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Advent and Popular Titles

Advent For Everyone - A Journey with the Apostles by Tom Wright £7.99
Journeying through themes that make Christmas a time of hope and meaning for millions, Tom Wright guides you through how Jesus' life transformed the lives of the apostles in a reading a day throughout advent.
The One True Gift by Tim Chester £4.99
In these 24 short daily readings for Advent, Tim Chester peels back the layers on Philippians 2. Each day includes ideas for reflection, prayer and application, designed to excite you about the One True Gift-the Lord Jesus-in the run-up to Christmas Day.
Hark! A History of Christmas by Paul Kerensa £7.99
Comedy writer Paul Kerensa tells of the history of all things Christmas related from the reasons why celebrate when we do to facts about our favourite Christmas songs. A light hearted but fact packed read.
Unearthly Beauty by Magdalen Smith £7.99
Here, the author turns to the Saints to grow in you a rich view of the Christmas period. In a reading a day, we read about some holy, some seemingly ordinary characters who reveal to us a deeper understanding of the fluid nature of divine grace.
Christmas Through the Keyhole by Derek Tidball £6.99
Using the method taken from the television programme, the author invites us to look into the Christmas story and examine the evidence of the songs of the bible to reveal the wonderful truth of the birth of the Saviour.
In Touch With God by Michael and Rosemary Green £7.99
This series of 25 meditations looks at how great biblical heroes of faith turned to God in times of need and in times of joy, showing how a better understanding of their experience can help us to keep in touch with God today.
The Fate of Kings by Mark Stibbe and G.P.Taylor £8.99
This spy thriller set in 1793 tells of Thomas Pryce, the new vicar of Deal, who travels to France amid terror attacks only to discover a plot that threatens to topple the British monarchy. A gripping read.
My Advent Activity Pack by Juliet David £9.99
Plenty of Advent fun with this pack which includes a beautiful pop-up stable scene with 24 flaps, an A5 colouring book, and two sticker sheets.
Pull-Out Christmas by Josh Edwards £6.99
Learn all about Mary and Joseph's journey and the birth of baby Jesus. See how the story unfolds in the first eight pages and who travels from afar to see the new born King, as the final spread extends and extends
Unbelievable? By Justin Brierley £9.99
Seeking to re-open the debate on faith between Christians and atheists and sceptics, Justin Brierley began to invite non-believers on to Premier Radio to air arguments for and against the Christian Faith. Reflecting on conversations with people such as Richard Dawkins, Derren Brown and many more, Justin explains why he still finds Christianity the most compelling explanation for life, the universe and everything.
More Than Words - Hannah Dunnett £12.99
This book contains many of Hannah’s beautiful pieces of artwork which interweave Bible verses with images. Hannah has chosen 24 of her favourites and tells us the story of each one. She draws out the key verses and meanings and offers questions and journaling space for personal prayer and reflection. This book would make a beautiful gift.
The Good Book By Deron Spoo £9.99
Deron Spoo zeroes in on just 40 key Bible Chapters, unlocking the major themes of Scripture, making the Bible uniquely personal and enabling the reader to draw closer to God. There is a children’s version of this book called 'The Good Book For Kids'.
Hidden Wings By Margaret Silf £12.99
Using the example of a caterpillar entering the devastating, world-altering stage of the chrysalis, before emerging - transformed - as a butterfly, Margaret Silf helps us to see that these times of chaos could in fact be an opportunity for profound spiritual transformation.
Union With Christ By Rankin Wilbourne £9.99
Union with Christ offers unexpected answers to life’s most basic questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I headed? How will I get there? The author writes about the Gospel as being union with Christ, and how the understanding of this basic fact can have powerful consequences for how we see ourselves and experience life with God.
Come, Let Us Age! By Wanda Nash £6.99
Wanda Nash, in her late 70’s reflects on growing old with faith and a positive spirit. This book is full of her own insights and experiences, including her reflections on her encounter with terminal cancer. She demonstrates a profound sense of the value and purposefulness of ‘old age’ as a Christian.
A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation By Nick Page £16.99
This promises to be the complete and utter history of the Reformation; informative, funny and up to 100% true. Along the way we meet the heroes and villains, the saints and sinners, the winners and Luthers, the bad Popes and the ever worse Popes, the good, the bad, and the Zwingli!
Knowing God By J. John £3.99
A beautifully illustrated, theologically sound explanation of the Christian Faith for children. Most suitable for ages 5-8. It really is very well-written and a firm favourite with the Cornerstone team. Excellent value too!
Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby £9.99
In his first full-length book the Archbishop of Canterbury looks at the subject of money and materialism. Reflecting on the impact of our own attitudes and the pressures that surround us, this book encourages us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God.
Hope When It Hurts - Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton £11.99
This really does deliver what it promises. Hope. We all face times of trouble and walk alongside others in theirs. The two authors open up their hearts and share their own stories and experiences, and in doing so impart the message that God wants to give us hope - not just beyond our hurts, but also in them. They write this book in the thick of their own suffering, demonstrating courage and faith in the Biblical principles that enable them to persevere and grow. As well as honest, personal accounts it contains sound Scripture reflections and there is also space for journaling.
12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You - Tony Reinke £12.50
There is no doubt that our use of the smartphone is changing us - not only as a human race but also as individuals. The author uses the insights of numerous thinkers, published studies and his own research to identify 12 potent ways out smartphones have changed us - for good and bad. His message is a calling to cultivate wise thinking and healthy habits in the digital age and encouraging us to maximise the many blessings and avoid the various pitfalls that the use of our smartphone offer us. This book reminds us that our phone habits will either amplify or get in the way of our most important relationship – the relationship we have with God our Father.
Simply Stories of Jesus - Dorothy Wigan £6.99
The Author reflects on events from the ministry of Jesus in a different way - from the perspective of those whose lives were transformed through their encounters with Him. You will find yourself in awe at the deep compassion, gentleness and love of the Messiah and will be encouraged to approach Him with a renewed expectation of His goodness towards you. This is a thin, readable, approachable book which is also very powerful and encouraging.
Jumble Sales of the Apocalypse - Simon Jenkins £9.99
This is a witty and perceptive book which addresses some of the Church’s peculiarities in a really comical way. He tackles some of the often neglected theological questions in an accessible, joyful manner through his observations and accompanying cartoons. Steve Tomkins writes that 'Jenkins has a collector’s eye for those special moments when religion crosses the line from heart-warming to toe-curling.'
All Together – Steve and Bekah Legg £7.99
This is a down-to-earth and accessible 12-week family devotional which has a short Bible passage, a thought to consider, questions to spark conversation and a simple prayer for every day. There is also a suggestion every weekend of something to try and do all together as a family. It is designed to offer encouragement to our families to share the big things and the small things with each other, to talk about God and also the everyday things of life.
God Is Stranger - Krish Kandiah £13.99
In this book the author faces up to the danger of God becoming over familiar and forgettable to us. He brings Bible stories to life, illustrating them with personal experience and social relevance, and each time God turns up - strange, dangerous, but always good. We are encouraged to lean in to passages of Scripture that challenge our perception of what it looks like when God shows up. We may find ourselves going beyond what we have been comfortable with concerning God’s character and enter the terrain of what might be uncomfortable.
Why the Reformation still matters - Michael Reeves and Tim Chester - Price £9.99
Reeves and Chester invite the reader on a journey of reflection as they ponder whether the influence of the reformation has been diminished, to ask the demands of culture and modern sensibilities have watered down the legacy of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and others. At times they suggest we have reverted to a pre-Reformation view and issue a call to the Church to reclaim the ground won by the architects of Protestantism.

