Tuesday, October 16, 2018

These perfectly formed NRSV gift bibles from @CambridgeUP came across my desk today at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market and asked to be reviewed. They are small but with a beautiful clear and bold print that makes them easy to read sepite the small print size. The premium leather looking one is lush and truly looks the part of a refined black leather bible and really would be an incredible and long serving serious gift for perhaps Ordinations, Confirmations or for something with a feeling of gravitas attached to it. Next up are the silver and grey editions, both with gil edges, and both very suitable for any gift giving occasion from Christenings to marriages... I particularly like the gentle sheen (almost sparkle) to the grey edition which just lifts it that little bit, but in no way moves it away from being emminently suitable as a gentleman's gift. Finally the green edition is the cheaper priced edition and to be fair more an everyday compact carrying bible than a purposeful gift edition, but despite this the print and quality hold through making it an excellent companion for everyday life, or maybe as a Sunday school or school gift edition perhaps. All in all a set of beautifully formed, and well thought out, compact and gift edition NRSV bibles from Cambridge University Press indeed. As always these, and many more good books and bibles, can be found in your local independent Bookshops like us here at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market, and we really would encourage you to go through a small independent bookshop for your purchases as they truly rely on you to remain in business and serving the local community where they are. https://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #books #book #indiebookshop #christianbooks #christianbookshop #bibles #leatherbible #faith #Christian #cambridgeuniversitypress #bible #gift #awards #review #buylocal #independent #bookshop

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Yes it's beginning to look like that time of year again here at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market (and at all good Independent & Christian Bookshops elsewhere too I'm sure)! And @brfonline rarely disappoint and haven't again with some great Advent titles.. And that 'The Visual Christmas Story' is a real surprise that works for churches and unchurched, readers and non-readers too... I'll concede the images won't be to everyone's style but if you're aiming at a younger adult audience then these will work well. If like me you are into Celtic style spirituality then David Cole's 'Celtic Advent : 40 days of devotions to Christmas' is a real delight and a great follow on from his Celtic Lent book a few years ago. 40 days of course because that's how long a Celtic advent is. Finally David Kerrigan's 'Prince of Peace in a World of Wars' is the one I would seriously recommend to any grappling with the real humanitarian issues and crises of our world today... Things like Syria, Yemen, Gaza and the many other places of trouble, war and abandonment... Why? Because this is a book of hope and love, a book that leads us to Advent not dwelling on the horror, but acknowledging it and addressing it, and focusing on how we through love and action can change the world just as the Christ Child did. Just a reminder that these and many more books like them are available in real physical local and independent Bookshops near you like us at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market... Please buy them there and support your community and independent business people where you can. https://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #books #book #indiebookshop #christianbooks #christianbookshop #theology #spirituality #faith #Christmas #advent #reviews #christian #bookreviews #Lincoln #bookshop #biblestudy #devotional

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Just three titles from the very many on display at the @CRT_Retreat #CRT2018 that I fe) in love with! So much say that I owe a big thanks to the folks from @ivpacademic for letting me take Ryken's, The Messiah Comes to Middle Earth, away with me to finish reading on the train home! And it was a beautiful rich read indeed with amazing theological insights blended into a lush treatise on LOTR.. Gives you an amazing excuse to reread LOTR to see this fresh interpretation play out for yourself! The Philisophy of Christian Religion from @spck_publishing was from the sections I had time to read (not much sadly it was busy!) an incredible, well reasoned and deeply satisfying philosophy of religion book.. And though I disagree with some of the authors conclusions on Thomism I can agree they were well reasoned and articulated, and though we don't agree on atomism the section on Deism made up for it... ;) Finally the Mere Science and Christian Faith one me ocer in the very first flick open all thanks to one joke about God, Time, and Pennies... And it carried on impressing with its style, looks, and topic. Think this is one id be very happy to read, use, and discuss with others. So yeah just 3 out of so many good good books! Remember these and many others can be found (or ordered!) from. Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market! Or from any good independent bricks and mortar bookshop! https://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #books #book #indiebookshop #christianbooks #christianbookshop #theology #spirituality #scienceandfaith #reviews #middleearth #tolkien #philosophy #faith #reviews #publishers #reading

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Ohh I might have fallen a little in love! The new Journalling and Verse-mapping Bibles from @HodderFaith are just absolutely lovely. Well bound, good sized print, helpful front cover diagram, and varied images, sheets, and designs for you to work with throughout, as well as the blank wide margins. Seriously these are a bullet journal persons bible, or just a very creative or note-takers Bible. Two covers designs - one a marble effect good and the other a lush watercolour floral design - both with two ribbon makers and elastic binder to hold them closed (or open where you are!). Really impressed by these editions which would make great gifts or personal treats. Like all books reviewed these can be obtained from your local Independent Christian Bookshop such as us at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market - please support independent Bookshops when making your purchases. https://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #christianbookshop #christianbooks #spirituality #faith #review #bible #creative #journalling #bulletjournal #BUJO #lincoln #lincolnshire Unicorn Tree Books Central Market, Sincil Street, Lincoln. LN5 7ET

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Friday, May 18, 2018

A little display of a Royal flavour at Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market ready for tomorrow's Royal Wedding of Harry and Megan... https://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #market #lincoln #lincolnshire #centralmarket #royalwedding #harry&meghan #royalromance #hardback #photobooks #history #heritage

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Why not pop in today and pick up a Unicorn Tree Books #loveyourlocalmarket bag with any purchase over £10! And remember today if you spend £80 you get a voucher for £20 to spend with us too as part of our celebration of Lincoln Central Market being 80 today! https://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #christianbookshop #market #lincoln #lincolnshire #centralmarket #basketbikes #badge #buylocal #supportsmallbusiness

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View of The Mayor of Lincoln through the books of Unicorn Tree Books in Lincoln Central Market as he visits to celebrate 80 years of Lincoln Central Market :) https://ift.tt/1TEBPlr #book #books #bookshop #indiebookshop #market #lincoln #lincolnshire #mayoroflincoln #mayoralvisit #heritage #loveyourlocalmarket #market #birthday #lincolnmarket #unicorntreebooks

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

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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