Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wow, this book, 'Clergy, Culture and Ministry' by Ian Tomlinson arrived across my desk at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market yesterday from @SCM_Press Now let me first confess I am not Clergy and so this book is not meant for me, and yet this book is incredibly insightful and interesting in helping me process how very hard it must be to be clergy with its constant expectations and role changes. In the 30 hours that have passed since this book arrived I have been devouring it! The insights work not only for clergy but for anyone with a complex occupation, or that works or engages closely with clergy. Tomlinson writes well and elucidates insightfully on the work of Wesley Carr so as to offer forward a strong work shedding light on the complexity and possibilities of being clergy in a world of competing expectations. A very good book and one many clergy may find helpful, but also one prospective clergy and ministers may like to consider too... As always this book and other good ones like it can be found in independent High street bookshop's like us here at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market, and I'd really encourage you to use them and buy your books from them so that they can survive and thrive in local communities. http://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #christianbookshop #christianbooks #spirituality #faith #review #authors #publishers #buylocal #christian #theology #clergy #ministry #scmpress


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Across my desk at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market came these delights... I have truly been immersing myself in some deep, delightful, reading and thinking! Starting with Scm Press, 'According to the Scriptures' by David Allen. Perfect lenten reading. well researched biblical studies at its best... digs into the use of OT scriptures in the NT and looks at why and how they were used, and how we should understand them not as we do now, but perhaps more appropriately as we did then. Then 'A Transforming Vision' Ed. By George Westhaver Some amazing studies on the Trinity. Kallistos Ware offers a beautiful short look at the mystical theology of Trinity in the Eastern tradition. Jeremy Begbie's contribution on artistic, musical and God/Trinity space is wonderful in tone, as is the conclusion by Rowan Williams. A book that though deep is accessible reading. 'Raging with Compassion' by John Swinton. A wonderful contribution to the study of the Problem of Evil... A breadth deep and satisfying but more important is the fact Swinton does not try to answer the problem directly, rather he raises the problem and suggests we look towards the ways we can be transformed and overcome the problems rather than dwelling on the abstract unanswerable why's...this is not a cop out though, it's a real world reality and is approached with real insight. From Christian Alternative, 'Questioning the Incarnation' by Peter Shepherd. This is an intriguing, Possibly controversial study on how the explanation of the incarnation just won't work for today and how we need to focus on what is Divinity, and Jesus' very real Humanity, and truly rework a trinitarian understanding of the incarnation that is meaningful... And more importantly that is actually understood and understandable today. Well worth reading. 'Liturgical Worship' by Mark Earey from CHP is a revised & expanded edition basic introduction to what Liturgical Worship is... Key reading with questions. BRF's 'Faith in the Making' by Lyndall Bywater is a perfect book of devotional studies on Heroes of the Bible as listed in Hebrews 11. Perfect for group or solo reading. http://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Some days you open the mail and remember why you love working at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market... And you also are reminded how God speaks and answers things in unexpected ways! So another 2 birds 1 stone #lentchallenge (remember) post and some amazing books. Reviews for all will follow but I can say I'm half way through 'Interrupting Silence' by Walter Brueggemann which as always is deep but readable and has great sized print... And though short has good reflection questions at the end of each chapter that really make you stop and think! Next though I'm going to have to read 'Vindicating the Vixens' edited by Sandra GLAFN because when I flicked it open the chapter on Bathsheba that it opened on just sucked me in... Deep, complex, authoritative, engaging, challenging, meaningful are just some of the words that cover this.. And if the other chapters are so well written and blend together scholarly biblical insight with modern themes then it's going to be a joy to read indeed. 'Drawing Closer to God' by Joseph Malham is going to be lenten exercise for me - although designed to be an 8 day personal retreat I've looked and can easily make it into a 6 week exercise that will take me into Easter and gift me with a completed Christ Pantocrator Icon to read and study... If Icons are something you have an interest in then this Icon Retreat and active guide to writing one is truly a must. Finally I am really looking forward to engrossing myself in Diarmuid O'Murchuvs new book - 'Incarnation: A new evolutionary threshold'. I have no doubt it will be a real joy to read, and challenge me in all the right ways to look at both incarnation and creation in new ways. So there we go and #remember that all these books (and many more) are available from local Independent bookshops like us here at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market, and that we rely on your direct purchases from us to stay active and in your towns and cities... So. Please think independent before Internet if you can when making your purchase choice. http://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #christianbookshop #reviews


