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Drawing on her travels in South Africa and South America and her current role as Director of the face2face project at Holy Rood House, the author asks how the stories of ‘survivors’ can begin to transform society and the Church. What helps some people ‘sur vivre’ , that is, to live over and above their stories of trauma and abuse and begin to flourish? What is it that brings resilience to the human spirit, what are redemptive relationships and how can we make ‘safe enough’ spaces for hidden stories to come to light? How can inappropriate power relations be challenged, and forgiveness be a community activity rather than an individual’s burden?
A Time to Live: The Cases Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide [Paperback]
‘This is perhaps the most important book on the subject of ‘assisted dying’ that we have yet seen. It combines unmistakeable realism and compassion with acute moral argument and an unsparing analysis of the very disturbing record of various attempts in other countries to control the effects of legislating for physician-assisted death. An absolutely essential read for all concerned with what is probably the sharpest moral and legal question of our time.’ The Most Revd and Rt Hon. Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury There is a view, rapidly gathering support, that it is just, compassionate and moral to allow those facing death to choose both the moment and the method. Surely, the argument goes, it is time our laws were reformed? George Pitcher vehemently disagrees. He believes that such a change in our attitudes to life and death can never be justified socially, culturally, politically, medically or on religious grounds. If we permit euthanasia, we are choosing a world where the right to die is likely to become a duty to die. This is a book about the kind of world we want to live in. ‘Proposals to legalise ‘assisted dying’ assume the existence of a perfect world – a world in which all doctors know their patients well and can assess whether a request for euthanasia stems from firm conviction, rather than from a sense of hopelessness or obligation to others … Anyone who works, day in and day out, with dying people knows that this idealised picture simply does not reflect reality. ‘This is why A Time to Live is such a timely and helpful contribution …It is an excellent book and I hope it will be widely read.’ Baroness Finlay, in her Foreword
Is Religion Irrational?
Is Religion Irrational? “In the early twenty-first century atheism seems to have taken on a new lease of life. Buses in London carry the slogan, `There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.` In the United States and Britain there seems to be a concerted campaign to persuade people that atheism is the only reasonable form of belief.” But is it? In Is Religion Irrational?, best-selling author Keith Ward confronts the new atheists’ charges head-on, arguing that belief in God is actually more reasonable than atheism. Starting with the question of why belief in God matters in the first place, Ward guides us through some of the biggest conundrums of today’s “big questions”: – What is God? – Does God cause evil? – Is the universe intelligently designed? – Are faith and reason incompatible? – How does God act in the world? – Is there a future for religion? Whatever your opinion about God, this is a book that will challenge and inform.
Word and Spirit: The Vital Partnership in Christian Leadership [Paperback]
An essential text for everyone who seeks to proclaim Christ and build the church for God’s mission. The Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham A book for all of us who are tempted to put Christian faith into boxes or who insist on defining ourselves over against someone else. The Revd Dr Elizabeth hoare, Wycliffe Hall A useful opening for those who want these issues gently re-examined and explored. The Revd Hugh Palmer, All Souls Langham Place We welcome this book as a contribution to nurturing leaders who will enable the church in the UK and Ireland to be more effective in winning men, women and children for Christ. The Revd John Dunnett, General Director of CPAS From Reform Magazine – July 2011 Accessible insights linking conservative and charismatic traditions This book is about the practice of local church ministry. Will Donaldson is an evangelical Anglican priest with experience in a variety of parishes. This is his first book; and in it, he aims to connect the emphases of the conservative tradition, with its concern to obey scripture, and the charismatic’s desire to be constantly open to the Holy Spirit.
I Choose Everything: Embracing Life in the Face of Terminal Illness
“A story of two ordinary Christians in extraordinary circumstances. I am sure that you will be moved and inspired by their testimony. This book was written in order to encourage other people who are in the shadow of death and in the desert of loneliness. It says, ‘You are not alone, whatever it feels like–because Christ has been there already, and he is there now.’ Amen!”–Desmond Tutu (04/30/2011)
Why God Won’t Go Away: Engaging with the New Atheism [Paperback]
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 main ideas of the New Atheism, as expressed in the works of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. We then examine the core views of the movement closely, making due reference to its ‘virtual community’ of websites and blogs. Subjects explored include: * whether religion is delusional and evil * the belief that human beings are fundamentally good * whether we should have faith only in what can be proved through reason and science * the idea that the best hope for humanity is a ‘New Enlightenment’ The result is a lively and highly thought-provoking volume that poses a number of interesting questions. Why is religion experiencing a resurgence in the twenty-first century, when we are meant to have grown out of such a primitive fixation? Has the New Atheism’s fascination with rationality led to a fatal underestimation of the longing of the human heart to adore? And if, as Christopher Hitchens writes in exasperation, religion is ‘ineradicable’, doesn’t this tiresome fact suggest that dismissing belief in God as irrational and unscientific might just be a waste of time?
John Stott [Hardcover]
I recently came upon a letter that John had written to me … He wrote from his beloved Hookses in Wales (why was he not off duty?). He anticipated my forthcoming fortieth birthday (how did he know?), bringing his congratulations or commiserations as you plunge into middle age! He moved on to address an All Souls issue he had earlier raised with me as churchwarden (why did he care so much?), and then he concluded with typical humility:
I hope to finish the page proofs of Romans [his superb Bible Speaks Today commentary] today [all 432 pages of them!]. I confess I am not too displeased with some of the exposition …
This was typical John! Pastoral, humorous, business-like, disciplined, frighteningly productive all at the same time. And all of it compressed on two sides of the neat, unmistakeable handwriting, in which, for over sixty years, he recorded and communicated the Spirit-inspired thoughts and ideas which made him a giant of the church in the twentieth century and a wonderful inspiration to many of us.
–Judge David Turner, member of All Souls and friend of John’s since 1972
An art gallery of very personal portraits of John Stott by friends and colleagues from around the globe.
Thirty-five of John’s friends open their hearts and share memories of a unique man and a truly special friend. Many brush strokes, one portrait.
80 Bible-based, non-cryptic crosswords, which first appeared in the Church of England Newspaper Builds on the success of John Capon’s Three Down, Nine Across Excellent gift for Christians who like non-cryptic puzzles Could also be used as fun small group resource