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Fiction for Summer 2018

Posted on 12 July, 2018 at 8:05

We have lots of Christian fiction now in stock.

Don't miss African Heartbeat by Jim Harries: the story of a British missionary in Africa.


And if that doesn't suit, we have plenty more to choose from!


New books for Summer 2018

Posted on 5 July, 2018 at 5:10

If you're looking for some Summer reading to entertain you, or broaden your faith, then have a look at some of these new books.

Amazing Love by Corrie Ten Boom is a compilation of true stories of radical forgiveness like her own.

Let me tell you a story by Rob Parsons collects some of his best stories from 30 years of storytelling.

Priceless is the book of the film based on true stories of human trafficking. We also have the DVD available!

The heart is a noisy room is about our struggle with our inner voices, often learned from our culture or childhood. These voices can run our lives if we let them.

The Vikings follows the Vikings from their 8th century plundering onto their lesser known conversions to Christ across Europe.

In What we talk about when we talk about faith, Peter Stanford collects discussions of faith with 44 people, including Delia Smith, Michael Gove, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


The Way of the White Horse

Posted on 21 June, 2018 at 7:15

Now in stock: The Way of the White Horse by local author Peter Challis.

This is the second volume in Peter's science fiction Alien Gospels series, which began with The Return of the Nephilim.

In this installment, the mystery of the emblem of the Uffington White Horse found on every occupied planet deepens. Are there really physical gates or wormholes between planets marked by the White Horse, or is something spiritual involved? The future of humanity is at stake!

Copies are only £4.99 each, and the author is donating all proceeds from our sales directly to Cornerstone. Even better, each purchase of The Way of the White Horse includes a free copy of The Return of the Nephilim!

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Posted on 7 June, 2018 at 6:05

I have recently been very moved by reading Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi.

This is a very personal account of the author's own upbringing in a devout Muslim family, the friendships that he formed with Christians while a student, and his search for truth among the claims of Islam and the claims of the New Testament. I found it very easy to read, but also with real depth. I think the book can be read as an engrossing biography, but it is also a spur to more study.

Qureshi writes with real affection for the culture and faith that he grew up with, and uses his own experiences to illuminate how different the worldviews of devout Muslims and Western Christians can be. He gives plenty of examples of the Islamic stories and practices that shaped his outlook from his earliest childhood. For those of us who are Christian, the early chapters of the book will give valuable insights into Islam that go beyond the usual stereotypes. Especially useful are the panels explaining the various Arabic and Islamic terms that are introduced. Also, each chapter ends with notes for further reading, and this most recent edition includes appendices written by others to give extra detail on some of the topics raised such as the role of the Qu'ran and the Hadith, or Muslim views on Jesus.

I can thoroughly recommed this book to anyone wanting more understanding of Islam and Christianity.

John Wilson, Trustee

Paradoxology

Posted on 5 April, 2018 at 4:05

I have recently been reading Paradoxology by Krish Kandiah.

Like, I suspect, most Christians, I have often been puzzled when reading the Bible. How can a God of love ask Abraham to sacrifice his son? Or why is God sometimes so present people hear His voice, but sometimes apparently distant or even absent? In Paradoxology, Kandiah argues that by exploring these and other paradoxes we get closer to knowing the true God: instead of trying to ignore or explain away these difficulties, we can use them to deepen our faith. He takes 13 different paradoxes (8 from the Old Testament and 5 from the New), and explores them individually, applying each one to Christian faith and experience.

The subject material might sound quite heavy, but Krish Kandiah writes with a very easy-to-read style, blending theological depth with pastoral experience. I have found this a book that is worth reading slowly and prayerfully, which has challenged me again to take seriously the God revealed in the Bible.

John Wilson, Trustee

Book Sale

Posted on 11 January, 2018 at 5:00

Book Sale now on! Some books half price or less, some 2017 release, some classic, some fiction, some non-fiction and lots of NIV bibles.

Come and have a look through, but hurry: sale ends 17th March!

I Married a Soldier

Posted on 3 November, 2017 at 9:15

John Durant, Vicar of the Vale Benefice, writes…

I have been reading the book I Married a Soldier by Brenda Hale, which was published this summer by LION.


It tells us of Brenda’s experiences, both as an army wife and then as an army widow after her husband Captain Mark Hale died in Afghanistan. It ends with her re-election last year to Stormont in Northern Ireland, where she lives. They are selected experiences but include how both of them became Christians, how the family dealt with the disruption of separation and how subsequently they were coping with the devastation of bereavement.

The book brought back lots of memories for me, for I first met Mark when he was Company Sergeant Major of “A” company of the 1st Battalion Devon and Dorset Regiment when I joined the Army as a chaplain in 2000. I remember reading the Bible and praying with Mark in Crossmaglen, refereeing him in rugby matches; visiting the family in hospital after their second daughter was born and conducting her service of Blessing and Thanksgiving and Dedication at the little corrugated chapel in Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow where they attended.

