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Is there Hope for North Korea?
by David Alton & Rob Chidley
With a Foreword by Baroness Cox, endorsements by David Steel and Shirley Williams, and with David Alton as one of its authors, this book demands our attention.
The authors paint a picture of North Korea from its earliest days, through the Korean War to the present day. Although the obstacles are huge, David Alton (who has visited North Korea a number of times) believes that there is hope for a better future, if only the political and military powers have the courage to seize it.
Published by Lion. 235 pages. Paperback. £9.99.
The Fearless Passage of
by Carl Herzig
This is the true story of an American businessman imprisoned in China for rescuing North Korean refugees.
Until the age of fifty Steven Kim, a Korean-American businessman dedicated his life to financial prosperity at the expense of both family and faith until, in China, his business in shambles, Kim returned to Christian fellowship, rediscovered the value of family, and received a calling to help North Korean refugees escape from human trafficking, torture, and execution. In 2003, he was arrested and convicted of harboring refugees and leading them along an underground railroad. He spent the next four years in Chinese labour camps.
Published by Whitaker House. 190 pages. Paperback. £8.99
Bonhoffer, Christ and Culture
Edited by Keith L Johnson & Timothy Larsen
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the most compelling theologians of the twentieth century. A complex mix of scholarship and passion, his life and writings continue to fascinate and challenge Christians worldwide. He was a pastor and profound teacher and writer on Christian theology and ethics, yet was also involved in the resistance against Hitler which plotted his assassination.
This book is a collection from the papers delivered at the 21st Annual Wheaton Theology Conference held on the Wheaton campus in April 2012.
Published by Apollo. 216 pages. Paperback. £12.99.
I wish Jesus hadn't said that
by Steve Timmis
Jesus had a way of turning things on their head. We call ourselves his followers, but are we really willing to follow him when he says: 'Take up your cross', 'Love your enemies', 'I did not come to bring peace, but a sword' or 'Go and make disciples of all nations'.
Published by IVP. 160 pages. Paperback. £8.99
Weakness is the Way
by J.I. Packer
True Christianity embraces weakness as a way of life. In these meditations on 2 Corinthians, the respected author and theologian J. I. Packer shows us how our weakness glorifies God - provided we look to Christ for strength, affirmation, and contentment in our own sin and frailty.
Published by IVP. 128 pages. Paperback. £7.99
Francis - Man of Prayer
by Mario Escobar
The first Jesuit and first Latin American to be Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose as his first act a simple request: "Please pray for me." Francis is the biography of a humble man who has suddenly become one of the most powerful and influential men on the planet.
Published by Thomas Nelson. 197 pages. Paperback. £9.99
Adrian Plass & the Church Weekend
by Adrian Plass
New from the Sacred diary of Adrian Plass. Adrian has reluctantly agreed to run his church's weekend away, but as ever, you can guarantee things won't go smoothly.
Adrian has been trying to keep a low profile at church but his son Gerald is now an Anglican vicar and the two churches are getting together for a joint weekend away.
From the confusion of arrival when Anne is allocated to the top bunk with a schizophrenic recovery group and Adrian is in a low-ceilinged 'pod' at the top of the tower, to the hugs and tears of departure, this is typical Plass, humorous and heartwarming in equal measure. Adrian has a simple conversation about birdlife that ends with him being accused of harassment, Leonard Thynn and his wife turn up just in time to leave again after falling out with the SatNav lady, and Gerald's wit just keeps getting the better of him.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton. Hardback. 198 pages. £14.99
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Joni & Ken
by Joni Eareckson Tada
This is the true love story of Joni and her husband of 30 years, Ken Tada. A love story showing what it truly means for a man and a woman to live in love... in sickness and in health.
Published by Zondervan. Paperback. 187 pages. £9.99
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Kisses from Katie
by Katie Davis
The challenging story of an eighteen year-old who was so moved by a short-term mission trip to Uganda that she gave up her studies, broke with the love of her life, and even disobeyed her parents to move to Uganda. She trusts God to supply her needs and is in the process of adopting 13 Ugandan children.
Published by Authentic. Paperback. 280 pages. £9.99
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by Nick Vujicic
In his latest bookj, the author of the best-selling Life without Limits, a man born without arms or legs, talks about how we can take control of our lives with faith. Using stories from his own life and others he addresses issues like personal crisis, relationships, career and job challenges, health and disability, self-destructive thoughts, addictions, bullying and much more.
