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For those books that need to be included but do not fit into our other categories

Notes For the Journey

- Following Jesus, Staying South Asian

Editors C. Rasiah & Robin Thomson


This book presents a fascinating exploration of what it means to be a Christian from South Asia.
It is written primarily for South Asian Christians who found the Christianity of the western world very different in its assumptions and cultural dependencies than that to which they are accustomed. It is not a case of changing belief but of coming to terms with two very distinct cultures which, for them, both share the same religious beliefs. The YouTube video which is designed to promote the book shows young adults talking about the challenges which they have faced in being South Asian Christians in British society.
The book is based on sound Biblical theology and provides much thought-provoking material which will engage European Christians and present new challenges to them as well. It considers the main tenets of Christianity and shows that in some ways these may be better exemplified in South Asian Christianity rather than in the western European Churches to which many of us are more accustomed.
I would definitely recommend this as an eye-opening read to all Christians not just to those meeting the challenges posed for its target audience.

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Review by Jon Mayled  (14/02/12)
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Price: £5.99
Publisher: South Asian Concern
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-955-00073-7

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Words of God, Words of Men

- The Use and Abuse of Scripture

by A. Daniel Frankforter


This is a book directed mainly towards an American, Protestant readership and addresses problems of the use and abuse of the Bible in the context of contemporary American social and political affairs. It is nevertheless a thought-provoking survey of the tendencies towards fundamentalism in all faiths or denominations within faiths and European Christians will find the discussion about the relationship between the Bible’s notions of fairness, human dignity and moral behaviour with political and social action in the twenty-first rather than the first century helpful and enlightening. Given the strong and occasionally violent reactions of people who feel that writers ‘offend’ their faith by questioning their actions, it is a brave book to write in what seems to be an increasingly polarized world.

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Review by Simon Iredale  (09/02/12)
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Price: £17.99
Publisher: Circle Books imprint of John Hunt Publisjing Ltd
Published: July 2011
ISBN: 978-1-846-94534-2

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The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy



translated by Cathy Porter


Leo Tolstoy and his wife, Sofia, both kept diaries throughout their married life, and, unusually, they read each others diaries as a means of understanding how the other was feeling. Sofia not only looked after her husband and many children, undertaking the household management, but also managed the Tolstoy estate and farms to free Tolstoy to concentrate on his writing. She was very involved with his writing as she laboriously copied out his work into a legible format from his illegible scribbles, made comments and dealt with his publishers and royalties. Tolstoy was a complex and difficult man and reading the diaries one wonders how she ever continued to love him and indeed how she survived living with him. Part way through his life he moved from writing fiction to social and spiritual themes. His writings were admired by many including Ghandi and Martin Luther King, but he came to be considered as an anarcho-pacifist, and when he put into words his feelings about his faith in such essays as The Kingdom of God is Within You, he was attacking the established church, so in 1901 he was excommunicated by the Russian Orthodox Church.
A fascinating read, not least for being alongside a woman who suffered much but stayed faithful to her husband and family.

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Review by Carole Burrows  (03/02/12)
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Price: £9.99
Publisher: Alma Books from Gardners Books
Published: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-846-88102-2

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The Spirit Who Speaks

- God's Supernatural Intervention in Your Life

by Peter H. Lawrence


The Spirit Who Speaks is an interesting, clear and considered book on the Holy Spirit and his active presence and ministry in our lives and spirit filled churches and ministries. It is written in an engaging and honest way and is in part a testimony as well as an explanation and teaching on the Holy Spirit and his work in spirit filled believers and churches. Though written by a person active in such a ministry it is still a book that poses real questions and demands that at every point we question the action and ministry to ensure that what we think is the Holy Spirit at work really is, and that more than anything is what makes this book so good and should make it essential reading for anyone interested in such things but certainly for those engaged in such ministry, Check and counter check is the reminder that Peter H. Lawrence puts forward.
In some ways though, this book becomes most compelling when you get to the point of truly realising that this was written by a man who was not healed by the Holy Spirit and there is where it is most important – the section that addresses the mistaken beliefs and theologies of some healing ministries. This book is essential because it tries so hard and does so well at flagging up the troubling and dangerous beliefs that can and do flourish and gently moving the reader on into right thinking.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (31/01/12)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: David C Cook/Kingsway
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-434-76529-1

