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A Dialogue Of Life

- Towards The Encounter Of Jews And Christians

by Silvina Chemen & Francisco Canzani


Such a beautiful, intelligent book that is a welcome read and not just for those that are interested in interfaith engagement between Christians and Jews...

This book surely is a welcome addition to books on the interfaith and dialogue subject, however the dialogues and discussions taking part between the two authors here are so much deeper than just Jewish/Christian interfaith dialogue, so much more than a guide on how to dialogue with mututal respect and understanding, although they do that also and so well ... The chapter on listening is amazing, and highlights why this book is so much more than just a book on dialogue! There is here a book on spirituality and engagement, on pastoral encounter and on theology too.

An articulate and excellent book.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (29/01/16)
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Publisher: New City
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 978-1-565-48562-4
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Price: £12.99

Occupied Territories

- The Revolution Of Love From Bethlehem To The Ends Of The Earth

by Garth Hewitt


Though a book for personal reading and reflection, there are so many group settings or seasons that this book could be used in—Justice and Peace groups, small church groups, at Lent, at Advent, and many more besides—the list is almost endless.

This book looks at peace, at love, at the call we have placed on us by the real message of Christ and the bible and it uses the words of not only scripture, not only poem prayers (or lyrics), but the words of people that have been in places of violence, change, poverty and abandonment or revolution to highlight our need to genuinely practice a 'Bethlehem Theology'—a theology of humble and honest love with direct action and justice at heart.

A well written and well thought out book.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (24/11/14)
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Publisher: IVP(Inter Varsity Press)
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-0-830-83670-3
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Price: £11.99

From Enemy To Friend

- Jewish Wisdom And The Pursuit Of Peace

by Rabbi Amy Eildberg


‘A centrepiece of Jewish theology, prayer and practice.' That's how Rabbi Amy Eilberg describes the concept of peace.

The pursuit of peace, she says, is an ‘essential imperative of our tradition', and she admits that she is setting out in this book to persuade her readers to ‘serve as peace-builders'.

Mind you, she doesn't indulge in repeated exhortations to be a peacemaker. Rather, she gives detailed descriptions of a number of conflict-resolution programmes, the first of them in an illuminating chapter on the nature of conflict.

She then devotes a chapter each to some controversial issues: peace between religions (she currently directs an interfaith programme in Minneapolis), peace just within the Jewish community (I could see parallels in this section to attitudes that some Christians have towards other Christians) and peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Naturally, Rabbi Amy frequently refers to Jewish traditions and often quotes Jewish scripture. This was not an obstacle to my enjoyment of the book, which I found enormously enlightening and stimulating.

 



Review by Barry Vendy  (14/10/14)
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Publisher: Orbis Books from Alban Books
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-626-98061-7
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Price: £16.99

Jesus Was A Migrant



by Deirdre Cornell


It's not just the cover on this book that makes a strong impact, the contents do too. Jesus was an migrant, at times even an immigrant, something we find it very easy to overlook or ignore, and yet something that the Gospels labour and reflect upon if we really read them. They do that by looking not just forward but also reflecting back to the Old Testament and the whole history of God's migrant people, sojourners in strange lands, and exiles. 

Deirdre Cornell does a good job of summarising the biblical stories and proofs of the migrant within the bible, from there she goes on to demonstrate the living reality that these biblical stories demonstrate to us of the way we should receive migrants into our lives, of the grace and lessons that migrants of all sorts show us.

The book is well written with short, insightful and engaging chapters that are filled with the stories of migrants, immigrants and journeyers, as well as Cornells own experiences from her sojourning and working with migrant peoples.

