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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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Nelson Mandela: Man of Forgiveness

- Programme Five in the Great Souls Series

Hosted by David Aikman

The ISBN here is purely for the use of our data base. The code number for ordering is 501140D
Filmed on location across South Africa, the film follows Mandela from his childhood through to his later years of being an ‘Elder Statesman’ respected and revered around the world. There is so much to tell, that inevitably some parts of his story are passed over quite quickly, but there is a lot included and the film is well worth watching.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (16/02/09)
Price: £12.99 (incl VAT)
Publisher: Authentic Media
Published: January 2009
ISBN: 9-990-00017-4

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Never to Leave Us Alone

- The Prayer Life of Martin Luther King

by Lewis V. Baldwin

This book is an examination of the private and public prayer life of Martin Luther King Jr. with a close look at the prayer tradition of black people. It deals with King not only as campaigner for human rights in racist America, but also as theologian and prophet. Prayer was at the centre of King’s life, not only petitionary prayer, but also as confession and thanksgiving and intercession. King saw prayer as an enormously powerful force which was never passive but always incited to action. It involved the whole person, the mind, the heart and the soul. He defined prayer as ‘a daily conversation and walk with God.’ Most of the book consists of a collection of King’s own prayers abstracted from his sermons and speeches and private writings. The book is a great spiritual resource, both practical and inspiring.

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Review by John Irvine  (04/06/12)
Price: £10.99
Publisher: Fortress Press from Alban Books
Published: September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-800-69744-0

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Newman and His Contemporaries

by Edward Short

There has naturally been of late a flood of books concerned with J.H.Newman. His beatification has been the focus of this renewal of interest in the apologist, theologian, religious, cardinal and beatus. Edward Short’s book avoids any narrowness by describing the relationships between his subject and the numerous contemporaries with whom he had to do. It is perhaps a mark of ‘our’ ignorance that he felt it necessary to include a ‘Select Biographical Index’ so that the reader may have some idea of who these people were. Sadly there is little sympathy for some of them in these pages.

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Review by Ian Gibbs  (06/03/12)
Price: £18.99
Publisher: T&T Clark imprint of Continuum
Published: 23 June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-567-02689-7

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Newman's Unquiet Grave

- The Reluctant Saint

by John Cornwell

The author of this biography has undertaken the daunting task of giving an account of the life and work of John Henry Newman, a renowned Anglican priest who became a convert to Catholicism and eventually a cardinal in the Catholic Church. He is assisted in this by the inclusion in the text of many excerpts from his subject’s own letters and sermons. These show Newman to be a deeply introverted person, prone to self-analysis of a highly critical and unflattering nature, and yet one capable of forming many close bonds of friendship. Although regarded by some as equivocal and controversial, Newman is clearly portrayed here as a person of scrupulous honesty and deep religious conviction who followed his conscience in the face of virulent adverse criticism and the accusation of apostasy. Among other things, this very readable book serves to whet one’s appetite to learn more about the intriguing and complex person who is now known as Blessed John Henry Newman.

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Review by Alexandra Irvine  (25/02/12)
Price: £10.99
Publisher: Continuum - A Bloomsbury Company
Published: 15 September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-441-17323-2

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None But Jesus

by John Flavel

John Flavel was a 17th century puritan preacher and writer. This small book consists of nearly 400 brief extracts from his works. It is a wonderful hors d’oeuvres—full of tasty titbits. To whet your appetite here are some quotes:

How soon would faith freeze without a cross? Bear your cross therefore with joy.

If I am the Lord’s, then my time, my talents, and all that I have are his.

Some providences, like Hebrew letters, must be read backwards.

Trails are the highway to assurance.

The law wounds, the gospel cures.

Here is a book to help you redeem your time. It is small enough to slip into your pocket and the quotes are brief enough to memorise.

I also hope that reading this book will encourage people to want to enjoy the main course and buy John Flavel’s books, many of which have been reprinted by the same publisher.

Highly recommended.

Review by Alan Hill  (05/09/14)
Price: £3.99
Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Published: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-848-71407-6

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The Narnian

- The Life and Imagination of C.S.Lewis

by Alan Jacobs

In many respects The Narnian does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a biography and follows Lewis’ life in a traditional, chronological order. But the wealth of information about Lewis’ life, not least from his own writings might make this book either superfluous or vast if not both. However, Jacobs has selected material which in his reckoning impact on Lewis’ imagination. The book traces the history of that imagination from childhood games with his brother Warnie which foreshadow the Narnia books, to his marriage and the impact that had on later writings such as The Four Loves and A Grief Observed. This is interesting and readable even if maybe nothing new.

Review by Naomi Nixon  (06/11/06)
Price: £12.99
Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: 18 November 2005
ISBN: 0-281-05784-2

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