February 2018 Mid-Month Selection

February 2018 Mid-Month Selection

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Eat, Pray, Tell:
A relational approach to 21st-century mission.
Andrew Francis.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9780857465658.

BRF (2018).
$27.00.
[3 in stock]

The disciples were to seek the welfare of others by praying for and healing them – in other words, by meeting their obvious needs. It was only then that teaching and telling about the ‘reign of God’ would begin. This was Jesus’ strategy for mission. Andrew Francis suggests that it should be ours today.

Jesus told his disciples to go to a town and to find someone who would receive them as a guest. They were encouraged to eat within the community, build friendships, make contacts and teach the gospel. In this exciting book, Andrew Francis urges us to notice the order.


Facing Midlife.
Tony Horsfall.
Pbk 32pp. ISBN 9780857465818.

BRF (2017).
$16.00.
[3 in stock]

In this small book of undated biblical reflections, Horsfall shows that God is involved in the midlife transition, using it to shape and form us into the likeness of Christ, and to prepare us for the exciting calling he still has for us.

Facing Midlife is a devotional guide to one of the most spiritually important transitions in life. Midlife brings with it both difficulty and opportunity, but the Scriptures show us how to handle these challenges wisely so that in the second half of life we reach our full potential and find our unique God-given vocation.

Rather than to be avoided or ignored, the midlife transition is one to be embraced confidently in the knowledge that God is at work in all the circumstances of our lives.


Towards Jerusalem:
A pilgrim’s regress and progress to God’s Holy City.

Steve Brady.
Pbk 192pp. ISBN 9780857465603.
BRF (2017).
$27.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

This Lent book is a call to live for a vision bigger than ourselves, marching to a different drumbeat to ‘Zion,’ God’s New Jerusalem and all that that means in transformative terms for today’s Christian believer.

Cities are diverse. Many are places of anonymity, violence and feelings of god forsakenness. Steve Brady is convinced that God has an agenda for cities; the Bible is full of significant cities and the biblical story is full of imagery of cities – culminating in God’s ‘holy city,’ birthed in and through his people.


The Last Christians:
Stories of Persecution, Flight and Resilience in the Middle East.
Andreas Knapp.
Pbk 233pp.
ISBN 9780874860627.
Plough Publishing House (2017).
$36.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Andreas Knapp, a priest who works with refugees in Germany, travelled to camps for displaced people in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to collect stories of survivors – and to seek answers to troubling questions about the link between religion and violence. He found Christians who today still speak Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

The uprooted remnant of ancient churches, they doggedly continue to practice their faith despite the odds. Their devastating eyewitness reports make it clear why millions are fleeing the Middle East. Yet, remarkably, though these last Christians hold little hope of ever returning to their homes, they also harbour no thirst for revenge. Could it be that they – along with the Christians of the West, whose interest will determine their fate – hold the key to breaking the cycle of violence in the region?

Includes 16 pages of colour photographs.

Click below for a video intro to this book:


The Arabs:
A History.
Eugene Rogan.
Pbk 608pp.
ISBN 9780465094219.
Basic Books (2017).
$46.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

In this updated and expanded edition, Rogan untangles the latest geopolitical developments of the region to offer a ground-breaking and comprehensive account of the Middle East. The Arabs is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the modern Arab world.

“Deeply erudite and distinctly humane.” Atlantic

“An outstanding, gripping and exuberant narrative… that explains much of what we need to know about the world today.” Simon Sebag Montefiore


 

 

The Great Shift:
Encountering God in Biblical Times.
James L Kugel.
Hbk 476pp. ISBN 9780544520554. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2017).
$56.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks].

This book is the culmination of a scholar’s lifelong reckoning with the foundational text of Judaism and Christianity. Kugel, whose religious conviction shines through his scientific exploration of the Bible and the ancient world, has written a masterwork for believers and nonbelievers alike, a profound meditation on how we perceive God, then and now.

Kugel uses the Bible’s own words to understand a fateful change that occurred during the biblical era, one that would ultimately determine the whole way in which Jews and Christians would encounter God ever since.

A great mystery lies at the heart of the Bible. Early on, people seem to live in a world entirely foreign to our own. God appears to Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and others; He buttonholes Moses and Isaiah and Jeremiah and tells them what to say.

Then comes the Great Shift, and Israelites stop seeing God or hearing His voice. Instead, later Israelites are ‘in search of God,’ reaching out to a distant, omniscient deity in prayers, as people have done ever since. What brought about this change?

The answers come from the Bible and other ancient texts, archaeology and anthropology and recent advances in neuroscience. The book leads readers to the most basic matter of all, the nature of our encounter with God from earliest times to our own day.


