• Self-help & personal development

      Keeping the Faith

      Daily Reflections to Build Strength, Serenity, and Passion in Your Life and the Lives of Others

      by John W. Pozzi

      THE TRUE FAITH THAT MUST BE FOUND AND KEPT IS THE FAITH IN ONESELF. Each day you give a part of yourself whether it is at work, at home, or in your daily interaction with others. How do you give of yourself? Do you hold back or go at life half-heartedly? You need to give of yourself with heart, mind, and soul all the time. You never know what interaction with a person will make a difference in their life — or yours. If you don’t believe in yourself and don’t have the confidence to grow each day, then you are missing out on what life has to offer you. This simple book will inspire you to help others. Or, at the very least, you will make another person’s day — and, therefore, your day — better.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2012

      The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

      The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

      by Adam C. English

      With his rosy cheeks and matching red suit—and ever-present elf and reindeer companions—Santa Claus may be the most identifiable of fantastical characters. But what do we really know of jolly old Saint Nicholas, "patron saint" of Christmastime? Ask about the human behind the suit, and the tale we know so well quickly fades into myth and folklore.In The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, religious historian Adam English tells the true and compelling tale of Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra. Around the fourth century in what is now Turkey, a boy of humble circumstance became a man revered for his many virtues. Chief among them was dealing generously with his possessions, once lifting an entire family out of poverty with a single--and secret--gift of gold, so legend tells. Yet he was much more than virtuous. As English reveals, Saint Nicholas was of integral influence in events that would significantly impact the history and development of the Christian church, including the Council of Nicaea, the destruction of the temple to Artemis in Myra, and a miraculous rescue of three falsely accused military officers. And Nicholas became the patron saint of children and sailors, merchants and thieves, as well as France, Russia, Greece, and myriad others.Weaving together the best historical and archaeological evidence available with the folklore and legends handed down through generations, English creates a stunning image of this much venerated Christian saint. With prose as enjoyable as it is informative, he shows why the life--and death--of Nicholas of Myra so radically influenced the formation of Western history and Christian thought, and did so in ways many have never realized. ; 1. Finding St. Nicholas2. Out of a Dying World Comes a Light3. Three Gifts and One Election4. The Work of Victory5. Riots, Beheadings, and Other Near Misfortunes6. Death Is Only the BeginningNotesRecommended ReadingsIndex

    • Humanities & Social Sciences

      Light in the Darkness

      Four Christian Apologists

      by Jon Elsby

      Christian apologetics is an important area of intellectual endeavour and achievement, standing at the boundaries between theology, philosophy and literature. Yet it has been largely neglected by historians of literature and ideas. In these essays, the author attempts to establish apologetics as a subject deserving of respect in its own right. He analyses the apologetic arguments and strategies of four of the greatest Christian apologists of the twentieth century – Hilaire Belloc, G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, and C. S. Lewis. He shows how different lines of argument support each other and converge on the same conclusion: that what Chesterton called ‘orthodoxy’ and Lewis ‘mere Christianity’ represents the fundamental truth about the relations between human beings, the universe, and God.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2015

      Wrestling With the Angel

      A Convert's Tale

      by Jon Elsby

      Who am I? Am I an autonomous being, able to define myself by my own free choices, or a created being with a given human nature, living in a world which, in significant respects, does not depend on me? Are these two views necessarily opposed? Wrestling With the Angel is one man’s attempt to answer those questions. Raised as a Protestant, the author lost his faith in his teenage years, and then gradually regained it – but in an unexpected form. This is the story of a spiritual and intellectual journey from Protestantism to atheism, and beyond: a journey which finally, and much to the author’s surprise, reached its terminus in the Catholic Church.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2017

      Found Out

      Women’s faith in sexuality

      by Alison Webster

      More than twenty years after Found Wanting, her acclaimed critique of the Church and women’s sexuality, Alison Webster presents a positive book of practical theology that gives voice to the experiences of marginalised women. In response to the challenges of today, including people trafficking, greater exposure to internet pornography, a rise in mental ill-health, she puts forward a new model of faith identity based on Jesus as fundamentally a boundary-crosser (divine/human), reclaiming as positive the often painful place of being ‘in-between’, of not belonging.

    • Christian life & practice
      January 2008

      God of Surprises

      by Gerard W. Hughes (By (author))

      Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of God is like a treasure hidden in a field’. God of Surprises shows how we can find that treasure in the most unlikely of places – ourselves. Written for ‘bewildered, confused and disillusioned Christians’ as a guide for the inner spiritual journey in which we are all engaged, God of Surprises has much to say to those who have a love/hate relationship with the Church to which they belong or once belonged. This is an unforgettable book that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of readers. God of Surprises is also available as a course study package for groups, ideal for Lent use. Each pack includes an audio cassette and ten copies of the accompanying booklet. The booklet includes extracts from the original book plus new material written by Hughes for the course, and ends with suggestions for different ways of praying.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      February 2018