Mark had a great care and sense of responsibility for his men, and it was while he was trying to save one of them that he was killed.

What this book makes clear, far better than I could is that it is not only the service personnel who make sacrifices, but also their families as well. It also conveys the anger, frustration and despair at the horror and waste of life that war causes. Brenda took those strong feelings and channelled them to make a positive difference.

Our national act of remembrance this month gives us an opportunity to show gratitude for the sacrifices made by sailors, soldiers and airmen, as well as their families; but it should also help us positively focus on striving to maintain freedom, security and peace.

As a Christian minister, I find myself returning to the phrase Jesus said –“ …no one has greater love than this that they lay down their life for their friends”; and finding hope in the belief that his sacrifice has begun the process to bring about the end of all war and conflict.

We will remember them.

 

John

"I Married a Soldier" is in stock now at Cornerstone, priced £9.99

 

A Christmas present for a young reader?

Posted on 10 October, 2017 at 11:40

Claire Wong, The Runaway (Lion Fiction, 2017, ISBN 1782642420)


We wanted to give our 13-year old granddaughter something for her baptism. Her mum suggested a book and so we browsed in Cornerstone, and we found this debut novel published by Lion. And we bought it. I couldn’t find what age, if any, it’s suitable for. It seemed a good idea to check it wasn’t a dud, and so just in time I read it. I’d say it was of general interest, but especially for young adults.

I must say I was pleased. Though it doesn’t mention God, it’s a Christian story in disguise. It concerns a 17-year old named Rhiannon Morgan, whose single mother has been killed in a car crash and who has been looked after by her dominating aunt (and guardian), Diana. They live in Llandymna, a small village near Dyrys Wood in Wales. Their relationship worsens to the point that Rhiannon packs her bag and runs away into the forest. She is not the first person to have fled the village. Years ago, in an incident never spoken of, but recalled by Maebh, the wise seer and storyteller of the village, a man called Emrys had been driven from the village in some sort of mob incident.

Despite exhaustive searches, Rhiannon escapes discovery and learns to survive in the woods. Llandymna returns to its unhappy pattern of normality, until the arrival of a brother and sister, Adam and Grace, who study trees, and the running away of another young man from the village.

That’s probably enough of a plot-spoiler! The book not only has a well-worked plot, but also a range of interesting characters with their own stories which unfold and inter-connect. Maebh is a central figure, who represents the vital importance of story – which, when you come to think of it, is why the Bible has so much narrative in it: because we remember and relate to stories, and trying to forget them is the road to forgetting their lessons. Like the Bible, this is a story of suffering, forgiveness and restoration. I suspect my granddaughter will get the point.

Wondering what to give your teenage kids or grandchildren for Christmas? If they like reading, give them this – and then ask to borrow it to read yourself. Highly recommended.

Price: £7.99

Michael Wenham

New books for Autumn 2017

Posted on 5 October, 2017 at 5:55

Call in to get your copies of these recent titles.

  • Paul Kerensa was recently at Shush in Wantage, making people’s sides ache. His new book Hark! The biography of Christmas is a lot of fun, much like his previous books Genesis: The Bibluffer’s Guide and So a Comedian Walks into a Church….
  • Katharine Welby-Roberts has had much praise for her book I thought there would be cake. The daughter of Archbishop Justin Welby, Katharine tells a very honest account of how her life didn’t turn out quite how she expected. Wrestling with her mental health issues, Katharine takes the reader on a journey of self acceptance.
  • Brenda Hale’s moving account of the loss of her husband Mark and the challenges that followed are portrayed in her book I Married a Soldier. From Army spouse to Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Brenda draws on her faith in God and a personal strength she didn’t know she had.


Sarah Shewring

The Lost World of Genesis One

Posted on 21 September, 2017 at 5:55
The first chapter of Genesis too often causes controversy among Christians. Some of us read it as allegory, some of us hold to a strict 6-day creation; all of us want to take the text seriously as part of God's revelation of Himself.

In The Lost World of Genesis One, John H. Walton presents a way of reading this ancient text based on its context in the ancient world, and its context in Hebrew culture. Walton is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Illinois, and brings his academic background in both ancient history and Old Testament theology to bear.
While affirming the doctrine that God is the creator of all that is, Walton argues that the first chapter of Genesis is mainly about God assigning form or function, rather than primarily about material creation. Not all Christians will subscribe to this view, I am sure, but his arguments are laid out very clearly, and I thoroughly recommend reading his book prayerfully. Whether or not you accept his final conclusions, there is much in this book that should help to bring this "lost world" to life; and for me, there is much that has renewed my desire to praise the God who has made heaven and earth.


The Lost World of Genesis One, RRP £11.99, is available to order through Cornerstone: contact us for more details.

John Wilson


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