Enlightenment Now:
The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.
Steven Pinker.
Hbk 576pp. ISBN 9780525427575.
Viking (2018).
$64.99.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete?

In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data:

In 75 jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is not the result of some cosmic force. It is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

Far from being a naïve hope, the Enlightenment, we now know, has worked. But more than ever, it needs a vigorous defence. The Enlightenment project swims against currents of human nature–tribalism, authoritarianism, demonisation, magical thinking—which demagogues are all too willing to exploit. Many commentators, committed to political, religious, or romantic ideologies, fight a rear-guard action against it. The result is a corrosive fatalism and a willingness to wreck the precious institutions of liberal democracy and global cooperation.

With intellectual depth and literary flair, Enlightenment Now makes the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress.


Darkest Hour:
How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink.
Anthony McCarten.
Pbk 336pp. ISBN 9780062749529.
Harper Perennial (2017).
$34.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Using new archive material, McCarten reveals the crucial behind-the-scenes moments that changed the course of history. It’s a scarier—and more human—story than has ever been told.

May 1940. Britain is at war. The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one western European democracy after another fall in rapid succession to Nazi boot and shell. Invasion seems mere hours away.

Just days after becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must deal with this horror–as well as a sceptical King, a party plotting against him, and an unprepared public. Pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, how could he change the mood and shore up the will of a nervous people?

In this gripping day-by-day, often hour-by-hour account of how an often-uncertain Churchill turned Britain around, McCarten exposes sides of the great man never seen before. He reveals how he practiced and re-wrote his key speeches, from ‘Blood, toil, tears and sweat’ to ‘We shall fight on the beaches’; his consideration of a peace treaty with Nazi Germany, and his underappreciated role in the Dunkirk evacuation; and, above all, how 25 days helped make one man an icon.

Click below for an audio interview with the author:


If My Moon Was Your Sun.
[With Audio CD].
Andreas Steinhofel.
Hbk 80pp. ISBN 9780874860795.
Plough Publishing House (2017).
$42.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Did you hear the story about Max, the boy who kidnapped his grandfather from a nursing home? You didn’t see it on the news? Well, let me tell you about it…

Max lives in a small town, much smaller than yours. His grandpa is losing his memory, but still remembers quite a bit. You can imagine how they hurried, Max and his grandpa, followed by old Miss Schneider, who insisted on coming along. Why were they in a hurry? Because everyone was after them. Max had skipped school to rescue his grandpa, and they were just starting out on what promised to be one of the best days of their entire lives.

A touching story about dementia and the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, with full-colour illustrations and a read-along CD audiobook featuring twelve classical pieces for children by Georges Bizet and Sergei Prokofiev.

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Vibrant Christianity in Multifaith Britain.
Andrew Smith.
Pbk 120pp. ISBN 9780857465719.
BRF (2018).
$24.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

An accessible and thought-provoking book that encourages readers to think seriously about how we live out our faith in an increasingly multi-faith society. Whether we meet people of different faiths or just hear about them in the media, this book will give Christians confidence to express our faith in a religiously diverse world.

Drawing on scripture and the author’s many years of experience, the book challenges preconceptions and offers practical advice, and helps to equip the church for a faithful engagement with people of different faiths.


Healed:
How Mary Magdelene Was Made Well.
Kate Moorehead.
Pbk 112pp. ISBN 9780898690705.
Church Publishing (2018).
$31.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

Mary Magdalene, first witness to Jesus’s resurrection, has been one of the most misunderstood of all the saints, maligned for centuries as a prostitute, despite there being nothing in the Bible to indicate anything of the sort. The Bible does say that Mary was possessed by demons, and that Jesus healed her. Today, we would call Mary’s problem not possession but a mental health condition.

This book offers a biblical, theological perspective on mental illness for those who struggle with mental health, and those who love and serve them.

Author Kate Morehead says, “A saint is someone who walks ahead of us, guides us, and keeps us on the path to life… For us, they are role models. Like us, they struggled and journeyed, but they drew closer and each one of them carved out a different path to God.

It is my hope and prayer that by telling the truth of her story, Mary Magdalene might take her rightful place as the guide for those of us who struggle with mental health issues (and if we are truly honest, that means each and every one of us)… It is time for us to let her show us her beautiful, unique, and sometimes frightening path to true health. It is a path that leads directly to heart of God.”


 

 

Hounds Who Heal:
People and Dogs – It’s a Kind of Magic. Chris Kent.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9781845849733.

Hubble & Hattie (2017).
$28.50.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

The K9 Project is a unique organisation that works with rescue dogs who now act as therapy dogs. This heart-warming and educational book tells the story of human/canine companionship as isolated adults and children learn to believe in themselves and make the often-elusive connection to a friend.

