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Anglicanism (Ashgate Contemporary Ecclesiology)
Anglicanism (Ashgate Contemporary Ecclesiology)
by Martyn Percy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars renewed roots, 6 Dec. 2014
This is a substantive and insightful anglican work. It reflects the rich and reflexive Anglican tradition nurtured and flourishing in living and proclaiming the gospel of Christ. This book offers clear and differing glimpses of contemporary Anglicanism affecting Anglicans today, the pattern of mission and ministry, training and formation, along with identity and leadership. The differences and dilemmas across the Communion are explored well.

Percy's writing calls all to a deeper discipleship; to attend to its roots, identity and shape; and to inhabit the world with
a renewed commitment, confidence and Christ-centred purpose. THere is much here in the breadth and focus of these twelve chapters. Its shaping up to be an essential go-to title!


Kolay Mains Charger for Apple iPhone 5C - White
Kolay Mains Charger for Apple iPhone 5C - White
Offered by iDELTA UK LTD
Price: £9.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid and totally unreliable And after a few weeks working ..., 20 Sept. 2014
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Horrid and totally unreliable
And after a few weeks working infrequently its ceased to work...
And no reply or offer of help from the seller.....
Avoid at all costs....


Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi
Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi
by Richard Rohr O.F.M.
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fresh perspective from the wisdom of Rohr, 1 Sept. 2014
“Making shelter for Jesus” is the compelling invitation of Richard Rohr’s new title, Eager to Love. It constructs pathways and meeting points with God, offered alongside a unique encounter with Francis of Assisi and the invitation to wholeness. Rohr with deft touch and insight offers us fresh ways, that are free of ‘shoulds and musts’.

Some of the detailed work with language and concepts is particularly helpful, if uncomfortable in its reach and implications. There is plenty of paradox with edgy fresh interpretation in this mix of scripture, psychology and creativity. Feminine spirituality is reasoned, and as ever the prophetic nature of Rohr’s voice is restated. I found the engagement with room, fullness and emptiness particularly striking. I’d dare to say this will enlarge your grasp of the world and engage your heart in new ways.

Hodder and Stoughton have collaborated with Rohr in resourcing us with rich content in an attractive format. All in all, another Rohr gem which places our minds before the mirror of eternity. ​Whether it stirs up renewed Franciscan interest is by the by. It fuels a greater gratitude for, ‘God’s eternal eagerness to love’ and for that I am thankful.

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People of the Great Journey
People of the Great Journey
by O.R. Melling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Mystical, new-age and more than a little vague! ..., 9 Aug. 2014
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Mystical, new-age and more than a little vague! There is also a strong message all the way through the experience that the power of the group is important. The individuals are strong and connected well......Melling can write strong prose. but I'm not convinced by this. Landscapes echo the story arch, but the writing engagingly includes more than average stone circles and random mysticism.


The Tell-tale Heart
The Tell-tale Heart
by Jill Dawson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.58

4.0 out of 5 stars renewed self, 4 Aug. 2014
This review is from: The Tell-tale Heart (Hardcover)
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Jill Dawson offers an exploration into heart-changing memory. Patrick has months to live after his drinking and womanising ways have caught up with him. He's given a second chance at life as the recipient of a donor's heart. This is mesmerising and engaging stuff. 'I have a sudden image of myself in the operating theatre, my chest sprung open like a birdcage with the door wide and the bird flown. Robbed." New emotion, energy and engagement result in the texture of Patrick's living. And we are invited into this world.

History, geography, body and emotion are engaged well in Dawson's work. The ordinariness of life is well celebrated. There's no sham or false sprinkles here: its real beating life here and for that I'm thankful. Ethical challenges at the core of taking another's organs causing a 'change of heart' are worthy of thought. Mortality, presence and delight are well explored.


