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A Mighty Fortress is our God

A Mighty Fortress is our God

by Jim Cromarty

On 31 October 1517 a lone monk pushed his way through the crowds milling around the streets of Wittenberg, a small university town in eastern Germany, and made his way towards the church. Arriving at the church door, he nailed to it a list of ninety-five propositions, or theses, in a formal gesture inviting the townspeople to a public debate. At the time very few people took much notice of his actions, but within a few weeks people throughout Europe were discussing the contents of those theses and a chain of events had been set in motion which would have profound effects for the whole of Western Europe, and beyond, for centuries to come. That monk was Martin Luther. 'Fresh and fast-moving, Jim Cromarty's account of the life and influence of the great Reformer brings Martin Luther out from the pages of the history books, portraying his warm, vibrant personality and unwavering faith. Packed with detail, A Mighty fortress is our God lays an excellent foundation for further study of the Reformation period and Luther's own testimony, which remains as relevant now as it ever was. Not only is this book valuable as an introduction to Martin Luther's life, but it also serves as a reminder of those cardinal doctrines of the faith which can alone transform the lives of men and women today.' Faith Cook 'Jim Cromarty's rendition of Luther sings sweetly. Though clearly aware of critical scholarship, Cromarty has written a narrative to entice and delight. The story is ever fresh, written in a lively, engaging and, at times, enchanting style. Luther never fails to fascinate, encourage and bring prayers of thanks for God's deliverance from the soul tyranny of medieval Rome. Cromarty's story unleashes Luther in all his strength and sweetness and keeps the reader absorbed in the drama with its tensions and celebrations.' Tom Nettles

Published by: Evangelical Press

No. of pages: 308

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.50

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Anne Bradstreet - Pilgrim and Poet

Anne Bradstreet - Pilgrim and Poet

by Faith Cook

Sailing to the New World at the age of eighteen, Anne Bradstreet was among the first contingent of Puritan refugees to leave English shores between 1630 and 1642, in search of liberty to worship without fear of persecution from state or church. Frequently struggling with ill-health, in addition to the challenges of raising a family in the harsh conditions faced by the early settlers, she achieved unexpected fame as America's first published poet, a remarkable feat for a woman in view of the cultural prejudices of the times. Anne's writings reveal her as a devoted wife and mother, while also expressing the strong spiritual convictions and the biblical truths that shaped America's early laws and underpinned its society. But, above all, Anne Bradstreet viewed the Christian life as a pilgrimage. Her humble dependence on God and her desire to live constantly in the light of a better world yet to come, ‘whose builder and maker is God', provide a challenge to our frequently materialistic, earthbound outlook

'Faith Cook's biography of Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) is moving, delightful, God-glorifying, and packed with heavenly piety. In it, Bradstreet, America's first published poet, declares that she wrote not 'to show my skill, but to declare the truth, not to set forth myself, but the glory of God'. She exemplifies how a godly woman can balance standing in the limelight through poetry and politics, while raising eight children and battling illness, all the while maintaining a biblical posture of submission and humility. This stirring biography is great reading for men and women of all ages but is a particular gem for young women looking for godly mentors.' Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

Published by: Evangelical Press

No. of pages: 176

Format: Paperback

Price: £7.50

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Audrey Featherstone, I Presume

Audrey Featherstone, I Presume

by Tim Shenton

In God's dealings with Audrey Featherstone, an ordinary lady, we see how he can take a 'nobody' and use her for his glory and the extension of his kingdom. Gordon M. Guinness in his foreword to Elizabeth Pritchard's work For such a time, speaking of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union (RBMU), Audrey's mission, says, 'Although there are great figures in the story, like Henry Grattan Guinness and F. B. Meyer, for the most part it is the account of what God had done with "ordinary" people, who dared to take Christ at his word and to follow him faithfully, whatever the consequences, in the power of his Spirit.' Audrey is the first to admit that she is one of those 'ordinary people'. We need stories today of modern missionaries who are prepared to turn their backs on home, family, security, wealth and all that they count dear, in order to win lost souls for Christ - men and women who are ready to travel to the darkest parts of the earth to live with a people they love and, if necessary, to die among them. Audrey is a modern missionary whose heart is Congolese. Her story is a gripping narrative. Her dramatic conversion, her experiences during the Second World War at the time of the London bombings, her adventures on the way to Congo and her twenty-five years' service in that nation, which included the perils of Independence and the Simba rebellion, make captivating reading. We all love an adventure story and that is what we have in Audrey's life - danger, excitement, romance, fear, heartbreak and so much more.

