New and Popular Titles
|Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby £9.99|
|In his first full-length book the Archbishop of Canterbury looks at the subject of money and materialism. Reflecting on the impact of our own attitudes and the pressures that surround us, this book encourages us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God.|
|Hope When It Hurts - Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton £11.99|
|This really does deliver what it promises. Hope. We all face times of trouble and walk alongside others in theirs. The two authors open up their hearts and share their own stories and experiences, and in doing so impart the message that God wants to give us hope - not just beyond our hurts, but also in them. They write this book in the thick of their own suffering, demonstrating courage and faith in the Biblical principles that enable them to persevere and grow. As well as honest, personal accounts it contains sound Scripture reflections and there is also space for journaling.|
|12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You - Tony Reinke £12.50|
|There is no doubt that our use of the smartphone is changing us - not only as a human race but also as individuals. The author uses the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies and his own research to identify 12 potent ways out smartphones have changed us - for good and bad. His message is a calling to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age and encouraging us to maximise the many blessings and avoid the various pitfalls that the use of our smartphone offer us. This book reminds us that our phone habits will either amplify or get in the way of our most important relationship – the relationship we have with God our Father.|
|Simply Stories of Jesus - Dorothy Wigan £6.99|
|The Author reflects on events from the ministry of Jesus in a different way - from the perspective of those whose lives were transformed through their encounters with Him. You will find yourself in awe at the deep compassion, gentleness and love of the Messiah and will be encouraged to approach Him with a renewed expectation of His goodness towards you. This is a thin, readable, approachable book which is also very powerful and encouraging.|
|Jumble Sales of the Apocalypse - Simon Jenkins £9.99|
|This is a witty and perceptive book which addresses some of the Church’s peculiarities in a really comical way. He tackles some of the often neglected theological questions in an accessible, joyful manner through his observations and accompanying cartoons. Steve Tomkins writes that 'Jenkins has a collector’s eye for those special moments when religion crosses the line from heart-warming to toe-curling.'|
|All Together – Steve and Bekah Legg £7.99|
|This is a down-to-earth and accessible 12-week family devotional which has a short Bible passage, a thought to consider, questions to spark conversation and a simple prayer for every day. There is also a suggestion every weekend of something to try and do all together as a family. It is designed to offer encouragement to our families to share the big things and the small things with each other, to talk about God and also the everyday things of life.|
|God Is Stranger - Krish Kandiah £13.99|
|In this book the author faces up to the danger of God becoming over familiar and forgettable to us. He brings Bible stories to life, illustrating them with personal experience and social relevance, and each time God turns up - strange, dangerous, but always good. We are encouraged to lean in to passages of Scripture that challenge our perception of what it looks like when God shows up. We may find ourselves going beyond what we have been comfortable with concerning God’s character and enter the terrain of what might be uncomfortable.|
|Why the Reformation still matters - Michael Reeves and Tim Chester - Price £9.99|
|Reeves and Chester invite the reader on a journey of reflection as they ponder whether the influence of the reformation has been diminished, to ask the demands of culture and modern sensibilities have watered down the legacy of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and others. At times they suggest we have reverted to a pre-Reformation view and issue a call to the Church to reclaim the ground won by the architects of Protestantism.
In a well thought and argued case there is much to make the reader think. There is no need to understand the intricacies of Reformation theology but this analysis demands folk willing to reflect on the journey through the book in the hope of re-committing to the essentials of Protestant understanding
|Holy Habits - Andrew Roberts - £ 9.99|
|If you can overcome Roberts’s fawning appreciation of some authors this is a gem of a book. There is much to commend in his attempt to evolve a biblical picture of holiness but the identification and contemplation of holy habits based on Acts 2:42-47 is really helpful along with exercises, further reading and some probing thoughts.
