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The Nearest

- Devotion Not Devotions

by Tim Ross


Guilt about quiet times is a regular theme in the Christian walk. Here Tim Ross undertakes a masterful and moving journey that demythologises this sacred cow within Christian circles. Ross handles the reader with care, grace and much truth. Merit-making wouldn't be the declared currency of the believer but is often the unspoken life lived out. In Ross's own words;- ‘Find God and let yourself be found by him, and let that fulfil your desire for meaning and worth.’ This feels of the weight and wisdom of Brother Lawrence in its usefulness for our times. Beautiful, wise & unique.
Worthy of re-reading because the truths can sink even deeper. Confessional, clear and full of gracious challenge. My heart, not my habits is what Christ desires. A title that deserves the widest circulation.

Review by Johnny Douglas  (14/04/12)
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Price: £11.99
Publisher: Circle Books imprint of John Hunt Publisjing Ltd
Published: 01 September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-846-94508-3

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Rhythms of Grace

- Finding Intimacy With God in a Busy Life

by Tony Horsfall


Horsfall's message here is a prophetic and timely one. Experiencing intimacy with God in a busy life is a perennial if not cosmic wrestle. The world, the flesh and the devil all collaborate with our busyness and vulnerabilities, to minimise the truthfulness that comes from silence and solitude with our Saviour. Rhythms of Grace has a pulsing beat emanating from a personal exploration of contemplative spirituality. Evangelical and charismatic pathways fuse meaningfully in an experiential pursuit of God. This is full of insights, wisdom, reflection and signposts toward action and transformation.
Dense, definitive and delightful for the soul! This is a great title deserving of more than just shelf collection. Read and then re-read this gem of a book! This is a well-crafted and compelling invitation to walk in intimate grace with the risen Jesus Christ. This book in God’s goodness could birth healing for many.

Review by Johnny Douglas  (14/04/12)
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Price: £7.99
Publisher: BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published: February 2012
ISBN: 978-1-841-01842-3

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Imagine Church

- Releasing Whole Life Disciples

by Neil Hudson


Calling people into whole life discipleship: seeing Jesus everywhere, accessible and applicable is not an easy call. Disciple-making is hard, worthwhile, adventurous living and Neil Hudson’s masterly title will resource and inspire your obedience in the mission of Jesus in your world.
I particularly love the underlying culture changing dynamic of Neil's writing. This is the spinal core of this new work calling us to attitude, action and transformation. As a pastor-theologian-leader Neil has gifted the church with something of lasting worth in transforming what can often feel dull, safe and stuck in our church communities. Logic, theology and practical steps abound.
You'll often be saying 'a-ha', as few books offer such clear truth-telling, hope and actionable examples. Essential reading for all church leaders and useful for all Christians everywhere. This could be the best LICC (London Institute of Contemporary Christianity) title yet, and a prophetic catalyst for a nation of believers longing to get out of the limited straitjackets of our present existence into the spacious, risky, faithful and fruitful life of Jesus-following. Free of guilt, clichés and predictable step-plans........ this is full of wisdom and already one of my best reads of 2012. It could resource a revolution! Simple, practical and compelling.

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Review by Johnny Douglas  (12/04/12)
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Price: £9.99
Publisher: IVP(Inter Varsity Press)
Published: January 2012
ISBN: 978-1-844-74566-1

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Loving the Way Jesus Loves



by Phil Ryken


Ryken combines an incredible knowledge of scripture with a knowledge of classical and modern culture, and a breadth and depth of reading in historic and current Christian literature—all the while keeping Scripture in its central place. This is a cutting, clear and Christ-exalting sweep on one of the most majestic chapters in all of scripture: 1 Corinthians 13.
You will come away from his book softened, mellowed, calmed, entranced, even inspired, and all by an eloquently stunning exposition of love. I found myself humming simple choruses of love and worship back to Jesus while reading this. IVP are to be congratulated on possibly their most attractive title to date in format, font, styling and artwork. Heart searching but truly faith affirming and a rare title that will thrill you with all that Christ means! A top class pursuit of love!