Published by: Evangelical Press

No. of pages: 228

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.50

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Bread of Heaven

Bread of Heaven

by Eifion Evans

The life and work of William Williams, Pantycelyn, has been written about by many Welsh historians and eminent literary scholars over the years, almost always in the Welsh language. This book can claim to be the definitive account of his life and work written in English, which makes it available to all those who are not confident in the Welsh language. It is difficult to portray to the general public of the 21st century what life was like in Wales three hundred years ago, during a period of intense religious revival and the establishment of Methodism. Many well-known men emerged as preachers and evangelists including Howel Harris, Griffith Jones and Daniel Rowland, as well as George Whitefield who visited from England. In company with these eminent men, Pantycelyn, as he is affectionately known within Wales, was renowned and celebrated at that time for his preaching, hymn writing and theological writings, and he is still held in high respect and affection in Wales today, and his hymns are sung worldwide.

Published by: Bryntirion Press

No. of pages: 412

Format: Hardback

Price: £19.00

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Contending for the Faith

Contending for the Faith

by David Fountain

"One of the most stirring and informative Christian books for understanding the spiritual battle today. An eye-opener for the young and invaluable for church leaders too." Peter Masters

What lay behind the dramatic collapse into modernism of the main denominations of England in the space of less than seventy years? This unique book presents the remarkable life of EJ Poole-Connor, a major preacher whose ministry spanned this most turbulent period in British church life, from the time of Spurgeon to the 1960s, and who brilliantly recorded its events.

A Prophet amidst the sweeping changes in English evangelicalism.

Published by: Wakeman Trust

No. of pages: 174

Format: Paperback

Price: £6.50

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Far From Rome, Near to God

Far From Rome, Near to God

by Richard Bennett

This book contains the moving testimonies of fifty priests who found their way, by the grace of God, out of the labyrinth of Roman Catholic theology and practice into the light of the gospel of Christ. But this is not a narrowly polemical work, nor is its relevance limited to the ongoing controversy between Rome and the churches of the Reformation. The love and concern felt by the former priests for those they left behind, and their fervent desire that they too should experience the joy and peace of salvation in Christ are seen throughout. The wider relevance of the experiences described will also be felt in many contexts remote from Roman Catholicism where human pride and presumption have erected rival sources of authority between people and the Word of God, so obscuring the way of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone.

Published by: Banner of Truth

No. of pages: 378

Format: Paperback

Price: £7.50

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From Death to Life

From Death to Life

by W Haslam

'The parson is converted! The parson is converted!' was the cry from the congregation. William Haslam, an Anglican priest, had been converted while preaching in his own church! This was in Cornwall, England in the 1840’s. In From Death into Life, the Rev. Haslam tells the story of his conversion and the remarkable Cornish awakening that followed. A story of both personal and church revival in Victorian England in the 1840’s. Well-produced and reset in modern type this reprint has been carefully prepared by Kent Philpott.

Published by: Evangelical Press

No. of pages: 330

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.50

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Greatest Century of Missions

Greatest Century of Missions

by Peter Hammond

The Greatest Century of Missions is an inspiring and motivating story of how God worked through the lives of faithful men and women willing to sacrifice all for Him. Christians serious about fulfilling the command to all of us to fulfil the Great Commission will be encouraged to become active in spreading the gospel to those within their reach. This easy to read, succinct, and accurate summary of the lives and vision of the 19th century missionaries is a must read for Christians of any age including students in home schools , Christian schools, and colleges.

Published by: Frontline Fellowship

No. of pages: 150

Format: Paperback

Price: £7.00

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Gustavus Adolphus: A Hero of the Reformation

