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Product Id : 17145
Happy and BlessedJohn Cox The Beatitudes are some of the best known of Jesus teachings. But too often they are thought to be a matter of simple common sense.

Popular author John Cox, brings his open and accessible approach to the challenging nature of these short sayings revealing them as among the most radical of what Jesus had to say.

This five week course for individual or group study, explores the context of ideas in the Beatitudes, the insights that differing translations bring to them, and how they continue to challenge us in our world today including our attitude to possessions, to loss and forgiveness, to judgement and salvation.

Ideal for all of us during Lent.
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The Possibility of DifferenceMarcus Green In this book, Marcus Green makes three startling honest confessions. His first, that he is an Anglican, his second that he is an evangelical, and finally, his third, that he is gay. It is these seemingly uncompromising and conflicting contrasts that make the basis for this striking, perhaps controversial but absolutely necessary book on attitudes towards homosexuality in the Christian faith.

Rational yet fiercely passionate, Marcus tackles some of the scripture that is often used to condemn homosexuality as a sin and opens it up to the reader as what it really is, the word of God’s love. Addressing the conservative but contemporary orthodoxy that is expected of the Christian community, Marcus explores the alienation that the ‘party line’ has on gay Christians and questions the impact that this has on the wider Christian community.

As Marcus says ‘it’s good to talk. It’s vital to challenge places where talking feels forbidden.’
Product Id : 17142
The Puzzle Of Pastoral careAlison Moore The Puzzle Of Pastoral care is for anyone who is responsible for, interested in or practising pastoral care: lay or ordained; in full time or part time ministry; paid or voluntary. Anyone being trained in pastoral care or responsible for training others. The issues raised are relevant to churches of all denominations.

Pastoral care in churches is a puzzle. Why is it rarely talked about seriously? How has it come to be either taken for granted or sidelined as less important than ‘mission’ and ‘church growth’? And why is pastoral care so difficult to do well? It is clearly at the heart of the Christian life, yet in many churches, pastoral care is surprisingly inadequate, and where it does work well, it is often mysteriously difficult to replicate elsewhere.

This book aims to help churches work on better pastoral care provision. It takes a down-to-earth approach in a brief and accessible format. While addressing what makes for good, thoughtful, high-quality pastoral care, it also looks at what can get in the way, the hitches and glitches and challenges. Each short section includes illustrative stories, ending with suggested Bible passages and prayers. It could be used by a group or dipped into by individuals.
Product Id : 17144
Healing Prayer After TraumaPatrick Coghlan Healing Prayer After Trauma explores the possible profound physical, mental, emotional and spiritual impact that a traumatic event, be it recent or historical, can have on a person. Providing the reader with encapsulating snippets of the experiences of his younger self, Patrick Coghlan immerses himself in the text and invites the reader to join him on his spiritual journey of healing.

Never shying away from his own anxieties, Patrick portrays an honest narrative of his struggles and his ongoing journey to find comfort and acceptance in prayer and reflection.

Through carefully chosen prayer, he invites the reader to open a dialogue with God and encourages them to listen to his reply. It is a striking reminder that we are never truly alone.
Product Id : 17139
Pastoral Challenges and ConcernsBrendan Geary and Others
A Christian Handbook for Leaders


Pastoral Challenges and Concerns deals with issues of abuse, addiction and difficult behaviour and is a timely revision and expansion of The Christian Handbook of Abuse, Addiction and Difficult Behaviour, which was published by Kevin Mayhew nine years ago.

Each subject is treated by an expert using language that is immediately understood by the non-expert reader. This new edition has enabled the authors and editors to bring their contributions right up-to-date, where appropriate with research that has taken place since the first edition.

Pastoral Challenges and Concerns is for everyone involved in pastoral, managerial, educational and professional work, including clergy, teachers, youth workers, doctors and other health practitioners.
Product Id : 17137
Happy TalkJohn Cox
An exploration of what it means to be happy and blessed


We constantly seek happiness and a sense of blessing. In his latest book, popular author John Cox takes a look at how we can be happier and what makes us unhappy. He explores the ideas of religious leaders and philosophers, and what the Bible has to say on the subject.

Special attention is given to Jesus’ radical views found in the Beatitudes.

Don’t chase happiness – accept it as a gift.
Product Id : 17086
Footsteps to Bethlehem Bill Merrington Footsteps to Bethlehem is a series of 31 daily reflections for Advent, inviting you to journey towards Christmas on a pilgrimage of transformation.

Each day looks at the life of individual Bible characters, such as Mary and Joseph, Zechariah and Elizabeth, and reflects on how they coped with the major events in their lives. How did they respond when faced with the choice either to walk by faith, ever closer to God’s light or to retreat from his light and love?