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Review by Johnny Douglas  (12/04/12)
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Price: £8.99
Publisher: Crossway Books from IVP
Published: January 2012
ISBN: 978-1-844-74565-4

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Putting Your Past in its Place

- Moving Forward in Freedom and Forgiveness

by Stephen Viars


This book’s aim is to help you deal with the hurts and sins of your past in a Biblical way. Striking a middle way between those who believe that ‘the past is nothing’ and those who believe that ‘the past is everything’ Pastor Viars provides sound Biblical based counselling written in a gentle pastoral way.
Pastor Viars divides our past hurts and sins into categories which he calls buckets. These cover good and bad responses to events when we were the innocent or the guilty party. He then examines each in turn in the light of scripture.
The book is liberally illustrated with accounts from those he has counselled (used with permission) and more importantly he gives many examples from the scriptures to confirm what he is saying.
Although I found his categorisation a little artificial and felt that he was occasionally encouraging us to dig up the past unnecessarily, overall this book is extremely helpful. There is a great deal of excellent Bible based teaching. Those who are struggling with past sins and hurts will find great comfort and help here.

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Review by Alan Hill  (27/03/12)
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Price: £7.99
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-736-92739-0

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The Highway Code for Retirement



by David Winter


David Winter says that he is qualified to write on retirement as he has done it three times. Well I think I am qualified to review his book as I have given up paid work twice. Once to raise a family and once to retire at 62 from my new profession (Christian bookselling) that I started when the family had left home and now at 76 I am planning to retire again next year, or at least give up the responsibility of being editor of The Good Bookstall. (any offers to take over – its very enjoyable?)
Apart from disagreeing with David’s opening sentence, when to my mind he wrongly interprets Malcolm Muggeridge’s statement as referring to retirement rather than when to retire, I agree with everything he says!
He addresses many aspects of retirement, many options and attitudes that require consideration and puts forward practical suggestions one at least of which should find a response from readers looking for help.
In his list of ‘Things you might try’ he doesn’t mention Church bell ringing. This is a skill that can be learnt at any age. It takes longer to be proficient when you are older, but you don’t have to become expert to be very useful on a Sunday and you meet people of every age and of every walk of life. Ringers are always in short supply these days, Why not give it a try?
To get the full advantage of David’s wisdom, this book needs reading before you get to retirement age, and with today’s uncertain economic climate retirement can come earlier than you expect as well as the later date proposed by the government.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (14/03/12)
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Price: £6.99
Publisher: CWR (Crusade for World Revival)
Published: February 2012
ISBN: 978-1-853-45668-8

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Jesus Freak

- Feeding, Healing, Raising the Dead

by Sara Miles

ISBN: 978-1-848-25123-6
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Published: 31 January 2012
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First Day

- Discovering the Freedom of Sabbath Centric Living

by John Andrews

ISBN: 978-1-908-39301-2
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Published: May 2011
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Small Things With Great Love

- Adventures in Loving Your Neighbour

by Margot Starbuck

ISBN: 978-0-830-83817-2
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Published: 17 February 2012
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Choosing Gratitude

- Your Journey to Joy

by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

ISBN: 978-0-802-43255-1
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Published: 2009
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Just Choose Happiness

- A Guide to Joyous Living

by Nell W. Mohney

ISBN: 978-0-687-64723-1
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Published: May 2009
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A Woman's High Calling

- 10 Ways to Live Out God's Plan for Your Life

by Elizabeth George

ISBN: 978-0-736-93027-7
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Published: October 2011
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Happiness



by Joan Chittister

ISBN: 978-0-232-52890-9
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Published: November 2011
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10 Things Jesus Never Said

- And Why You Should Stop Believing Them

by Will Davis Jr

ISBN: 978-0-800-72001-8
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Published: August 2011
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A Willing Heart

- How to serve When You Think You Can’t

by Marci Alborghetti

ISBN: 978-1-594-71248-7
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Published: June 2011
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Eyes of Integrity

- The Porn Pandemic and How it Affects You

by Craig Gross

ISBN: 978-0-801-07205-5
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Published: October 2010
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Letters By A Modern Mystic



by Frank C Laubach

ISBN: 978-0-281-06612-4
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Published: September 2011
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God’s Astounding Opinion of You

- Understanding Your Identity Will Change Your Life

by Ralph Harris

ISBN: 978-0-736-93783-2
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Published: February 2011
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The Art of Dying and Living

- Lessons from Saints of our Time

by Kerry Walters

ISBN: 978-1-570-75924-6
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Published: April 2011
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10 Second Sermons

- and even quicker illustrations

by Milton Jones

ISBN: 978-0-232-52882-4
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Published: August 2011
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New Shoes

- Stepping Out of the Shadow of Sexual Abuse and Living Your Dreams

by Rebecca Mitchell

ISBN: 978-0-745-95552-0
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Published: 19 August 2011
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Encounter the Holy Spirit



by Jeannie Morgan

ISBN: 978-0-857-21168-2
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Published: 2011
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