      Lasting Happiness

      The journey towards wholeness and fulfilment

      by Andrew Parnham

      The creator of The Happiness Course explores what it means to be happy, why being happy is so important to us, and what it may require from us to attain happiness. Andy Parnham shows that finding happiness means searching for wholeness and fulfilment, and is a journey that may not be easy and may not be the path we expected. The book includes a section for people of faith, but has been written for everyone.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      August 2017

      Reclaiming the Common Good

      How Christians can help re-build our broken world

      by Virginia Moffatt

      After decades of political consensus, we are entering a time in which everything about the way we live today, and about how our society and communities are structured, is up for discussion. Many people are feeling empowered to ask: What kind of world do we want to live in? One that works for a few, or one that works for the common good? What part can Christians play in building a future of hope, peace, equality an justice? Reclaiming the Common Good is a collection of essays which consider these themes. Beginning with an explanation of the history and meaning of the term ‘common good’, it explores how the sense of working for this ideal has been lost. Focussing, biblically, on issues such as welfare, austerity, migration, environment, peace and justice, it provides a compellingly fresh and insightful analysis on the state of the world today, and offers a realistic vision of how it could be better. This vision is rooted in the idea of a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem, as suggested in the book of Revelation. This collection has been compiled and edited by Virginia Moffatt, a writer, community activist and former Chief Operating Officer of the belief and values think-tank, Ekklesia. Its other contributors are: Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, John Moffatt SJ, Simon Barrow, Bernadette Meaden, Dr Simon Duffy, Rev. Vaughan Jones, Savitri Hensman , Ellen Teague, Edward P. Echlin, Henrietta Cullinan, Susan Clarkson and Rev. Dr Simon Woodman.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      February 2018

      Transfaith

      A Transgender Pastoral Care Handbook

      by Chris Dowd

      A resource for ministers and congregations who want to begin to understand and/or welcome transgender people into their congregations. The book has the following aims: to give the results of the first research based project into the experiences of trans Christians in the UK; to provide a theological and biblical framework in which ministers and congregations can begin to understand the insights and issues transgender people bring; to provide a series of insights that inform the pastoral care of transgender people, their families and friends; to provide resources in the form of liturgies and Bible studies that can be used by ministers and congregations exploring and/or experiencing these issues.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2018

      Untruth

      Musing with Kierkegaard on Christian Living in Fractured World

      by Michael Stark

      Soren Kierkegaard was a leading philosopher of his day, and a prophet for us living in the 21st Century today. Based in the teaching of Kierkegaard, author Michael Stark explores what it means to life authentically and as a ‘true Christian’. His chapters explore contemporary topics such as politics, the media, the Internet, relationships and anxiety. The book as a whole aims to make the philosophy of Kierkegaard accessible to a wide readership, offering substance and perspective to live well in a pluralist world.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2017

      Waiting on the Word

      Preaching sermons which connect people with God

      by Lorraine Cavanagh

      The preacher’s task is to make it possible for their listeners to meet Jesus Christ in their own lives, rather than to simply ‘convert’ them. To this end, preachers must connect with those they are speaking to in ways which help them make sense of the Christian faith in their own circumstances and in the times we live in. Waiting on the Word poses a series of questions that go to the heart of the preacher’s own vocation: - What do people expect from a sermon? - What are their pastoral and intellectual needs? - How can the preacher feel confident that he or she has the words needed to meet the spiritual, ethical and political challenges of today? - How can he or she develop ‘presence’?

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2018

      Just Love

      A journey of self-acceptance

      by Jayne Ozanne

      From one of the UK's most widely-respected gay evangelicals comes a powerful faith memoir of overcoming inner conflict and taking a stand against one of the greatest institutional injustices of our time. Just Love is the autobiography of Jayne Ozanne, a prominent gay Anglican, who struggled for over 40 years to reconcile her faith with her sexuality before becoming one of the leading figures that is ushering in a new era of LGBTI acceptance in the Church. Jayne’s story includes: a faith journey in which she became a founding member of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council, working in charities she has set up that has taken her from the White House to the jungles of Burma; studying as a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University to working alongside international figures such as Tony Blair and the Vicar of Baghdad; becoming hospitalised as she attempted to find ‘healing’ from her sexuality, and then ostracised by many Christians after she finally decided she had no choice but to come out; becoming a high-profile campaigner for LGBTI acceptance in the Church and helping to lead the revolt in the General Synod that overturned the House of Bishops’ report on same-sex marriage. Jayne’s story serves as a lifeline for LGBTI Christians struggling to reconcile their faith with their sexuality.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      June 2018

      Coming Home

      by Jon Elsby

      Coming Home looks, in the broadest sense, at the Catholic Church and the phenomenon of conversion. It considers, among other things, the varied components of Catholic identity; the complex, multifaceted relations between Catholicism and postmodernism, and between Church doctrine and pastoral praxis; and the controversies between so-called conservatives and liberals over the direction the Church should take in the future. The Catholic Church, with its 2,000 years of accumulated doctrine and definition, claims to be the one and only divinely appointed repository of religious truth and wisdom, authoritatively taught and preserved for transmission to posterity. No other institution makes such a claim. It would be unwise to dismiss that claim in accordance with some dogmatic presupposition rather than weighing it impartially according to the evidence. Coming Home invites the reader to consider all the evidence before making up his or her own mind.

