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Worship Feast: Outdoors

- 25 Experiences of God’s Great Earth

by Jenny Youngman


I have always found the Worship Feast series to be good solid youth resources (that also frequently work really well with non-youth small groups too!) and this latest one is not a disappointment. This time the theme and exercises are all based on experiencing the outdoors, but what’s really nice is that though some involve getting away out into ‘real’ nature others are gentle and just involve being able to feel rain, see rainbows or spend time in a garden or at a swimming pool – so regardless of your setting there is likely to be something you can adapt and use here.
As always they really are self contained in that they tell you everything you need to lead one of the 25 sessions, materials needed if any, overview and theme, scriptures and insight, step by step activity guide, opening and closing words, prayers – it’s all here for you to just pick up and use as is or as a really strong starting point for you to adapt to suit your group.
Great book for any group that does outward bound activities as standard, but also good for those looking to incorporate a bit more nature into their worship too.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (19/11/11)
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Price: £11.99
Publisher: Abingdon Press from Alban Books
Published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-1-426-71573-0

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The Bible Book by Book

- A Journey Through Its People, Places and Themes

by Chris Rogers


A collaboration work from the Elevation/Youthwork/Monarch teams make this a brilliant young peoples guide to the content of the Bible. Following the usual high level production style of Lion Bible Guides, i.e. shiny glossy paper, great photographs and maps etc, it is perked up by a lovely to look at script on the headers and subsections.
Bullet pointed, short, pithy and easy to read it makes for an excellent grounder in the bible. Definitely one I would recommend for the resource shelves of any secondary level RE teacher or youth leader, and definitely one to give to teens who are journeying through the Bible, whether it be for school, for church or better yet for themselves.
Great all round resource material to my mind.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (05/10/11)
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Price: £14.99
Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-857-21016-6

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The Think Tank

- 100 Adaptable Discussion Starters to get Teens Talking

by Martin Saunders


Photocopy free of charge. Includes 25 movie-based resources.
Given this book of discussion starters is a Youthwork Magazine resource it was always going to be pretty good, after all it's got real weighty credentials because it's from Martin Saunders the editor of Youthwork, add in that it's got 100 excellent discussion starters and it's photocopiable and it's a sure fire winner.
I have to admit it is one of the best discussion starter/group resources I have seen in a while, each starter is really good sound biblically based material that nevertheless deals with a topical real life issue in a clear and open way and allows for real discussion to happen. It does not avoid the weighty subjects of homosexuality, gender, racism, drugs, domestic violence etc and what is better yet is that they are broached in such a way as to be open ended allowing for real discussion without offering initially a particular bias - something that can occasionally be missing in Christian youth resources, but here these are still good biblical discussions.
add in the addition of real on topic material like cyber-bullying, connectivity and networking. fashion, euthanasia etc and then the movie based discussions which use things like the Simpsons film, stardust etc and you really do have an all round winner that works with any youth group and also with any small group too!

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (01/11/10)
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Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: August 2010
ISBN: 978-1-854-24964-7

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Who is Jesus?

- A Six-week Study For Tweens

by Carol McDonough and Marcia Stoner


Another of the American tween series resources that means these are aimed at the 10 - 13 age range. This one is a good introduction and study of the life of Jesus from his birth to his resurrection and what that really means in terms of how it affects our faith rather than just being about the story.
It has in it strong reproducible material and handouts, some good short drama skits and a really well thought out and timed leaders guide for each of the six sessions. On the whole with this book you get everything you need - or a list of what you need to supply for the activities - to do a good 6 week study of Jesus that could actually be a good precursor to confirmation or a baptism/commitment study.

