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Lent and Popular Titles

The Art of Lent - Sister Wendy Beckett £9.99
This lovely pocket-sized book is beautifully illustrated with over 40 famous and lesser-known pieces of Western art and will lead you into a deeply prayerful response to all that these paintings can convey. Sister Wendy uncovers the timeless wisdom to be found in some of the world's greatest paintings. A really different, refreshing approach to Lent reading.
Lent Talks - Various Authors £7.99
This book comprises of a handpicked selection of talks from the popular BBC Radio 4's 'Lent Talks'. 6 well-known writers and speakers offer a fresh perspective on the life and death of Jesus. There is one talk for each week of Lent, giving the reader time to digest the content and apply it to their life.
The Glory of the Cross - Tim Chester £6.99
This is a clearly-written set of 47 short but stirring reflections from the Gospel of John, combined with hymns and prayers drawn from the riches of Church History. A wonderfully accessible book which has the potential to make a real difference to the reader this Lent.
The Way of the Carmelites - James McCaffrey OCD £8.99
This book is filled with Biblical Reflections to accompany you on your Lenten journey and introduce you to the riches of the Carmelite Tradition which focuses on friendship with God in a silent communion of love. Questions at the end of each chapter enable the reader to practically apply the way of the Carmelites.
Songs of the Spirit – Megan Daffern £9.99
A beautifully written book containing thoughtful translations and meditations on the Psalms. The author helps the reader to look at the Psalms in a way that will transform them and lead them into a deeper relationship with God.
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.
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.
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)


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.


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.
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