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Emotional healing is often a process. God, in His infinite love and wisdom, addresses issues in our hearts in His own timing and not necessarily in the order we might choose. The freedom He brings us is not usually and instantaneous event, but a result of our growth and maturing as we allow Him to gentle touch every area of our lives.
Helen Pollard survived a traumatic childhood through Jesus’ miraculous healing, alongside help from secular therapies and varied prayer ministries. In this book she uses her own story to guide us into principles that we can apply to our own lives – to outgrow the shackles. Helen’s blunt realism is disarming, whilst her profound wisdom and insight into healing and forgiveness are a challenge to every believer.
Introducing: one young mum, one vicar, two small boys and a call - maybe! - to pioneer a church for young people who don't do church in Devon. Following this daunting call, Liz and James uproot their two young sons from Birmingham and move to rural Devon. But with no building, no team and no money, their task seems impossible.
Based on her journal entries, this is the story of Liz, a running, cake-baking and harp-playing mother of two, as she struggles with faith, friendships, motherhood and work-life balance, all the while embarking on the formidable challenge of pioneering a fresh expression of church. This ten-year story of planting Unlimited Church is vulnerable, frank and wry, rejoicing and weeping over the highs and lows of following God's call. Join Liz in discovering that with God there are no limits!
Faitheism by Krish Kandiah
Over the past decade the Religion vs. Atheism debate has generated a lot more heat than light, with passionate advocates for both sides snarled up in antagonistic claim and counter-claim.
Where does the truth lie?
In fAiTHEISM Krish Kandiah asks us to take a long hard look at ourselves - and a more understanding look at each other. When we step away from the arguments for a moment and consider the real people on each side of this debate, he argues, we will discover that we share more than we realise.
The desire to know the truth is in itself a uniting factor, even if we have reached different conclusions, and in testing our own assumptions, Krish contends, we can both grow in our own beliefs and understand each other better.
In this challenging exploration of the myths about Christianity and Atheism, Krish draws on his experiences with the adoption charity Home for Good that he founded - on the one hand explaining the adoption and fostering process to churches and on the other, helping local authorities to understand where churches are coming from - to question the most common assumptions about Christians and Atheists. Time and again the evidence shows that the truth on the ground is not what one might expect - and the potential for genuine understanding is far greater than the antagonists on either side would have you believe.
What if, by believing the best about each other, we could achieve the best for ourselves?
What if the truth really can set us free?
Long Story Short by Andy Frost
The universe is made of stories not of atoms,' said American poet Muriel Rukeyser. Whether you agree with this sentiment or not, the fact is: your life tells a story. From beginning to end, your life will create a unique narrative, shaped by the widder stories you find yourself living in.
So what story are you living in?
Exploring the importance of such stories and how these shape our identity, Share Jesus International's Andy Frost humbly presents the ultimate narrative of life, the universe and everything: the God Story.
Unexpected by Christine Caine
Most of us want to have life under control. But God wants us to anticipate the unexpected with a faith deeply rooted in his goodness. He wants us to know that because he is in control, we don't have to be.
In Unexpected, beloved author Christine Caine helps us walk into the life God has for us-unknowns and all. Using dramatic examples from her own journey, Christine offers real-life strategies and biblical inspiration to help us move from fear and worry about ourselves to hope and trust in God. As we learn new ways to manage disappointment, strengthen our hearts, and build our faith, we can enjoy a new adventure with God that is more fulfilling than any day we spend trying to anticipate what will happen next.
Reimagining Britain by Justin Welby
In a time of political turbulence, and as the Welfare State totters under the strain in a country that has changed dramatically since 1945, Archbishop Justin Welby sets out to identify the values that will enable us to reimagine, and to enact, a more hopeful future.
The thesis is that the work of reimagining is as great as it was in 1945, and will happen either by accident – and thus badly – or deliberately. The author draws on Britain's history and Christian tradition to identify this country's foundational values, and the building blocks necessary to implement them in a post-Brexit, multicultural society.
