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The Feasts of Repentance
A Theological Analysis of Repentance in Luke-Acts
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Are We Bodies or Souls?
A New Account of What it is to be Human
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Love in Thin Places
Poetry in the Celtic Tradition
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Catholic Liturgy
A Liturgical Reference Book
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Neither Bomb nor Bullet
Faith on the Frontline
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Government as Judgment
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Growing and Flourishing
A case study in church growth in the Diocese of Mara
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The Celtic Soul-friend
The Celtic Tradition and Spiritual Growth
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Love Beyond
Mission in Red Light Districts
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Working with Released Prisoners
Inspirational Pastoral Support for a Neglected Minority
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Touched by God’s Spirit
How Merton, Van Gogh, Vanier and Rembrandt influenced Henri Nouwen
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No Longer Strangers
The Biography of a Christian Asylum Seeker
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Homeward Bound
Applying the Sabbath to today’s world
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Things Hidden
A new edition of a classic text on spirituality
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Sabbath Rest
An accessible exploration of the importance of the Sabbath within the Jewish prophetic writings and the life of the early church
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Christianity Rediscovered
Mission across Cultures
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Kingdom Come
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If Not Now, When?
Living in the moment
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Angels in the Market Place
Augustine’s Mission to England: an Historical Play
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Leading a Church to Maturity in Love
Strategic Management in Church Leadership
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2 Corinthians - a letter of integrity
A thoughtful analysis of one of Paul’s most significant letters
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Owned by God
A fantastic resource for preparation for sermons
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Hope in Dark Places
Poems providing a Christian perspective on times of depression
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Anxious Times
Reflections offering support in times of stress
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Preaching in Times of Crisis
Guidance on sermons in challenging or tragic times
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Broken Bodies
An original and powerful interpretation of the Eucharist
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Consecrations, Blessings and Prayers
Prayers and blessings for every occasion
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Leading One Church at a Time
A new model of leadership: from ‘multi-church ministers to ‘focal ministers’
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A Vicar in Victorian Norfolk
A biography reflecting the changes which accompanied Victorian Church life
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Pilgrim Journeys
An exploration of the riches of the Lord's Prayer
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Reconciliation
Biblical Studies which will challenge and guide Christians in the tasks of reducing conflict and division
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At Home in Lent
Inspiration and Christian reflection through everyday objects
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Songs of the Spirit
Using the Psalms daily during Lent and Easter
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Praying the Way
A fresh guide to prayer from the traditions of the four Gospels
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Celtic Lent
A Celtic guide to contemplation during the Lenten season
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The Servant Heart
A consideration of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5. 3-10) in a refreshingly original way - ideal for individual or group study during Lent.
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Pilgrim journeys - 40 days of reflections on the Beatitudes
A consideration of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5. 3-10) in a refreshingly original way - ideal for individual or group study during Lent.
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A Month with: Julian of Norwich
Four volumes which introduce selections from the fine writings of notable saints
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A Month with: St. Augustine
Four volumes which introduce selections from the fine writings of notable saints
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A Month with: St. Francis
Four volumes which introduce selections from the fine writings of notable saints
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A Month with: St. Teresa of Avila
Four volumes which introduce selections from the fine writings of notable saints
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Lent with New Daylight
Discovering who we are as God’s people: material for Lent groups
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From Now On
A Lent course on hope and redemption, using the film, |The Greatest Showman|
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Holy Habits Introductory Guide
The development of a rule for life.
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Holy Habits Biblical Teaching
The development of a rule for life.
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Self-Supporting Ministry
An overview of the history of SSM and its place in the Church of England today.
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Faith in the Making
A consideration of the people of faith - from Hebrews 11.
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The Hum of Angels
Belief in angels is very central to Christian thought - a study of the biblical tradition.
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Rooted in God’s grace
Personal spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Bible study, silence, the enjoyment of nature and worship - using the writer's own experiences.
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Invest Your Disappointments
Our disappointments are designed to test and deepen our trust.
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Sea Changed: A Companion Guide
Meditations on the transformations made possible by the Living God as He acts through the circumstances of our lives.
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Brief Encounters: Notes from a Philosopher’s Diary
A description of Kenny’s life through some of his encounters with famous personalities.
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Towards a Personal Theology of Education
Theory and practice for Christian leaders, in or out of schools, about handing schooling over to the love of God.
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Armed Drones: a Christian Response
A description of the new technologies which enable drone warfare to be waged, without risk to the operator and a consideration of the new moral issues raised.
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Making Christ Visible
A book for Christian disciples, Church leaders and people considering discipleship, with a vital message, provoking its readers to think about the revolutionary demands and consequences of Christian apprenticeship.
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Celtic Advent
Short, daily readings for Advent - stories from Celtic lore, contemplations, New Testament readings and prayers.
