New In May 2021
The disruptive seasons of life – those transition times in which we have left one season of stability but not yet arrived at the next – can be times of great disorientation. Yet, for good or for ill, they are also the most transformative. In The Space Between, Mark Bradford provides the reader with a biblical and theological understanding of such seasons of life, connects them with the resources to live faithfully through them, and offers strength and hope for the journey
Remembering the Environment in our Prayers of intercession Praying for the Earth is a resource for congregations and for individual Christians who believe that environmental concerns should be an integral part of the public and private prayers of all Christian people.
Martin & Margot Hodson £8.99 How should we look after the world we inhabit? Martin and Margot Hodson bring together scientific and theological wisdom to offer 62 reflections inspired by passages from the Bible in a thoughtful exploration that encourages both reflection and response. Themes include The Wisdom of Trees, Landscapes of Promise and Sharing Resources.
Martin & Margo Hodson £9.99 Why and how Christian faith and concern for the environment should go together Environmental sustainability is a major issue for us all. In this extensively updated edition, Martin and Margot Hodson consider eight of the key current environmental problems, giving the biblical basis for looking after the environment and helping to integrate environmental thinking into the reader’s understanding of Christian faith.
This book is for all those who feel that their faith is falling apart. Using his own story and the stories of a diverse group of struggling believers, Brian D. McLaren, a former pastor and now an author, speaker, and activist shows how old assumptions are being challenged in nearly every area of human life, not just theology and spirituality. He proposes a four-stage model of faith development in which questions and doubt are not the enemy of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature faith
Stephen Cottrell £12.99 Inspired by a conversation with a barista who asked him why he became a priest, this is the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell’s extended answer to that question – as well as the letter he’d like to write to a divided country that no longer sees the relevance or value of the Christian narrative. Archbishop Stephen is a much-admired voice within the church, but in this book he writes for a more general audience, and those who might call themselves spiritual seekers.
In the secular, sceptical, post-Christian world of the West, continuing faith in angels is both anomaly and comfort. But what exactly are angels, and why have so many in different times and contexts around the globe believed in them? What is their history and role in the great faiths and beyond their walls? Are angels something real, a manifestation of divine concern? Or part of the poetry of religion? And can they continue to illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos?
A new series on Discipleship within the Grove stable. The first in the series is from Bishop Martyn Snow
Who was Jesus Christ, and how did he make such an astonishing impact that still resonates today? Exploring evidence from the New Testament gospels, early church writings, the apocryphal gospels, Roman literature, and archaeology, readers are given a vivid portrait of Jesus’ first-century Jewish cultural context.
Do you know how God sees you? Moses is a key character in the unfolding narrative of God's Kingdom. A foundational leader of God's people in the Old Testament, he's held up throughout the New Testament as a man of God, in spite of his flaws. Yet Moses didn't always believe what God said about him. In this biblically balanced book, Terry Virgo invites us to walk in the footsteps of Moses so that, by faith, we can be ready for whatever life brings.
Following on from the popular Lion Storyteller Bible. A practical, engaging resource about the moral, spiritual, and cultural values that shape our lives and society for families, children’s church groups and schools to share, explore, and respond with children together. Based on the successful and cherished stories from The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book and The Lion Storyteller Animal Tales by Bob Hartman, interactive elements work alongside the original stories to encourage children engage
Cathedrals of Light and Life: Images of inspiration and heritage from the 42 Anglican Cathedrals The Revd Len Abrams, began taking photographs of England’s cathedrals as a personal journey of rediscovery; now he hopes a book of his images will help others too. It costs £24.90 and all proceeds will go to supporting education and health projects in the Diocese of central Zimbabwe
In this book, readers will enjoy a fascinating and cordial discussion between N. T. Wright and Simon Gathercole on the meaning and nature of the doctrine of atonement. These two highly respected scholars discuss in clear and understandable language the meanings of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Their discussion explores various theories of atonement and looks closely at the Old Testament to discover Paul's meaning of his words that "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures."
Henk Bruggeman contends that the church will only be completely transformed when we are prepared to trust Him in absolutely everything, that is, when we move from independence to total dependence. Only when we receive this new revelation of the Father heart of God, can we truly experience a place of deeper, more personal intimacy with the Father. This book will help us discover who God the Father truly is and also the 'yet to be' discovered potential in us.
Claire and Steve Musters honestly share their own story of rebuilding a marriage after loneliness, betrayal and separation as well as telling the stories of other couples who have faced specific challenges such as infertility, physical and mental ill health. Whether you want to lay good foundations in your marriage, or feel you are struggling and need help, Grace-Filled Marriage will encourage you that God has a new portion of grace and mercy for you each day
We are relational beings made in the image of a relational God. In our increasingly pressured world, we can easily lose sight of who we are and what we were created for. Yet grasping our core relational identity as children of God and maturing into deeper relationship with Him – and one another – are fundamental to our discipleship and well-being. I AM Relational is a rich blend of biblical teaching, personal insights and heartfelt testimonies that invite us into a journey of discovery.
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.