In a well thought and argued case there is much to make the reader think. There is no need to understand the intricacies of Reformation theology but this analysis demands folk willing to reflect on the journey through the book in the hope of re-committing to the essentials of Protestant understanding
Holy Habits - Andrew Roberts - £ 9.99
If you can overcome Roberts’s fawning appreciation of some authors this is a gem of a book. There is much to commend in his attempt to evolve a biblical picture of holiness but the identification and contemplation of holy habits based on Acts 2:42-47 is really helpful along with exercises, further reading and some probing thoughts.

Roberts’ chapters are short and well-constructed and his approach should appeal to people from across the theological and church spectrums as he invites rather than dictates a journey. Great resources for use by study groups. This should prove firm foundations for new believers as well as encouraging those who have journeyed for a while to re-invest in the call to be holy.
Mrs Luther and her sisters by Derek Wilson - Price: £9.99
Derek Wilson successfully brings to our attention the almost untold role of women in the Reformation. Starting with Catherine von Bora the wife of Martin Luther he takes his readers on a journey through reformation Europe and highlights remarkable women in a male dominated world. Some are heroes of the faith, undoubted saints of the church while others compete with male contemporaries in their attempts to impose their views.

Wilson speaks to those well - grounded in Reformation history and ideas as well as those for whom this period is something of a mystery. His readable presentation unravels an important story warts and all. Most of all he stresses how these exceptional women played a pivotal role in the changing nature of the church. An intriguing read.

