A beautifully illustrated devotional book that looks at what we can learn about God from tending our gardens. Richard Littledale invites you to push open the garden gate and join him as he discovers the joy of gardening. A reluctant gardener, Richard took up ‘project garden’ to help combat the loneliness of bereavement, only to find that the physical transformation of his garden mirrored a real change in himself too.
Crowning the Year offers a practical guide to celebrating the key moments of the liturgical year in rural multi-church contexts. It will equip all who lead or assist with worship in rural contexts. It offers essential groundwork on liturgical theology, and a theology of ministry in rural, multi-parochial contexts. It then provides practical ideas and direction on how to prepare for and conduct worship for the principal feasts and seasons of the Christian year.
Lucy Winkett is a gifted communicator, engaging preacher, popular broadcaster and rector of one of London’s most vibrant churches. In this new collection, her first book since 2010, she explores the lived reality of faith through fifty reflections on scripture that span the Christian year. Her gift is to bring ancient texts to bear on contemporary experience and to tease out their wisdom for living with authenticity and joy today.
In Live No Lies, John Mark Comer offers spiritual practices and advice for finding happiness and peace by recognising and resisting evil in the world, the flesh and the devil.
In this compelling memoir, Bishop James Jones reflects on his life and work – including his role in the inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster – and his continued search for justice. Justice for Christ’s Sake is a remarkable and fascinating Christian memoir, that offers a unique perspective on some of the most significant inquiries of the last three decades. It is a book that encourages us all in our longing for justice, with insight born from first-hand experience.
Christmas at Hope Hall is the final book in a delightful trilogy centred on a Victorian church hall, the like of which can be found at the heart of so many towns across England. This wonderful finale to the series (which includes the sound of wedding bells!) is full of friends and neighbours with stories that will have you giggling one minute, and dabbing your eyes the next.
Providing 365 bite-sized affirmations, Katie Piper encourages us to see that heartbreak and hardship can become fuel for your fight. Whatever life has thrown at you lately, you can fall countless times and still get back up again – all you need is a little bit of faith. Full of hope and warmth, this lovely daily devotional draws on Katie’s own faith to show how spirituality has brought greater confidence and meaning to her life. It will help you find strength and confidence when you need it most
Yes, And . . . brings together some of Richard Rohr's best and most thought-provoking writings in a book of 366 daily meditations, one for every day of the year. Arranged around seven themes, Yes, And . . . is packed full of open, engaging reflections that will expand your understanding of spirituality and leave you inspired and challenged in your walk of faith with Christ.
Just Leadership offers advice and guidance to empower leaders everywhere to make a difference and answer the call for a fairer, more transparent, more equal society. Drawing on their combined decades of experience in leadership and safeguarding, Justin Humphreys and Simon Barrington explore what it means for a leader to be just, and provide practical ways improve your leadership skills and create a just and open environment.
Communicate for Change is a book for anyone interested in the conversations about race that have been happening in the UK and around the world, and anyone wanting to play their part in bringing about class, gender and racial equity. Thought-provoking and stimulating, it lays out how we can take that next step from learning and talking about anti-racism and unconscious bias to putting it into practice and actively shaping an environment in which justice can thrive.
Jenny Campbell provides eight workouts for your soul, you’ll be roused into action and spurred into your spiritual growth spurt. Jenny provides you with Biblical grounding for each workout, based on the Beatitudes. She shines a spotlight on Jesus’ example in practising what he preached. And she draws out the tangible benefits of investing in each discipline.
‘Love has its speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore the speed the love of God walks.'. In Three Mile an Hour God, renowned Japanese theologian Kosuke Koyama reflects beautifully on a theme lost to western theology and western culture in general – the need for slowness.
This unique anthology of biblical and other sacred religious texts, sermons, essays, poems and hymns offers a rich collection of perspectives and beliefs on what lies beyond death, and is designed to bring encouragement, comfort and reassurance as well as prompting spiritual reflection and intellectual curiosity. It offers a short commentary on the facing page of each reading, providing context and helpful information and observations. A valuable resource.
The true story of John Smyth QC, a high-flying barrister who used his role in the church to abuse more than a 100 men and boys in 3 countries. Andrew has heard the testimony of many of Smyth's victims, and has uncovered court and church documents, reports, letters and emails. He has investigated the network of exclusive 'Bash camps' through which Smyth groomed his victims. For the first time, he presents a comprehensive critique of the Iwerne project and its impact on society and the church.
This timely book brings together the stories of St Francis – his preaching to birds, rejection of wealth, caring for lepers, befriending animals and living simply, his poetry and hymnody in praise of creation that is still sung today – and the influential writings and examples of inspiring Franciscans who have followed him such as Clare, Bonaventure, Duns Scotus and Angela of Foligno, and draws them into conversation with contemporary concerns for our planet.
Here's an astonishing claim. John 3:16 appears on everything from fridge magnets to sports stars' faces. But what does it actually mean? And how does it relate to you and me? With warmth, personal stories and humour, the author explains God's love, his Son, his sacrifice, and the all-important connection with us today. An invitation for anyone to dive straight in and take the first step in an exciting, life-transforming journey of faith.
10 Insights from C.S Lewis to help you share Your faith. C.S. Lewis was used by God in the conversions of countless people, from friends and acquaintances in his own lifetime to modern-day readers of books so, if we want help with evangelism, there is much we can learn from the clarity and imagination of this hugely influential Christian writer. Randy Newman skillfully helps us to apply the methods Lewis used (storytelling, humour, imagery and more) in our own conversations.
What would it look like to genuinely love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength? To have a faith marked by right thinking AND right feeling? To know God deeply AND worship him passionately? That's truth on fire. Adam Ramsey invites us to engage both our minds and our hearts in our walk with God and to grow in a faith marked by biblical thinking and spiritual intensity. Each chapter looks at an attribute of God and how it leads to joy-soaked moment-by-moment communion with God.
Combining contemporary stories, biblical narrative and psychological insights, Held in Your Bottle looks at the many reasons why we cry, and why these tears are important to our wellbeing and to God. Whether we are crying tears of regret, loss, gratitude or anger the Bible says that God holds them all in his bottle. We can draw comfort from the fact that no tear goes unseen by him
Drawing on the riches of Persian culture and her own dramatic experience of loss of a homeland, Guli Francis-Dehqani offers memorable and perceptive reflections on Jesus’ seven final sayings from the cross, opening up for Western readers fresh and arresting insights from a Middle Eastern perspective.
The local church holds a special place in the imagination of many people, whether or not they attend it regularly. Drawing on theology, literature, art, philosophy, popular culture and personal experience, Tim Gibson uncovers how churches play an important role in local communities and in the life of the nation, keeping faith alive for everyone.
The story of the Bible is most often told as the story of men, from patriarchs to prophets, kings, disciples and apostles. But women are there, sometimes in the background, sometimes striding powerfully onto the stage. Their story is moving, prophetic and good news for the congregations to whom we preach.Out of the Shadows seeks to enable preachers to see these often marginal characters in a new light, offering ideas about how to communicate their stories with power, resonance and punch.