Gustavus Adolphus: A Hero of the Reformation

by C.A. LaCroix

The only biography in print of one of the forgotten heroes of the Great Reformation. This principled, righteous king is a model Christian for young men in many respects. "One of the most important men in the history of the Reformation. His deep conviction and determination to see truth triumph cost him his life; but in losing it, he delivered nations..." (Tom Nettles). Outstanding family reading. This is the true story of one of the forgotten heroes of history and particularly of the Great Reformation. An excellent and principled king, a famous general, and not least in importance, a model Christian for young men in many regards. For from his boyhood, the grace of God formed in him skills and character with which he was destined to serve the interests of the kingdom of God. With the armies of Sweden at his command, he set out to preserve the freedom to preach the Word of God in Europe, resisting those who would have stamped out the truth of the Reformation. Even in the victories of his conquest, his character as a man of faith shone, as one of the mighty who nonetheless loved mercy in regard to even his enemies, and who said to his friends, "All that God has given me, I have given you without reserve, nor do I demand anything of you in return." In an age when boys have few military heroes to whom they can look as manifesting distinctly Christian character, Gustavus Adolphus shines as a champion who battled for his Christian brothers in a foreign land, commanding a great army and yet bowing before a greater Lord, and who ultimately made the greatest sacrifice of all--that of laying down his life for his friends. If you want your sons to learn how faith and courage unite, this is a biography you will want them to read.

Published by: Grace and Truth

No. of pages: 102

Format: Paperback

Price: £5.00

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Here I Stand

Here I Stand

by Roland Herbert Bainton

Here is an authoritative, unforgettable biography of Martin Luther, the great religious leader, who entered a monastery as a youth and who, as a man, shattered the structure of the medieval church. Luther spoke out against the corrupt religious practices that then existed. His demanded that the authority for doctrine and practice be Scriptures, rather than Popes or Councils, echoed around the world and ignited the Great Reformation. Accused of heresy and threatened with excommunication and death, Luther maintained his bold stand and refused to recant. In his crusade to eliminate religious abuses, he did more than any other man to establish the Protestant faith.

Published by: Abingdon Press

No. of pages: 336

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.00

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Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret

Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret

by DR. & Mrs. Howard Taylor

A book to stir us all to the missionary mindset, in which we're told the captivating story of Taylor's depth of walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and how this sustained him in an unspeakable burden of labours. Much of the theme of this story (his "secret") revolves around forcing himself to a greater degree of conscious dependence upon our Lord and less reliance upon men's financial backing.

Published by: Moody Publishers

No. of pages: 396

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.00

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Journals of Jim Elliot

Journals of Jim Elliot

by Elisabeth Elliot

Jim Elliot was a missionary first - then a martyr later - at the hands of the Auca Indians to whom he was witnessing. At the age of 29, he left behind a young wife, a baby daughter, and an incredible legacy of faith. Jim's volumes of personal journals, written over many years, reveal the inner struggles and victories that he experienced before his untimely death. By these journals, a reader can come to know this young man who yearned to know God intimately. Tells of his thoughts about marriage both before and after Elisabeth was his wife. These journals have inspired many to a life of obedience, regardless of the cost, and delighted many with their amazing story of courage and determination.

Published by: Revell

No. of pages: 476

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.50

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Life of McCheyne

Life of McCheyne

by Andrew Bonar

The life and ministry of a young man who lived in the presence of God, and brought an overwhelming sense of that presence to men.

Published by: Banner of Truth

No. of pages: 192

Format: Paperback

Price: £6.00

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Mary Bunyan - Blind Daughter of John Bunyan

Mary Bunyan - Blind Daughter of John Bunyan

by Sallie Rochester Ford

The deeply moving story of the home life of the Bunyan family, as John, the pastor, languished in prison as a result of his preaching as a Baptist pastor in England during the 17th century. The account is historical fiction, told largely from the vantage point of his blind daughter, Mary, his first-born child and constant joy.
Mary became Bunyan's loyal, constant companion on every occasion when the authorities would permit her to visit her father at the prison, and his persistent petitioner for mercy and release before King Charles. This stirring account of how a young girl's faith in God grew, rather than diminished, during times of persecution, is an inspiring example of peculiar beauty for all believers today.

Published by: Grace and Truth

No. of pages: 528

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.00

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Men of Purpose

Men of Purpose

by Peter Masters

This book brings into one illustrated volume eleven great lives, all with an experience of personal conversion to God. Composer Mendelssohn, food industrialist Henry Heinz, novelist Daniel Defoe, and some of the most celebrated scientists of all time including Michael Faraday and Lord Kelvin are among the examples of leading people whose lives were changed by a sight of real Christianity. Also very suitable as a gift to unconverted friends, and to enrich sermons and Bible Class messages.