Pub: Waterbrook Press. Paperback. 256 pages. £9.99
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by Sharon Dirckx
Suffering and tragedy can cause us all to ask 'Why?', 'Why do bad things happen?', 'If God exists does he care?'. Sharon Dirckx unpacks our questions sensitively and wisely, weaving her arguments with real-life stories of anguish and pain.
Published by IVP. Paperback. 176 pages. £8.99.
The Land Between
Finding God in difficult transitions
by Jeff Manion
Biblical insight for people traveling through undesired transitions---foreclosure, unemployment, parents in declining health, post-graduate uncertainty, business failure---who are looking for hope, guidance, and encouragement. Jeff Manion uses the story of Israel's wilderness experience to explore the meaning of life’s transitions reminding us that God is present in these times.
Published by Zondervan. Paperback. 206 pages. £9.99
Empty no More
by Judd Wilhite
Everyone longs to be loved. The problem is that we often look to human relationships to fulfill us in ways God never intended. The love we really need comes only from God. Jud Wilhite explores ancient and contemporary stories that show God’s love in action. Whether two thousand years ago when he befriended the friendless, or right now, Jesus offers the intimacy we crave.
Published by Baker Books. Paperback. 156 pages. £8.99
Hope for a Widow's Heart
by Quin Sherrer
The experience of losing a spouse can become an overwhelming chasm of grief, loss, confusion, and even anger. Quin Sherrer, offers widows practical help, hope, and healing for the road forward. Written in short, easy, devotional-style readings for those going through the grief process, Quin walks hand in hand, sharing her own story as a widow, as well as the stories of many others who have walked the same road.
Published by Authentic Media. Paperback. 248 pages. £7.99
Serving without Sinking
by John Hindley
Many of us are serving but feel joyless, weary and burdened. John Hindley points away from a wearing, duty-bound service and shows how Jesus was telling the truth when He offered people an "easy yoke". He encourages readers to see not only how they serve, but WHY they serve and points them away from themselves and back to Jesus.
Good Book Company. Paperback. 123 pages. £7.99
Mud and the Masterpiece
by John Burke
“Beneath the surface of every broken person, there is a work of art waiting to be revealed. Why were “sinners” so attracted to Jesus yet repelled by the religious? They sensed that Jesus was for them, not against them. When broken, sinful people feel repelled by Christians, we must honestly assess whether our hearts reveal the heart of God or subtly reflect the heart of the Pharisees. Through a study of Jesus’ encounters with imperfect people, combined with real-life stories of ordinary people having Christlike impact, this book will inspire you to reveal the Masterpiece in you and those around you.
Published by Baker Publishing. Paperback. 301 pages. £8.99.
Deep & Wide
by Andy Stanley
Author and pastor Andy Stanley draws from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience to communicate to church leaders how they can create a church where believers can have a growing faith in Jesus and at the same time unbelievers can make a vital and lasting connection that is deep and wide.
Published by Zondervan. Paperback. 350 pages. £9.99
King's Cross (Paperback Edition)
by Timothy Keller
Now available in paperback form. Drawing on Mark's Gospel, Keller explains how Jesus' identity as king and his purpose in dying on the cross have meaning and significance on a cosmic scale as well as for the individual.
Published by Hodder. Paperback. 256 pages. £8.99
reflections on Peacemaking
by Andrew White
Canon Andrew White, 'The Vicar of Baghdad', looks at historic divisions between different faiths, and even within those faiths. Using Coventry's 'Litany of Reconciliation' he looks at factors which make for conflict in our world - covetousness, greed, envy and indifference, lust and pride - and reflects on the need for a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Published by Lion Publishing. Paperback. 173 pages. £8.99.
What Happens after I die?
by Michael Allen Rogers
How often do we hear sermons about death and the afterlife, other than a brief message at a funeral or thanksgiving service? Not very often. And yet it is a subject that touches us all, Christian and non-Christian alike. Here, an American pastor seeks to examine biblically the meaning of death, the destiny of the unbeliever, what happens to the believer at death, and the meaning of heaven. He also addresses age-old questions such as "Is my child in Heaven?" "Does Hell last for ever?" "Are Christians Judged for Rewards? and even "Is there time in Heaven?" This book could be a valuable resource to pastors as well as ordinary people seeking answers to the meaning of death.