So admittedly most of these stories are based around Mexican and Latino migrant experiences as Cornell is American, but nevertheless these stories still work well to demonstrate the truths and witnesses of every day migrants of all types, and to highlight again the reality that Jesus was a migrant and that if we accept Jesus into our hearts and lives we need also to accept the migrants and immigrants in our own societies too.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (07/06/14)
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Publisher: Orbis Books from Alban Books
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-626-98040-2
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Price: £12.99

True And Holy

- Christian Scripture And Other Religions

by Leo D Lefebure


This is not light reading by any stretch of the imagination, but it is nevertheless engaging, erudite and essential reading for anyone that really wants to engage with other religions but wants to truly understand how we have engaged with other faiths and used biblical hermeneutics as a tool that has at times done more damage than good, and often when it didn't need to be.

This book really looks at the history of engagement, of apologetics and at the basis and value of christian scriptures when used in engagement with people of other faiths. It also gives a very important overview to how these past interactions can and do effect our current conversations and considerations ... and not just for those of the other faith, but more importantly how we have coloured our own views and perceptions of our faith and the others based upon a hermeneutic of hostility as opposed to respect as the author terms it.

This book is written in tight dense print and is without doubt academic in tone, and is sure to upset some people with it's views, it is however a book that is well worth consideration, especially for anyone that lives within a multicultural community or wants to really understand and engage with people from other religions.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (06/06/14)
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Publisher: Orbis Books from Alban Books
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 978-1-626-98053-2
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Price: £19.99

Citizen Of The World

- Suffering And Solidarity In The 21ST Century

by Donald H. Dunson & James A Dunson


"To deal more kindly with one another is likely the sole path to a more hopeful future for all of humanity."

The authors reflect on the roles of moral argument, emotion, and personal experience through travel and observation, in generating more kindness and building a greater solidarity with ‘all seven billion human beings who call our small planet home'. They speak of both the strengths and weaknesses of each of those categories.

Donald grounds his contribution on lived experience, and quotes many concrete examples of solidarity in action. James takes a more reflective and philosophical approach to global citizenship.

We are offered here two perspectives on being citizens of the world, both or either of which we may find convincing.

Sadly, I felt that when it comes to the question posed by Chapter 4, namely ‘What is to be done?' the book fails to provide an answer.



Review by Barry Vendy  (01/05/14)
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Publisher: Orbis Books from Alban Books
Published: December 2013
ISBN: 978-1-626-98045-7
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Price: £14.99

The Church Of Mercy



by Pope Francis (ed. Giuliano Vigini)


The first official book out from Pope Francis is a brilliantly edited work that clarifies, consolidates and illuminates his views on The Church, the poor, mission, evangelism, social justice and injustice, and so many more things that we have come to understand that he has a heart for and a willingness to speak out on.

This book reflects those words we have heard in his homilies, and had reported on from his meetings, and encapsulates them in a brilliantly easy to read and understand book.
You can't help but hear Pope Francis voice in this work, it reads as he speaks, warmly, insightfully, keenly and yes passionately.

This is not a book for Catholics only, and I can also imagine few Catholics who would not want to read it, but it is a book for anyone with a passion for justice and a desire to see the word of Christ not only shared and spread, but actively lived out in deed as well as principle.

This book alone, of course, is not going to achieve that, but it is a start on a journey, a good companion to have on that journey. It is a conversation starter that asks questions, points out ways we could go, and highlights things we should perhaps already have seen but have missed.

A thoroughly wonderful first official book from Pope Francis that is not at all beyond the reach or understanding of anyone.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (29/03/14)
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Publisher: DLT (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd)
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-0-232-53124-4
Paperback
Price: £9.99

Steps of Faith Around the World



by Edwin Orton


In Steps of Faith Around The World Edwin Orton tells down to earth but inspiring stories of God at work in cities in India and around the world. Read about his many encounters, some amusing, some moving and some challenging, with a wide variety of individuals touched in the course of his international ministry.