The Man Who Risked It All
The Man Who Risked It All
by Laurent Gounelle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars purposeful play, 4 Aug. 2014
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Here Alan and the mysterious Yves dialogue on principles of happiness and success. And from this emerges challenges, fears, doubts and much discovery. Laurent Gounelle's bias towards NLP shines through in this well constructed narrative. It's a playful canter.

The writing is pacy, rich, and full of insight. Many of the ideas are thought-provoking and the observations about human behaviour often astute. There is self-discovery and insight regarding the nature of humanity. It waxed and waned rather......and I felt the closing could have been stronger. Knowledge of self, is life-giving and Gounelle offers us much here in this compelling novel.


Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband
Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband
by Natalie Young
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars suburban brilliance and pain, 4 Aug. 2014
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Lizzie is the 53-year-old heroine of Natalie Young’s new book, brings impact, frustration and butchery your way. The narrative is well constructed, with uneasy content about marriage, life, death and dark choices.

The flashbacks to Lizzie’s childhood are intriguing. This detail and texture add much to this book. The segmented first-person accounts are chronologically ahead of the rest of the story and offer some challenge. It's a rare and challenging talent here. Think Dexter, meets Hannibal in the context of sweet suburbia, courtesy of the brilliance of Young's excellent writing flair. Quite something.


You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce or Death
You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce or Death
by Louise Hay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.69

2.0 out of 5 stars substituting solutions, 4 Aug. 2014
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The heart needs healing as wounds and scrapes come our way. Louise Hay and David Kessler offer much affirmation here, towards knowing a better world. Gentle, courageous and insightful with a firmly sign-posted path to the notion of self-empowerment and healing. This book deals with all that has to do with the losses that fill our life-way. The use of this book is in it's signage to our choices, intentions and interrelations within this world for the sake of our wholeness.

Freedom of the heathy self is the noble intent of this title. It's basis in humanistic rhetoric is my foundational struggle with it. Lots of powerful, and positive thinking here indeed. Enlightenment and a methodology of transcending the cycle of grief and getting stuck are the valid goal here. Positive reinforcement is the simple equation offered and more than a little lacking. For me it's not enough. An interesting canter, but inadequate as a life strategy.


Here I Am, Send Me
Here I Am, Send Me
by Andy Hawthorne
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars sent, 4 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Here I Am, Send Me (Paperback)
In any creative enterprise there are risks, and false-starts resulting in glorious and rare fruit, often unseen elsewhere. Manchester has known the gift of the Message Trust, and God's honour has been seen in the mix of this gritty, consistent movement of changed lives. The unrelenting faith of a life sent on purpose is portrayed in inspiring terms here. The parallel pathway of Isaiah and northern mission finds rootedness in the pursuit of God, holiness, service and transformation in this world.

Scripture, stories, creativity and journal space give this new title and range of publications, lots of capacity to inspire ongoing urban mission. This is a title, packed with earthy stories of presence, sacrifice and transformation. What's not to love about seeing the gospel in action, and this pacy twelve-chapter resource will add fresh energy to the cause of Christ.

Faith and action are best seen together. And this is a great encouragement in uncommon grace and lives given over to all that Jesus wants. Congratulations to Andy Hawthorne and Alistair Metcalfe in the delivery of this attractive and inspiring resource. It's a refreshing read about the scale of the gospel, the delight of service and the difference that Jesus longs to bring. Top class stuff.

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Philips YS527/17 Click and Style 2-in-1 Shave and Stubble
Philips YS527/17 Click and Style 2-in-1 Shave and Stubble
Price: £48.31

4.0 out of 5 stars clean, clear, click and go...., 30 July 2014
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It's a whizzing thing of beauty and ease. Top stuff
Unlike other reviewers I don't think it's weak on shaving. This gave a nice smooth shave. Solid stuff. It removed the stubble well on shave mode with no pulling or discomfort.

The stubble head with its length options was nice and worked well giving the chance to style your facial hair any which way you please. It's super value. Philips have done a good job on this.


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