What's New
from Torch Trust

The accessible Christian reading and services magazine from Torch Trust.

2019 – Issue 4

Views expressed in the features are not necessarily those of Torch Trust. What's New from Torch Trust is available in the following formats: email, DAISY and audio CD, braille, and large print (17, 20, 25 and 30 point). It can also be viewed on the Torch website.

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Welcome

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

Dear Friends,

As I write, summer in the UK has ended and we are into the autumn months.

Not everyone can see the change in the colours of trees but we all can experience the crisp crunch of leaves underfoot and the smell of damp earth.

Each season has a different feel to it and there are new things to experience during those months.

In this magazine I want to tell you something more about what Torch Trust can offer and encourage you to try something new. Hopefully you will already receive Bible reading notes and be part of our Library, but have you tried Premier Christianity magazine, listened to Reflections Radio, rung the Torch Prayer Phone or joined the Digital Cafe on Facebook?

I hope to try and tempt you.

In our resource section we are telling you about the Advent and Christmas books we have available; please find time to browse these titles and ring us with your order. Don't forget to order your Torch calendar which is available in Large Print and Braille; it makes an excellent gift.

We also have a Christmas gift, Torch's Christmas Selection Box, just for you. Please do ask and we will be very happy to send you a copy.

The Client Services Team is always happy to help and encourage you. We have interviewed the team members and, as you will see, one of the best things they mention about working for Torch is talking to our clients.

Wishing you every blessing

Rose, Services Lead

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Reflections Radio

Marilyn Baker presents the Torch radio programme called Reflections.

Marilyn, herself blind, is one of Britain's best-loved Christian singer-songwriters. Her own life experiences involving a close relationship with God fuelled Marilyn's deep desire to help others discover the love that has so changed her life. This led her into Christian ministry through music and Marilyn Baker Ministries was created. Marilyn sees presenting Reflections as another opportunity to help others and spread the message of God's love. Marilyn is also the Chair of our trustees.

The programme is broadcast every Sunday morning on RNIB Connect radio, just after the news at 9am. Also, there is a shorter version on Premier Christian Radio, each Sunday afternoon at 4pm.

If you would like to receive the CD podcast on a regular basis then contact Client Services so they can add it to your mailing list. This is a free service for our UK clients.

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Torch Digital Café

For a while Torch has had a Facebook page where we regularly share news and keep people up to date with what is happening. In addition Torch has a Digital Café page on Facebook. This is a safe space for our clients to share their experience of sight loss and visual impairment, and how this relates to their Christian walk. There is a focus on spiritual encouragement and support.

Members of the group, including the moderators, all live with sight loss. They are clients of Torch Trust and able to access the services that Torch provides to enable them to grow in faith and thrive in Christian Community.

You will encounter different perspectives and opinions in the café. An acceptance and a sense of safety is our priority so that people are able to share and listen.

Why not have a look and see if this is something for you?

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God's new plans for Torch

We have recently written to all our Torch friends sharing important news about our ministry. Torch trustees met recently to look carefully at every area of our ministry, to reflect on the changing needs of those with sight loss and make decisions about how Torch continues to serve our existing and new clients.

In reviewing our holiday service over this past year, we have become aware that we need to make changes. Rather than limit the opportunity for spiritual refreshment at one location, we wish to create opportunities for more and in different parts of the UK. Furthermore the cost to Torch of running our centre has become increasingly difficult to afford, making our holiday service unviable alongside our other services.

As the ending of holidays at our own centre marks the closing of a season, there is a new beginning. We are excited as we prepare a new offer for Torch friends old and new, the chance to get together in Christian friendship at different locations around the country. We hope to encourage volunteers and supporters to be involved in this new service in 2020 and look forward to sharing more details.

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Premier Christianity Magazine

Premier Christianity magazine is the UK's leading Christian magazine and so forms a crucial part of what we offer to you. We know that you want to be able to read the same magazines as your Christian friends and so we are delighted to tell you about one of our most popular magazines. It seeks to provoke, inspire and engage readers from the breadth of the Christian spectrum and reaches more than 30,000 people every month through its print issue.

This is what Premier say about their magazine:

If you want to know what's going on in the UK Church, read Premier Christianity. We believe in connecting Christians to each other. You will find articles on theology, biblical interpretation, interviews, debates and changes and trends within the Church scene from a whole range of people.

The magazine tackles issues which affect the whole of society, including politics, international and current affairs. We also make sure we take a regular look at cultural trends – usually in music, books, films and TV programmes – looking for prevailing messages in our culture and how the Christian story can speak into them.

Finally, Premier Christianity is about helping you go deeper with God. The Christian life is not easy, but it is good. We want to help you through the difficult times and cheer you on in the good.

We know our clients are thrilled to receive the magazine each month – here is what some of them say:

The magazine is of a great quality and refreshing to read.

One of my favourite magazines from Torch.