Review by x  (25/09/13)
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Publisher: Deo Publishing
Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-951-83072-7
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Price: £8.99

Meet Me at the Olive Tree

- Stories of Jews and Arabs reconciled to the Messiah

by Julia Fisher


The sub-title is Stories of Jews and Arabs reconciled to the Messiah and the book is exactly that: good stories of ways in which Jews and Arabs / Palestinians have come together through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. For many, such a reconciliation has not been easy and remains problematic. However, in spite of what is generally covered by the media about conflicts between Jews and Arabs / Palestinians, there are growing numbers of Christian fellowships in Israel today. These fifteen stories tell us of what God is doing in this divided land. They show that, where political reconciliation seems to continually fail, relationships of peace and friendship are possible through the Cross of Christ. A book to encourage all who read it that God still has his hand on Israel and its people, and is doing remarkable things.

Review by Graham Wise  (22/12/12)
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Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: 19 October 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-21228-3
Paperback
Price: £8.99

The Cross of Nails

- Joining in God's Mission of Reconciliation

by Oliver Schuegraf (translated by Gren Hatton)


The inspiring story of the worldwide Community of the Cross of Nails, which began in the ashes of the blitz-destroyed Coventry Cathedral in 1940, after a local vicar bound three surviving medieval nails together to form a cross, and the Cathedral’s Provost, Richard Howard, had the words ‘Father, forgive’ engraved on the walls of the ruined chancel in 1948. The story is told memorably here by a German Lutheran pastor / theologian who served in Coventry between 2002 and 2006 as Co-ordinator of the community. Coventry Cathedral stands out, of course, for its continuing work of reconciliation, and is known to many through its Litany of Reconciliation that is prayed every week. This book’s fifteen examples of Cross of Nails Centres around the world make compelling reading. That can only be a sample, as there are now more than 160 centres, made up of different denominations, varied in the work they do (including church communities and schools, NGOs and a young offenders’ penal institution), and found all round the globe, from Dresden to Belfast, Cape Town to 'Ground Zero', Jerusalem to Khartoum. Part Three of the book – 'Reflections on a Theology of Reconciliation' – is particularly profound and worthy of serious thought. Read this book, if you care about reconciliation, and if the story of the Cross of Nails inspires you.

Related website:www.stmichaelshouse.org.uk/

Review by Barry Vendy  (04/01/13)
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Publisher: Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: 30 September 2012
ISBN: 978-1-848-25239-4
Paperback
Price: £12.99

Voice in the Night

- The True Story of a Man and the Miracles that are Changing Africa

by Surprise Sithole & David Wimbish


Pastor Surprise is a director of Rolland and Heidi Baker’s Iris Ministries, but his adventures with God began at the age of fifteen when an audible supernatural voice called him urgently to leave the Mozambique hut of his witch-doctor parents. It was the beginning of a ministry conducted against a backdrop of extreme poverty few Western people could comprehend, and now covers many African Countries and reaches out into Europe and America. His story is one of pure indomitable faith and very many wonderful miracles of Jesus juxtaposed against civil wars spawning some of the worst atrocities dreamt up by human beings. Indeed miracles are everyday occurrences for Surprise and his family and he believes the lack of them in the West is due to our ‘sophisticated’ questioning of everything we hear, including God’s Word, thus displeasing Him. ‘When simple people accept and believe what the Bible says without question, God blesses them,’ he says. ‘God reveals His mysteries to the simple-hearted.’ This is a book full of the joy of the Lord, showing how evangelism can be, and indeed is wherever Jesus takes this remarkably anointed servant of His.

Review by Diane Morrison  (27/10/12)
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Publisher: Chosen imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: 23 March 2012
ISBN: 978-0-800-79523-8
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Price: £8.99

Learning To Love

- Passion and Compassion – The Essence of the Gospel

by Heidi and Rolland Baker


There’s always something in these books from Heidi and Rolland that catches you unaware. In this book, that is actually a narrative of the last five years of IRIS Ministries in Mozambique, they managed to bring me closer to an understanding of our Saviour’s love and the reality of how we can pour that love out to others.
Through examples of their unceasing work among children and adults in Mozambique they take the reader through what appears to be everything they could have thrown at them. From cyclones to their plane crashing they continue to bring the good news to thousands, to plant churches and care for thousands of orphaned children (although that is not a word they use as they become Mama and Papa to them).
Yet this book isn’t just the story of their continuing life work and mission – it is a teaching book if we read it right. It teaches of His love, His grace and His abundant trust in each of us to do His will. They use example from their work in the countries they serve to help us in our daily walk with God wherever we live.