Published by Crossway. Paperback. 288 pages. £9.99.
On God's Side
by Jim Wallis
Sub-titled 'What Religion Forgets and Politics hasn't learned about serving the common good', On God's side seeks to establish common ground for people of any faith, or no faith at all to work together for the benefit of our communities, our neighbours and our world.
Published by Lion Publishing. Paperback. 303 pages. £9.99.
This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the great Christian apologist, academic and creator of Narnia C.S. Lewis.
Lewis' writings remain popular and his Mere Christianity continues to sell strongly. The recent Narnia films have inspired a resurgence of interest in Lewis.
A Biography of Friendship
by Colin Duriez
In this new biography, Colin Duriez draws on recently-published letters as well as established biographies and Lewis' own writings to trace his life from his childhood on the outskirts of Belfast to his years in Oxford. These are seen through the relationships that helped shape his life - his brother Warren, his lifelong friend Arthur Greeves, the mysterious Mrs Moore, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings and Joy Davidman.
Published by Lion. Paperback. 255 pages. £9.99
C.S. Lewis: A Life
by Alister McGrath
This new biography, published to mark the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death in 1963, sets out to introduce him to a new generation of admirers. Completely up to date with scholarly studies of Lewis, it also focuses on how Lewis came to write the Narnia books, and why they have proved so consistently engaging.
Published by Hodder. Hardback. 448 pages. £20.00
Escape from Camp 14
by Blaine Harden
Only one person born in a North Korean labour camp is known to have escaped to the West. This is the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, written by a journalist who has carried out extensive interviews with Shin and other refugees from North Korea. It paints a harrowing picture of life in these camps and underlines the need for North Korea's leaders to be called to account for their violation of human rights.
In March Shin was one of a number of people giving evidence to the United Nations Human Rights Council, following which the decision was taken to appoint a Special Commission to look into human rights abuses in North Korea.
This is an updated edition of the book first published in 2012. It describes life inside Camp 14; Shin's escape through North Korea and China to South Korea and then America. It also describes his subsequent struggles in adapting to life in the West.
Published by Pan Macmillan. Paperback. 252 pages. £8.99
The kindness of God
Christian witness in our troubled world
by David W. Smith
This is a book about mission in the modern world. Starting from the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh in 1910, the author traces the issues that have affected mission over the last century and factors affecting mission today including violence and suffering. He calls for a new theology of mission based on Paul's letter to the Romans.
Published by IVP. Paperback. 175 pages. £9.99.
Sex and Money
by Paul David Trip
Sex and money are two subjects that dominate modern life. Paul David Tripp examines our preoccupation with these subjects which are gifts from God and yet so misused and distorted. He seeks to direct readers to the wisdom of God in Scripture and the liberating power of the Gospel as the sources of true and lasting satisfaction.
Published by IVP. Paperback. 220 pages. £10.99
by Rich Alldritt and Ash Carter
How does God speak? How do we hear him? The authors look at the ways in which God speaks through Jesus, through the Bible and through the Holy Spirit to help us open ourselves up more to his revelation.
Published by IVP. Paperback. 140 pages. £8.99
The Scriptures Testify about me
Jesus and the Gospel in the Old Testament
Edited by D.A. Carson
Eight prominent evangelical pastors and scholars take different texts from the Old Testament and show how they apply to the person and work of Jesus, giving us, perhaps, a glimpse of that conversation on the road to Emmaus. Tim Keller looks at the Exodus, Alistair Begg at Ruth and DA Carson at Melchizedek.
Published by IVP. Paperback. 187 pages. £9.99.
The Global Assault on Christians
by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert & Nina Shea
Christians are the world’s most widely persecuted religious group, according to studies by the Pew Research Center, Newsweek, and the Economist, among others.
A woman is caught with a Bible and publicly shot to death. An elderly priest is abducted and never seen again. Three buses full of students and teachers are struck by roadside bombs. These are not casualties of a war. These are Christian believers being persecuted for their faith in the twenty-first century.