The Gospels of Luke and John DVDs, produced by the Lumos Project £14.99 each
You’ve read the books, now watch the film! The Lumo Project have produced these stunning films of the gospels where the action is seen with the authentic languages being spoken, but in such a way that the main soundtrack is the full text of the gospel. For Luke’s gospel you choose whether to listen to Richard E Grant (Withnail & I, Dr Who, Downton Abbey) reading the NIV or Sir Derek Jacobi (I Claudius, Dr Who, Last Tango in Halifax) reading the King James Version. For John’s gospel the NIV is read by David Harewood (Homeland, Dr Who, The Night Manager) and the KJV by Brian Cox (War and Peace, Dr Who, Shetland).

Mark and Matthew due for release Autumn 2016 “A fabulous piece of work, which succeeds visually and dramatically.” The Sunday Times

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg - Price: £9.99
In Soul Keeping John Orberg sheds light on themost overlooked, underrated, and leas-understood part of your being. With a workable and relevant approach, he shows how living the ‘’with God’’ life isn’t just a good idea- it’s the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction. We asked the Chairman of Cornerstone’s Board of Trustees, Rev Richard Atkinson, to read and review this title for us:

If you are looking for an accessible book to aid your pilgrimage Ortberg’s reflections on the soul could be the ticket. In what is an autobiographical tract Ortberg charts the influence of his mentor Dallas Willard and in particular the encouragement to ensure all is well with the soul. The structure has Otrberg’s usual simplicity, beginning with an analysis of the soul and then offering ways of keeping your soul healthy. It is a mix of story, self-critique and the wisdom of the wise throughout which an engaging style takes the reader on Ortberg’s journey of self-discovery and so encourages reflections on whether we are the people that God wants us to be. It is a straightforward but challenging read and would suit any stage of the faith pilgrimage, a sort of spiritual direction exercise. Ortberg poses the thought that in the busyness of church life we often neglect the soul, our inner reality, and here offers a call to look inward in the hope of becoming more of a blessing to our families, our friends and our churches. Taking Ortberg’s journey will do no harm and could help any of us to be more at ease with who we are and who we can become.

Rev Richard Atkinson
His Story: The story of why we are here by Stuart Hacking published by Resource Publications Price: £17
Stuart Hacking is a Yorkshireman, who has lived and worked in Bradford for over 25 years. He is currently full time chaplain to Immanuel School in Idle, Bradford. We were delighted to learn of his first publication and asked our most recently recruited volunteer, Steve Allen, to read and review this title for us:

Ever tried to read the whole Bible, from front to back? Many start on that great enterprise but few complete it! However, if you want to get the big picture and see how the hundreds of individual stories of the Bible make a coherent narrative then His Story by Stuart Hacking is for you. Stuart starts at the beginning with the Creation stories and in a fast-moving style takes the reader right through the both Old and New Testaments. The 65 mini chapters are ideal for use as daily readings - many are just three or four pages long – and there are biblical references at the bottom of almost every page if you want to check something out.

His Story would be good for the new Christian who wants to get to grips with the Bible but it will also surprise those who have been Christians for a while. Stuart makes a lot of fascinating connections that are like links in a chain such as, for example, the Jericho prostitute Rahab marrying the great, great, great, great grandson of Judah and thereby joining the family tree that would one day lead to Jesus. In fact it’s the family of Abraham that is the thread that links this whole story together. Stuart has a great turn of phrase to connect with the modern reader, like comparing the cloud and the fire that led the children of Israel through the desert to God’s Sat-Nav.

Inevitably there is some quirkiness to this book. It can be irritating way he spells names, admittedly with the worthwhile aim of showing how the words for God (El and Yahweh), are incorporated into so many names. Sometimes the story is told with too much brevity and just occasionally those new to Scripture might struggle to follow the thread. But in a generation that is less familiar with the Bible story than any in the previous 500 years His Story is a welcome contribution.

Rev Steve Allen
Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey - Price: £11.99

"What's So Amazing about Grace?" by Philip Yancey was a publishing landmark and now, almost 20 years later, the author uses his journalistic skills to revisit the theme in an effort to discover whether Christians are now better able to share the gospel distinctive - grace.

Sadly and predictably his conclusions are not always positive, and the early chapters are full of anecdotal and statistical evidence of the judgemental and aggressive postures which Christians – especially evangelical Christians - are perceived as holding. Whilst many examples are drawn from the US experience, there is little for our comfort on this side of the Atlantic. “How can we be salt and yeast in a society which views us so negatively?” he wonders. Yet he goes on to describe how, throughout history, people of faith have exercised enormous influence for good - and shows how the opportunities still exist if we are alert enough to seize and use them.