The day’s reflection begins with a comment on the chosen reading, followed by an invitation to consider two or three questions prayerfully and examine your own experiences of the Christian walk. A short prayer rounds off each reflection.
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Wild AdventRachel Summers Following on from the phenomenal success of Wild Lent, Rachel Summers’ new book, Wild Advent will once again have us all venturing outside to encounter God in the wild! Wild Advent provides an outdoor activity for each day of the four weeks of Advent, progressing through the Carmelite themes for Advent of Waiting, Accepting, Journeying, and Birthing. So why not make Advent a little wilder by wrapping up warm and heading outside to create your own icicle, breathe like a baby dragon, make pebble pictures, do some sand art . . . and share God’s creation with others?

The activities in Wild Advent include:

• Things to do when it’s cold
• Things to do in the dark
• Things to do with others
• Short and easy things to make and do
• Even shorter things to do
Product Id : 17136
Follow Me!Ali Campbell

Follow Me! is a collection of 40 lively devotions looking at the disciple Peter. Ali Campbell considers the highs and lows of Peter's life and his relationship with Jesus, and how we can relate to Peter today.

Each devotion begins with a Gospel reading, followed by a reflection, then a question or two or suggestion for the reader to think about.

As Ali Campbell says: ‘Jesus loves YOU. Warts and all. Jesus wants you to follow him, with all that you are. So, as we journey with Jesus – bring the whole of yourself along. Let’s see how he can transform us and shape our lives for the journey – just like he did with Peter.’

Ali Campbell is a Youth and Children’s Ministry Consultant and runs ‘The Resource’, a website aimed to equip, support and encourage, train and develop those working with children and young people.

Click here to view ‘The Resource’ website.
Product Id : 17140
Echoes of Eternity - 125 Vibrant New HymnsMartin Leckebusch Here is a further collection of new hymn texts by Martin Leckebusch, whose writing is finding a place in many hymnals both in the UK and beyond. He writes in the tradition of the classic hymn writers but uses fresh, contemporary language to explore the Christian faith for the twenty-first century. These words are mostly set to well-known and widely published tunes, making them easily accessible to congregations for use in worship.

This latest selection comes as the author passes the milestone of thirty years writing hymns; his work draws inspiration from a wide range of sources while always remaining true to Scripture. The book is made highly usable by the inclusion of Biblical, thematic and other indexes.

As the author says: ‘Hymns – both those from past generations and those by contemporary writers – remain an important element in my own Christian walk, and one of the ways my faith is nurtured and sustained. I hope that readers of this collection will find here insights and words to encourage and strengthen their own faith.’
Product Id : 17077
In A World Of Tears And SorrowNick Fawcett
100 Intercessory poems to guide Prayer and inspire reflection.

In this book of prayers with a difference, Nick Fawcett offers 100 poetic intercessions that speak in a way other prayers cannot quite capture. Encouraging further reflection, they leave the issues and concerns covered fresh in the mind long after the words have first been read or heard, helping to challenge, move and inspire.
Product Id : 17078
Moments Of GraceGerald O' Collins
Daily inspiration from Isaiah to Revelation

Moments of Grace reflects on biblical passages from Isaiah to the Book of Revelation, bringing out the Spirit-filled light and power that the inspired Scriptures embody. The reflections vary in length, use clear and accessible language and appropriate images and stories. Gerald O’Collins lets the biblical texts come alive for the readers, leading them gently into deep reflection and prayer. Once again, the author shows himself to be not only an outstanding theologian but also a great spiritual guide.

Gerald O’Collins has written or co-written over seventy published books, authored hundreds of articles in professional and popular journals, and lectured at many colleges and universities around the world.
Product Id : 17135
In A World Of Tears And Sorrow - eBookNick Fawcett
100 Intercessory poems to guide Prayer and inspire reflection.

In this book of prayers with a difference, Nick Fawcett offers 100 poetic intercessions that speak in a way other prayers cannot quite capture. Encouraging further reflection, they leave the issues and concerns covered fresh in the mind long after the words have first been read or heard, helping to challenge, move and inspire.
Product Id : 17079
101 Creative Prayer IdeasEleanor King

Marble-run prayers, milkshake prayers, paper boat prayers and teapot prayers – there’s something for everyone in this fun, thought-provoking and creative book. With a focus on peace, respect, care for others, and the world around us.

The prayer ideas are grouped into five themes:

• Saying thank you
• Sorry prayers
• Prayers for others
• Prayers for ourselves
• Things to remind us to pray

The activities will be loved by children from 3-11, and many of them will also be appreciated by teens and adults who want to reflect and draw closer to God in an accessible, practical and creative way.