Roberts’ chapters are short and well-constructed and his approach should appeal to people from across the theological and church spectrums as he invites rather than dictates a journey. Great resources for use by study groups. This should prove firm foundations for new believers as well as encouraging those who have journeyed for a while to re-invest in the call to be holy.
|Mrs Luther and her sisters by Derek Wilson - Price: £9.99|
|Derek Wilson successfully brings to our attention the almost untold role of women in the Reformation. Starting with Catherine von Bora the wife of Martin Luther he takes his readers on a journey through reformation Europe and highlights remarkable women in a male dominated world. Some are heroes of the faith, undoubted saints of the church while others compete with male contemporaries in their attempts to impose their views.
Wilson speaks to those well - grounded in Reformation history and ideas as well as those for whom this period is something of a mystery. His readable presentation unravels an important story warts and all. Most of all he stresses how these exceptional women played a pivotal role in the changing nature of the church. An intriguing read.
|The Gospels of Luke and John DVDs, produced by the Lumos Project £14.99 each|
|You’ve read the books, now watch the film!
The Lumo Project have produced these stunning films of the gospels where the action is seen with the authentic languages being spoken, but in such a way that the main soundtrack is the full text of the gospel. For Luke’s gospel you choose whether to listen to Richard E Grant (Withnail & I, Dr Who, Downton Abbey) reading the NIV or Sir Derek Jacobi (I Claudius, Dr Who, Last Tango in Halifax) reading the King James Version. For John’s gospel the NIV is read by David Harewood (Homeland, Dr Who, The Night Manager) and the KJV by Brian Cox (War and Peace, Dr Who, Shetland).
Mark and Matthew due for release Autumn 2016 “A fabulous piece of work, which succeeds visually and dramatically.” The Sunday Times
|Soul Keeping by John Ortberg - Price: £9.99|
|In Soul Keeping John Orberg sheds light on themost overlooked, underrated, and leas-understood part of your being. With a workable and relevant approach, he shows how living the ‘’with God’’ life isn’t just a good idea- it’s the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction.
We asked the Chairman of Cornerstone’s Board of Trustees, Rev Richard Atkinson, to read and review this title for us:
If you are looking for an accessible book to aid your pilgrimage Ortberg’s reflections on the soul could be the ticket. In what is an autobiographical tract Ortberg charts the influence of his mentor Dallas Willard and in particular the encouragement to ensure all is well with the soul. The structure has Otrberg’s usual simplicity, beginning with an analysis of the soul and then offering ways of keeping your soul healthy. It is a mix of story, self-critique and the wisdom of the wise throughout which an engaging style takes the reader on Ortberg’s journey of self-discovery and so encourages reflections on whether we are the people that God wants us to be. It is a straightforward but challenging read and would suit any stage of the faith pilgrimage, a sort of spiritual direction exercise. Ortberg poses the thought that in the busyness of church life we often neglect the soul, our inner reality, and here offers a call to look inward in the hope of becoming more of a blessing to our families, our friends and our churches. Taking Ortberg’s journey will do no harm and could help any of us to be more at ease with who we are and who we can become.Rev Richard Atkinson
|His Story: The story of why we are here by Stuart Hacking published by Resource Publications Price: £17|
|Stuart Hacking is a Yorkshireman, who has lived and worked in Bradford for over 25 years. He is currently full time chaplain to Immanuel School in Idle, Bradford. We were delighted to learn of his first publication and asked our most recently recruited volunteer, Steve Allen, to read and review this title for us:
Ever tried to read the whole Bible, from front to back? Many start on that great enterprise but few complete it! However, if you want to get the big picture and see how the hundreds of individual stories of the Bible make a coherent narrative then His Story by Stuart Hacking is for you. Stuart starts at the beginning with the Creation stories and in a fast-moving style takes the reader right through the both Old and New Testaments. The 65 mini chapters are ideal for use as daily readings - many are just three or four pages long – and there are biblical references at the bottom of almost every page if you want to check something out.
|Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey - Price: £11.99|
"What's So Amazing about Grace?" by Philip Yancey was a publishing landmark and now, almost 20 years later, the author uses his journalistic skills to revisit the theme in an effort to discover whether Christians are now better able to share the gospel distinctive - grace.
|Acts and Omissions by Catherine Fox - Price: £9.99|
|The Bishop of Lindchester is happily married with four daughters. But does he have a secret? Archdeacon Matt is inclined to think not. That said, it’s obvious to him that Bishop Paul’s got a pretty big bee in his mitre about the brilliant troubled Freddie May…… Welcome to the fictional Diocese of Lindchester!
