Books to challenge

A selection of books that will help us grown in confidence and challenge us about the way we live our Christian lives.

Stepping into Grace

Stepping into Grace

Moving beyond ambition to contemplative mission Paul Bradbury £7.99

A journey with the prophet Jonah that explores ambition, vocation, spirituality, mission, leadership and personal growth. Written by a fellow pioneer missionary, the book finds powerful connections between the call and mission of Jonah and the mission context of our time. The journey takes us to a place of grace where the work of God in shaping who we are finds space alongside what we feel called to do.

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Spiritual Growth in a Time of Change

Spiritual Growth in a Time of Change

Following God in midlife Tony Horsfall £7.99

Midlife - our 40s and 50s - can be some of the most important years of our lives in spiritual terms. They are also times of change, which can include turbulent emotional transition as we face up to a range of challenging personal issues. Tony Horsfall not only addresses a number of such issues - from facing up to the past to renegotiating relationships - but explores how to navigate a spiritual journey through these years, leading to deeper faith and a closer walk with God.

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Heaven's Morning

Heaven's Morning

Rethinking the destination David Winter £7.99

The Bible - especially the New Testament - has plenty to say about resurrection and heaven, but many Christians struggle to make sense of what it actually means in practice. David Winter's accessible book explores the biblical teaching on what happens after death and considers what difference this can make to our lives day by day. The author also shows how we can present what we believe about eternity as a source of hope to our sceptical, anxious world.

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Confidence in the Living God

Confidence in the Living God

David and Goliath revisited Andrew Watson £7.99

How can we build and maintain confident faith in God in a world where faith is increasingly seen as marginal, embarrassing or even dangerous?

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A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues

A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues

Martin Hodson, Margot Hodson £9.99

Environmental sustainability is a major issue in society today. While Christian response was generally slow in the 1980s and 90s, concern has grown rapidly in the 21st century across the Church. In this book two environmental experts consider eight of the key contemporary issues, offering eco-tip to enable a response as well as Bible-based reflections. Among the issues covered are climate change, food, development, and population - and the relationship is explored between environmental problems and issues relating to world development.

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Deep calls to Deep

Deep calls to Deep

Spiritual formation in the hard places of life Tony Horsfall £7.99

The Psalms offer honest insights into the reality of life with God, reflecting every human emotion and situation. Through looking at some of the Psalms written 'from the depths' we can understand more fully the way God works to shape our characters and form the life of Christ within us during difficult times in life. This will enable us not only to make sense of our own history with God, but also help us to get to know God here and now, and prepare us for what may lie ahead.

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Against the Odds

Against the Odds

True stories of healing and forgiveness Carmel Thomason £8.99

Forgiveness is central to our faith because it is central to life. No relationship can survive without the ability to forgive, but sometimes we are hurt so deeply or so often that forgiveness appears impossible. This collection of inspirational true stories demonstrate the healing power of forgiveness through ordinary people's experiences of war, crime, terrorism, betrayal, relationship breakdown and the uncertainty of life's path. Aimed at both individual reflection and group study, each story is followed by thoughts from a practitioner or church leader, which can be used to open a conversation about what you've just read, and questions to help you think about the wider issues raised.

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The Apple of His Eye

The Apple of His Eye

Discovering God's loving purpose for each one of us Bridget Plass £7.99

First published in 1996, The Apple of his Eye has touched the lives of many people with the breath-taking truth that it shares - Jesus, risen Lord of glory, not only loves us but actually delights in us. He knocks gently at the doors of our hearts, hoping that we will open those doors and invite him in. The Holy One, Son of the Almighty, longs to be our dearest friend. This book explores Bible passages which tell of God's loving purpose for each one of us, as well as for our wider communities.

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At the End of the Day

At the End of the Day

Enjoying life in the departure lounge David Winter £6.99

An octogenarian takes a wryly humorous look at what it's like to be old in an era of the relentlessly new. Turning to the Bible, he explores its store of timeless wisdom, encouragement and reassurance about what it has always meant to grow old and be old. The book is structured around a series of fascinating biblical pictures, from the legendary Methuselah to the feisty Sarah and the great leader Moses, from the picture of inevitable decline as the Preacher saw it in Ecclesiastes to the glorious Nunc Dimittis of old Simeon in the Temple.