This book offers a glimpse at the modern-day life of Christians worldwide, recounting the ongoing attacks that rarely make international headlines. It gives documented accounts of the persecution of Christians in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. It contains vivid stories of men and women who suffer abuse because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and tells of their perseverance and courage.
Published by Thomas Nelson. Paperback. 416 pages. £9.99.
Back to the Source
by Miriam Kandiah & Krish Kandiah
This is the theme book for Spring Harvest 2013. It takes the form of 30 daily readings. Based around the first letter of John, it explores what John says about who Jesus was and is, the claims he made about himself and what it means to ‘be, say and do’ Good News.
Published by Monarch. Paperback. 224 pages. £8.99
by Kris Vallotton & Jason Vallotton
Tracy Evans, a physician assistant, has treated rebel guerillas while captive on an Asian island, sipped tea in a Mozambican hut while bullets whistled through the grass walls and cared for 900 HIV-positive orphans. The book is described as a gripping, unembellished account of Tracy's exploits around the globe and an even more amazing account of what God can do with, and through, one person's raw faith and obedience.
Published by Chosen. Paperback. 160 pages. £8.99.
by Mostyn Roberts
Francis Shaeffer was one of the most influential Christians of the 20th Century – a man who interpreted contemporary trends in society, including art and music, in the light of Christian truth. He was an apologist, philosopher, evangelist and pastor. Mostyn Roberts seeks to capture Shaeffer’s contribution to Christian thinking for today’s Christians.
Published by Evangelical Press. Paperback. 112 pages. £6.99
The Unexplored Story
by Stephen Tomkins
David Livingstone was born just 200 years ago this year. Drawing on new evidence from his letters and journals, Stephen Tomkins paints a picture of an idealist who was bad at personal relationships and unsuccessful as a missionary but a remarkable explorer and campaigner against the slave trade.
Published by Lion Hudson. Paperback. 224 pages. £9.99
by John Crotts
A new biography of the former slaveship captain, John Newton, in the Evangelical Press ‘Bitesize Biography’ series, looks at his remarkable life, his dramatic conversion and his subsequent ministry.
Published by Evangelical Press. Paperback. 128 pages. £6.99
by Bob Holman
A new biography of the Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, an Anglican priest who volunteered as a chaplain on the Western Front during the First World War. Renowned for offering both spiritual support and cigarettes to injured and dying soldiers, he won the Military Cross for his reckless courage, running into No Man’s Land to help the wounded in the middle of an attack. This biography is based on original interviews with those who knew and loved him and shows the vital role he played, in the trenches and then the slums. Bob Holman himself has made a mission of living alongside the disadvantaged of British society and contributes regularly to The Guardian.
Published by Lion Hudson. Paperback. 224 pages. £9.99.
Fighting for life in the trenches
by Charles Horton and Dale le Vack
Charles Horton was a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps in World War I. He went through the horrors of Passchendaele, Ypres and the Somme, fighting to get the injured away from the guns, to the safety of the field hospitals and beyond. In 1970, Horton wrote down his memories. With the approval of Horton’s family, author Dale le Vack has edited Horton’s journals for clarity, and added more text to provide background information.
Published by Lion Hudson. Paperback. 176 pages. £7.99
The Redemption of an African Warlord
Joshua Blahyi grew up in Africa, became a powerful pagan priest in a local tribe, and then one of the most feared warlords in Liberia. Under demonic influence he personally sacrificed men, women, and babies, and forced children to abandon their families and fight with him. A ‘Damascus Road’ experience changed all this and today he seeks to reach out for Jesus Christ to his former soldiers and others under Satan’s influence. His story has been told in documentaries on PBS, CNN, the BBC and other media including the New York Times.
Published by Destiny Image. Paperback. 176 pages. £9.99
Fisher of Men (FICTION)
by Pam Rhodes
A brand new novel by author and TV personality, Pam Rhodes, is described as “both funny and heartwarming” as it follows the tials and tribulations of a naïve young curate as he arrives in the small town of Dunbridge.
