Hello, I’m Sara, the Good News Centre Manager and an avid reader. I wanted your experience of using the book shop website to be more personal than normal. To give you an opportunity to chat with me about books in a way that you might if you were able to come into the shop. So rather than write the usual book review, I have chosen a much more informal style. I wanted to use this page to introduce you to books that we sell and that I have read and enjoyed. However, I would like this to be participative, so if you have purchased a book from us and you would like to share your thoughts about it please email me at: email@example.com
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Pilgrim Journeys Pilgrimage for walkers and armchair travellers – Sally Welch
ISBN: 9780857465139 £7.99
Experienced Pilgrim Sally Welch explores different aspects of pilgrimage as she shares her travels along lesser known pilgrimage routes. I thoroughly enjoyed this very insightful book. I felt it lent itself very much to the way of pilgrimage in the sense that I wanted to journey with it, ponder and reflect before moving on. On that basis, I used it as a daily devotional. It provides an opportunity to glimpse some lesser known pilgrimage routes, and whets the appetite for planning your next journey. Sally shares how much there is to learn from different aspects of pilgrimage, and how that can be applied to our everyday journeys and our life long journey with the Lord.
Becoming Mrs Lewis – Patti Callahan
ISBN 9780310104803 £8.99
This is a beautifully written novel about the relationship between New Yorker Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. It is well researched and gives a real sense of how their relationship developed in their correspondence with one another. Because of C.S. Lewis’ fame it is easy to forget that Joy Davidman was a published writer and poet in her own right. This novel really shows that element of Joy and the influence it had on the relationship. In using an extract from Joy’s poetry at the beginning of each chapter we have a greater understanding of her. I felt it really “fleshed out” the character and the depth of their relationship and marriage.
God on Mute – Pete Greig
ISBN 9781842913178 £8.99
Pete Greig is the founder of the 24/7 prayer movement and this book looks at his personal experience of prayer, both the miraculous answers to prayer and also the pain of unanswered prayer. I found this book to be a very honest expression of the pain of unanswered prayer, which I am sure many Christians will relate to. For all those people that feel God is not listening to, or answering, their prayers I think this book gives hope. They are certainly not alone in their experience.
Where is God in a Coronavirus World – John Lennox
ISBN: 9781784985691 £2.99
This is a small, but tightly packed little book (just 62 pages), which asks and answers questions based on its title. The author is a well-known speaker and author, who has written many books. This one was written within a few weeks of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which has swept the world. It is superbly well-written with lots of helpful background material and really honest and encouraging answers to some big questions that the pandemic has brought to the fore in the minds of many in our world. As Dr Peter Saunders (CEO of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association) writes, “Profound, accessible and comforting, this will help you make sense of the challenges we are facing”. It’s also great to give to those who are seeking a relationship with God. I highly recommend it.