Telling the story of each of the dogs, and many of the people they helped along the way, you’ll also learn from the people whose lives have been transformed. Chris Kent, founder of this unique project, has her story told as well; you’ll love her tale of laughter, frustration, joy, and tears of the Project’s eight-year journey.


Barefoot Revolution:
Biblical Spirituality for Finding God.
Paul Marshall.
Pbk 272pp. ISBN 9781612619590.
Paraclete Press (2018).
$34.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

This practical discipleship book includes biblical spirituality, stories from the Bible, church history, and “how to” tools and practices for today.

At the burning bush, Moses went barefoot before the Lord in an attitude of surrender and readiness for God’s voice.

Many Christians are looking for guidance on developing transforming relationships with others and with God that will make our souls come alive.

Author Paul Marshall writes for yearning souls and outlines a grown-up spiritual life versed in love. He offers tools and practices for the reader to road-test a wonderful, deeper, spiritual life with God!


Paul and His Friends in Leadership:
How they changed the world.
Paul W Barnett.
Pbk 160pp. ISBN 9780857465443.

BRF (2017).
$27.00.
[1 in stock]

The more we understand biblical characters, such as the apostle Paul, in their concrete situations and in their own time, the more we will be able to apply biblical principles to today’s church, its leaders and its mission-transforming and enriching the way we do church today.

Barnett examines the apostle Paul’s critical relationships with key people, illustrating his humanity, faith, confidence in God and his leadership qualities. This novel approach, by an expert in the New Testament, will encourage us to reflect on leadership in the church today and will help us to see how significant authentic relationships are to our contemporary mission.


Alone Together:
Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. (3rd edition.)
Sherry Turkle.
Pbk 400pp. ISBN 9780465093656.

Basic Books (2017).
$36.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

“Nobody has ever articulated so passionately and intelligently what we’re doing to ourselves by substituting technologically mediated social interaction. Equipped with penetrating intelligence and a sense of humour, Turkle surveys the front lines of the social-digital transformation.” Lev Grossman, TIME

Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends, and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But this relentless connection leads to a new solitude.

We turn to new technology to fill the void, but as MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle argues, as technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Even the presence of sociable robots in our lives that pretend to demonstrate empathy makes us feel more isolated, as Turkle explains in a new introduction updating the book to the present day. Alone Together is the result of Turkle’s 15-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain.

Based on interviews with hundreds of children and adults, it describes new, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy and solitude.


The Master Algorithm:
How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World.
Pedro Domingos.
Pbk 352pp. ISBN 9780465094271.
Basic Books (2018).
$38.00.
[Allow 2-3 weeks]

In the world’s top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask.

Pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He assembles a blueprint for the future universal learner—the Master Algorithm—and discusses what it will mean for business, science, and society.

“Wonderfully erudite, humorous, and easy to read.” KDNuggets


Living the Prayer:
The Everyday Challenge of the Lord’s Prayer.
Trystan Owain Hughes.
Pbk 128pp. ISBN 9780857466235.

BRF (2017).
$27.00.
[1 in stock]

The 63 words of the Lord’s Prayer offers a fresh and innovative way of viewing, and acting in, the world that is as relevant now as it was 2,000 years ago. The author shows that this revolutionary prayer demands that we don’t remain on our knees, but rather that we work towards making God’s topsy-turvy, downside-up kingdom an everyday reality.

Living the Prayer is a fresh perspective on the Lord’s Prayer. Rooted in the Bible as well as in contemporary culture, it explores how this prayer can radically challenge and transform our daily lives.


Organizing for Creative People:
How to Channel the Chaos of Creativity into Career Success.
Sheila Chandra.
Pbk 275pp. ISBN 9781786780225.
Watkins Pub Ltd (2017).
$35.00.
[Allow 3-4 weeks]

Full of the kind of insights and counter-intuitive creativity tips that only one creative person can give another, this is the perfect guidebook to put you on the path to artistic career success. Step-by-step, Sheila Chandra walks you through the essential systems you’ll need to thrive as an artist.

“Sheila gave me the tools to hunt success and the strategies to cope with it when it came. She mentored me from the chaos of homelessness to becoming an established member of the international art community. This book is a distillation of all that she taught me.” STIK, graffiti artist.

Chapters cover:

  • Creative well-being, including artist support systems
  • Career well-being, including networking and collaborations
  • Self-promotion and how to avoid working for free
  • Making social media pay
  • Personal branding, career planning and goals
  • How to manage copyright issues and legal paperwork
  • Legacy management

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