New In April 2021
A new way to bring ‘church’ to older people in care homes, congregations and the community. Messy Vintage is Christ-centred and creative, full of celebration and hospitality and open to all, aspiring to include people of all ages while specifically reaching out to older people. A typical session involves hands-on creative activities to explore a Bible story, a short celebration with story, song and prayer, and refreshments.
Described as being ‘deeply serious about discipleship’, Messy Church has much to share, as well as much still to learn.. This collection of perspectives, edited by Messy Church founder Lucy Moore, brings academic analysis and practitioner wisdom to bear on a key question for today’s church, capturing the latest thinking and learning from the Messy Church context. Individual chapters examine each of the core Messy Church values and how these work in practice to promote discipleship.
The early years are incredibly significant in shaping our children’s mental, emotional and spiritual lives for the future, but how do we sow seeds of faith when they are so tiny? In this book Rachel Turner suggests simple, everyday approaches to help our children connect with the God who knows them.
Renowned historians and Biblical scholars, Martyn and Esther Whittock, take the reader on a fascinating journey, looking at the Women of the Bible, one unafraid to ask difficult questions, such as, 'Was Eve set up to fall?'
Exploring Genesis to Revelation £12.99 Each entry is a biblical study including: a summary of the Bible book and reflection, book highlights of important topics, journaling space & prompts to reflect on what you’ve read. It will help you not only reach your goal of reading the Bible but also offer a unique journal of your spiritual growth. With thick pages and a ribbon marker, this guided journal is the perfect gift for those wanting a deeper relationship with God.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) pervades much of our lives. Jeremy Peckham shows us how we have become seduced by progress, embracing AI applications for their convenience, yet unwittingly diminishing our ability to be God’s image-bearers and losing moral responsibility. Rooted in the biblical truth that humanity is created in God’s image, Masters or Slaves? explores six ways in which AI has an impact today. We are challenged where, and how, to set boundaries, both privately and as a society.
Richard Brash presents a theo-logical approach to Scripture, one which focuses on the Bible’s main 'characters' — God and human beings — and the nature of their relationship ,introducing six theological keys to Scripture which help us better to know God and ourselves in the three fundamental areas of being, knowing, and acting. At each stage, he develops the theme of the gracious condescension of the infinite, incomprehensible, and holy God in his relation to finite human beings.
Are Islam and Christianity essentially the same? Should we seek to overcome divisions by seeing Muslims and Christians as part of one family of Abrahamic faith? Andy Bannister shares his journey from the multicultural streets of inner-city London to being a Christian with a PhD in Qur’anic Studies. Along the way, he came to understand that far from being the same, Islam and Christianity are profoundly different.
What is a life of radical discipleship? At root, it means we let Jesus set the agenda of our lives. We aren't selective. We don't pick and choose what is cosy and stay away from what is costly. He is Lord of all of life. In the last book by a Christian leader who was himself a radical disciple, John Stott opens up what it means at root to be a follower of Jesus. He explores eight aspects of Christian discipleship that we need to pay much closer attention to.
Explores the radical truth of what the Bible says about heaven and the afterlife, and its relevance for your life here and now on earth. Unpacking the biblical story of the separation and reunion of heaven and earth, he shows that heaven isn’t a place somewhere ‘out there’ but a dimension of reality – the dimension where God's will is done. The Good News isn't that we get to escape to heaven, but that God invites us to be a part of his plan to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth.
£9.99 What does it mean to be a worshipper? Together, Tim Hughes and Nick Drake explore who, where, why and how Christians worship, what happens when we do and where the future of worship may take us. With contributions from Graham Kendrick, Lou Fellingham, Kees Kraayenoord, Dr Helen Morris and many more, this book offers a fresh reminder that worship isn’t just music and the songs we sing, it is so much more. The Spring Harvest 2021 theme book
Simon Edwards It is argued that Christianity is irrelevant, irrational and even immoral. But what if the Christian faith makes sense of all that matters? In this thoughtful, engaging book, Simon Edwards challenges the assumptions that may lead us to reject a faith and doubt something that we’ve never really had the chance to understand in the first place. From our need for meaning and and significance, to our desires for truth, goodness, love and hope, he explores the things that matter to us.