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Two birds one stone... #lentchallenge (Learn) and also the books across my desk at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market that I'm reading and reviewing! First off the beautiful and intense, 'Breathing Deep: Life in the Spirit of Easter' by Ian Adams from Canterbury Press is my personal Lent book of choice and I'd certainly highly recommend this and his other works. 'A History of the Church in 100 Objects' by Mike & Grace Aquilina is lso a wonderful and enjoyable book that takes you on a most unusual journey of the church's history... Each chapter is short and intriguing, as are the objects!, with a helpful more section of titles that will cover that time in history. Great book from Ave Maria Press & Alban Books. My final two reads this week are from @brfonline, one being 'Vibration Christianity in Multifaith Britain' by Andrew Smith which is a very helpful short, insightful, book on engaging with other faiths and considering how we live out our own faith and the witness that can be when we engage considerately, openly, and thoughtfully in the places we live and with the people there. Finally we come to 'A guide to Mission Accompaniment' by Kerry M. Thorpe and in some ways this goes really well with the previous book, because this is a book about walking with others, about accompanying those we are engaged with in faith. So part mentorship, part mission, part spiritual direction maybe... But above all about real fellowship and relationships... About the idea of journeying and growing together through building each other up. A really good book for ministers, pioneers, and even just ordinary congregation members because this is one thing we all can and should do. So there we go, 2 birds, 1 stone, 3 publishers, and 4 great books ;) All these books are available from your local Independent Christian Bookshop, like us here at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market, and please do make your purchases from a real independent high street bookshop whenever you can because it's only through those purchases that Bookshops can stay in our town and cities :) http://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #christianbookshop #reviews


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Saturday, February 10, 2018

So for this week's reading of the books that came across my desk at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market I'm going for an on topic selection of books by and about strong, articulate and intelligent women given its the 100 year anniversary of some women in the UK first getting the vote! The first three are from Alban Books but are Orbis Titles: 'On Being Unfinished ' by Anne E Partick - a collection of deeply interesting theological writings from this Catholic theologian on issues of feminism, media, imaginative literature, language, and vocation to name a few. All well considered and intriguing, well worth the read. 'Women leaders in the Student Christian Movement 1880-1920' by Thomas A Russel really highlights the catalyst and strength of women during these suffragette years and how women's channeled energy achieves amazing things. 'The Image of the Unseen God: by Thomas Hosinski has a forward from the amazing Ilia Delia and is a beautifully deep theological book that moves us through church history, biblical studies, and science to help build the reflection of the beautiful inclusivity, nature, and understanding of God that is envolving. Finally the last book is from New City Press and is by the amazing Chiara Lubich and is on 'Mary Flower of Humanity'. A beautiful book that looks at ecumenism, Faith, strength, sorrow and how all are called to become 'little Marys' in their Yes to God. All these wonderful books and more are available from your local Independent Bookshops like us here at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market. Please support us, and them, by making your purchases from them as that's the only way they can survive. http://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #christianbookshop #christianbooks #spirituality #faith #review #authors #publishers #buylocal #christian #theology


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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wow.. These just came across the desk at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market this morning! It's not often that I turn a review around quite this quickly but these have honestly got me hooked... From @brfonline this 'Holy Habits: Missional Discipleship Resources for Churches' is fantastic (and at only £4.99 each incredibly good value!). Bases o Act 2:42-47 10 subjects are covered and in each booklet you get the basis of a service, a series of small group resources, some great all age activities, some looking deeper study and consideration, and finally at the back a series of Arts & Media suggestions including books (fiction and nonfiction), poetry, articles, films and art that deal with the theme in hand... Honestly these are fantastic and work as film night ideas and book group suggestions too that would help you cross the church/unchecked boundaries really well. These work across the denominations, or indeed would be really helpful for non-denominational or Fresh Expression type initiatives (I genuinely am taking 3 home to use some of the material with my Lincoln Forest Church folk!). So there we go, I genuinely think if you are involved with church and would like something to help with some new ideas then these are seriously worth the look and consideration indeed. As always these and many other brilliant books and resources can be purchased at independent Bookshops, like us here at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market, who rely on your support and purchases to continue being in our towns and cities ;) http://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #christianbookshop #christianbooks #spirituality #faith #review #mission #worship #discipleship #christian #prayer #prayeractivities #fellowship #biblicalstudies #churchresources #brf #biblereadingfellowship #churchespecially #lincoln #lincolnshire


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