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New Books

I am delighted to announce that two new books, based around the work on this blog and some I found languishing on my computer have been published.

Introducing Voices Through Mark. Mark is the feature gospel in the coming lectionary year, so it could be useful for that.

Voices Through Mark journeys through all of Mark’s gospel from John the Baptist up to The Plot to kill Jesus.

We hear the voices of the characters encountering Jesus for the first time and the development of what Jesus means to them and the world.

Suitable for use as private reflection or in worship.

Price £7 plus £2.00 postage.

It is a bit early, but in this strange current world, who knows what might happen, so here is Voices Through Lent

Beginning with an Ash Wednesday appraisal of our lives in the light of the Ten Commandments, we journey together through Lent, hearing the voices along the way.

It follows the Lectionary readings for Years A, B and C from Ash Wednesday to Lent 5.

Each of the 16 voices stands alone, but weaves together to forma whole.

The pieces in this book are suitable for personal or public reflection and worship following the lectionary readings for the first five Sundays in Lent leading up to Holy Week.

I have copies available, or it is available directly from Moorleys, price £4.50 plus £1.50 postage.

I am doing a offer of both together for £11 plus £2.50 postage

I can also make the text of either book available as a PDF. Please contact me.

All my books are available from Moorleys, or you can order directly from me – please use the contact form below to contact me. If you live near me, I can leave one in the porch for collection or get it put through your door. Or as per the Eyam plague, goods and money can be left at the boundary marker!

Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me to do this and helped make it possible – and to those who support it.

Both Voices Through Advent and Christmas (£4) and Voices Through Holy Week and Easter (£4.50)are also still available.

Book Cull :(

I am getting rid of books.

Not lightly, and in most circumstances not because they are no good – though I confess some have never been opened.  I have to move on, Circuit Ministry is not happening for me at the moment.  We do not have the room and all these books have been unlooked at for nearly eight years, so I would rather someone else had them if they are any use.

They are just as they have come out of their storage box.  Some are yellowed, some do have my scribbling in.  They all have address labels stuck in the front page.  Just because I own them, doesn’t mean I agree with them – I cannot be held responsible for the views inside them!  Some are simply outdated, but may be interesting if you’re writing essays and trying to put a subject into context. If you would like one, please let me know.

If you want more details, I will do what I can.  I am not asking anything for them, but postage costs would be appreciated.  Drop off points may be possible.  Please also bear in mind that as someone with a chronic illness, I am slow – but doing my best 🙂 (and the same reason they’re not listed in alphabetical order!)

Oh and in case of more than one request, it will be first come – rubbish I know, but this has to be stress free – sorry!

So, here is a list, hopefully in some kind of order:


Max Lucado                                                                 And the Angels Were Silent
Paul T Harris                                                               The Heart of Silence
Karen Moore                                                               Wellspring
Walter Wangering Jr                                               Reliving the Passion
Joyce Huggett                                                            Listening to Others
Margaret Cundiff                                                     Living by the Book
Bruce Larson                                                             What God Wants to Know
All Year Round 1998 (Meditations for the seasons, designed for worship – in a loose leaf folder)
Janet Morely                                                             Companions of God – Praying for peace in the Holy Land (1994)
Dawn to Dusk – The 1996 Methodist Companion
Margaret Pawley                                                    Praying for People
Frank Topping                                                        Lord of the Evening
Frank Topping                                                        Lord of Time
Frank Topping                                                        Lord of the Morning
Frank Colquhoun                                                 Prayers for Today
Eddie Askew                                                            Many Voices, One Voice
The SPCK Book of Christian Prayer
The Lion Christian Poetry Collection
The Lion Prayer Collection
Joyce Huggett                                                        Joy to the World
Agatha Christine Mallowan                            Star Over Bethlehem
David Winter                                                           Hope in the Wilderness
David Winter                                                           What’s in a Word?
Philip Newell                                                           Promptings From Paradise
Kevin Scully                                                              Sensing the Passion
Adrian Plass                                                             And Jesus Will be Born

Christian Life

Rita Bennett                      Making Peace with Your Inner Child
Eric Liddell                         The Disciplines of the Christian Life
John Allan                          Shopping for a God
Elizabeth Goldsmith     Going Places
Ruth Graham                   In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart
Nicky Gumbel                  Questions of Life
Michael Mitton               The Rainbow of Renewal
Philip Newell                    One Foot in Eden
John Ortberg                   Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them
Pete Ward                          Liquid Church
Hannah Hurnard           Hinds’ feet on High Places
Meg Scott                           The Tug of Two Loves
Bill Hybels                          Too Busy Not to Pray