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Review by Melanie Carroll  (01/11/10)
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Publisher: Abingdon Press from Alban Books
Published: July 2010
ISBN: 978-0-687-65800-8

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Philosophy of Religion for Today

- For GCSE Religious Studies

by Simon and Christopher Danes with Seeta Lakhani


Philosophy of Religion for Today is the third in a trilogy of textbooks by Simon and Christopher Danes, designed to be used as a course textbook or revision guide by students taking GCSE RE. As with the two previous books, the earlier edition has been completely revised and updated to bring it into line with the requirements of the new specifications which came into force in 2009. The Danes brothers both read Theology at Brasenose College, Oxford and Seeta Lakhani, who joins them in this text, has a degree in Anthropology and is an expert on Hinduism, which she teaches at the Hindu Academy in London. The layout of the book uses attractive graphic presentations; encourages students to think for themselves and to “own” their learning; and gives a deep coverage to all the issues relevant to the GCSE specifications.

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Review by Sue Cooper  (28/10/10)
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Publisher: St Mark's Press
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-907-06205-6

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Today’s Issues and Christian Beliefs

- For GCSE Religious Studies

by Simon and Christopher Danes


This textbook was originally published by Lion but has been completely revised in this edition to meet the requirements of the new 2009 GCSE specifications. Simon and Christopher Danes each has a wealth of relevant experience through teaching RE in both Church and non-denominational schools and this has given them considerable insight into best practice in modern education. The textbook contains first hand accounts of relevant experiences from people who have been actively involved in the issues covered; the layout of the pages is clear and the type faces used provide a variety of sizes and fonts, making the pages attractive. The information on issues such as poverty, agnosticism, sexism and fertility is presented rationally and with balance. I would recommend this text to teachers of RE for classroom use but it could also be used by individual students as a revision guide.

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Review by Sue Cooper  (28/10/10)
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Publisher: St Mark's Press
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-907-06202-5

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Mark: A Gospel For Today

- For GCSE Religious Studies

by Simon and Christopher Danes

ISBN: 978-1-907-06200-1
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Published: 09 September 2009
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by Ronni Lamont

ISBN: 978-0-281-06169-3
Price: £10.99

Published: July 2009
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Daring To Do What is Right

- The Story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

by Terence Copley

ISBN: 978-1-851-75354-3
Price: £5.68

Published: 30 September 2008
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Go Teach – God’s Word to 12s-14s – Autumn 2011 - Young Teens



Compiled by the ‘Go Teach’ team

ISBN: 977-0-950-72513-1
Price: £6.90

Published: April 2010
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Celebrating Sundays

- Ten Great Reasons to Enjoy God’s Priceless Gift of the Lord’s Day

by Jonathan Holdt

ISBN: 978-1-846-25169-6
Price: £2.00

Published: Autumn 2009
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Drama Out of a Crisis

- Contemporary reflections on Advent

by Tony Bower

ISBN: 1-840-03946-9
Price: £8.99

Published: July 2002
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Simon Peter: Challenging Times

- Pocket Bible People

by Helen Clark

ISBN: 978-1-846-25158-0
Price: £5.00

Published: Autumn 2009
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Special Services for Advent and Christmas



by Susan Hardwick

ISBN: 1-840-03961-2
Price: £9.99

Published: July 2002
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Simon Peter: The Training Years

- Pocket Bible People

by Helen Clark

ISBN: 978-1-846-25157-3
Price: £5.00

Published: Autumn 2009
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Sport & Sundays

- Christian BBC Presenter Dan Walker Tells His Story

by Jonathan Holt

ISBN: 978-1-846-25172-6
Price: £2.00

Published: Autumn 2009
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Thinking About God: Does God Exist? Can We Experience God? with CD-Rom included

- Truth-Seekers series

by Elicia Lewis

ISBN: 978-1-851-75362-8
Price: £39.93 (excl VAT)

Published: January 2009
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Bald Statements

- Exploring Loss, Grief and Change

by Peter Fishpool

ISBN: 978-1-905-89323-2
Price: £24.80 (incl VAT)

Published: 2008
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Ruth: More Than a Love Story



by Helen Clark

ISBN: 978-1-846-25078-1
Price: £5.00

Published: Summer 2008
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Jesus, the Last Week

- 15 assemblies for secondary schools

by Mike Anderson

ISBN: 1-840-03829-2
Price: £7.99

Published: 2001
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