He explores the areas in which values are translated into action, including the traditional three of recent history: health (especially public, and mental), housing and education. To these he adds family; the environment; economics and finance; peacebuilding and overseas development; immigration; and integration. He looks particularly at the role of faith groups in enabling, and contributing to, a fairer future.
When so many are immobilized by political turmoil, this book builds on our past to offer hope for the future, and practical ways of achieving a more equitable society.
£16.99. 320 pages
Be The Hands and Feet by Nick Vujicic
Nothing in life is as exciting and satisfying as introducing Jesus to people who have never met him. New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned motivational speaker Nick Vujicic is known worldwide as the man without arms and legs who personifies a "can do" spirit.
Now in greater detail, he explains how the example of Jesus Christ motivates him to travel widely and speak boldly because the "good news" of the Gospel is just too good to keep quiet! Although the world has so many problems, no challenge is too great for the God who promises to move mountains.
Using compelling stories from his own experience, Nick shares the heart of his message, the motivation behind all he does, and some- thing that he believes the world needs now more than ever before: A faith in Jesus Christ that moves people to act and make the world a better place.
£9.99. 256 pages.
Taking Off The Mask by Claire Musters
Too often we hide our true selves from the world behind masks we have carefully constructed, but this is not how God created us to be . Through her own personal story Claire Musters shows how it is possible to take off these masks and live a freer and more authentic life.
Church can be the best but also the worst of places. Our faith needs community to survive but why do so many of us wear masks as soon as we step inside a church meeting of any type, hoping to show that we have everything 'together'? What creates a culture that makes us think we are supposed to behave in a certain way? Surely church should be a place of acceptance, love and freedom? So why do so many of us feel like we can't truly be ourselves?
Claire Musters has been grappling with these questions ever since a painful and humbling situation forced her to remove her own mask. Taking off the Mask charts her own personal experience and provides lessons and pointers on how we too can find a more authentic way to live. Chapters include points for reflection to really help deal with issues that are raised in this sensitive, honest and ultimately hope filled book.
£9.99 224 pages.
In this superbly detailed biography Tom Wright traces Paul's career from zealous persecutor of the fledgling Church, through his journeys as the world's greatest missionary theologian, to his likely death as a Christian martyr at the hands of Nero in the mid 60s CE.
Drawing judiciously on the latest research into the Jewish, Greek and Roman worlds, and enriched by a wealth of critical insight into Paul's own writings, this is the most rounded portrait of the apostle ever painted – his development, motivations, spiritual struggles and intellectual achievements, and his lasting impact over two millennia.
£18.99. 464 pages.
This provocative book starts with an unlikely interview in which America's foremost sceptic builds a seemingly persuasive case against the miraculous. But then Strobel travels the country to quiz scholars to see whether they can offer solid answers to atheist objections. Along the way, he encounters astounding accounts of healings and other phenomena that simply cannot be explained away by naturalistic causes. The book features the results of exclusive new scientific polling that shows miracle accounts are much more common than people think.
What's more, Strobel delves into the most controversial question of all: what about miracles that don't happen? If God can intervene in the world, why doesn't he do it more often to relieve suffering? Many American Christians are embarrassed by the supernatural, not wanting to look odd or extreme to their neighbours. Yet, The Case for Miracles shows not only that the miraculous is possible, but that God still does intervene in our world in awe-inspiring ways. Here's a unique book that examines all sides of this issue and comes away with a passionate defence for God's divine action in lives today.
£10.99. 352 pages.
Staying in the Boat by Jeff Lucas
Wouldn’t it be great if hindsight came first?
If, before you made any mistakes, slip ups or mess ups, you knew how it was going to end?
Well, look no further. Jeff Lucas is back with his unique brand of everyday wisdom and humorous truths. Staying in the Boat is the latest collection of amusing musings from the connoisseur of all things comedy. A miscellany of mirth, reading Staying in the Boat is like hearing Jesus’ parables, if they written by a man who still doesn’t know all the answers, and is still learning from his mistakes.