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Retreats 2012



Compiled for the Retreat Association with various contributors


The first part of the book is a variety of essays by different contributors accompanied by black and white photos of them and their subject. Archbishop Rowan Williams explores how the desert can help us find what it means to be human and the following contributors explore the theme of the desert space that people may find themselves in.
Then follows several book reviews written especially for this publication reflecting the theme ‘Spring in the Desert’ and finally the list of Christian Retreat Houses. Here, where there are advertisements within the text, they are on facing pages to the listed centres, so don’t interrupt looking through, but do give valuable extra information.
The Retreat Houses are run by many different denominations but welcome folk from all or none. The information contained here is enough to suit anyone needing ‘space’ to study, to share fellowship or just be alone.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (26/01/12)
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Publisher: The Retreat Association
Published: Autumn 2011
ISBN: 978-0-954-86018-9

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Blind Spot

- War and Christian Identity

by Dorothy Garrity Ranaghan


Blind Spot subtitled War and Christian Identity deals with the problem inherent in that phrase. Considering these two concepts as running in parallel and for that very reason incapable of converging, the author boldly asserts that Christians who are unaware of this incompatibility are either turning a blind eye to it or are suffering from a Blind Spot. She goes on to say that arguments for a just war, though possibly relevant in the past, do not apply since the deployment of weapons of mass destruction, and that the role of Christ’s followers, based on His direct teaching, is to work for justice and peace. This, she recognizes, may at times seem an impossible task, but concludes that with true commitment and the guidance of the Holy Spirit great changes may be wrought for the benefit of all. This is a thought-provoking and consciousness-raising little book and well worth reading.

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Review by Alexandra Irvine  (24/01/12)
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Price: £8.95
Publisher: New City
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-565-48395-8

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Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns

- How Pop Culture rewrote the Hymnal

by T. David Gordon

ISBN: 978-1-596-38195-7
Price: £7.99

Published: 2010
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Indescribable

- Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe

by Louie Giglio & Matt Redman

ISBN: 978-0-781-40603-1
Price: £15.99

Published: 28 November 2011
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The Gospel According to Twilight

- Women, Sex and God

by Elaine A. Heath

ISBN: 978-0-281-06661-2

Published: 10 October 2011
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Anglican Religious Life 2012-2013

- A Yearbook of Religious Orders and Communities in the Anglican Communion etc.

by Peta Dunstan

ISBN: 978-1-848-25089-5
Price: £8.99

Published: 31 August 2011
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Gunning for God

- Why the new Atheists Are Missing the Target

by John C Lennox

ISBN: 978-0-745-95322-9
Price: £9.99

Published: 23 September 2011
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Seeking Paradise

- The Spirit of the Shakers

by Thomas Merton edited by Paul M. Pearson

ISBN: 978-1-570-75931-4
Price: £12.99

Published: April 2011
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Nearing Home

- Thoughts on Life, Faith and Finishing Well

by Billy Graham

ISBN: 978-0-849-94832-9
Price: £12.99

Published: 10 October 2011
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Who Stole My Church

- What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century

by Gordon McDonald

ISBN: 978-0-785-23049-6
Price: £9.99

Published: 01 January 2010
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Reconciling People: Coventry Cathedral’s Story



General Editor Christopher A. Lamb

ISBN: 978-1-848-25093-2
Price: £25.00

Published: 30 September 2011
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Lit!

- A Christian Guide to Reading Books

by Tony Reinke

ISBN: 978-1-433-52226-0
Price: £9.99

Published: 21 October 2011
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The Minister’s Wife

- Privileges, Pressures and Pitfalls

by Ann Benton and Friends

ISBN: 978-1-844-74556-2
Price: £8.99

Published: October 2011
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From Santa María With Love



by Margaret Hebblethwaite

ISBN: 978-0-232-52885-5
Price: £12.99

Published: November 2011
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Holy Land?

- Challenging Questions from the Biblical Landscape

by Andrew D. Mayes

ISBN: 978-0-281-06466-3
Price: £9.99

Published: November 2011
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‘Dear Abdullah’

- Eight Questions Muslim People Ask About Christianity

by Robert Scott

ISBN: 978-1-844-74528-9
Price: £7.99

Published: May 2011
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