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Servant Ministry

Servant Ministry

A portrait of Christ and a pattern for his followers Tony Horsfall £7.99

Servanthood is something to which all believers are called, not just those in full-time ministry, and so understanding what servanthood means is vital for the health and well-being of local churches. Every member needs to appreciate their role as a servant of God. Servant Ministry offers a practical exposition of the first 'Servant Song' based in Isaiah (42:1-9). Writing from many years of Christian teaching and mentoring, Tony Horsfall applies insights drawn from the Isaiah passage to topics such as the motivation for service and the call to serve; valid expressions of servanthood and the link between evangelism and social action; character formation and what it means to be a servant; how to keep going over the long haul in the harsh realities of ministry; the importance of listening to God on a daily basis and also over a whole lifetime.

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God's Church My Place

God's Church My Place

What it means to belong to a Christian community Steve Tilley £6.99

What does being involved in church mean in practical terms? Christian communities are full of people exercising ministries, doing useful work and, well, helping others. How do we find our place? God's Church, My Place is a book for people who want to serve God and need to work out the where, when and how of that. It covers important topics such as church structure, worship, prayers, serving and the precarious state of the coffee - and all done thoroughly biblically. It will not push you into leadership but value your membership.

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Jesus Name Above All Names

Jesus Name Above All Names

32 Bible studies on the person and work of Jesus Anne Le Tissier £8.99

This book offers straightforward, devotionally-based Bible study material on 32 names and titles ascribed to Jesus in Scripture. From 'Advocate' to 'Word of God', the studies consider what we can learn about who Jesus is and what he has done for us from these different names and titles. The material includes extended reflection on the theme, questions for response, prayers and suggestions for further Bible reading.

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Whole Life Whole Bible

Whole Life Whole Bible

50 readings on living in the light of scripture Antony Billington, Margaret Killingray, Helen Parry £6.99

Whole Life Whole Bible is written from the conviction that God's word illuminates every part of existence, enabling us to see differently and live differently - from Monday to Sunday, in public as well as in private. A walk through the unfolding story of the Bible in 50 readings and reflections shows how our lives are bound up with, and shaped by, God's plan to restore a broken universe. That big story forms our minds, fuels our imaginations and fashions our daily life ad we live in God's world, in the light of God's word, wherever we are.

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Meet Jesus

Meet Jesus

A call to adventure John Twisleton £7.99

To engage with Jesus expands the mind and heart. It challenges our view of the way the world is, where it is heading and what difference we could make to it. But in a world of competing philosophies, where does Jesus fit in? Meet Jesus is a lively and straightforward exploration of these and other questions, with the aim of engaging our reason, inspiring our faith and worship, deepening our fellowship and service, and bringing new depth to our witness to the world. Each chapter ends with some practical points for action and the book concludes with a section of discussion material for groups.

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Shaping the Heart

Shaping the Heart

Reflections on spiritual formation and fruitfulness Pamela Evans £7.99

God created the human heart to be a worship-filled, holy place with himself in residence, a garden in which the fruit of the Spirit may grow. Shaping the Heart is a book for every Christian who wants their heart to become - through the healing and redemptive touch of heavenly grace and mercy - a place where God delights to dwell.

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Facing the Darkness and Finding the Light

Facing the Darkness and Finding the Light

Reflections for troubled times from the book of Revelation David Winter Currently out of print £6.99

Where does evil come from? Why is it present in the world and within our own lives? Why do the innocent suffer and - too often - the powerful prevail? If there is a God and he is good, why is the world that he created constantly marred by conflict, war and natural disaster? Such huge questions, with which humanity has grappled since the very beginning, lie at the heart of Revelation, that mesmerising and often puzzling book of the Bible. In this book, David Winter takes us on a step-by-step journey through the apocalyptic and mysterious visions of Revelation.

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Working from a place of rest

Working from a place of rest

Jesus and the key to sustaining ministry Tony Horsfall £6.99

Exhausted? Burnt out? Tired? In striving to do our utmost for God, we can easily forget that there were many times when Jesus himself was willing to rest, to do nothing except wait for the Spirit's prompting, so that he demonstrated the vital principle of 'working from a place of rest

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When You Walk (revised and expanded edition)

When You Walk (revised and expanded edition)

365 readings for ordinary followers of Jesus who sometimes find the going a bit tough Adrian Plass £12.99

365 readings for ordinary followers of Jesus who sometimes find the going a bit tough.

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A Fruitful Life

A Fruitful Life

Abiding in Christ as seen in John 15 Tony Horsfall £6.99

In A Fruitful Life we ponder the teaching of Jesus in John chapter 15, the famous 'vine' passage. He is preparing his disciples for his departure and describing how they can be effective witnesses in a hostile world. Just as his instructions revolutionised their lives, so a proper understanding of what he is saying can revolutionise our lives also.

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