    • Romance

      Embracing Change

      by Debbie Roome

      Embracing Change is an inspirational story of personal challenge. When Sarah Johnson’s fiancé is killed by a hijacker in South Africa, Sarah carries out his wish to continue with their plan and moves to New Zealand, taking his ashes to scatter there. In her grief she hasn’t counted on her gradual healing coming from two unexpected sources: Jesus Christ, and His new plan for her: Joel Baxter. But will Joel’s old flame, Mandy, succeed in destroying Sarah’s fragile progress in both her spiritual and earthly paths? And will she ever break free of the oppressive power still held over her by the hijacker who murdered her fiancé and attacked her, too? It takes a journey halfway back across the world for Sarah to face her demons, and finally forgive.

    • Romance

      A Flight Delayed

      by KC Lemmer

      Quirky and exotic! When career-focused Amanda McCree discovers that her controlling Great Aunt, as a last request, has especially asked that Amanda carry her Aunt's remains to Cape Town, Amanda is furious. The last thing she wants is to be forced to visit her parents there, after so many years of bitterness over their rejection. To top it all, she finds herself stranded at her stopover in Bulawayo due to fuel shortages! But through the love of a family that takes her into their game reserve home, the economic crisis of Zimbabwe, and a man who daily lives with his own guilt and heartbreak, Amanda realises that God is more interested in her than she had ever thought. In the heart of the African bush, as she is let into the hurting world of the handsome Caleb Jacobs and his family, Amanda is forced to face her own family divisions and to depend upon the God she thought had failed her.

    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
      June 2011

      Resting In the Bosom Of the Lamb

      by Augusta Trobaugh

      Four elderly southern women share a house, a history, and heartbreaking secrets. Baby girl, I hope you’re listening real good to what I’m gonna tell you about that sure-enough miracle we got us. Had to be a miracle, because in all my born days, I didn’t never think it could turn out like this. Didn’t never think you’d be sitting right here on this very porch with me, hearing me talk about all us folks you don’t know nothing much about yet.. . . Back then, I didn’t really know that all the folks who came ahead of us are like the brown roots of a big old vine growing close to the porch, and even though those roots are way down deep in the ground where we can’t see them, they’re still there. And we grow from them, our whole lives, and then, if we’re lucky, others grow from us. Well, I expect that the ones who came before us—black and white—had things they had to keep still about, too, just like me and Miss Cora. Things we had to do, whether we liked it or not. And then never speak of them again. Augusta Trobaugh is the acclaimed author of fine novels including PraiseJerusalem, Sophie and the Rising Sun, and coming soon, Music From Beyond the Moon.

    • Christian life & practice

      No Ordinary Child

      A Christian Mother's Acceptance of Her Gay Son

      by Jacqueline. Ley

      This book of reflections on a mother's journey from craving 'normality' for her gay son to celebrating him as a blessedly extraordinary creature of God is not only a chronicle of a remarkable change of attitude. It is also an argument for letting go of our preconceptions about other people - often those nearest and dearest to us - and acknowledging that what God plans for their lives may be something greater and more mysterious than we can ever imagine.

    • Adventure

      Blue Freedom

      by Sandra Peut

      Blue Freedom is funny, wild, and sometimes woolly, but always entertaining! Bella Whitman is a freelance health and fitness writer with a tragic history. When she is offered a dream opportunity to undertake a writing assignment which will take her on a journey across the South Pacific islands, she grabs it, despite her misgivings about the arrogant but handsome editor in charge of the magazine, Ethan Gray – and Jay Hinkley, the contract photographer Ethan has hired to travel with her. Despite a rocky start, Bella finds herself being drawn to Jay as they work and travel through the islands. But can this relationship develop into more than a friendship, when he already has a woman in his life? And with a dangerous hitman trailing their every move, can Bella and Jay finish their assignment - despite the shadowy motives of their employer Ethan - and survive a deadly rendezvous with a Thai drug consortium in a nail-biting climax? Through this fast-paced adventure, Bella is able to find healing from past pain and discover emotional and spiritual freedom.

    • Historical fiction
      July 2010

      River Of Fire

      by Jacquelyn Cook

      Two men desired Adrianna. Only a river of fire could prove which one deserved her love and trust. Adrianna, the granddaughter of a prominent Alabama senator, is rich, beautiful, and an exalted member of antebellum society. Yet she longs for an enduring passion. She's attracted to the respectable Foy, yet can't be certain his actions match his righteous talk. His competition, the rakish and elegant Green Bethune, promises a life of adventure in the world far from Adrianna's quiet, isolated hometown of Eufaula, but is Green a wolf in fine clothing? The choice may tear her soul apart.

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