We hear a lot about the importance of praying, even when we feel no one is listening, but how often do we actually stop to remember the times prayers have been answered? In Remember, Richard Gamble, the man behind the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer, encourages us to do just that: to recall and reflect on the things God has done for us – in the Bible, throughout history and in our lives and the lives of others. Bursting with remarkable stories.
A companion book to his The Universal Christ, Each reflection in Every Thing Is Sacred draws on a key passage of The Universal Christ, pairing this with prayers, journal prompts and contemplative exercises to help us encounter the truth that the presence and compassion of God are all around us.
How do we get through dark times when we feel like giving in to fear and despair, and when existential dread has convinced us of our smallness? In this real, resonant book, Anne Lamott uses her own recent marriage as a framework to explore how our lives can be enlarged through renewed commitment to ourselves and those around us. With warmth and wit, she looks at what it means to care for the soul when struggling with fear and dread and to emerge with exuberance, purpose and possibility.
Captain of England's cricket team, Bishop of Liverpool, David Sheppard led a remarkable life. Now his story is told in full for the first time in this fascinating and insightful biography. Batting for the Poor draws on the papers left by Sheppard in the Liverpool Central Library as well as other archival material and more than 150 interviews conducted by Andrew Bradstock A picture of a diligent and passionate man who helped break down divisions and turn Liverpool's fortunes around
Collects for the Church and for the World £19.99 This collection of around 500 original collect-style prayers and biddings covering the life of the Church and the life of the world. Contemporary in focus and language, the prayers are written in a concise style that makes them ideal for public worship but will also appeal to those who wish to pray privately but struggle to find the words.
Ray Simpson £12.99 A memoir like no other. Ray Simpson, Founding Guardian of the international new monastic Community of Aidan and Hilda, recalls the story of a unique life in which he has followed faithfully a calling to live monastically beyond the traditional enclosures of monastery or shrine.
Sarah Bessey £14.99 From living rooms to church basements, Sarah Bessey grew up amongst prayer circles filled with women from diverse backgrounds who prayed in diverse ways. In A Rhythm of Prayer she captures the spirit of those prayer circles, bringing together a range of faith leaders, including Barbara Brown Taylor, Amena Brown, Nadia Bolz-Weber and many more, to offer daily inspiration for connecting with God.
David Clowes £11.99 With prayers based on the Bible readings for every Sunday, plus major holidays such as Christmas, Easter etc., 500 Prayers for the Christian year provides a resource for Churches and individuals, for both corporate and personal worship, and forms an accompaniment to the two existing volumes in the 500 prayers series.
Written by David Clowes £4.99 40 Prayers for Advent 40 Prayers for Christmas 40 Prayers for your Quiet Time 40 Prayers for All Age Worship Taken from the popular ‘500 Prayers for all Occasions’ and ‘500 More Prayers for all Occasions’ each volume contains 40 prayers for use either during a specific season in the Christian calendar, key areas of resource for Churches, or for particular seasons of life. Designed to be affordable and accessible, using everyday and non-‘churchy’ language.
Ann Loades £16.99 Grace is Not Faceless traces the trajectories of Ann Loades' distinctive contribution to Anglican Marian theology-for example, her emphasis on Mary in art, her attention to the iconology of the Rabullah Gospels, and the key she finds to approaching the mother of Jesus in Cornelius Ernst, OP's turn of phrase, 'grace is not faceless'. The book also adds new material by Ann herself, as well as responses to her Marian work.
Steven Croft £2.99 40 days of reflections Pilgrim Journeys: The Creeds explores what Christians believe in 40 short daily reflections. Whether you are new to faith or have been a Christian for many years, this booklet will help deepen your understanding of Christian teaching and remind you afresh of who you are within God's story. Each day provides you with a short reflection on a Bible reading, an invitation to pray and a suggestion of how you might respond to the Creed.
PADRAIG O TUAMA, £12.99 A leading poet and a theologian reflect on the Old Testament story of Ruth, a tale that resonates deeply in today's world with its themes of migration, the stranger, mixed cultures and religions, law and leadership, women in public life, kindness, generosity and fear. Ruth's story speaks directly to many of the issues and deep differences that Brexit has exposed and to the polarisation taking place in many societies.