

Journalist and popular writer, Philip Yancey asks why the church tends to so often stir up negative vibes in our society. Here he poses the question, 'How is Christianity still relevant in a post-Christian culture'? Yancey is one of the best writers of our time, with his books already regarded as classics.Journalist and popular writer, Philip Yancey asks why the church tends to so often stir up negative vibes in our society. Here he poses the question, 'How is Christianity still relevant in a post-Christian culture'? Yancey is one of the best writers of our time, with his books already regarded as classics.Interview with PhilipAn interesting, lively and thought provoking insight into the theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural questions being grappled with by our American brothers and sisters.The book encourages us to look again at our life and witness to ensure that we treat people as people and not as a cause.How and why is Christianity is still relevant to a post-Christian culture?Philip Yancey is a journalist, bestselling writer and popular speaker who has sold over 15 million books translated into thirty-four languages. He is known for his honest, thoughtful explorations of Christian faith especially amid questions and struggles. He has become a trusted companion to his loyal readers in the search for an authentic and life-giving faith, and the high quality of his writing craft across decades of award-winning books has secured his place among contemporary Christian writers who are contributing to the classic literature of faith.New book from perennially popular Philip Yancey

Loose follow-up to bestseller What's so Amazing About Grace?

Timely topic of central interest to core Christian market
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Every Good Endeavour

By Timothy Keller

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 comfortableThe 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.Timothy 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.

Do we work to live, or live to work?

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. This book provides the foundations for a work-life balance where we can thrive both personally and professionally. 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.

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.

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NIV Proclamation Bible

By New International Version

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. 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.

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.

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 Proclamation Bible 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 Proclamation Bible is a great resource and reference Bible, but what I find most unique about this Bible is that the additional material (the essays, the section, and book introductions) constantly refers you back to the text, that way you remain focused on the text. With the inclusion of the wider margins the Proclamation Bible is also a multi- purpose Bible, one that would be very useful to a Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Leader, or a student of Scripture. And, if I were limited to only one of Hodder Faith's Bibles the NIV Proclamation Bible would be my primary choice.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 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

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 argues with passion that our 'vertical' experience of being adopted by God must translate into a 'horizontal' commitment by Christian families and churches to foster and adopt...What makes this book so compelling is the skill and eloquence with which Kandiah provides theological ballast for the idea...

This book needs to be read, and Kandiah's initiative requires our support.

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.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

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

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.'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.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.

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.