Neil Fisher’s first trip to Dunbridge was not a success. Having inadvertently locked himself in St Stephen’s Church for hours (and succumbed to the communion wine and wafers for dinner) it seemed miraculous they gave him the curate’s job! On arrival in the small town of Dunbridge it quickly becomes clear that life is not going to be tranquil for the eligible new bachelor, as four formidable women are determined to make their presence felt. There is his mother, Iris, still questioning his choice of career; his rector, the no-nonsense Margaret, who is not one for taking prisoners; Claire, his new neighbour, whom he’s already managed to offend. And then there is Wendy, the beautiful leading light of the church music group, who has her own plans for Neil… It can only end in trouble.
Published by Lion Fiction. Paperback. 256 pages. £7.99.
The Skin Map (FICTION)
by Stephen Lawhead
The first book in the new ‘Bright Empires’ series from popular author, Stephen Lawhead.
Set in 17th century and 21st century London, the Enlightenment-era court of the Hapsburgs, China during the Qing Dynasty and ancient Egypt, Bright Empires is a five-volume fantasy. In The Skin Map, Kit Livingstone and his great- grandfather, Cosimo, are brought together to find a map originally tattooed on the skin of its author, a seventeenth-century explorer who had discovered the secret of access to other worlds and parallel universes. Malign forces are also after the map and, to the surprise of all, the map proves to be not the end of the quest but its beginning. A far greater prize remains, and a much more dangerous search will need to be undertaken.
Published by Lion Fiction. Paperback. 352 pages. £7.99
The Bone House (FICTION)
by Stephen Lawhead
Second in the new ‘Bright Empires’ Series. Kit Livingstone has been bequeathed by his great grandfather, Cosimo, an apparently impossible task: to piece together a 17th-century map whose fragments are scattered not just throughout this universe but other universes too. Aided by his girlfriend, Mina, herself in Hapsburg-Empire Prague, Kit begins to make progress but realises that opponents, in the shape of the Burley Men, are equally determined to capture the map, and they have a crucial advantage: the ability to manipulate the will of historical figures for their own ends.
Published by Lion Fiction. Paperback. 336 pages. £7.99
The Reichenbach Problem (Fiction) by Martin Allison Booth
On the run from his own fame, Conan Doyle finds himself drawn into the mystery of the death of a fellow tourist in a peaceful village in the mountains near the Reichenbach Falls. This is a work of fiction, drawing on some of the facts surrounding the life of the Sherlock Holmes author. There is no strong Christian content other than one of the characters reflecting on his faith.
Published by Lion Fiction. Paperback. 367 pages. £7.99
Magnificent Malevolence (FICTION) by Derek Wilson
A modern take on The Screwtape Letters by historian, author and broadcaster, Derek Wilson.
Crumblewit (Order of the Sons of Darkness, 1st Class) provides a fiendish appraisal of the struggles between good and evil which dominated human affairs in the period from 1942 (when the great Screwtape’s Letters were released) to the present. Crumblewit’s energies were deployed in the religious arena, undermining the attempts of Christians to carry out the mission entrusted to them by the Unmentionable One.
Published by Lion Fiction. Paperback. 240 pages. £7.99
by Stephen Lawhead
It is the late 21st century, and with the death of the unloved King Edward the Ninth the British monarchy is ended. The political establishment is republican. The tradition of many centuries is over. But in Scotland, one young man, James Stuart, discovers the remarkable truth about his own origins. It is a truth which has implications far beyond the ambitions of those in Westminster who would reshape the country, and one which will revive an ancient struggle for the destiny of Britain.
Published by Lion Fiction. Paperback. 448 pages. £7.99
An Unholy communion (FICTION) by Donna Fletcher Crow
A new (third) volume in the The Monastry Murders series.
Felicity's ecstatic enjoyment of her fellow ordinands' singing in Ascension Morn is shattered when a black-robed body hurtles over the precipice and rolls to a stop at her feet. Father Antony recognizes the corpse as Hwyl Pendry, a former student. The police ignore the strange emblem of a double-headed snake curling across a triangle Hwyl clutched in his hand and label the death a suicide. But his widow is convinced otherwise, and pleads for Felicity and Antony to help her uncover the truth. Matters grow murkier as Felicity and Antony, leading a youth pilgrimage through rural Wales, encounter the same sinister symbol of a double-headed snake on their travels. Lurking figures follow the group. Then one of the young people is found face-down in a well …
Published by Lion Fiction. Paperback. 384 pages. £7.99
by Ian Acheson
Three horrific bomb blasts devastate areas of London, Los Angeles and Sydney. No explanation is offered and no victory claimed for these acts of terror. Yet behind the scenes a Machiavellian European businessman is planning to bring the G8 nations to their knees for his own purposes, aided by the dark forces to whom he has sold his soul. Jack Haines, an Australian academic, is grieving the loss of wife and children in the Sydney blast. Against his will he finds himself thrown into a war that transcends the physical world, a conflict in which angelic guards have a special mission for him. A gripping novel of the unseen forces that throng our world.
