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November 2020
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The Pastor of Kilsyth: The Life and Times of W. H. Burns

This is a slow-burn biography about what often looks like a slow-burn life. First published in 1860, its approach can seem ponderous. Some elements might bewilder anyone but a two-hundred year old Scotsman. So why persevere with the book? Because it is at once so far removed from us and so close to us.…

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December 2019
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My Sunflower Girl

This is a heartfelt but reflective account of events leading to the death of Dyfan Williams’s 10-year-old daughter Megan, and the subsequent slow road to recovery. The reader is invited to walk with him and Caroline through their personal valley of death as he recounts Megan’s 10 days in hospital before she was taken…

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January 2019
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Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal

Alister McGrath has written a masterly biography of the distinguished and influential Swiss theologian and professor, Emil Brunner (1889-1966). If you studied theology in the 1970s or 80s, Brunner’s name would have soon come up. Who then, was Emil Brunner? He was the dominant writer for the revolutionary new currents of German theology that…

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Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God

It is sobering to see how quickly those who have contributed so much to life and culture in our world are nearly forgotten by the generation that succeeds them. It calls to mind the rather haunting reference to the dead in Psalm 103 – ‘and its place remembers it no more’. Yet that is…

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Wise Counsel: John Newton’s Letters to John Ryland, Jr

This volume brings together 83 letters from John Newton to John Ryland Jr most of which have not been previously published. The editor, Grant Gordon, has done a great deal of successful detective work to discover these documents which shed a fascinating light on the Anglican minister and his long-lived friendship with his Baptist…

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Christian Heroines: Just Like You

As the title implies, this book gives us an insight into the lives of ordinary women who have suffered much hardship and persecution for their faith. From slave girls to noblewomen they paid a high price for the stand they took. Each of the 21 short chapters tells what it cost them to remain…

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Jesus: The Life-Changer

This is a fascinating and unusual book as it looks at Jesus through the eyes of those who met him. The nineteen chapters are all relatively short and can each be read in 10–15 minutes. The nature of this book means that there has to be some speculation, as the author tries to put…

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