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Beastly Bible Stories - Book 8Claire Benton-Evans
Turning the world upside down

So you think the Bible is boring?

THINK AGAIN!

12 lively-told and illustrated New Testament stories, also including a Beastly bonus story! ‘full of the blood, guts and miraculous mayhem that other children’s Bible stories are afraid to mention.
WARNING!
This book contains wildfire, a deadly sermon and a ten-headed monster!’

Are YOU brave enough for BEASTLY BIBLE STORIES?
Credible WitnessesJohn Parr John’s Gospel includes a broad spectrum of witnesses to Jesus, whose wide-ranging responses and stories are an attempt to persuade audiences of their points of view on Jesus, which range from positive to negative. The evangelist wants his readers to become more confident in their faith, hence his desire to tell a credible story (or series of stories) about Jesus.

Credible Witnesses follows John’s lead by allowing many of his characters to speak about Jesus by telling their stories. This involves imagination and even conjecture at times. In each of the chapters of this book, a character’s testimony is illuminated with some background information, before going on to show how John uses the testimony as part of the witness of his Gospel as a whole. Each chapter ends with some reflections that help to draw John’s Gospel into the present.
Experiencing God In Unexpected PlacesPatrick Coghlan Aimed at a variety of readerships, Experiencing God in Unexpected Places is for those who want to know more about the meaning and significance of the Beatitudes, and to gain a greater understanding of the nature of joy and blessing.

The book will also help people who are coming to terms with difficult times, and all those who struggle to understand how we can experience God, his joy and blessing, even in the more negative situations in life – sometimes more so.

Patrick Coghlan examines how we are able to deal with the more negative experiences often faced in life; to have a deeper joy, to receive more of God’s blessing, and to experience the Triune God (God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit) in new and significant ways eternally. Also, how we can appreciate more fully all the joy and blessings that God showers upon us on a daily basis; though not everyone attributes them to God.

Each Beatitude is divided into two halves, which are looked at in alternate chapters. The first half is the challenge of the Beatitude, and the second half is the blessing of the Beatitude. The Appendix at the end of the resource invites and assists the reader to go on a physical journey of prayer, based on the Beatitudes.
Leading For A ChangePaul Canon Harris 'Leading for a Change' offers practical advice and insights, and explores issues such as:

*Why the leader needs to be a navigator and interpreter.
*How growth and success can knock you off-track.
*How to apply insights from business in the church and other voluntary settings.
*What happens when leaders spend more time managing than leading.
*How we learn from mistakes
*How to pace change.
*How to communicate change honestly.
*What makes change too costly.
No Body But YoursPaul Cox Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world. St Teresa of Avila.

As Christians, we are all challenged by Jesus’ final commission to his disciples, to go and make disciples of all nations. It has clearly not yet been accomplished and this is the springboard for Paul Cox’s thought-provoking course of Lent reflections in No Body But Yours. Through six sessions, each of which can be followed either as a personal reflection for Lent, or as a group, the sentiments expressed in the prayer by St Teresa of Avila are examined in detail.

No Body but Yours is an essential aid for Lent, encouraging us to reflect not just upon how we live our faith, but how this faith is proclaimed and perhaps more importantly, how we can be Christ to and for others.

Calling on us all to take more seriously, and with greater personal engagement, the task Jesus has set us, Paul Cox encourages us to examine how we can be more Christlike, both in our own lives and in relation to others. It is a wonderful and daunting challenge, and one which, by our baptism into a life with Jesus, we agree to take up.
The Bumper Book of Resources : Lent (Volume 6)Various This Bumper Book, together with its companion volumes, draws together material from a wide range of sources and a number of top authors to create an invaluable resource for anyone seeking help with prayers, services, sermon ideas and illustrative material, both for general and all-age worship, that covers the major festivals of the Christian year.

Also in the series:
Volume 1: Harvest, All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance (1501482)
Volume 2: Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (1501483)
Volume 3: Holy Week (1501484)
Volume 4: Easter, Ascension and Pentecost (1501496)
Volume 5: Dying, Death and Funerals (1501524)

With the exception of Volume 5, each book is accompanied by a CD-ROM providing activity sheets and illustrations that can be reproduced to enliven learning and interactive worship.
Worship for Lent and EasterAnnie Heppenstall ‘There is a city with a river of life, a radiant place, a place where God resides, a city of peace, where all can live in harmony, where all, from all directions, can come and live in peace.’

