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 Biographies/Writings: Saints & Notable Christians

For the lives of those we give the title Saint, and other historically noteworthy Christian men and women, written by their contemporaries, their own writings and stories about them painstakingly put together by modern day writers.

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A Blueprint for Revival

- Lessons from the life of John Wesley

by Mark Williamson


This is a new biography of John Wesley, subtitled Lessons from the life of John Wesley. He claims that Wesley changed the face of a nation and had a strong impact on the life of the Church. He describes Wesley's upbringing in a family of dissenters, his life at boarding school, his lecturing at Oxford, his founding of Methodism and his missionary work among the native Americans of Georgia. He was the innovator of open-air preaching and travelled extensively throughout Great Britain, developing Methodism into a national movement. He had turbulent relationships with two women who were subservient to his overpowering zeal to travel and preach. He died at the age of eighty-eight, having spent fifty-three years travelling to preach and teach the word of God. If only one book on John Wesley will be read, this is the one. In it Williamson identifies and expatiates on the key themes of the life of this remarkable man together with extensive excerpts from his letters and journals.

Review by John Irvine  (21/11/12)
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Price: £7.99
Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-850-78962-8

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A conservative at heart?

- The Political and Social Thought of John Henry Newman

by Stephen Kelly


Blessed John Henry Newman's literary output was enormous. As the author explains, Newman published over forty books, his 20,000 letters and diaries have been gathered into thirty-two published volumes, and there remain some 2,400+ unpublished items from his time in Dublin. Ample material the observer might think, to compile a definitive view of every aspect of Newman's thought. Not so, it seems, in regard to his political and social ideas and allegiances. Kelly has done Newman scholarship a good service in trying to reduce this material to some sort of order, and his chapters on some of the great issues of the day: Irish nationalism, church-state relations, the constitution for example, help to put Newman's thought into context. But the man himself, in these areas in particular, still seems to elude us.

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Review by Ian Gibbs  (17/12/12)
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Hardback
Price: £16.99
Publisher: Columba Press
Published: July 2012
ISBN: 978-1-856-07785-9

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A Cornish Revival

- Life and Times of Samuel Walker

by Tim Shenton


I was too enthralled by the story of this man to stop reading when I realised the price of this book. Although a scholarly work, I was swept along to the end, no doubt helped by the excellent type and presentation which made it such a pleasure. The quotations from Samuel Walker’s many letters and those of his correspondents brought alive a period of Cornish history that had a significant influence on the rest of the country. I had no previous knowledge of the band of evangelical clergymen within the Church of England, who were battling away against the wishes of many of their fellow clergy, to teach their flocks and lead them as they believed they had been called to do by Jesus Christ. All this as itinerant preachers known as Methodists were also working in the area. Walker’s exchanges with John Wesley do much to shed light on the times.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (21/08/03)
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Price: £16.95
Publisher: EP (Evangelical Press)
Published: Summer 2003
ISBN: 0-852-34522-4

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A Desert In The Ocean



by David Adam


“In a series of meditations and exercises based on the poem attributed to St. Brendan the navigator, David Adam invites us to consider whether God is calling us to live more adventurously, to extend ourselves, to seek new horizons.” Each chapter ends with the author’s favourite ‘5P’ exercises which I find so helpful, and time given to these, mean you get so much more from the book. David Adam weaves into this book, all that is known of St. Brendan, and includes stories and writings of other celtic saints. We are taught that the desert is a place of renunciation of the trivial things in life, not a hiding place but a place where all things are revealed in a constant relationship with the ever present God.

Review by Mary Bartholomew  (11/03/01)
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Price: £5.99
Publisher: Triangle imprint of SPCK
ISBN: 0-281-05035-X

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A Heart Set Free

- The Life, Ministry and Lyrics of Charles Wesley

by Christian History Institute – Samford Media Group


The ISBN here is purely for the use of our data base. The code number for ordering is 8501243
Because of the close tie between Charles and his even better known brother John - their lives were interwoven for more than fifty years - this film tells about them both, but concentrates on the poetic, hymn writing gift of Charles. I found it well worth watching, and felt by the end that I had a closer understanding of this remarkable man, who wrote so many of the hymns we sing today and through his hymns is still teaching us so much. Excellent.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (30/04/09)
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Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: Spring 2009
ISBN: 9-990-00023-9

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A Life-Giving Way

- A Contemplative Commentray On The Rule Of St Benedict

by Esther De Waal


A new edition of what is probably considered and rightly held by many to be the classic modern commentary on The Rule of St Benedict.

De Waal first wrote this book in 1995, and as with most things written by her it is both insightful, fresh and in depth, yet easy to read and understand—something so very necessary for those newly encountering The Rule of St Benedict.

