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Dig Deeper: Tools to Unearth the Bible’s Treasure
Nigel Beynon

This is a reprint in a new format of a book first published in 2005. It sets out a series of sixteen 'tools' to enable Christians, and especially students, to interpret and understand the Bible better. Some of these are…

The Dawkins Proof for the existence of God
Richard Barns

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins sets out his case against God. There we have the considered arguments of the western world's best known proponent of atheism. It should be powerful. It should be compelling. The Dawkins Proof examines those…

The Book of Books
Melvyn Bragg

The King James Bible has often been called the Book of Books both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best selling book in the world, and many believe, had…

The Power to Save – A history of the gospel in China
Bob Davey

The Power to Save - A history of the gospel in China Bob Davey Evangelical Press 356, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-743-0 Star Rating: Bob Davey has carefully researched the story of the church in China. In Power to Save the reader…

John Calvin – Man of God’s Word
Peter Barnes

Martin Luther said that 'once the pure and certain Word is taken away, there remains no consolation, no salvation, no hope'. That is where the church found itself just before the Reformation. No man did more to point the church…

Josiah’s Reformation
Richard Sibbes

Richard Sibbes always sought to get under the superficial layer of his listeners' behaviour and deal with their hearts. He knew that the outward acts of sin spring from the inner desires of the heart. Merely to alter a person's…

True Spirituality
Vaughan Roberts

What does it mean to be a truly spiritual Christian? At a time when there is no shortage of answers competing for our attention, how do we know what really is from God? This book looks for answers in the…

slugs & snails & puppy dogs’ tails
Carolyn Edwards

We have such a problem with our boys,' ..is a common refrain in many churches. The probability, though, is that boys are not actually the problem, rather our attitude to them; our ideas of what a boy really is and…

Out of the Shadows
Faith Cook

A collection of nine short and very diverse inspiring biographies: Many of the names will be unfamiliar, but their stories are full of interest and inspiration, each in its own way bearing witness to the faithfulness and goodness of the…

Fruitful Leaders – How to make, grow, love and keep them
Marcus Honeysett

God loves local churches. He wants to see them built up and flourishing. He provides spiritual gifts of leadership to help them grow. Churches are God's teams for fulfilling his great purposes in the world, ensuring that his greatness and…

C. H. Spurgeon’s Forgotten Early Sermons
Terence Peter Crosby

Lovers of Spurgeon's preaching have always had a special affection for the sermons of his New Park Street years, with their youthful vibrancy and freshness, but, when compared with their more numerous Metropolitan Tabernacle successors, a far lower percentage of…

Why God Won’t Go Away
Alister McGrath

The recent rise of the New Atheism has aroused great general interest, thrown up questions of fundamental importance, and started a fascinating conversation. Why God Won't Go Away invites us to join in. The volume opens with a survey of…

The Sovereignty of God Debate
George Kalantzis

How is God sovereign with respect to creation? Does creation affect God? Does God suffer or change because of creation? If so, how is this related to Christology? Why have these questions been so controversial in evangelical theology, even costing…

Travel Through The Houses of Parliament
Andrew Atherstone

The Houses of Parliament, on the banks of the River Thames at Westminster, are among the most iconic buildings in the world. They have stood for generations at the centre of the United Kingdom’s national political life, and have often…

Grounded in the Gospel
J. I. Packer

Historically, the church's ministry of grounding new believers in the essentials of the faith has been known as catechesis - systematic instruction in faith foundations, including what we believe, how we pray and worship, and how we conduct our lives.…

Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Brooks
Thomas Brooks

"As a writer, Brooks scatters stars with both his hands: he hath dust of gold; in his storehouse are all manner of precious stones." So wrote C.H. Spurgeon in his Preface to this book. He counted Thomas Brooks among his…

Ten Myths about Calvinism
Kenneth J. Stewart

Historian of Christianity Ken Stewart is intent on setting the record straight about Reformed theology. He identifies ten myths held by either or both Calvinists and non-Calvinists and shows how they are gross mischaracterizations of that theological stream. Certain of…

O love that will not let me go
Nancy Guthrie

For many modern-day Christians, death has become what J. I. Packer terms 'the great unmentionable'. This attitude denies not only the reality of the human condition, but also the reality of God's promises for believers beyond this life. The church…

At the Cross
John Benton

These days there are many competitors and ‘look-alikes' around for the gospel of Christ. And the tragedy is that there is such a measure of confusion in the churches that often we can't recognise the genuine article when we see…

A Voyage of Discovery
Derek Thomas

This book is designed to portray biblical spirituality as believers in the God of the Bible express it. It takes a collection of fifteen psalms, conveniently lumped together in the Hebrew canon. The collection of Psalms 120-134 all bear the…

In light of Eternity – The life of Leonard Ravenhill
Mack Tomlinson

Ravenhill’s spiritual life, uniquely marked by experiential godliness, was from its beginning rooted in eighteenth century English Methodism. Had he lived two hundred years earlier, he could have been one of the men laboring in the gospel with John Wesley…

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox
Douglas Bond

John Knox, the great Reformer of Scotland, is often remembered as something akin to a biblical prophet born out of time - strong and brash, thundering in righteous might. In truth, he was 'low in stature, and of a weakly…

Love Wins: At the Heart of Life’s Big Questions
Rob Bell

The Christian's hope of heaven has unquestionably an earthly dimension. 'In keeping with his promise', writes Peter, 'we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness' (2Peter3.13). Our eternal home will not be…

Tell all the World
Jim Sayers

‘World mission is someone else's job! Leave it to the specialists, the agencies, and let's concentrate on reaching our local community around our church.' Sadly, that is often how Christians think about cross-cultural mission. But God has other plans for…

Snatched from the Fire
Keith Mitchell (Mitch)

Real gospel meets real life. As a firefighter, Keith Mitchell is trained to snatch people from flames. As a Christian, he sees sin as a fire to be fought in our lives. This results in real living, life with freedom…

Dragons or Dinosaurs?

Dragon images, legends and lore exist all over the world in many different cultures. But what if dragons were actually dinosaurs? Dinosaurs are often used to discredit the Bible, so what if their existence actually helps prove its veracity? Dragons…

God’s Names
Sally Michael

A full-color guide for parents to teach early elementary children about God’s character, as revealed in 26 names in the Bible. Each chapter ends with personal application and activities.

HELP! Living in a fallen world
Paul Tautges

This new series of pocket-sized booklets began to appear last year and there are currently sixteen titles available. All of them have been produced by different men and women who are well-qualified and experienced in their field and in some…

Preacher, keep yourself from idols
Derek Tidball

'Preachers' and 'idolatry'. Surely these two words don't belong together? Or do they? The apostle John ends his first letter with the plea, 'Dear children, keep yourselves from idols' (1 John 5:21) - an exhortation to believers to keep alert…

Maximum Impact: Living and Loving for God’s Glory
Wayne Mack

Teaching on Christian living from 1 Corinthians 13.

Our witchdoctors are too weak
Davey and Marie Jank

The arresting title of this book is just right for the captivating account it gives of missionary life in the Amazon jungle. Two young American missionaries are exposed to a world of witchcraft, fear, isolation and danger. How they face…