A mix of wit and wisdom, honestly, depth and faith, Staying in the Boat is the perfect follow-up to It’s a Dog’s Life and The Cactus Stabbers. It’s a small guide to helping learn from mistakes, to grow in maturity, and to take lafe a little less seriously, and a little more wisely.
£7.99. 140 pages
Being Human by Rowan Williams
What is consciousness? Is the mind a machine? What makes us persons? How can we find the path to human maturity?
These are among the fundamental questions that Rowan Williams helps us to think about in this deeply engaging exploration oof what it means to be human.
The book ends with a brief but profound meditation on the person of Christ, inviting us to consider how, through him, 'our humanity in all its variety, in all its vulnerability, has been taken into the heart of the divine life'.
With discussion questions for personal or group use at the end of each chapter, this is a book that readers of all religious persuasions will find both challenging and highly rewarding.
£9.99. 128 pages.
Take Heart by Matt Chandler
Christendom is dead. And that's a good thing.
The Christian culture that has underpinned Western society for centuries has been eroded. We're now at the point where to disagree with people on issues such as marriage and sexuality, is seen as hateful. Christians are no longer seen as honourable, but as bigots. But history testifies that the more people try to destroy Christianity, the more it grows. So we are entering an exciting period of time because we're back in the place where Christ's church can thrive - at the margins of society.
In this stirring, passionate book, Matt Chandler shows us we need Christian courage like never before, and how to live with compassion and conviction, able to look around positively and reach out confidently.
It encourages us not to be thwarted by fear, but to depend on God and have confidence that Christ will build his church, despite continual marginalization. A must-read for any Christian who wants to understand how to stand firm and walk forwards in an increasingly secular culture.
'This is a much-needed reminder that gospel Christianity thrives when it is out of power, and that Christian courage comes from trusting not in cultural power but in God’s power and grace.' Timothy Keller
£7.99. 128 pages.
The 24-7 Prayer Manual by Pete Greig and David Blackwell
A spiritual revolution is sweeping the world. The 24-7 Prayer Manual has already helped thousands of people around the world to mobilize life-changing seasons of night-and-day prayer in churches, on campuses, at festivals, and even in the corridors of power. Ignited in a prayer room in England, the impact of the 24-7 movement is transcending borders, languages, and cultures across America, and in more than a third of the nations on earth. The emphasis on Christ-centered, mission-minded prayer is reigniting the church and expanding the possibilities of ministry.
The 24-7 Prayer Manual is a practical guide that can help release the power of prayer in your community. Authors Pete Greig and David Blackwell join together with other key leaders in the 24-7 movement to share invaluable insights and ideas from a remarkable journey that began in 1999. Inside you'll find simple steps and motivating ideas to establish continual prayer in your location. There are no rules, just proven principles that can help any ministry experience the power of 24-7 prayer.
£8.99. 206 pages.
Freed From Shame by Dawn Holmes with Karen Todd
One in every four people in your church will be affected by mental illness each year. 'Freed From Shame' sheds light on the reality of mental illness in the Church, not to condemn people, leaders or churches, but instead to offer insight, education and practical advice on how to tackle this challenging subject. The book looks at what mental health issues are and how they affect those who live with them, with real life stories and suggestions on how the church can create a supportive environment.
"I have people in my church struggling with mental health. You do too. This book is an invaluable tool in learning how to understand, how to help and how to love." Mark Landreth-Smith - Pastor, Bridge Church - Newbury, UK
Diary of a (Trying to be holy) Mum by Fiona Lloyd
Meet Becky Hudson. Loving wife to Dave, devoted mother to Jennifer (9), Adam (5) and Ellie (2) - and queen of self-doubt. If only she tried harder, Becky reasons, she could be a `proper' Christian and mother! But is this the way it's meant to be? As Becky's diary records her daily `fails', it also reveals how God meets and affirms her in the marvellous muddle that motherhood can be as she tries to balance faith, fears and family life!
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