Review by Mike Norbury  (18/10/12)
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Publisher: River Publishing from Joining the Dots Distribution
Published: June 2012
ISBN: 978-1-908-39307-4
Paperback
Price: £9.99

In the Land of Blue Burqas



by Kate McCord - a protective pseudonym


Kate McCord is not her real name nevertheless the spirit of the author shines through in her stories of life among Afghanistan's men and women. The writing is very descriptive and is as detailed as describing and using a dialogue on the colour and length of beards worn by the Afghan men. Also among the sights and sounds of everyday life the pages share some startling stories of covered pain. This book is also an exploration of a Christian woman into the belief and way of life of the Afghanistan people. She walks with strength, sharing her personal story of forgiveness in the hope of being an example. We see powerful change amongst individuals with horrific stories as they decide to forgive those they hate.

Review by Ruthie Thomas  (26/09/12)
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Publisher: Moody Press from Trust Media Distribution
Published: 05 May 2012
ISBN: 978-0-802-40814-3
Paperback
Price: £9.99

Journey of Hope

- Stories of Courage and Faith from Africa

by Jean Gibson


I really loved this book. Eleven very personal stories from Malawi and Kenya are told to Jean Gibson, who must be a good listener. They describe Christian courage and determination, often in the face of great opposition. These are not pretty stories. Expect to be disturbed! Hear repeatedly about poverty, HIV, child abuse and the longing for education. Read about Tandu, counselling victims of abuse; about Sarah, setting up Joy Children’s Home; about Nabiki, fleeing from home at 12, rather than marrying a man of 60; about Kasoni, standing firm against forcible female circumcision; and others, including Irish Christian missionaries who offer love and protection. But this is not a gloomy book. Christ is present in these young followers of his, and I found it uplifting to read their stories.

Review by Barry Vendy  (28/08/12)
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Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: July 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-21295-5
Paperback
Price: £8.99

No Ordinary View

- A Season of Faith and Mission in the Himalayas

by Naomi Reed


The subtitle – A Season of Faith and Mission in the Himalayas – did not immediately entice me into starting to read this book. However the front cover picture of snow-capped mountains attracted me, and I dipped into the first chapter.
Three hours later I felt privileged to have been asked to review such a splendidly compelling biographical book revealing the joys, sorrows, hardships and fulfilment of a Christian family’s return to Nepal to help train physiotherapists and to share God’s love through the difficult years of the Civil War.
Naomi Reed is an Australian award-winning author whose penmanship and personality combine to make life in this remote, beautiful and oft-troubled country leap from the pages.
The family’s decision to leave Australia to serve for a second time in Nepal was a brave one, especially as they now had three little boys aged between 8 and 2 years. Their story is a real-life adventure, told in a graphic way and enhanced by well-chosen colour photos. You will not put this book down in a hurry and it will probably leave you feeling humbled, full of admiration for Naomi and her family, and eager to read her other books. You might even start wanting to climb Everest!

Review by Margaret Walker  (04/06/12)
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Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-860-24843-6
Paperback
Price: £8.99

Asian Theology on the Way

- Christianity, Culture and Context

Edited by Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar


This book in the SPCK International Study Guide series consists of fourteen articles, largely by Asian scholars on aspects of Christian theology as seen in an Asian context. The editor is a priest in the Church of South India and lectures in Christian Social Ethics at the United Theological College, Bangalore. Each contributor is an expert in their field.
It explores Christianity as it is found in China, Hong Kong, India and other countries. Within these countries it covers areas such as Interfaith Dialogue, Liberation Theology, Feminist Theologies, Indigenous Theology and Pentecostalism.
There are specific chapters on topics such as Asian Christologies and the unique way in which Christian Dalit Theology has developed and given expression to the voice of this group.
Although the books in this series are designed primarily to provide information and resources to students coming from within the particular context of the topics, nevertheless this volume certainly provides insight and challenges to any theologians seeking to discover how Christianity has taken root and developed in countries very different from the European milieu with which it is customarily associated.