Published by: Wakeman Trust

No. of pages: 157

Format: Paperback

Price: £7.00

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Nine Day Queen - Lady Jane Grey

Nine Day Queen - Lady Jane Grey

by Faith Cook

Lady Jane Grey has often been called the "Tudor Pawn" but to see her as one whose life was simply moved around by others is totally inadequate. In order to understand the full tragedy and triumph of her life it is vital to grasp the far reaching political and religious changes that were shaking England at the time. The Reformation touched the whole population; from palace to university; from emerging town to peasant cottage. Like a complicated jigsaw the pieces come together to give a picture of a girl with outstanding natural abilities, whose strength of character and remarkable faith shine out despite the darkness that often surrounded her. Executed at sixteen, Jane paid an awful price for a throne she did not seek.

Published by: Evangelical Press

No. of pages: 249

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.00

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Our Homestead Story

Our Homestead Story

The humorous account of one family's journey toward a more self-sufficient life-style with the help of God. Read about their experiences with cows, chickens, horses, sheep, gardening and more. "Our Homestead Story: The First Years is such a good book! We laughed until we cried; until we rolled on the floor! The book is the story of one family's journey towards a more self sufficient lifestyle--with the help of God! Read about their hilarious experiences with their chickens!!! and also their many animals--cows, sheep, dogs, raccoons!! (not by choice!). Read about soap and candle making, spinning, fixing up an old farmhouse, and much more in this excellent book!" From a review in Future Homemakers.

Read the first chapter here

Published by: Castleberry Farms Press

No. of pages: 206

Format: Paperback

Price: £5.00

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Pigtails and Chopsticks Man, The

Pigtails and Chopsticks Man, The

by Jim Cromarty

This is a popular biography of Hudson Taylor and the Chinese Inland Mission - similar in the style and presentation to those of Paton and Luther by the same author. It will appeal to all Christians wanting to know more about this famous missionary to China and the times in which he lived. It is a good story for young and old alike, and the chapter lengths are just right for devotional reading with children. Jim Cromarty is a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia. He also taught for twenty-seven years in a number of primary schools in Australia. ]The title of this book originated from Lady Beauchamp's children. Sir Montagu Beauchamp who gave 30 years service to the CIM often spoke of his childhood days when Hudson came to their home. The cries went up from the children as they saw Hudson approaching (dressed in his Chinese clothing) "Here comes the pigtail and chopsticks' man."

Published by: Evangelical Press

No. of pages: 206

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.50

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Place to Stand

Place to Stand

by David Vaughan

New entry in the Leaders In Action Series. Offers a spiritual biography of Martin Luther.

Published by: Cumberland House Publishing

No. of pages: 256

Format: Hardback

Price: £8.00

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Running the Race

Running the Race

by Ezra Jack Keats

The enduring fascination of the life of Eric Liddell is remarkable. It is remarkable because he was in many respects an ordinary soul. It is remarkable no doubt also because the lifestyle and faith that he espoused cannot be said to be popular or even well-understood in our sceptical and secular age. Most people would blink in genuine amazement at a man who sought seriously to live by the Bible and devote himself to the spread of its message. It seems outdated to so many; a curio; a vestige of a past age; a 'distant enchantment' – or perhaps nostalgia? – for an era irretrievably lost. And yet … there is the fascination concerning someone who seemed so guileless yet so assured.

Published by: Evangelical Press

No. of pages: 254

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.50

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Sounds From Heaven

Sounds From Heaven

by Colin Peckham

The Revival on the Isle of Lewis, 1949-1952. SOUNDS FROM HEAVEN recounts the story of the Revival on the Scottish Isle of Lewis in the 1940s. A fascinating blend of history, biography and testimony, it includes eyewitness accounts from Duncan Campbell and Mary Peckham.

Published by: Christian Focus Publications

No. of pages: 288

Format: Paperback

Price: £8.50

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Tales of Persia

Tales of Persia

by William McElwee Miller

Missionary Stories From Islamic Iran

News from the Middle East finds us wherever we live in today’s world. Children often wonder about this far-removed land, while parents struggle to teach their children about Islam. Tales of Persia is a timely book of missionary tales that will teach readers about Islam and encourage a new generation of Christians. Tales of Persia is especially useful for family devotions.