This edition is a an oversized paperback with the second edition text - sadly this does mean the typescript is somewhat blurry in parts. However, to be fair having an original copy of the second edition it is true to say that this copy of it is in keeping with that!.

That said, it would have been nice, given the oversizing (230mm tall!) of this book, and price, had time been taken to reset it in a slightly larger print instead of leaving 1 inch margins around the edges.

Now I do accept that those margins may be handy for those making a study of The Rule, but I think on the whole a smaller sized book or larger sized print would have been much more helpful.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (29/01/14)
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Price: £16.99
Publisher: Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: December 2013
ISBN: 978-1-848-25562-3

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A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

- Includes Audio Excerpts CD

by William Law

ISBN: 978-0-882-70453-1
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Published: 2008
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A Taste of Hildegard



by Elizabeth Ruth Obbard

ISBN: 978-1-905-03917-3
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Published: 13 December 2012
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A Universal heart

- The Life and Vision of Brother Roger of Taizé

by Kathryn Spink

ISBN: 0-281-05799-0
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Published: 18 November 2005
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A View from the Edge

- The Autobiography of Leslie Griffiths

by Leslie Griffiths

ISBN: 978-1-441-19429-9
Price: £18.99

Published: 30 September 2010
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A.W.Tozer: In Pursuit of God



by James L.Snyder

ISBN: 978-1-854-24910-4
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Published: Autumn 2009
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Abhishiktananda

- A memoir of Dom Henri Le Saux

by Murray Rogers & David Barton

ISBN: 0-728-30160-1
Price: £2.50

Published: September 2003
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Adventure of Faith

- Reflections on fifty years of Christian service

by Michael Green

ISBN: 0-007-10542-8
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Published: November 2002
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Against the Tide

- The Story of Adomnán of Iona

by Warren Bardsley

ISBN: 1-905-01024-9
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Published: Summer 2006
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Aidan, Bede, Cuthbert

- Three Inspirational Saints

by David Adam

ISBN: 0-281-05773-7
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Published: Summer 2006
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Alfred Hope Patten and the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham



by Michael Yelton

ISBN: 1-853-11753-6
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Published: 27 September 2006
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All is Grace

- A Biography of Dorothy Day

by Jim Forest

ISBN: 978-1-570-75921-5
Price: £16.99

Published: May 2011
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Always Believe in Love

- Elizabeth of the Trinity

Edited by Marian T. Murphy O.C.D.

ISBN: 978-1-565-48313-2
Price: £9.95

Published: 2009
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Amazing Grace

- William Wilberforce And The Heroic Campaign To End Slavery

by Eric Metaxas

ISBN: 978-1-780-78304-8
Price: £9.99

Published: October 2013
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Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce



by John Piper

ISBN: 978-1-844-74185-4
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Published: April 2007
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Anne Bradstreet: Pilgrim and Poet



by Faith Cook

ISBN: 978-0-852-34714-0
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Published: 2010
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Anselm of Canterbury

- His Life and Legacy

by Benedicta Ward SLG

ISBN: 978-0-281-06104-4
Price: £12.99

Published: 23 April 2009
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Apostolic Fathers



by Simon Tugwell

ISBN: 0-826-45771-1
Price: £14.99

Published: June 2002
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Archibald G. Brown

- Spurgeon's Successor

by Iain H Murray

ISBN: 978-1-848-71139-6
Price: £16.00

Published: October 2011
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Arrivals and Departures

- The Restless World of Henri Nouwen

Edited by Michael Ford

ISBN: 978-0-232-52710-0
Price: £9.95

Published: 24 September 2007
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At the Heart of the World



by Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

ISBN: 0-232-52481-5
Price: £8.95

Published: 15 March 2004
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Augustine For Armchair Theologians



by Stephen A. Cooper

ISBN: 0-664-22372-9
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Published: 2002
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Augustine of Hippo

- A Life

by Henry Chadwick

ISBN: 978-0-199-56830-7
Price: £12.99

Published: 27 August 2009
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Autobiography of George Müller

- A Million and a Half in Answer to Prayer

by George Müller

ISBN: 978-0-883-68159-6
Price: £19.95

Published: 2003
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Awakening

- The Life & Ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne

by David Robertson

ISBN: 1-842-27173-3
Price: £8.99

Published: 23 July 2004
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Awakening

- The Life and Ministry of Robert Murray McCheyne

by David Robertson

ISBN: 978-1-845-50542-4
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Published: 2009
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The Apostle

- A Life of Paul

by John Pollock

ISBN: 978-0-781-40573-7
Price: £11.99

Published: January 2012
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The Art of Saints

- A Celebration of Holy Men and Women

by Sr Wendy Beckett

ISBN: 978-0-852-31385-5
Price: £9.95

Published: Spring 2011
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