Review by Jon Mayled  (30/04/12)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: 01 January 2012
ISBN: 978-0-281-06469-4
Paperback
Price: £12.99

No Ceiling to Hope

- Stories of Grace from the Worlds Most Dangerous Places

by Patrick Regan with Liza Hoeksma


A brilliant book. The author takes you to the lowest places, yet at the end there are still things to be hopeful for. You do not realise how lucky you are.
The people in this book are inspirational: no matter what, they did not lose hope, whether it was helping drug addicts, to opening schools and being threatened by gangs. It also made me think about people in this country, the young people in our inner cities, not just taking people on face value but to look beyond the attitude to see why the people are like this. Throughout the book it was a rollercoaster of emotions.
It really made me think and hopefully, that is what this book was trying to achieve.

Review by Julia Bennett  (24/04/12)
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Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: 21 March 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-21222-1
Paperback
Price: £7.99

Fearless Love

- Astounding Stories of God’s Intervention in Islamic Africa

by James Andrews with Emma Newrick


Fearless Love may be just a slimline pocketbook, but after finishing it, the reader could be forgiven for thinking that they'd just delved into a much heavier book. It's a breathtaking, fast-paced read of a Bible College that loves living dangerously. The College is based in northern Nigeria, a Muslim-dominated area, and run by Christians who are devoted to saving Muslims. OK, first off, I would say that this could be a hard read for Christians who aren't all on such radical cruises. Certainly, I can imagine those with religious and political objections being put off by the book's strong message. However, my heart was turned by all the personal stories of those Muslims who found Jesus. Some were turned away from their homes, and their families tried to kill them. The saved individuals would often go into hiding, before hearing from the same family members months later, such as one guy who was rung to pray for a father who'd beaten him.
The message behind this book is clear; that nobody can be saved until they know Jesus, and the stories of God's intervention through difficult times are heart-warming. For example, one short story that inspired me was from a guy whose family had cut him off. If he'd spent one more night in his hut, he would have been burned to death, but he was warned off, and saved to spread the Gospel, often at the risk of his own life.
What people in the Western world don't realise is that it is a privilege to be able to pray, and talk about God openly. Someone in the Western world could be frustrated or bored if they are dragged along to a church by their parents on a Sunday; they might never realise that someone in a Muslim country might be dying to have the rights that a bored kid or teenager takes so much for granted.

Review by Alice Collins  (19/04/12)
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Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 978-1-850-78982-6
Paperback
Price: £8.99

The Edge of Paradise

- Turkey is Beautiful. But For Christians There is always a Price

by Martin De Lange with Belinda Lamprecht


Crossing borders for a cause is always costly. Serving Christ is always worth it and the De Lange story offers something of a contemporary classic. Warmly written with challenge, story and very many principles of God’s faithfulness. Real, humble, Muslim mission in the Turkish frontiers is well communicated here. There is honesty, faith, scripture and trust lived out without triumphalism, stoicism or clichée. It's a rare accessible and stirring read of mission for our times. Moving stuff!

Review by Johnny Douglas  (12/04/12)
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Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: January 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-21230-6
Paperback
Price: £7.99

The Very Stones Cry Out

- The Persecuted Church: Pain, Passion and Praise

by Caroline Cox & Benedict Rogers


How much consideration do most British churches give to Christians around the world who suffer for their faith? Baroness Cox and Benedict Rogers have travelled widely to record persecution faced by Christians in well-reported places like Burma, China, Iran and North Korea. But, in many other countries – Colombia, India, Laos, Sudan, Vietnam and others - Christians also face harassment, arbitrary arrest, imprisonment, torture or even death for their faith.
Many courageous Christians, facing persecution, continue to speak out on behalf of their communities. No other faith and its followers have suffered as much as Christians in recent years or do so today.
This invaluable survey competently introduces us to countries where persecution of Christians is endemic and frequently encouraged or used as official government policy. Here are stories of real people facing situations we can hardly imagine.
We owe Baroness Cox and Benedict Rogers a great debt for their efforts in providing us with this book which everyone should read. It encourages us, as Western Christians living in freedom, to be a voice for the voiceless. It should be used to raise awareness in our churches of what is happening in so many places today. It should encourage us to pray earnestly for the suffering Church.