Published by: P&R Publishing

No. of pages: 163

Format: Paperback

Price: £4.50

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That Man of Granite

That Man of Granite

by Eric Russell

John Charles Ryle was born into a comfortable English family background a typical, well to do, 19th century family. His father was a politician and businessman . Ryle was intelligent, a great sportsman (captain of cricket at Eton and Oxford) and was set for a career in his father's business, and then politics. Then disaster. The family awoke to find that their father's bank had failed, taking all the other businesses with it. Ryle had lost his job and his place in society. He resigned his commission in the local yeomanry and went to comfort his parents, brother and sisters. One moment a popular man with good prospects, the next the son of a bankrupt with no trade or profession. Almost as a last resort, he was ordained into the ministry of the church. Who could have thought that such an uninspiring entry into the ministry could have such an impact on the spiritual life of a nation. Ryle's reputation as a pastor and leader grew until he was appointed the first Bishop of Liverpool, a post he held for 20 years. He was an author who is still in print today (he put aside royalties to pay his father's debts) and a man once described by his successor as ˜that man of granite with the heart of a child." He changed the face of the English church. Ryle stands as a colossus at the junction of two centuries, a hundred years after his death he still stands as an example to church leaders today of how to combine leadership, a firm faith and compassion.

Published by: Christian Focus Publications

No. of pages: 248

Format: Hardback

Price: £9.00

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The Life of John Newton

The Life of John Newton

by Josiah Bull

This biography of slaver-turned-hymn-writer John Newton contains much first-hand material from Newton himself, including his diary and letters. His pre-conversion days, his call to the ministry, and his time at Olney and St. Mary Woolnoth are all covered.

Published by: Banner of Truth

No. of pages: 370

Format: Paperback

Price: £7.50

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Trial and Triumph

Trial and Triumph

by Richard Hannula

Christianity is a faith in love with history. God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. The Spirit carried that divine work over the centuries, providing courage and maturity even amid our imperfections. Christians find their true family line not through tribes and ethnic blood but in the bond of faithfulness and shed blood that has united our family for millennia. We too often view Church history as the story of obscure aliens instead of the lives of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. In this collection of forty-six brief biographies for children, Hannula sketches the stirring trials and triumphs of many famous and some lesser known figures in our family of faith - including Augustine, Anselm, Luther, Bunyan, and Spurgeon. Though them we can begin to enjoy the old paths and find rest for our souls.

Published by: Canon Press

No. of pages: 192

Format: Paperback

Price: £10.00

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Vital Christianity

Vital Christianity

by Murray Andrew Pura

William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was a truly inspiring man. An evangelical Christian, he was the key voice that led to the abolition of Slavery in the British Empire, which then led it's ultimate abolition worldwide. Abolishing slavery was, according to Wilberforce's critics, impractical, idealistic and fantastically uneconomic. But Wilberforce was convinced that Slavery was an evil that needed to be eradicated, and was finally fulfilled a mere three days before his death. What would have happened if William Wilberforce had followed the conventional wisdom of today and kept his religious beliefs separate from his political opinions?, or not tried to "impose his beliefs on others"?, or had allowed the desire to be "relevant", "tolerant" and "popular" to outweigh any desire to stand for what was right?

This is a fascinating look at William Wilberforce's life. The energy, persistence and unashamedly evangelical faith is a shining example to all Christians today. The parallels for the Christian today who holds the unpopular positions that following Christ entails, should be abundantly clear.

Published by: Christian Focus Publications

No. of pages: 160

Format: Paperback

Price: £6.50

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War and Grace

War and Grace

by Don Stephens

Here is a fascinating insight into the influence of the gospel on the lives of people who lived through the World Wars of the last century and the events that led up to it. Read about

  • the Japanese pilot who led the attack on Pearl Harbour
  • the German pastor who was prepared to suffer imprisonment and death for the sake of his faith
  • the British general given the task of defending Malta against invasion by Hitler and Mussolini
  • the American airman who was converted while a prisoner of the Japanese and who later returned to Japan as a missionary
  • the Jewish girl who came to know Christ as her Saviour while in hiding from the Nazis
  • the American chaplain who witnessed to leading Nazi war criminals on trial at Nuremberg, and
  • the British secret agent who was the inspiration for Q in the James Bond 007 stories.
  • What did these people, and the others whose lives are told in this book, have in common? During the turbulent events of those momentous years, God was at work in their lives. He brought these thirteen people to trust, know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore to give themselves to the service of others.

    Published by: Evangelical Press

    No. of pages: 288

    Format: Paperback

    Price: £8.50

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