Endorsements:


Not sure how to help children to be prayerful? Whether it's a child at home or a group at church, this book has a wealth of creative ideas to get them involved and get them thinking. (And it might just do the same for us adults!)

Revd Phyllis Owen, Associate Priest, Parish of Southend

I love the way in which Eleanor provides a range of practical, imaginative, child-friendly activities which will connect children to God through play.

Syrie Cox, CEO Southend YMCA

It’s full of fun, fresh and practical ways to help children to pray. I will definitely use them in my classroom!

Rachael Marshall, Church Primary School Teacher

Product Id : 17073
Bob Hartman's Astounding All-Age Bible Readings For Holidays and Holy DaysBob Hartman Each year they come round: readings for Advent, Christmas, Harvest, Easter and every other holy day. And the question is, ‘How do I make them fresh? How do I help my church hear with new ears the readings they have heard a hundred times before?’

This collection of scripture retellings is meant to do just that, with passages relating to holidays and holy days from Years A, B and C of the Revised Common Lectionary.

There are 42 readings in all, complete with interactive devices and specific suggestions designed to invite your people directly into the Bible passage, to engage with it, and see it with fresh eyes.

The enclosed CD-Rom will help if you need extra text copies or want to project the words on-screen for all the congregation to see.
Product Id : 17074
Deep Calls to DeepLinda Ottewell Modern-day life may bear no resemblance to the experiences of the Psalmists, yet basic human nature and emotions don’t change. We can easily identify with the range of feelings expressed, as the Psalmists poured out their hearts to God in sincere, earnest prayer, praise and worship. God has much to say to us through the Psalms and their timeless poetry gives us a language to express ourselves to God in return.

In this inspiring meditative collection, Linda Ottewell has chosen an extract from a Psalm as a springboard for her thoughts and ideas, which are presented as a short reflection and then rounded off with a prayer or poem, a verse or two from Scripture, or part of a well-loved hymn.

It’s a book to dip into when you have a few minutes. You’ll find a variety of themes, including upbeat praise and worship, crying out to God for help in times of trouble, admitting doubts and fears, expressing an intense longing for God, and confessing sins.

Our prayers should be vibrant and lead us into the very heart of God. Here are reflections to encourage and edify, to help you draw nearer to God and go deeper with him.

Margaret Rizza writes:

These beautiful reflections on the Psalms draw us right into the heart of Scripture, giving helpful insights into our ordinary, everyday lives. Deep Calls to Deep is a book which will inspire and awaken us to new horizons and this will reflect the way we go about dealing with the very ordinary things which we encounter every day of our lives. The thoughts and reflections after the extracts of the chosen Psalms are very helpful and constructive, allowing us to see anew some of the very difficult things arising from a culture which poses many things which need much reflection.

This is a book of great depth and will be a great blessing and resource to many people seeking a closer relationship with our Creator God.
Product Id : 17072
We All ShareMina Munns If you have ever wondered how you can help the very youngest children in our churches to connect with the story of Holy Communion, then We All Share is what you have been looking for! Children under 5 have an amazing capacity for worship and connection with God, yet they are often one of the most overlooked groups within our congregations. We All Share explores how children from the tiniest babies can participate in the themes and actions of one of our most important Christian rites. With easy-to-use ideas and a wealth of real-life stories of how churches and families are helping children to join in, this is an invaluable resource for churches, children’s ministry leaders and parents.

We All Share contains:
• Ideas for use within a crèche setting
• Session plans for children’s church
• Practical ideas for use in a church service
• Resources for the home
• Book and website recommendations
• Real-life stories of under 5s connecting with Communion
• Printable and downloadable sheets

Mina Munns is an Anglican priest in Nottingham with a passion for children’s ministry and for helping children to connect with God.
Product Id : 17067
Looking Through Jesus - eBookAlan Bartlett In 47 daily Lenten reflections on readings from Luke’s Gospel, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Alan Bartlett examines how we see Jesus.

As we say in the creeds, Jesus was both truly God and truly human but, Alan Bartlett argues, Jesus remains a bit baffling and so remains distant. However, if we are prepared to spend time with the Jesus presented to us in the Gospels, looking slowly and honestly, then we will meet him, experience his deep humanity and move through that to see God in him and so meet God in him.
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Wild LentRachel Summers

Discovering God Through Creation


Wild Lent will change how we all experience and think about Lent. How? Simple! Instead of a nice cosy room, coffee, biscuits and lots of discussion about the meaning of Lent, you’ll be wrapping up warm and heading off into the wilds! It’s time to get up close and personal with creation and make a shadow clock, have a sunrise breakfast walk, go on a giant egg hunt, hug a tree, walk barefoot . . . and share God’s creation with others.

