Friday, 29 May 2009

Bear this in Mind

We're always encouraging you to read more, but this is the main point, as I was reminded in a greetings card today:-
"In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."
Does anyone know the author of this quotation?
Please let me know your favourites on the subject of reading.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Great God of Wonders

A recent 'chance' remark by a friend caused me to pick up this book Great God of Wonders by Maurice Roberts. I haven't read Roberts before and have quickly discovered that he doesn't beat about the bush. The first paragraph of the book quoted below should illustrate the point...
"Whatever the pressures are to the contrary, the serious Christian MUST keep a careful watch over the inner state and attitude of his own soul. Just as there are temptations for the careless and the idle Christian, so too are there snares for the Christian who becomes too busy. We are too busy whenever we cannot safeguard our times of private prayer, meditation and devotional Bible reading. What happens when outward duties become excessive and over-demanding is that inner, secret duties are performed in a merely routine way. It is all too possible to conduct our private and family worship with our minds half taken up with other things. We persuade ourselves that we have been worshipping God, but on such occasions we have been no better than those to whom God said, 'This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me' (Matthew 15:8)"

The book consists of articles which originally appeared as editorials in the Banner of Truth magazine (which Maurice Roberts edited between 1988 and 2003). From a quick scan of the book I suspect that it will continue in the same challenging vein, with chapter headings such as 'The Strife of Tongues', 'Dealing with our Differences' and 'Why Christians must be readers' (which I suspect I should be quoting in full !).

Great God of Wonders by Maurice Roberts, published by Banner of Truth, £6


Thursday, 14 May 2009

CBC or Tryfan?

Now that the company that own the Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) have bought up the Christian Booksellers Convention (CBC) the ideal time of year and format have changed for the worse. At least for 2009, and for those 'in the trade' in my opinion. I don't think I'm alone, but I keep aloof from the uproar. So this year Lorna and I packed the bags and headed to sunny North Wales rather than gloomy Sandown Park. Instead of incurring the costs of travel & accommodation in London, we thought we'd spend the time & money somewhere better. CBC or Tryfan? No competition! Just check out the pictures...

If you don't like mountains, at least admire God's handiwork. If you do but don't know Tryfan, then get your maps out now. The most sublime ridge scrambling in England and Wales is to be had here, right to the 3000+ ft summit. We were humbled with gratitude for the glorious weather window afforded us. Gusty side winds reminded us of how rusty our balance has become through lack of use. But aside from that there wasn't a cloud in the sky! The batteries are now fully recharged, and it's great to see the children again (excellently looked after by Lorna's parents.) Here's to the next CBC!


Wednesday, 6 May 2009

It's May!

So, we're in a new month, Spring is really here, it's time to brush off the cobwebs and try something new ... how about a new book! Our May bulletin highlights a few books that are a little different, perhaps not what you would normally go for, but all under £9 it won't break the bank to give them a go.
btw we're also offering Holiness by Ryle for only £3.50 (normally £9.95), see the May Bulletin for details