Annie Heppenstall – a professed Franciscan tertiary drawn to expressions of Earth Spirituality and of the Feminine Divine, and the bestselling author of The Book of Uncommon Prayer – provides in Worship for Lent and Easter a truly rich and remarkable weekly liturgy, the underlying theme throughout being that of place and inclusivity.

Beginning with Ash Wednesday’s location in the wilderness of Christ’s temptation, then moving through the desert and onto village, city, family home, temple, execution site, and finally garden, Annie’s biblically rich, comprehensive and creative new liturgy includes Celtic Christian options throughout, reflective and informative introductions for worship leaders, and provision for children.

Written with a deep respect of tradition, yet also with a vivid awareness of contemporary concerns, Worship for Lent and Easter will engage all who yearn for fresh inspiration, energy and insight into this most holy of Christian seasons.
Abiding GraceRupert Bristow
Prayers for Later in Life

The later years of life are as filled with blessings and challenges as those which come before. In Abiding Grace, Rupert Bristow provides a moving and heartfelt storehouse of prayers that enable the reader to reflect and meditate on them.

Beginning as it should with celebration, Abiding Grace reminds us that there is much indeed to rejoice in, be that the simple joys of laughter, retirement, and even keeping fit! Rupert then gently guides the reader through the anxieties and worries that are an inescapable part of growing old. Regrets and mistakes are brought before God and through his grace we are released from our past.

From birthdays and anniversaries, friends, family and wisdom, through to the time when we all face death, Abiding Grace is a rich and much needed aid for anyone turning to prayer in later life. Indeed, as Rupert writes, it is through God’s saving grace and an awareness of his presence in our lives, ‘that we can all seek to make the seamless transition from life to death without fear or regret, but in confidence and trust.’
Harmony in WorshipStephen Mitchell & Roger Green Here is an excellent resource for all those interested in the part music can play in worship. At its very best music can enhance so many aspects of worship – from joyous praise to quiet contemplation.

When all is in harmony, all is well, but relationships play an important part and sometimes are ‘off key’. Not only does the book offer suggestions and questions to stimulate those responsible for worship but it also suggests ways to help ensure ministers, organists and worship leaders all sing from the same song sheet.

Contents include chapters on hymns, choirs, organists, the changing face of music in church and instruments. The authors, a well-respected organist and a recently retired clergyman with a music degree, have produced a valuable book to provoke discussion and encourage the part music plays in worship.
Jesus' WomenJoy Tetley In all four Gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus, women feature strongly. They have a vital role in his family background and are among his closest friends and followers. They frequently make significant appearances in his one-off encounters. Some are named, many are not, but each has her own part to play in opening up the truth of God. Each of these women points us to Jesus, who is God with us. And Jesus himself uses female characters and imagery to get across the meaning of his life and mission.

These women matter, therefore. In this book, Joy Tetley reflects on each one of them, convinced that they still have much to say, even in this day and age, and to both men and women. Whether they speak verbally or non-verbally, their voices still need to be heard, for they bring messages of hope, encouragement and challenge. They can help us to be confident in God and bold in God’s presence. And as they were their own women, so they can encourage us to come into our own, in relationship with the God who ever seeks to raise us to our full potential.

It is the author’s contention that however many times we turn to look at these women, there will always be something more to discover and take to heart. It is a privilege still to be able to meet them through the imprint they have left on Scripture and we should, indeed, thank God for them.
What Do You Think?Compiled & Edited By John Cox Poetry arouses feelings, sparks imagination, prompts arguments, shapes attitudes and keeps us alert to new possibilities. It is there to make us think.

This collection of poems has been selected especially for use with children in schools. The poems cover a wide range of topics, including what we think about ourselves, friends, the environment, bullying and forgiveness.

Highly suitable for use in any setting, some of the poems have an explicit religious theme, presented in a way that invites reflection and careful thought.

This is an exciting resource of engaging and sometimes amusing poems that will help children to think about important issues. Brief commentaries and discussion questions are provided throughout to initiate discussion.

Contributing Authors:

Alison Carver
Ali Dee
Nick Fawcett
Michael Forster
Barry Hart
Val Hawthorne
Paul Keeble
Denis O’Gorman
Susan Sayers
Becky Silver
W. L. Wallace
Sarah Watts
Wide As The Oceans High As The HeavensAnnie Heppenstall Here is a compilation of prayers from five of Annie Heppenstall’s previous books. Annie says, ‘Each one of my books celebrates the awe of this beautiful world we live in, but also acknowledges that life can be very challenging as we struggle with personal circumstances and questions of faith.’