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The Visual Christmas Story
A lively little book which opens up the profound mystery of the Incarnation in a way that will delight both readers and non-readers alike.
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Reflections for Advent
A companion volume of reflections to augment the lectionary readings for Common Worship Daily Prayer.
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Advent for Everyone
28 readings for the four weeks of Advent - Tom Wright’s latest contribution to the SPCK’s ‘For Everyone’ guides to the New Testament.
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The Art of Advent
37 reflections, extending through Christmas into Epiphany, with interesting and contrasting nativities, themes linked to the magi, the baptism of Jesus, the conversion of Paul and the presentation in the temple.
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The Prince of Peace in a world of wars
An Advent-themed collection of Bible readings and contemplations.
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The Goldilocks Zone
The collected writings of Ovey, ex-Principal of Oak Hill College.
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Days of Awe and Wonder
Almost three years after his death, this is the essential Borg: a compelling collection of his writings and sermons which provides the core of his profoundly spiritual theology.
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New World, New Church
A detailed and academic study of what in the USA is called the emerging church.
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The Naked Preacher
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Undoing Theology
An analytical guide into the spiritual and sexual experiences of LGBT Christians
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It takes a Church to Raise a Parent
Why parenting for faith is a ‘whole church’ task and how to encourage those who do not think they have a part to play
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Pilgrims in the Dark
Experiences of life & church endured by those ‘on the edge’ of society, particularly those with disabilities
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Wrestling with God
James Emery White writes honestly about the struggle we often experience in trying to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
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Cave Refectory Road
Monastic living for us today
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Thinking About Preaching
This is not a text book on how to preach, although there is much wisdom and help for the preacher. It is aimed chiefly at those ‘who want to explore whether God is calling them to preach’; those who want to test their gifting as ‘apprentice preachers’.
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A Mind Intent on God
Quotations from Alcuin, that remarkable eighth century Anglo-Saxon leader, teacher, deacon and writer - prayers, extracts from letters to friends and reflections, particularly including the use of the psalms in personal spiritual reflection.
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The Case for Religion
This is a book which will be worth reading many times, either in its entirety or for the particular topics it covers -and it covers a great deal in its 237 pages.
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Globalization and the Good
We are against poverty and injustice; surely this means we must resist globalization?
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Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition
The essays in this volume are revised and edited versions of papers delivered by Anglican and Roman Catholic historians at a colloquium held at the Gregorian University in Rome in June 2002.
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The Business of Virtue
Clive Wright explores the congruence between the Western economic Systems presently holding sway and Christian thought and religion within our heritage.
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This is our Calling
This book was written to help those who believe that God is or may be calling them to serve him, whether in ministry, for a specific task, or through daily discipleship.
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The Passion and the Cross
First published in 2000 as “Why did Jesus have to Die”, this book is intended to help both Christians and enquirers to 'make sense of the cross, the life and death of Jesus and the Christian faith'.
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John Donne
A selection of his famous secular poems, many of his religious poems, and extracts from twenty-five sermons.
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Henry Vaughan
'Henry Vaughan' focuses on poems dealing with death, suffering and bible verses; hallmarked by his concern for nature.
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Temple Theology
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Beyond Belief
The joint authors are eminent academic scientists and committed Christians whose aim in this book is to raise awareness of the inter-face between science and the Christian faith.
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In the Footsteps of St Paul
Based on Edward Stoughton's Radio 4 series of the same title. He writes as a journalist in a fresh, simple style, describing Paul the man , and not analysing his letters or theology.
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The Bible from Scratch
Introductions to all 66 books of the Protestant canon (and a discussion of the place of the Apocrypha), overviews of the whole Bible and introductions to the major sections of both testaments.
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Readings for Weddings
An imaginative anthology of readings for weddings.
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On being a Bishop
Neither an autobiography nor a memoir, but a series of random notes and jottings, giving insight into the life and work of a bishop, and how the Church of Ireland works.
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The Flowering of the Soul
A collection of almost 1000 prayers by more than 200 women from 13 different religions and many different cultures in a remarkable anthology.
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Crime
A discussion of the nature of crime in an advanced industrial society.
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Just War?
A consideration of the challenges and opportunities which the concept of a just war poses to the churches.
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Candle Atlas of the Bible
An attractively produced compact atlas.
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Sounding Heaven and Earth
This book is written for the benefit of those adolescents who are reaching for something without knowing what.
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Healed, Restored, Forgiven
A compilation of liturgies, prayers and readings for the ministry of healing; intended as a companion for clergy and laity involved in this developing ministry.
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The Healthy Churches Handbook
A book by a well-known writer on the subject about the health of churches as whole communities - a sequel to his earlier Growing healthy churches.
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Lectionary Reflections Year A
Consists of short pieces originally published in the Church Times. They provide an accessible way into the readings for each Sunday which Readers will find useful in sermon preparation.
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Paul and his World
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