New In May 2021
As a little girl Katherine Langrish fell deeply in love with The Chronicles of Narnia but as she grew older others took their place. She began to wonder why. From Spare Oom to War Drobe is a love letter to that early passion and a reappraisal of the books in the light of maturity and changing tastes. In a close reading of the novels, including analysis of the context in which other critics have placed them, she gives us a superbly rich, enlightening, and immensely readable guide.
We live in a time where we seem more afraid than ever. Popular speaker, storyteller and activist Gareth Higgins exposes the root causes of fear and shows how we can break its power through life-giving stories, simple spiritual exercises and practical steps to take as individuals and communities. Reflecting on his experience of growing up during the Troubles in Ireland, he shares authentic wisdom that can enable us not only to find calm in the storm, but even to calm the storm itself.
When faced with winter seasons of loss, how do we cope? After losing five children to miscarriage and a daughter, Libby, at birth, Katherine Gantlett has discovered the warmth of God’s love and the hope of deep healing that holds promise of spring. Blending personal experience with the insightful reflections of renowned theologians, Katherine shares practical and spiritual applications for how we can ‘brave the elements’ and walk through winter’s loss into our God-given identities.
Carolyn's husband was diagnosed with mixed dementia in spring 2017, as she chronicles their first year living with this giant, Carolyn shares how her faith and their relationship were tested to the limit by loneliness and loss as she took on the role of Ralph's carer. Yet we also see how God's gracious promises gave her courage to confront the giant at their back.
The printed leader’s guide covers nine key themes: • Exploring identity • Sharing stories • Understanding emotions • Exploring self-worth • Friendship and choices • Social media and influences • Healthy eating and wellbeing • Trying new skills • Dreams and aspirations. The printed leader’s guide also contains advice on running Rooted sessions, starting your own Rooted ‘Hub’ and suggestions for further development.
How can we renew wellbeing in our own lives and in our local communities? Looking after our mental health has never been so important. Many of us want to find simple ways to help our wellbeing that we can fit into our everyday life. After suffering her own mental health crisis, Ruth Rice set up the Renew Wellbeing charity, which helps churches open safe spaces to help all attend to their mental and emotional health. Packed full of personal stories, reflective resources and practical guidance.
We long to find our tribe and to fit in with others like us. So, even when we scratch the itch of tribalism, why do we burn for something else? By looking at creation, families, church, and the hope of heaven, Andy Percey shows us that we were never made to just fit in; God created us to belong to him and each other in the truest and deepest way possible. If you are asking these questions around the fire, this book is your invitation into relationship, partnership, companionship and belonging.
In this bold and provocative invitation, Martyn Percy imagines what the post-pandemic Church might look like and sets out what it needs to learn. It argues that the Church needs to stop obsessing about itself – its size, its strategies to shore up decline, its waning public influence – and rediscover how to live as the body of Christ. In other words, what does it need to do in order to become more like Christ?
How do we embrace and work out our call to be disciples in a broken world? In The Contemplative Struggle, Ian Cowley draws on his experience of living in his native South Africa during the apartheid era to challenge understandings of contemplative prayer and spirituality as essentially inward-looking. In doing so, he highlights the urgent need for Christians to be active in bringing transformation to a suffering world and paints a compelling picture of radical discipleship for today.
‘Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God…’ Through nine reflections, Steven Croft examines what these ‘comfortable words’ have to say to us. Each reflection begins from a passage of scripture taken from Isaiah 40–55: the song of an unnamed prophet who sings at the end of the exile to call God’s people home. The prophet sings of love and forgiveness, of new hope and strength in God, to rekindle courage in the hearts of God’s people.
In Bouncing Forwards Patrick draws on his own journey of making peace with his on-going anxiety, to look honestly and vulnerably at the temptation to wait for the day when all will be well whilst missing out on what's happening in the here and now. Exploring resilience, acceptance and emotional agility, Patrick shows how we can find meaning in some of life's toughest moments and the hope to journey on.
Uncertainty, change and the unexpected – we all struggle with unknowns. So what can we learn from Noah’s Ark and the women who entered it? In this inspiring, honest and compelling book, Jocelyn-Anne walks us through the Genesis story, exploring the unprecedented challenges Noah and his family faced. Blending biblical reflections with personal experiences of God’s faithfulness in uncertain times,
Finding God in Messy Places Hope is the power that gets us out of bed in morning and gives us the courage to face adversity. But often we lose hope in busyness, comparison, stress, and overwhelm—the messy places of life. Looking for God in Messy Places by Jake Owensby is a book about hope. How to find it. How to practice it. How to grow in it. How it makes life worth living.
Stuck in the Mud is a book of hope for when you're stuck, when faith seems hard and God far away. It's framed around ten real-life stories about family life, work, gifting, disappointment, and bereavement.