In this book, you will find prayers

• celebrating the wonder of the natural world
• using inclusive and feminine imagery for God
• reinterpreting traditional Christian prayers,
• in inclusive language
• of time and season
• in the Celtic tradition
• for tree planting, place blessing and pet funerals
• to honour women’s stages of life from menarche to menopause
• seeking a way through loss, illness and anxiety
• seeking peace in difficult relationships, including within church communities
• expressing wonder at divine love and much more!

The index enables prayers to be traced to their original sources.
The Old TestamentNicholas King
A new, cutting-edge translation of the Septuagint

Nicholas King is the first person for over 70 years to translate the Bible on his own, without the aid of a committee. His translation, described as amazing, dynamite, instantly accessible and unique, is from the Greek, complete with grammatical inaccuracies and idiomatic peculiarities. Many translations of the Bible opt for a uniform style; they iron out irregularities and try to amplify the text or produce easy-flowing reading or modern English.
Nicholas King’s fresh rendering of the Old Testament is not only innovative, but also illuminating; it will also strengthen the faith of readers. His translation is of the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew text, because that was the Bible that the New Testament authors knew. His aim is to keep as close to the Greek as possible, frequently incorporating idiomatic or grammatical peculiarities.

This results in a translation which is exceptionally stimulating, sometimes startling; readers will find that it shakes off the dust which often settles on passages that have become tired from over familiarity or frequent quotation. Nicholas King’s translation is infused with raw power. Readers will gain new insights and find the Bible imbued with renewed meaning and vigour.

At the consecration of Libby Lane as the first female bishop in the Church of England, she was presented with a boxed presentation edition of Nicholas King’s Study Bible.
Beastly Bible Stories - Book 7Claire Benton-Evans
Gory, Gory Hallelujah!

So you think the Bible is boring?

THINK AGAIN!

12 lively-told and illustrated New Testament stories full of the blood, guts and miraculous mayhem that other children’s Bible stories are afraid to mention.

WARNING!
This book contains false friends, Roman execution and a death-defying surprise.

Are YOU brave enough for BEASTLY BIBLE STORIES?
The Teacher (Presentation)Nick Fawcett
A simple guide to daily life

Destined surely to become a modern-day spiritual classic, speaking to people of all faiths and none, this is a book you will want to return to again and again. Drawing on ancient wisdom literature and, specifically, the words of the Teacher, Nick Fawcett invites the reader to join him in a search for insight into the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, of daily life.

At once poetic and profound, The Teacher offers guidance on such diverse themes as love, revenge, relationships, loneliness, justice, wealth, and much more. Here is a timely resource for our troubled world, painting a picture of what life could be, should be, and perhaps, just possibly, one day might be.

Makes an ideal gift book
Lord I've A Few QuestionsDavid Gatward
A Lifetime's irrepressible prayers

Don’t read this book if you know all the answers, have an awesome and perfect prayer life, and spend each and every day knowing exactly what is God’s purpose for you and your life.

However, if you’re happier with questions, have the kind of prayer life that occasionally needs putting on life support, and find yourself often wondering what’s happening tomorrow, never mind next month or year, then why not read on?

From life as a teenager, through college, then out into the wider world of work, marriage and children, this collection of old and new material, written by David Gatward, author of the bestselling Can We Talk, Lord?, spans the past 25 years of his life. It may not be filled with life-changing insights and earth-shattering wisdom, but it is real. And that, when it comes to it, is what God is actually really interested in: wherever you are, and whatever it is that you’re doing, your creator wants you to share with him what’s on your mind. So, what’s stopping you?
The Bumper Book of Resources : Dying, Death & Funerals (Volume 5)Various This Bumper Book (together with its companion volumes) draws together material from a wide range of sources and a number of top authors to create an invaluable resource for anyone seeking help with prayers, services, sermon ideas and illustrative material both for general and all-age worship. Also in the series: Volume 1: Harvest, All Saints, All Souls & Remembrance (1501482) Volume 2: Advent, Christmas & Epiphany (1501483) Volume 3: Holy Week (1501484) Volume 4: Easter, Ascension and Pentecost (1501496) Volume 6: Lent (1501532)
Volumes 1 to 4 & 6 are accompanied by a CD-ROM providing activity sheets and illustrations that can be reproduced to enliven learning and interactive worship.
Top Tips For A Tip-Top Nativity!Val Hawthorne Need help with planning your Nativity play or service? Then this book is for you!