Schools/Children – practical and theory

Flatpack – Ready-to-go assemblies for 11-14s
Janet King                           52 Easy to Use Assemblies for Middle and Secondary Schools
Sue Relf                                 100 Instant Children’s Talks
John M Hull                        Utopian Whispers – Moral, Religious and Spiritual Values in Schools Ishmael                                 Reclaiming a Generation
Michael Botting (ed)       Drama For All the Family
Michael Botting (ed)      For All the Family
John M Hull                         The Holy Trinity and Christian Education in a Pluralist World Patricia St John                 Would You Believe It?
Eleanor D Gatliffe             Death in the Classroom
William L Coleman          My Magnificent Machine
Lynda Neilands                 50 Stories for Special Occasions Chris Chesterton
77 Talks for 21st Century Kids Penguins Family Adventures (from the creators of Veggie Tales)
Margaret Cooling            Wisdom for Worship – 70 Reflective Assemblies for Primary Schools
Learning with the Sunday Gospels – Trinity Sunday to Christ the King
Steve Chalke                      The Parenttalk Guide to the Childhood Years

Josephine Laffin                     The Duffer’s Guide to the Old Testament
Bible Handbook and A-Z Bible |Encyclopedia
John Rogerson    Atlas of the Bible
David Kossoff                 Bible Stories
Christina Buchmann and Celina Spiegel (ed)     Out of the Garden
Mike Coles                            God’s Reality Show
Tom Houston                       Characters Around the Cross
H L Ellison                                The Message of the Old Testament
Gerd Theisson                     The Social Setting of Pauline Christianity
Graham N Stanton             The Gospels and Jesus
William Neil’s One Volume Bible Commentary
Wendy Virgo                          The Prophetess
F F Bruce                                  The Pauline Circle
John Ziesler                           Pauline Christianity
Richard Coggins                  Introducing the Old Testament
Adrian Plass                           Never Mind the Reversing Ducks


Rob Parsons                         The Sixty Minute Father
Rob Parsons                         Loving Against the Odds
Rob Parsons                         The Sixty Minute Marriage
Something to Celebrate – Valuing Families in Church and Society
Margaret Withers             Where are the Children?


Geoff Walters                                    Why Do Christians Find it Hard to Grieve?
Althea Pearson                                Growing Through Loss and Grief
Parker, Fraser and Rivers         In Search of Wholeness
Philip Yancey                                   Where is God When it Hurts?
Donald Eadie                                   Grain in Winter


5000 Quotations for Teachers and Preachers
W J Limmer SHeppard           Great Hymns and their Stories
Howard Belben (ed)                 Ministry in the Local Church
Robert L Randall                         What People Expect from Church
Eddie Gibbs and Ian Coffey   Church Next
The Lion Christian Quotation Collection


Gordon Thomas             Magdalene
Colin Blakely                     It’s The Gospel Truth
Riah Abu El-Assal           Caught In Between
John Wesley: Contemporary Perspectives (1988)
David Lyon                         Postmodernity
Jane Craske & Clive Marsh (ed)   Methodism and the Future
Eddie Stobart                     Only the Best Will Do
Helena Wilkinson             Puppet on a String
Malcolm Folley                   A Time to Jump – Jonathan Edwards
Adrian Plass                        Ghosts

To e-read, or not to e-read

A small diversion from my usual topics today, but I’m looking for some wisdom.

I love to read.  Always have, probably always will.  One of my favourite hobbies is people watching, and you can do that so well in books.  They are also a good way to explore other views, other cultures, other situations.  In short reading is a joy.

So… with an impending birthday, and a collection of vouchers for a certain internet book store, I got round to wondering again about an electronic reading device.


I can see many advantages:

  • It’s light
  • I can get several books on it – no taking up space with books when I go on holiday – last time I took four!
  • I can read it when other people are asleep without disturbing them

I can also see disadvantages:

  • what about all the books I already own?
  • I’m not sure about it for the beach
  • It costs a more than a paperback to take out and about and risk losing it or it being taken
  • I’m worried for when I fall asleep reading and it lands on my head!!

But then I got to thinking about some other issues, perhaps ones that effect the wider community:

  • I get most of my books from the library.  I like it that way.  It enables me to read books I might not otherwise pick up, for fear of spending money and not liking it.  It also allows me to read as many books as I want, not as many as I can afford.  Having to buy rather than borrow books, would cost me a lot more.  But there are much wider issues than that.  If we all start reading e-books on readers, where will that leave our libraries?  Libraries are valuable community spaces, and every person that stops using them puts them further at risk of closure or even shorter opening hours – and where will that leave those people who have to depend on them – not just the buildings, but the mobile libraries.
  • What about the people who I can share books with now?  I can’t pass on an e-book that I’ve downloaded.
  • And the same applies to charity shops.  I guess a fair bit of their trade comes from selling second-hand books.  If we all moved to e-books, that would be one more thing they have less of to sell and fewer opportunities to raise much-needed funds. (Though I’m not sure of the law re copyright and re-selling in both these cases.  I appreciate that authors have a right to earn their money for the work they have produced, maybe that’s another question…)

So I find my self in not just a financial, but a moral dilemma.  Can anyone offer me any help in unpicking it?

To e-read or not to e-read – that is the question…