And the model of course is Jesus, the master of the subversive method. In what was for me the most challenging yet exciting section of the book, Yancey outlines three kinds of "grace dispenser" - Christians of integrity who may still gain the respect of those outside the faith. These are pilgrims, who are travelling but do not claim to have arrived; activists, who seriously engage with the world's problems, and artists who seek to portray the human condition and God's response to it in ways which are creative. Such approaches, he argues, are more likely to gain faith an audience than the stereotypical apologist or evangelist. "Tell all the truth / but tell it slant" (Emily Dickinson).

Perhaps the biggest personal challenge from the book is the quotation from Hebrews which prefaces the whole work: "See to it that no-one misses the grace of God". I am not being held to account for the views of right wing US TV evangelists – but I am accountable if I in any way withold grace from another.

Review by Jim Hope (retired Cornerstone Bookshop manager)

FICTION

Acts and Omissions by Catherine Fox - Price: £9.99
The Bishop of Lindchester is happily married with four daughters. But does he have a secret? Archdeacon Matt is inclined to think not. That said, it’s obvious to him that Bishop Paul’s got a pretty big bee in his mitre about the brilliant troubled Freddie May…… Welcome to the fictional Diocese of Lindchester!

'Acts and Omissions is brave and beautiful, devastatingly hones, mercilessly funny, fundamentally kind.' Dr Margaret Masson, Vice-Principal, St Chad’s College, Durham.

Angels and Men by Catherine Fox - Price: £9.99
Parson’s daughter Mara John’s arrives as a postgraduate student at a great northern cathedral city. Antagonistic to the Church and fiercely independent, she repels all friendly overtures and seeks spiritual answers in her theological research. What will she do when she finds herself pursued by not one, but two suitors, both of whom are ordinands. She vowed she’d never marry a vicar.

'It’s a real pleasure to find what many readers are always on the looout for: a new and original writer of a rattling good story told with intelligence and depth' The Tablet

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers - Price: £8.99
Set in the 1950's Lena Scott is the hottest rising Hollywood star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.

To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. The circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Lena has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted.

Now, all she wants is a way back home to Haven. This highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

BIOGRAPHY / TESTIMONY

My Secret Life in Hut Six by Mair and Gethin Russell-Jones - Price: £9.99
Born and brought up in the sheltered environment of the Welsh valleys, Mair Thomas is amazed to discover her grasp of the German language and musical training make her an ideal code-breaker for Bletchley Park. She vividly captures an era of danger and day-to-day challenges with the constant strain occasionally brightened by visits from the top brass, including Churchill. This first-hand account, remembered affectionately by Mair, and painstakingly recorded by her son, Gethin, give a fascinating insight into one woman’s war.

'An engaging account of life at the heart of one of Britain’s most important operations during the Second World War. I greatly enjoyed this book' Edward Stourton, author and broadcaster.

Stand Strong by Nick Vujucic - Price: £9.99
With no arms, no legs, and no defence, Nick Vujicic has been a bully’s target and knows what it feels like to be picked on and pushed around. But he’s learned that he doesn’t have to play the bully’s game. In Stand Strong Nick gives you strategies for developing a 'bully defence system' so you can handle bullies of all kinds by building your strength from the inside out.
Tails I lose by Justyn Rees Larcombe - Price: £8.99
Justyn Rees- Larcombe had it all. Around his beautiful home were the mementoes of success – the Sword of Honour awarded by the Queen when he left Sandhurst; the silver photo frames with the pictures of his much-loved wife and family; the rooms full of the rewards of a City career. But Justyn gambled and lost it all. One day, he had no alternative but to go back to his mother’s home and start again.

'Justyn tells his story with grit, honesty and wisdom. It is easy, yet difficult, to read, and his experiences cannot help but raise awareness of this serious issue'. Paul Buck, MD of EPCI Problem Gambling Consultancy.

A Rushing Mighty Wind by Angus Buchan - Price: £7.99
Well known author and evangelist Angus Buchan was invited to speak at the Feast of Tabernacles, a yearly celebration eld in Israel’s Ein-Gedi desert. Nothing could have prepared him for the miraculous events that were about to take place. In A Rushing Might Wind Angus relates how he and 4,500 other worshippers experienced a manifestation of the Holy Spirit that none of them will ever forget – the tangible presence of God.
The Sacred Diaries of Adrian Plass aged 62¾ vol.6 - Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend - Price: £ 7.99
Once again, Adrian Plass gets us laughing just long enough for the truth to slip in by the back door, and shows us just how good God is at caring for this bewilderingly mixed bag of people we can call the church. Christianity Magazine says, 'This book is a must. By the time I'd finished, my sides ached and my eyes were streaming with tears.'
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