Val Hawthorne’s latest book draws on her experience over many years of organising Nativity plays and All-age services.

Here you will find guidelines, dos and don’ts, practical workable suggestions, together with ready-made scripts and simple songs.

Let Val do the thinking for you and take the stress and strain out of your Christmas!
O Come O Come EmmanuelJohn Cox Based on the traditional hymn ‘O come, O come Emmanuel’, John Cox’s Advent course provides the opportunity for a reality check: the reality of who we are and what our world is, the reality of our hopes and fears. It encourages us to look afresh at the reality of Jesus, the One who comes and ask how much he is really a part of our lives.

As we look forward at Advent, this book encourages us to look in other directions as well: to look around at those who are lost and alienated, at outcasts and refugees; to look within us and within the world; to look up to find hope and aspiration; to look with gratitude; and to look with the eyes of loving response as we meet with Christ, the One we long for, the One who we believe comes to meet our needs and those of our world.

This short course of six sessions is intended for use by small groups but could equally be helpful for individual use in setting a framework for private study, devotion and reflection.
Wonderful WorshipSusan Sayers
An invaluable resource to make Advent and Christmas even more special

The whole season of Christmas, from Advent to Epiphany, is a wonderful opportunity for the Church to celebrate the birth of Jesus as ‘God with us’.

Instead of feeling we are battling against the tide and shutting ourselves off from all the festivities, which are increasingly secular, Susan Sayers encourages us to embrace them and fill them with real meaning. In her excellent book of resources for worship in church, outside and at home, for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, the author shows how this can be possible.

The resources help to make Advent more spacious and reflective, rather than being caught up in the frantic pre-Christmas secular stress. They also show how we can Christianise many of the pre- and post-Christmas activities, so that these secular events are not extras to be squashed into an already hopelessly busy schedule, but become an integral part of our Christian preparation and reflection.
Pictures Of The Early ChurchNicholas King
Welcome to the New Testament

This book is an invitation to read the 27 documents that make up the library we call ‘the New Testament’. They come in different shapes and sizes; there are the five (yes, five) narratives that we call ‘gospels’. And there are other documents that we call ‘letters’, though not many of them are the kind of thing you might receive in today’s post.

All of them have something to do with, indeed each of them sheds a different light on, the remarkable person whom we call Jesus of Nazareth, who was put to death because the political authorities could not cope with him, and whom God raised from that appalling death.

This book will tell you how the New Testament works, and how it could change your life.
How To Plan And Lead Your Own Collective WorshipPatricia Ainge

Accompanying CD-Rom with PowerPoint presentation and many other resources.

This book is aimed at Catholic schools and provides a step-by-step guide for children and young people to help them plan and lead their own collective worship. Written so that it can be used independently by upper Key Stage 2 and lower Key Stage 3, the book details the building blocks of collective worship and then explains how children and young people can use these building blocks to plan and structure their own act of worship.

Patricia Ainge provides a wealth of resources to help them get started, from suggestions for Scripture readings to suit different occasions to ideas about how to explore these readings to find the message for today.

While the bulk of the book is written for young people, there are two short sections for the adults that support them where, among other things, ideas are given for using the book with younger children, or as a class resource. A PowerPoint presentation to support this is found on the CD Rom that accompanies the book, together with many resources to print and use.

Planning and leading collective worship is immensely satisfying for young people, enabling them to use their gifts and their own experience to explore their relationship with God. It also provides an opportunity to develop skills such as leadership and teamwork, as well as giving young people a means to respond to different moments in their lives. This book is an essential resource to help them do that.
Creating ‘Church’ At Home Patrick Coghlan
For older people living with dementia

This book is Focused on older people living with dementia, who may struggle to cope with a full-length service or Bible study. It can be used as a personal resource or organised by a carer, friend, neighbour or family member.