Published by Lion Fiction. Paperback. 384 pages. £7.99
Galatians for You
by Timothy Keller
First in a new series of expository guides to the Bible, Timothy Keller walks you through the book of Galatians, showing how the gospel message changes the whole of our lives.
Galatians for You is dedigned to be read as a book; used as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions; or utilised by anyone who has a teaching ministry, to help small-group leaders understand and apply the text, and to give preachers helpful ways of connecting timeless Bible truths to today's world.
It can be used with Gospel Matters, Timothy Keller's Bible study resource for small groups and individuals.
Published by the Good Book Company. Paperback. 197 pages. £9.99.
Fearfully & Wonderfully Made
Ethics & the beginning of human life
by Dr Megan Best
What sort of contraception, if any, should I use? When does human life begin—at fertilisation or at some point after that? What are the arguments for and against abortion? Is it OK to use genetic screening and other pre-natal tests to check for abnormalities in my unborn baby? Should Christians use IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies? What is the current state of embryonic stem cell research? Dr Best examines the pros and cons of these and other issues against a Biblical framework.
Published by Matthias Media. Paperback. 526 pages. £23.00
John Sentamu's faith stories
20 True Life stories of Faith Changing Lives Today
The Archbishop of York introduces twenty 'ordinary' people with everyday lives, families and jobs, who are making a a difference in society as they live out their Christian faith. Some have had to face their own crises, like the young widowed mother of two boys, or a former soldier who saw his fellow-soldiers killed in a terrible accident in the Balkans. Others use their gifts to communicate the good news of the Gospel in this country and around the globe.
We may not be in positions of influence and power, but this book inspires and challenges us to make a difference by living out the Gospel as God intended, wherever he has placed us.
Published by Darton, Longman & Todd. Paperback. 139 pages. £8.99
Am I Missing Something?
by Ruth Roberts
Former News of the World journalist, Ruth Roberts, describes the challenges to her new-found faith. Based on a column that ran for three years in Christianity magazine, she describes her bemusement at many of the things that happen in church; her struggles to reconcile her thinking on issues like homosexuality or Old Testament 'genocide' with the Gospel message of love; and the daily challenge of responding to the questions and cynical comments of colleagues at work. Ruth spells out some of the doubts and anxieties felt by many new and, if we are honest, many established Christians.
Am I missing something? helps us understand the struggles new converts may have in coming to terms with their new-found faith; it is also another witness to the power of God to transform lives.
Published by Authentic. Paperback. 176 pages. £7.99
C.S. Lewis vs The New Atheists
by Peter S. Williams
How would C.S. Lewis have responded to the arguments of the New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens? Peter Williams uses the story of C.S. Lewis and his conversion to answer their arguments, showing that there is nothing especially 'new' about the new atheism.
Published by Authentic. Paperback. 276 pages. £12.99
Slaying the Dragons
Destroying myths in the History of Science & Faith
by Allan Chapman
An examination of popular misunderstandings about key events in the history of science-faith relations including Galileo's trial, the Wilberforce-Huxley debate and the Scopes trial of 1925, as well as looking back through the medieval period to the Classical age, revealing how these events have acquired mythical and misleading status. The author exposes facts that have been forgotten and the contemporary opinions that have been supplanted by modern propaganda. Slaying the Dragons is an important book that strips away layers of misunderstanding and misinterpretation and, in so doing, helps us to appreciate that science and religion are not the common enemies that some would suggest.
Published by Lion. Paperback. 256 pages. £9.99
Cold Case Christianity
by J. Warner Wallace
A book about the claims of Christianity that might appeal particularly to readers who enjoy detective stories.
The Author is a Los Angeles homicide detective and a former atheist. A 'cold case' is an event from the past for which there is little forensic evidence. Wallace uses his skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.