Review by Graham Wise  (17/03/12)
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Publisher: Continuum - A Bloomsbury Company
Published: 15 September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-826-44272-7
Paperback
Price: £12.99

Revolution in World Missions



by K.P. Yohannan


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Addressed predominantly to the American market this book is still very applicable to the UK. Originally published in 1986 it has been updated and reprinted many times since making it as relevant to the present day as it was all those years ago.
The purpose of the book is to attract financial support for the national missionaries of Asia rather than supporting Western agencies who require so much more money and are relatively ineffectual. K.P.Yohannan spells out his vision of evangelism within his own country of India and in the other countries of Asia who so desperately need to hear about Jesus and the love of our God. He then tells us about some of these men, who with their wives and families live in very humble circumstances alongside the people they are working to evangelise. He is not decrying the work of Western missionaries who have been instrumental in setting up churches in so many places, he is just saying that it is now time for native missionaries to take the work forward and that can only be done with financial support from the West. Understandably he has found the affluence and the profligate ways of westerners hard to live with, their propensity for wanting financial control beyond what is reasonable and yet cannot move his God given vision foreward without Western involvement.
A very readable plea from the heart that has done and will in the future touch many lives.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (24/01/12)
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Publisher: Gospel for Asia
Published: 1986
ISBN: 978-1-595-89061-0
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Safely Home

- 10th Anniversary Edition

by Randy Alcorn


Originally published 2001
Ben Fielding and Li Quan meet at Harvard when Quan manages to get to America to attend the University. They become room mates and firm friends, and Ben reintroduces Quan to Christianity, Quan having been raised a Christian but having turned from the faith through feelings of inadequacy. As the years go by they lose contact, but the company with which Ben is a senior manager wishes to increase its production output and sales in China, so Ben offers to go to China to stay with his old friend and to research the local market. They meet again but Quan's role in life is not as Ben expected, and Quan is disappointed that Ben has lost his faith. Not just a fast paced, almost thriller style story, but also an examination of the ups and downs of belief, evangelism, the social and political situation in modern China, and the horrifying persecution of Chinese Christians not known about by the majority in the West. A timely new edition when the world frequently hears about the ‘rise of China’ and how it out performs Western economies.

Review by Carole Burrows  (09/01/12)
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Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers from TMD
Published: August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-414-34855-1
Paperback
Price: £9.99

Change(d) Agents

- Nine Years in Nepal

by Nick and Ros Henwood


The price includes post and packing when ordered in the UK from their website
Nick, who trained as a doctor, and Ros, a language graduate, take turns describing how they arrived in Nepal to serve the people and the journey they made in their lives before arriving in Kathmandu and their first impressions of the country that was to become their home for nine years. Originally they were linked to an ‘Umbrella Organisation’ comprising several Christian agencies. With them they spent the first few months learning the language and coming to realise how much they had got to learn about the lives and culture of the Nepalese they would be working with and for.
First one, then the other, describe their day to day lives, their trials and tribulations, the friends they made and the places they lived while at the same time bringing up two young daughters.
This is a very readable book of life in the mission field, of the changing political scenes as Nick tried to promote community healthcare in a land where bureaucracy is taken to frustrating extremes, bribery is expected but despite all there is a thirst for Christ. As Dr Andrew Fergusson says on the back of the book, they were expecting to be ‘change agents’ but found themselves changed.