'Acts and Omissions is brave and beautiful, devastatingly hones, mercilessly funny, fundamentally kind.' Dr Margaret Masson, Vice-Principal, St Chad’s College, Durham.
|Angels and Men by Catherine Fox - Price: £9.99|
|Parson’s daughter Mara John’s arrives as a postgraduate student at a great northern cathedral city. Antagonistic to the Church and fiercely independent, she repels all friendly overtures and seeks spiritual answers in her theological research. What will she do when she finds herself pursued by not one, but two suitors, both of whom are ordinands. She vowed she’d never marry a vicar.
'It’s a real pleasure to find what many readers are always on the looout for: a new and original writer of a rattling good story told with intelligence and depth' The Tablet
|Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers - Price: £8.99|
|Set in the 1950's Lena Scott is the hottest rising Hollywood star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.
To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. The circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Lena has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted.
Now, all she wants is a way back home to Haven. This highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.
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|My Secret Life in Hut Six by Mair and Gethin Russell-Jones - Price: £9.99|
|Born and brought up in the sheltered environment of the Welsh valleys, Mair Thomas is amazed to discover her grasp of the German language and musical training make her an ideal code-breaker for Bletchley Park. She vividly captures an era of danger and day-to-day challenges with the constant strain occasionally brightened by visits from the top brass, including Churchill. This first-hand account, remembered affectionately by Mair, and painstakingly recorded by her son, Gethin, give a fascinating insight into one woman’s war.
'An engaging account of life at the heart of one of Britain’s most important operations during the Second World War. I greatly enjoyed this book' Edward Stourton, author and broadcaster.
|Stand Strong by Nick Vujucic - Price: £9.99|
|With no arms, no legs, and no defence, Nick Vujicic has been a bully’s target and knows what it feels like to be picked on and pushed around. But he’s learned that he doesn’t have to play the bully’s game. In Stand Strong Nick gives you strategies for developing a 'bully defence system' so you can handle bullies of all kinds by building your strength from the inside out.|
|Tails I lose by Justyn Rees Larcombe - Price: £8.99|
|Justyn Rees- Larcombe had it all. Around his beautiful home were the mementoes of success – the Sword of Honour awarded by the Queen when he left Sandhurst; the silver photo frames with the pictures of his much-loved wife and family; the rooms full of the rewards of a City career. But Justyn gambled and lost it all. One day, he had no alternative but to go back to his mother’s home and start again.
'Justyn tells his story with grit, honesty and wisdom. It is easy, yet difficult, to read, and his experiences cannot help but raise awareness of this serious issue'. Paul Buck, MD of EPCI Problem Gambling Consultancy.
|A Rushing Mighty Wind by Angus Buchan - Price: £7.99|
|Well known author and evangelist Angus Buchan was invited to speak at the Feast of Tabernacles, a yearly celebration eld in Israel’s Ein-Gedi desert. Nothing could have prepared him for the miraculous events that were about to take place. In A Rushing Might Wind Angus relates how he and 4,500 other worshippers experienced a manifestation of the Holy Spirit that none of them will ever forget – the tangible presence of God.|
|The Sacred Diaries of Adrian Plass aged 62¾ vol.6 - Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend - Price: £ 7.99|
|Once again, Adrian Plass gets us laughing just long enough for the truth to slip in by the back door, and shows us just how good God is at caring for this bewilderingly mixed bag of people we can call the church. Christianity Magazine says, 'This book is a must. By the time I'd finished, my sides ached and my eyes were streaming with tears.'|
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