Subscribed to the print copy for several years but due to macular degeneration no longer able to read it so please do send in large print so I can continue to enjoy reading it.

Available especially for its clients Torch Trust produces the magazine monthly in audio on DAISY disc and USB. Also available in Braille and Large Print is a lite (abridged) version in two volumes. The annual subscription for a print copy is £47.95, so Torch asks for an equivalent towards its production costs.

If you would like to try a free copy then please do get in touch with Client Services.

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Prayer Phone

Torch Trust meets every work day for prayer and part of that time includes praying for our clients and Churches. In turn, we know that many of you also pray for us daily, which is so encouraging.

There are many ways we can share together in prayer. The Torch Prayer Diary is sent out with our supporter magazine Torch News. The reading and prayer for the day is shared on our Facebook page and website.

But did you know we have a Prayer Phone?

You can call 01858 438277 anytime for our Prayer Phone, which is updated every two weeks. A transcript is also available on the Torch website.

Why don't you give it a call?

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The best thing about working in Client Services

Well, what is the best thing about working in Client Services?

We asked the team here and this is what they said:

Suzanne (Client Services Team Leader)

I work with a small but great team of people. Everyday can have its challenges but we support and learn from each other. The work is varied, no two days are ever the same, and it is a privilege to be able communicate directly with our clients.

Tina (Client Services Advisor)

The best thing about working in client services is that I have some wonderful conversations with our lovely clients and I get to work with supportive, fun and caring people.

Laura (Client Services Advisor)

The best thing about working in client services is hearing how someone has been blessed by the services they receive from us.

Sometimes we hear that someone with sight loss hasn't been able to read their Bible for several years. Then they hear of us and we enable them to access the Bible once more. Their joy at being able to read or listen again after so long is humbling. I feel privileged to be a small cog in the large wheel of Torch supporting people with sight loss to access materials to help them grow in their Christian faith.

Please let us know what you think is the best thing about Torch Trust.

You can give us a call, you know we love to chat with you. Ring 01858 438260.

You can email us using info@torchtrust.org

You can write to us here at Torch Trust, Torch House, Torch Way, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9HL

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Want to know more?

Torch can help you in so many ways and our services are available to all our clients.

These include:

Our popular Library Service, which is free. The Torch Library can also be accessed on an In Your Pocket device.

Call and ask about the Bible reading notes we supply – available in various formats for a donation to help cover our costs.

Free Christian magazines to encourage and help you grow in your Christian life.

Help to find a Church that is sight loss friendly.

A transcription service for Christian books you may like, and for us to support you with orders of service for weddings and funerals etc.

More information on all of these services is available on request.

Tempted? We hope so!

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Resources for Advent and Christmas

Torch Calendar 2020

We are once again selling our popular large print and braille scripture calendar. Available for just £4.50, the calendars are printed in A4 size with a hook for easy hanging. Every day features a different piece of scripture. The calendars are great for inspiring daily prayers or Bible readings and discussions and would be a lovely Christmas gift. To buy yours just contact Client Services.

Our Christmas gift to you

Torch's Christmas Selection Box

Torch Trust. 9257, Free

This year we will once again be offering a Christmas free gift to all of our clients. The gift is a great read incorporating short, selected excerpts from seasonal books by different Christian authors. It will be available in all of our usual formats.

Bethlehem Carol Sheet

Embrace the Middle East. 7990, £0.50

Now with even more of your favourite Christmas carols! For over 60 years, Christians across the world have been using Bethlehem Carol Sheet from Embrace the Middle East. It's perfect for every carol-singing event – in church, in school, in the care home, at the pub, out of doors or by the fireside! The new 58th edition has the words for 25 carols –including four new favourites. It is compatible with the 56th and 57th editions and 60th anniversary edition with the new carols simply added to the end of the sheet. It's available in braille and large print.

God With Us

By J.John. Philo Trust. 9254, £2.99

Looking for a new way to explore the truths of Advent? J.John's 25 day devotional will open up a fresh way to seeing what Christmas means today.

In Advent, Christians celebrate Christ's coming in three ways. First, we celebrate Christ's coming in history; secondly, we look to his coming again in the future; and thirdly, we look to his coming into our lives. Advent looks forward to the world in every way being utterly changed by the coming of Christ. As you follow these reflections on Advent may your life be transformed in a similar way. The audio version is read by the author, J.John. (all media)

Journey to Christmas (Cover to Cover)

By Phil Togwell, Pete Greig, Carla Harding and Jill Weber. CWR. 9256, £5.99

Over the course of 30 days, ‘Journey to Christmas' this Advent with people caught up in the drama of Jesus' birth. Read the stories of Elizabeth and Zechariah, Mary and Joseph, and the Shepherds and Angels. P.R.A.Y. each day by Pausing and Reflecting on scripture, Asking for what we and others need and Yielding to God's will. (all media)

Carol

By Bob Hartman. Lion. 7191, £5.99

A modern retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Jack O'Malley hates shopping. He hates snow. He even hates Christmas. All three at once is Jack's idea of a very bad day. Storming into a bookstore to have a cup of coffee and unwind, Jack knocks into someone. Someone beautiful. And mysterious. And his entire life – what he once was, who he is now, and who he could become – flashes before his eyes. It's amazing what a difference a cup of coffee can make! (all media)

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Book reviews

Can Science Explain Everything?