'Creating ‘Church’ At Home' is a series of 4 books

•1501518 - For people living with anxiety or depression
•1501519 - For the housebound due to disability or illness
•1501520 - For the elderly housebound
Creating ‘Church’ At Home Patrick Coghlan
For the elderly housebound

"Creating ‘Church’ At Home - For the elderly housebound" is focused on older people who are housebound because of frailty, disabilities or no available transport and as a result are no longer able to get out to church activities or Bible studies. It can be used as a personal resource or may be enjoyed with (or organised by) one or two carers, friends, neighbours or family members.

'Creating ‘Church’ At Home' is a series of 4 books

•1501517 - For older people living with dementia
•1501518 - For people living with anxiety or depression
•1501519 - For the housebound due to disability or illness
Creating ‘Church’ At Home Patrick Coghlan
For people living with anxiety or depression

'Creating ‘Church’ At Home' is Focused on people who find it difficult to leave their homes due to anxiety or depression; and as a result are no longer able to get out to church activities or Bible studies. It can be used as a personal resource or may be enjoyed with (or organised by) one or two carers, friends, neighbours or family members. This is a user-friendly, off-the-page, Bible-based resource that has the flexibility of being adapted to different situations.

'Creating ‘Church’ At Home' is a series of 4 books

•1501517 - For older people living with dementia
•1501519 - For the housebound due to disability or illness
•1501520 - For the elderly housebound
Creating ‘Church’ At Home Patrick Coghlan
For the housebound due to disability or illness

This book in the series is focused on people who are housebound due to disability or illness and as a result are no longer able to get out to church activities or Bible studies. It can be used as a personal resource or may be enjoyed with (or organised by) one or two carers, friends, neighbours or family members.

'Creating ‘Church’ At Home' is a series of 4 books

•1501517 - For older people living with dementia
•1501518 - For people living with anxiety or depression
•1501520 - For the elderly housebound
Jump Leads and Bump StartsPaul Canon Harris Here is a collection of reflections based on scripts the author has written and presented for national and local radio stations over the years. They are bite-size meditations on a wide range of subjects, including Love, Lent, Journeys, Hope, Money, Dogs and forgiveness, Christmas preparations.

The book can be used in a pick ‘n’ mix way, rather like jump leads or bump starts for your conversations with God. The Bible and Subject indexes will help if this is the approach you wish to take. Alternatively, the reflections are in a loose chronological order, as though they were stepping stones through the year.

Most of the main Christian festivals are included, as well as other milestones in a typical year. In addition, each reflection includes a suggested Bible passage and questions to think about.

Paul Canon Harris is a poet, writer and broadcaster based in Bournemouth. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 2 and other radio stations.

Overturning TablesPaul Canon Harris Poems are like parables, written to draw in the listener or reader. Paul Canon Harris combines humour, surprise and wordplay to get his audience thinking in a new way or to trigger a new insight.

The title Overturning Tables reflects the author’s belief that God is the Great Disturber. Jesus overturned tables in the temple, upset the political and religious establishments and unleashed his Upside Down, Inside Out Kingdom.

This collection of accessible poems is a set of stepping stones through the calendar year. Many of them have already been used to enrich a wide range of acts of worship, and have been valued as part of personal reflection and prayer times.

We live life at such a pace these days; reading poetry is a wonderful way of slowing down and reflecting on the more important things in life.

Paul Canon Harris is a poet, writer and broadcaster based in Bournemouth. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 2 and other radio stations.

What Happens When We Pray?John Saxbee
Does It Make a difference?

Prayers may be formal or informal, carefully composed or on the spur of the moment. They might be in the form of confessions or thanksgivings, and often they are requests made to God on behalf of ourselves or for others.

Does prayer change anything and what do our prayers say about the kind of God we believe in?

Without shying away from philosophical and theological difficulties posed by the practice of prayer, John Saxbee provides an accessible and ultimately reassuring account of how prayer properly understood enlivens and enriches our relationship to God, our neighbour and the world around us.

What Happens When We Pray? is a study with a pastoral purpose, touching on matters which are as emotionally sensitive as they are intellectually intriguing. It is an encouragement to think about what we are doing when we pray and a stimulus to pray with ever more conviction and commitment.
Icons of GloryDavid Adam Icons of Glory is a book of intercessions for the major church festivals throughout the year.

Each set of intercessions prays for the Church, the world, the local community and our homes, the sick and those in need, ending with a remembrance of our loved ones departed.

The short introduction to each festival will help focus on that event. There is also an opening prayer, readings from the Scriptures, an offering of God’s peace and a blessing.