Visit the author's website:www.henwoodfamily.co.uk/

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (29/11/11)
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Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing dist. Gardners Books
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-908-44756-2
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Price: £7.99

My Seventh Monsoon

- A Himalayan Journey of Faith & Mission

by Naomi Reed


This book is the word equivalent of a picture scrapbook looking back and charting the highs and lows of living in mission. It is beautifully written with some wonderful and honest sections on the differing seasons that the author lives through, seasons of joy and hardship, the seasons of new growth and rainy seasons. It charts also the intense focus of spirituality that can be fostered in these times and in the act of living in a foreign land and in mission. There are beautiful snapshots in it of people encountered, of children born, of illnesses faced, of landscapes witnessed, or rainy blurred scenery and intense backlit moments of joy – and these snapshots are not the ones in the wonderful pictures section of the book but rather in the words on the page.
If you want a quick but keen glimpse into living a foreign mission – In this case in the Himalayas - then this book is certainly one not to miss. Indeed if you just want a book to read that tells a story of choosing and living a life of mission and growing a family then this book isn’t at all a bad one for that either.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (26/11/11)
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Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: 08 April 2011
ISBN: 978-1-860-24828-3
Paperback
Price: £8.99

God is Red

- The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China

by Liao Yiwu


‘Liao Yiwu is the most censored contemporary writer in China today.’ (page v)
Yiwu writes about the church in China as a ‘non-believer’, and in this sense his perspective is that of an outsider, giving him an unique perspective on it. The book’s eighteen chapters span the time between 2002 and 2010, though they also reflect on the past experiences of those concerned. The style of writing is that of reflective essays based on interviews with those mentioned in the pages.
These are interviews with real people and their life stories are presented concisely and movingly - their steadfast loyalty to Christ is set alongside their fears and failures. Liao Yiwu opens a window onto the resurgence of Christianity, exploring it in the context of the brutal repression of the past, the continuing persecution of the church in the present and the countries move toward modernisation and consumerism.
It is in many ways a roll call of every day heroes, people like Wang Zhiming who was executed in 1973. He is one of the ten twentieth century martyrs honoured with statues in Westminster Abbey. Wang’s story is told by his son, himself a church leader in China.
This is a book that will move, challenge and encourage the reader.

Review by John Macaulay  (24/11/11)
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Publisher: Harper One from Gardners Books
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-062-07846-9
Hardback
Price: £18.99

The Power to Save

- A History of the Gospel in China

by Bob Davey


China sometimes appears mysterious and even threatening to those of us in the West. Few are aware of the unabated growth of the Christian Church in almost every Chinese province. Bob Davey traces the exciting and complex history of Chinese Christianity from the arrival of the first missionary to the present day. Here are Robert Morrison and Hudson Taylor. Here are Chinese leaders such as Wang Mingdao and Marcus Cheng, Watchman Nee, Li Tianen and many others, names known and unknown in the West. These were the leaders who worked tirelessly to evangelise and who, in spite of opposition, persecution, prison and labour camps, saw the unconquerable power of the Gospel change millions of lives. Davey has provided a well-researched and comprehensive description of events, movements and key people in the development of China and the Chinese Church over the past 150 years. His easy to read style made this reviewer want to keep on reading. Here is the exciting story of what God can do in the most difficult and unpromising circumstances. Highly recommended.

Review by Graham Wise  (24/11/11)
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Publisher: EP (Evangelical Press)
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-0-852-34743-0
Paperback
Price: £9.99

