Saturday, 18 August 2012

Holiday time

I'm afraid it's time for us to take a little break.  We're heading off to Wales for a few days next week & will be having a 'technical time out' (or as I saw on BBC Online today a 'digital detox' or 'personal reboot'!).  Please be assured that we have a wonderful army of helpers keeping the shop open for us (9:30am-5:00pm) who will be happy to help you out in person or by phone.  We plan to be back in harness after the bank holiday & will look foward to catching up with you all then.

Please be warned that during the bank holiday week we have some shop fitters booked in so the shop will be closed for most if not all of the week (keep an eye on our facebook page for regular updates on this).  We will however be digital again, so our mail order side should not be affected.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Perfect Timing!

I'm really chuffed that we have just received our new stock of Cruciform Press books - just in time for me to add them to my holiday reading pile! 
In this batch of books we have added 3 new titles to our Cruciform Press stock - this is in response to direct requests from our customers so we hope you will enjoy them. 

Servanthood as Worship - The privilege of life in a local Church by Nate Palmer. 
This is a book which looks not at leadership in the church but at the role of the 'normal' member and their calling to serve within their local church setting.

Intentional Parenting - Family discipleship by Design by Ted Thompson.  The blurb says...

Many books involving family life and child training are well worth reading.  This is not one of these books.  This book will allow you to take what you have read, and all the sermons, teachings, and exhortations you have received on family discipleship, and make sense of it.

This sounds like just the book for me!

Awaiting a Saviour - The gospel, the new creation and the end of poverty by Aaron Armstrong.
This one looks to be an interesting read about the opportunities and limitations of ministry to the poor.  Pastor Dave Kraft writes...

Awaiting a Saviour brings a fresh approach to the world-wide problem of poverty.  It is gospel-driven, Jesus-centred, and gets at the real but often overlooked cause of poverty... it is a solid theological treatment of what poverty really stems from and how to see it within a biblical framework.

See our complete stock of Cruciform Press titles

All I need now is to head off to Wales & find a cosy caravan to hole up in with my pile of books.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Secondhand books

The secondhand book listing has been updated on the site today.  It now contains nearly 4000 titles - so plenty to browse through! This is a fully searchable spreadsheet done in Microsoft Excel, which most people will have bought with their computer, be it PC or Mac. But it can also be opened in freely available programs such as OpenOffice. We have inherited a huge variety of secondhand plus antiquarian books, and we would not like to vouch for each one, but it will certainly repay a look.

Perfect Holiday Reading!

Those of you who received our August Bulletin have obviously been impressed by our recommended holiday reading for this year because we have now sold out of all the Pocket Puritans we had on offer! 
Read the full bulletin here if you haven't already seen it (the trailblazers are still available).
So, to compensate for those who feel they may have missed out, I have rooted around and found some more Pocket Puritans that don't look in tip top condition.  These can go at the bargain price of £2 too!

Repent and Believe! by Thomas Brooks (1 copy available)
Pastoral Ministry by Richard Baxter (1 copy available)
A Way to Pray by Matthew Henry (2 copies available)
Binge Drinking by John Flavel (3 copies available)

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Martin Luther

I just noticed this Martin Luther quote on my calendar
'We no more earn heaven by good works than babies earn their food and drink by crying and howling'
It sounds like classic 'no beating about the bush' Luther to me & made me smile because I have just spent the last hour immersed in Luther's commentary on Galatians and it is full of comments like this. Our online ladies reading club is coming to the end of this commentary on Galatians, it has taken us over a year to steadily work through, but I for one have enjoyed getting to grips with this incredible author who went through so much in his efforts to reform the church. He is amazingly easy to read so don't be put off trying him out.  If you fancy joining our reading club please let me know... we will shortly be choosing a new book to tackle so this would be a good point to get involved.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Ladies Night

No sooner is one event done, than another one is being planned!  This time we are working towards a ladies evening event (next week Thursday 16th, from 7:30pm for anyone wanting to join us) and I'm reading up on lots of 'ladies' books.  I don't really approve of dividing books up into ladies & mens, but I also can't really ignore the fact that certain books are much more often purchased by women rather than men.  It seems that publishers are becoming wise to this too. 

So here's a preview of some of the books I have been reading.  I couldn't possibly give away what I think of them... you'll have to turn up next week to find that out!