The activities in Wild Lent include:

• Things to do when it’s sunny
• Things to do when it’s raining
• Things to do with others
• Short and easy things to make and do
• Even shorter and easier things to do
• Things to do in the early morning
• Things to do on the move

Rachel Summers is a Forest School Practitioner and runs Curious Wilds, which provides forest school sessions.

Product Id : 16889
Looking Through JesusAlan Bartlett In 47 daily Lenten reflections on readings from Luke’s Gospel, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Alan Bartlett examines how we see Jesus.

As we say in the creeds, Jesus was both truly God and truly human but, Alan Bartlett argues, Jesus remains a bit baffling and so remains distant. However, if we are prepared to spend time with the Jesus presented to us in the Gospels, looking slowly and honestly, then we will meet him, experience his deep humanity and move through that to see God in him and so meet God in him.
Product Id : 16885
A Letter For LentPatrick Coghlan Based on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians, A Letter for Lent is an easy-to-follow, off-the-page, six-session group Bible study course. At the back there is also a short, personal Bible study for Monday to Friday of Holy Week, looking at the story of Onesimus in Paul’s letter to Philemon.

Hung on a framework of letter writing, the author examines topics such as encouraging each other in our faith, getting to know God better, taking on God’s family likeness, and qualities which we should aspire to.

The group course encourages all the members to participate in the discussion, including the sharing of personal testimony and life experience, and also in the prayer time. The application is both for the members of the group as individuals, but also collectively for the fellowships/congregations represented.

The personal Bible study course focuses mainly on our personal spiritual journeys. It is more meditative than the group course and encourages a time to be still and quiet in God’s presence each day. On Good Friday the focus is on making a prayer response to the Bible study’s content and what God is saying to the reader through it.
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A Letter For Lent - eBookPatrick Coghlan Based on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians, A Letter for Lent is an easy-to-follow, off-the-page, six-session group Bible study course. At the back there is also a short, personal Bible study for Monday to Friday of Holy Week, looking at the story of Onesimus in Paul’s letter to Philemon.

Hung on a framework of letter writing, the author examines topics such as encouraging each other in our faith, getting to know God better, taking on God’s family likeness, and qualities which we should aspire to.

The group course encourages all the members to participate in the discussion, including the sharing of personal testimony and life experience, and also in the prayer time. The application is both for the members of the group as individuals, but also collectively for the fellowships/congregations represented.

The personal Bible study course focuses mainly on our personal spiritual journeys. It is more meditative than the group course and encourages a time to be still and quiet in God’s presence each day. On Good Friday the focus is on making a prayer response to the Bible study’s content and what God is saying to the reader through it.
Product Id : 16876
Season The PreachingPaul Canon Harris Reheated sermons are about as palatable as reheated microwave meals: they fill you up but are ultimately unsatisfying and neither tasty nor nutritious. As we thrive on fresh food seasoned well, so also we grow in faith from sermons that present us with new insights into the Bible and challenge us with God’s truth.

Drawing on over 30 years’ experience of preaching in settings as diverse as large Christian events and under a baobab tree in Africa, Paul Canon Harris provides sermon outlines and reflections on the gospel and other readings in the three-year lectionary cycle. He writes preacher to preacher, giving an outline, insight and illustrations for others to use in their own preparation.

Paul Canon Harris is an Anglican priest, writer and poet. He has trained and encouraged many younger preachers in the UK and abroad and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and other radio stations. He is a Canon Emeritus of Gloucester Cathedral.

Season the Preaching is an invaluable resource for preachers, group leaders and students of the gospels.
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Beastly Bible Stories - Book 1 (Paperback)Claire Benton-Evans Gory, Gory Hallelujah!

So you think the Bible is boring?

Think again!

You may know lots of friendly Bible tales about animals, angels and the baby Jesus - but that's only half of the story. This book is full of the blood, guts and miraculous mayhem that the other children's Bible stories are afraid to mention. Are you brave enough for Beastly Bible Stories?

WARNING: This book contains man-eating bears, a killer tornado and God's secret weapons!

Don't miss:
1, 2, 3 & 4 - The Tremendous Old Testament
5, 6, 7 & 8 - The Terrific New Testament
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Exploring Emotional HealthLiz Edge
On average, three children in every class at school are affected
by a mental health issue
Did you know ...