Published by David C Cook. Paperback. 288 pages. £9.99
The Skin you Live in
Building friendships across cultural lines
by David D. Ireland
How can you be a person who naturally forms cross-race relationships? The Skin You Live In, aims to help us to:
• Become more comfortable when reaching across racial and cultural lines
• Develop healthy interracial friendships
• Lead a multicultural team
• Help others passionately embrace diversity
Published by Navpress. Paperback. 176 pages. £9.99
Brothers, We are Not Professionals
A plea to pastors for radical ministry
by John Piper
Updated and expanded edition. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of Christian ministry argues John Piper. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake because there is no childlikeness, no tenderheartedness and no panting after God.
Published by B&H Depth. Paperback. £9.99.
Standing on my Knees
Establishing a lifeline of prayer
by Jeff Lucas
A revision of How not to Pray by the same author. Jeff Lucas is open about his own struggles in prayer, as he offers suggestions to help Christians of all ages to develop a stronger relationship with God.
Published by Monarch. Paperback. 174 pages. £7.99
John Bunyan - The People's Pilgrim
by Peter Morden
An attractively-produced portrait of the village tinker who wrote the world's best-selling novel, A Pilgrim's Progress, while in prison for preaching. The author is Tutor in Church History and spirituality at Spurgeon's College and author of C.H. Spurgeon - The People's Preacher.
Published by CWR. Paperback. 176 pages. £9.99
A contemporary retelling of Bunyan's
A Pilgrim's Progress
by J. John
Canon J.John re-tells this classic story for a modern readership. Those familiar with the 1678 Edition will find this retains much of the original style and content but in a far more accessible form. Also includes the sequel Christiana.
Published by the Philo Trust. Paperback. 196 pages. £8.99
The Lion Bible to Keep for Ever
by Lois Rock & Sophie Allsopp
An accomplished author and illustrator come together to present a children's Bible to treasure as a keepsake.
Lois Rock uses all her understanding and skill as a leading Bible storyteller to retell 50 favourite stories from the Old and New Testaments, with simplicity and sincerity. Each story is prefaced with a one-line introduction explaining its place in the Bible, so children can gain a deeper understanding of the broader sweep and purpose of the Bible as a whole. Pencil and watercolour illustrations add to the book's charm and appeal. Excellent value for money.
Published by Lion. Hardback. 320 pages. £9.99
by Wm Paul Young
A second novel by the author of the best-selling The Shack.
Multi-millionaire Anthony Spencer finds himself trapped in a coma and facing not only death but the God he has managed to avoid for most of his life. But this isn’t the God he imagined and neither is the fate the one he might have expected.
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Published by Hodder Faith. Hardback 256 pages. Introductory price £14.99
Fabrice Muamba - I'm Still Standing
On March 17 this year, during a televised FA cup match, Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed without warning. For 78 minutes his heart stopped beating. The message went out “Pray for Muamba.” And miraculously he recovered. I’m still standing tells the remarkable story of this popular sportsman and highlights his Christian faith.
It is an excellent gift for any football fan.
Published by Trinity Mirror Sports Media. 254 pages, paperback. £12.99
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A Survival Guide for Life
by Bear Grylls
Sub-titled "How to achieve your goals, thrive in adversity and grow in character", this is Grylls' 12th book. His books are written for a general audience so are not overtly 'Christian' but they do include a sprinkling of references to Christian faith.
This could make a good gift to a teenager.
Published by Bantam Press. 284 pages, hardback. £18.99
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Multiply - Disciples making disciples
by Francis Chan with Mark Beuving
Multiply is written as a 24-session course in discipling for use in small groups. It is not so much about techniques as what to teach disciples and so offers material to strengthen the faith of the teacher as well as the taught. It ranges through material on discipleship, the church, studying the Bible, understanding the Old Testament and understanding the New Testament.
Each session is accompanied by a 5-minute on-line video.
Published by David C Cook/Kingsway. 333 pages, paperback. £8.99.
Disciples are Made not Born
by Walter A. Henricksen
First published in 1974, Henricksen explains and illustrates the process of disciple-making that Jesus taught and modeled.
Published by David C Cook. Paperback. 160 pages. £9.99