Mugabe and the White African



by Ben Freeth


The first thing to say about this book is this: read it immediately. The second thing to say is this: think about what it means to be a Christian, and ask yourself how well we remember to model ourselves upon Christ and to depend upon God. Ben Freeth is a white Zimbabwean farmer, and this is his story of what it means not to flee from oppressive and life-threatening tyranny but to stand firm against it. He has done this partly through the innate instinct which ties a human being to the land on which he was born, but also through the sheer conviction that Jesus was walking beside him each step of the way. It’s a painful but inspiring story – and it’s not yet over.
Ben believes that the battle in Zimbabwe, as in so many African countries, is being fought in the spiritual realm. He contrasts Botswana, a landlocked, desert country led by a man whose family has been Christian for generations to the point where it is now a free and peaceful society and the fastest growing economy in the world, with Zimbabwe, where leaders with allegiance to violent ancestral spiritual traditions have taken a country with the highest literacy levels and most prosperous agricultural economy on the continent into decades of poverty, violence and hunger. ‘The reason that Africa is hungry is not because of physical factors,’ he points out; ‘Africa is hungry because of the covenant with death and the web of lies in which it has encased itself.’ I am reminded of the startling comment by atheist journalist Matthew Parris: "Removing Christian evangelism from the African equation may leave the continent at the mercy of a malign fusion of Nike, the witch doctor, the mobile phone and the machete." Draw your own conclusions.

Review by Alison Morgan  (06/08/11)
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Publisher: Lion
Published: 17 June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-745-95546-9
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Price: £8.99

Finding Oasis

- Powerful Stories From the Slums of Mumbai

by Clare Nonhebel


This book gives a real insight of how a Christian from the West views India, and how charitable organizations do their work in India. The author retells the stories she has been told by many people that Oasis helps.
The author covers in her interviews many different issues the people face, and these from people of a variety of ages. The organization started with a very few people and has now grown to work in three cities. Among the many interesting facts in the book are that the vast majority of the paid workers are from India and that many were helped and given training by Oasis in many different skills. Very few of the management team appear to be European.
The book gives a good insight into the working of Oasis
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in India and how voluntary organisations operate there.

Review by Barbara Stoneham  (05/01/11)
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Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: August 2010
ISBN: 978-1-850-78859-1
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Price: £8.99

Our Witch Doctors Are Too Weak

- The Rebirth of an Amazon Tribe

by Davey & Marie Jank


A missionary’s tale with a difference. Davey Jank tells with disarming frankness of his trials and tribulations while learning the language and culture of the Amazon tribe he and his fellow missionaries have been sent to teach the Good News.
He writes with a lightness of touch that does not disguise the difficulties he faces though the way he tells his story raises smiles. Not only has he to learn the language with no prior help or knowledge but he and his team have to turn their new found skill from speech into the written word. Not till they can teach the tribe from a printed book can they start to teach God’s word. Not only have they to create a written form of the language they will have to teach their pupils to read and write. The importance of learning the tribe’s culture is stressed. What is familiar to us is a completely strange concept to them and wrong impressions can easily be given which give rise to distortions of the truth.
Now, many years later, there are many Wilo believers and the witchdoctors are losing their hold and even coming to faith themselves.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (21/12/10)
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Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: 10 October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-857-21008-1
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Price: £8.99

Tainted Legacy

- Islam, Colonialism and Slavery in Northern Nigeria

by Yusufu Turaki


Attacks in the past few years by Muslims on Christians in Nigeria have left thousands of Christians dead. Most attacks have occurred in the Middle Belt and the North. Some Islamists are calling for the establishment of a full Islamic State under shari‘a law. Yusufu Turaki sets out clearly and with factual evidence the effects of Islam from its first Nigerian converts in the eighteenth century to the present day. Islam is not only a religion but a way of life in which religion, politics and society cannot be separated. As a way of life Islam shapes the policies and structures of government in Muslim countries. The book helpfully sets out the way in which British colonial power confirmed Muslim superiority over Christians and native Africans, and its general antipathy towards Christian missions, a legacy which has ensured continuing violence and hostility between Muslims and Christians. Although about the Nigerian experience this is a timely study showing the true nature of Islam in historic and contemporary society. It traces the origins of the present crisis to the historical impact of Islam on Northern Nigerian society and teaches important lessons for all Western Societies impacted by Islam today.

Available from Isaac Publishing for £9.99 plus £2 postage and packing

Review by Graham Wise  (17/12/10)
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Publisher: Isaac Publishing, from Barnabas Fund UK
Published: October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-982-52180-9
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Price: £9.99