• It is estimated that half of all mental health problems manifest before
the age of 14 years old

• Child and adolescent mental health services are turning away approximately 25% of children referred to them for treatment

• Only 0.7% of the NHS budget is spent on children’s mental health

• 2 in 5 young carers have a mental health problem

• 1 in 12 young people self-harm

Youth leaders recognise that issues around emotional health are growing and research shows that young people want to talk about it!

In her debut book, Exploring Emotional Health, author Liz Edge provides key information and six ready-to-go workshops covering: self-esteem; anxiety; depression; self-harm; and identifying and coping with emotions, to enable even the busiest of youth leaders to provide effective support in building resilient young people.

Liz says: “This book was born out of identifying personally and professionally the need to support youth leaders and young people in exploring emotional health and faith. Each workshop is the start of an ongoing conversation that we must engage with in our practice.”

Liz Edge is a professionally qualified youth work practitioner, holding a first-class degree in Youth Work and Ministry. She has worked with young people across a wide range of Christian and other settings and now delivers innovative youth work through education, training and intervention.
Product Id : 16780
Intercessions For A Hurting WorldNick Fawcett

In a hurting world that needs praying for more than ever, Nick Fawcett provides a new collection of a hundred jargon-free prayers to meet that need.

Avoiding religious jargon and using instead, language that speaks to all, he provides an invaluable resource for those leading intercessions in public worship, so that they may pray meaningfully, thoughtfully and confidently.

Intercessions for a Hurting World doesn’t simply remind us of matters we sometimes ignore or forget, it also brings home the reality of human need and prompts us into action.

As Nick says: ‘. . . we need to pray in the modern-day vernacular and, as far as possible, in words that speak to non-believers as much as believers. We need to include rather than exclude, to welcome in rather than shut out.’

Product Id : 16745
The Bumper Book of Resources: Instant Youth Group (Volume 8)Various Imagine if you had in one place material from some of the most well-respected writers for young people!

Anyone who works with young people knows how difficult it is to come up with something fresh and exciting that will keep them interested. And in today’s increasingly busy world, time is shorter than ever.

Now imagine if there was a book that you could just dip into to help you with prayers, services, sermon ideas and illustrative material, both for general and all-age worship, that covers the major festivals of the Christian year ...

Well here it is! The Bumper Book of Resources: Instant Youth Group!

Topics covered include:

Weekends away, All-age worship, Getting teenagers to talk, Club sessions, Ice breakers, Quizzes, Sessions for 9-14 year olds, Sessions for 11-16 year olds, The Church Year, Prayers, Dramas

Contributors include: David Adam; Tony Bower; Philip Eley; Nick Fawcett; Michael Forster; David Gatward; Phil Green; Nick Harding; Rob Hurd; Ray Jackson; Susan Sayers; Tim Storey, and Pete Townsend.
Product Id : 16740
Beastly Bible Stories Colouring Book - Old TestamentClaire Benton-Evans So you think the Bible is boring? THINK AGAIN!

All you need are these books and some colouring pens and you’re good to go!

These lively cartoons, from the Beastly Bible Stories series, are the perfect way to explore the Bible and to have fun. The Old Testament features cartoons covering 51 stories from Genesis to the prophets. The New testament features 51 stories from the Gospels to Revelation.

From the weird, wonderful, gory and glorious Old Testament, to the miraculous mayhem of the death-defying New Testament, these books will prove to be a lifesaver, particularly when you’ve got 10 minutes spare and children crawling up the walls!

Children will love bringing the stories to life in every gory detail!
Product Id : 16741
Beastly Bible Stories Colouring Book - New TestamentClaire Benton-Evans So you think the Bible is boring? THINK AGAIN!

All you need are these books and some colouring pens and you’re good to go!

These lively cartoons, from the Beastly Bible Stories series, are the perfect way to explore the Bible and to have fun. The Old Testament features cartoons covering 51 stories from Genesis to the prophets. The New testament features 51 stories from the Gospels to Revelation.

From the weird, wonderful, gory and glorious Old Testament, to the miraculous mayhem of the death-defying New Testament, these books will prove to be a lifesaver, particularly when you’ve got 10 minutes spare and children crawling up the walls!

Children will love bringing the stories to life in every gory detail!
Product Id : 16682
Big QuestionsPete Townsend A resource to help young people look at issues, examine the evidence and, with the help of the Bible, gain a better understanding of what’s involved and hopefully to draw their own conclusions about the following Big Questions: Does God exist? Is creation random or is there a hint of design? Is climate change for real? Why do we have the rich and the poor? Why is there suffering in the world? Is there life after death? Who was Jesus? What is the purpose of questioning? For individuals or as a resource for young people’s groups.