Biographies

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Going to Africa would cost April everything. She went anyway.

From a young age, April Holden was diagnosed with chronic health problems that restricted what she could and could not do. Growing up in St. Helens, Merseyside, April was a frail child who knew pain and resistance her whole life. But, at just seven years old, she came to faith and was convinced that God had called her to leave her home behind and move to Africa. When in university, she was finally old enough to apply to work with street children in Africa, but was turned down.

That didn’t stop her. Nothing would.

After training to become a teacher, April applied again to leave the UK behind, and serve God in Africa. This time she got a step closer to her calling; she was sent to Egypt for training. Soon after, her chance came. She transferred to one of the most tumultuous, war-torn regions of North Africa. There she set up homes for boys scarred by war, fleeing violence, seeking safety. There she God do the impossible and offer a beacon of hope in an area of conflict and fear. She also saw her own life thrust into danger as political shifts had turned many of the population against anyone who looked like her, like the American forces that were now invading.

After escapes that were too close for comfort, April returned to the UK. But her work wasn’t finished yet.

“Equal parts a call to compassion and a challenge to complacency, this book is a remarkable testimony to what God can do when you follow him wholeheartedly.”

Andy Butcher, author of Street Children

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When Mary Kissell committed to getting up early every morning to spend time in prayer, she began a practice that would revolutionise her life.

This rich and moving memoir tells the incredible story of how simply following the Holy Spirit's leading saw countless people impacted around the world and the most heart-rending situations transformed.

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Bear Grylls is a man who has always sought the ultimate in adventure. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, he was taught by his father to sail and climb at an early age. As a teenager he found identity and purpose through both mountaineering and martial arts, which led the young adventurer to the foothills of the mighty Himalaya and a grandmaster's karate training camp in Japan.

On returning home, he embarked upon the notoriously gruelling selection course for the British Special Forces to join 21 SAS - a journey that was to push him to the very limits of physical and mental endurance.

Then, in a horrific free-fall parachuting accident, Bear broke his back in three places. It was touch and go whether he would ever walk again. However, only eighteen months later Bear became one of the youngest ever climbers to scale Everest, aged only twenty-three. But this was just the beginning of his many extraordinary adventures . . .

Known and admired by millions, Bear Grylls has survived where few would dare to go. Now, for the first time, Bear tells the story of his action-packed life. Gripping, moving and wildly exhilarating, Mud, Sweat and Tears is a must-read for adrenalin junkies and armchair adventurers alike.


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This is a book about transformation, restoration and true freedom. Collated stories from prisoners and their family members, these 40 remarkable testimonies speak powerfully about the reality of encountering Jesus.

Readers can explore how we all can find hope in Jesus, no matter who we are. Ideal for Lent, these 40 faith-inspiring stories can be read daily in the run up to Easter.

Created in partnership with Prison Hope, an initiative working to connect the Church with local prison, 40 Stories of Hope is compiled by Catherine Butcher, the Communications Director for HOPE, and includes a Foreword by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Zac's Place is a church in Swansea. It is a small chaotic community of Jesus followers where the most fragile of life's walking wounded try to work out their faith, because they quite simply wouldn't fit anywhere else. It's also the spiritual home foor the local chapter of the motorcycle club God's Squad. Zac's Place was founded in 1998 and for nearly twenty years has been led by Sean Stillman – a "painfully shy, nervous preacher's kid" – whose front-line ministry, at Zac's Place and on the road, has cost him dearly, including physical beating. In Zac's Place, chaos and disorder sit alongside community and grace in an environment that sometimes resembles an AA meeting mixed with a casualty department.

This is Sean's personal story of a transformed faith alongside the broken, the story of the church he started and the European-wide growth of an unlikely bunch of biker missionaries. The thread that will run through it is the 'greater righteousness' that Christ was looking for - what can happen when our concern for the perfect performance is stripped bare and replaced with poverty of spirit.

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There is a growing epidemic of fatherlessness in society today, with more and more people experiencing crippling wounds through their childhood experiences. The Father heart of God longs to heal these wounds and bring joy and freedom in their place. But how do we learn to trust and love a heavenly Father when we have been hurt by our earthly fathers?

Tracy Williamson honestly shares the insights and lessons she has learnt on her journey as she has allowed God to free her from deep childhood hurts, into the revelation that she is a beloved daughter of Father God. With a unique mix of practical teaching, personal stories, poems, prophecies and questions for reflection this is a life-changing resource for all who carry the wounds of rejection.

Tracy helps readers understand God's love for them, and how they can grow in their relationship with him and be a channel of his love to others. Reflection points throughout each chapter allow the reader to take time to pray through and apply lessons learned, gently allowing their hearts to be opened to the Father's deep affection for them.

£8.99


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Andrew White served as the Vicar of St George's Church until when, in 2014, he was forced to leave the Church for his own safety. This was because St George's Church was the only Church in all of Baghdad.This is the extraordinary story of the man who became the vicar of one of the most violent, war-torn and tumultuous cities of modern times.

Told with equal amounts of compassion and charm, My Journey So Far is an inspirational account of everything that led him to leading the only church in Baghdad.

From his early life in a suburb of South-East London to negotiating in the Bethlehem siege of 2002, and beyond, Andrew White's inspiring life has always been fuelled by a love of people and a passion to bring peace and reconciliation. Whether it's in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, or Iraq, Andrew White is determined to step into conflict and bring God's peace.

"Andrew White has the extraordinary capacity to sail the seas of conflict, coming alongside those involved in causing and delivering violence, and capturing them for the cause of peace. To do this he breaks most of the rules in any book of health and safety, personal protection, and bureaucratic process ... He inspires forgiveness and demonstrates love." The Most Revd and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury


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Called to compassion, Katie Davis Majors' story is like no other. When she was just in her teens, one average teenager stepped out into a life that was anything-but-ordinary. Packing her bags, she swapped her home for Uganda, and adopted 14 children from the war-torn country. The story of her unique mission for motherhood, Kisses from Katie, was a bestseller, and moved readers to follow their hearts for helping others in God’s name. Now, 10 years after her move to Uganda, Daring to Hope is the next chapter in Katie’s story.

Picking up right where Kisses from Katie left off, Daring to Hope is all about the challenges and rewards of serving God in the most unlikely of ways. It’s a book all about finding God’s heart for the neglected, the needy, and those nobody else wants. It’s a book not about finding home and purpose, but about making it.

Raising 13 children, whilst running a charity, a home, and sharing God with those around her unique family - the life of Katie Davis Majors is one filled with highs, lows, miracles, struggles and, above all, hope.

The perfect book for anyone wrestling with finding how they can follow God and make a difference. Daring to Hope will challenge you, as well as making you laugh, cry, and look forward to all you can do when you dare to imagine a better future for others in need.



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