By John C. Lennox. The Good Book Company. 9121, £7.99. Available in braille, large print and on DAISY CD. A CRT award winning book.

Full disclosure: I want John Lennox to be my granddad. The former Oxford professor has a ridiculously large brain, yet he is humble, approachable and kind.

Lennox covers many topics in this short book, including origins, evidence, the Bible, belief and miracles. Biblical exposition and academic research are brought together, and Lennox shares his own story too, ensuring that personal insights are carried away from the ivory towers of universities and into the workplace, playground and home.

Can Science Explain Everything? is a more accessible introduction to the science and God debate than his previous offering God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? He has a younger, more novice audience in mind, which is reflected in his easy-to-read and engaging style.

This book is perfect for passing on to sceptical friends. It could also be used with young people in a school or youth group setting.

Ruth Jackson in Premier Christianity, July 2019. Used with permission

Phoebe

By Paula Gooder. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. 9140, £14.99. Available in braille, large print and on DAISY CD. A CRT award winning book.

Paula Gooder states that her book is not a novel, but rather a look at Pauline Christianity through story, bringing to life those referred to in Romans 16 and taking as the key character Phoebe, a deacon in the early church. Paula aims to encourage the reader to imagine what it would be like to live in an early Christian community, and she does this well.

The book is in two sections, with the first being the narrative re-telling of Phoebe's life, interweaving her story with those of others we meet in the New Testament. Paul himself is largely absent, but the impact of his letters is strikingly portrayed and gives plenty of room for thought, particularly as characters argue the "correct" interpretation. The second section is made up of reference notes explaining why the settings and people are described the way they are and giving biblical references and details for those about whom Paula writes. This is a particular strength of the book, and it gives it a strong point of difference from most novels, even those containing notes, references and study questions.

Personally, I found this book quite hard going for the first couple of chapters and I didn't immediately warm to Gooder's portrayal of Phoebe, but persevering paid off. I seem to be in a minority in finding this a more challenging read, judging by the many glowing reviews it has received! I would recommend it for a study group, as there is much to discuss from both the story and the notes.

Anne Rogers in Together Magazine Sept/Oct 2019. Used with permission

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CRT (Christian Resources Together) Awards 2019

The annual CRT product awards were presented this year at the Retailers and Suppliers Retreat at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire on the evening of Tuesday 17 September. These awards acknowledge the best in Christian publishing as voted by the Christian retail and supply trade.

At the same event, Julia Hyde (Torch CEO) presented an Accessibility and Inclusion award to Janet Wilson of Dernier Publishing, which publishes a small range of fictional books for young teens. Janet has enabled Torch to make all of Dernier's books available in accessible media and has recorded the audio for most of them herself. She has worked with someone with sight loss to make her books available commercially and has promoted the accessible versions in her newsletter and on her website.

New books to purchase

This year at Torch we have worked very hard in partnership with CRT to make sure that we have all of the following winning and shortlisted books available for purchase in braille, large print (font sizes 17pt, 20pt, 25pt and 30pt) and on DAISY CD. Please call Client Services on 01858 438260 for more details or to place an order.

We have over 1,000 other accessible books for you to buy and these are all listed on our online resources catalogue at torchtrust.org. If you need any assistance, our Client Services team are always ready to help you find what you want.

Christian life book of the year

Winner: Letters to the Church

By Francis Chan. David C. Cook. 9238, £8.99. In his most powerful book yet, Pastor Francis Chan digs deep into biblical truths, reflections on his own failures and dreams, and stories of ordinary people God is using to change the world.

As Chan says, "We've strayed so far from what God calls Church. We all know it. We know that what we're experiencing is radically different from the Church in Scripture. For decades, church leaders like myself have lost sight of the inherent mystery of the Church. We have trained people sitting in the pews to become addicted to lesser things. It's time for that to change."

When Jesus returns, will He find us caring for his Bride – even more than for our own lives? Letters to the Church reminds us of how powerful, how glorious the Church once was ... and calls us to once again be the Church God intended us to be.

Shortlisted: Journey with Me: 365 Daily Devotions

By Catherine Campbell. Inter-Varsity Press. 9172, £12.99. Catherine Campbell invites you to journey with her through the year as she shares 365 Bible meditations that have touched her heart and changed her life. (note: braille is 7 volumes)

Shortlisted: Staying in the Boat: And other things I wish I had known

By Jeff Lucas. CWR. 8958, £7.99. Jeff's back with a collection of some of his most profound wisdom to date. With over 40 years of Christian ministry experience to choose from, Jeff considers some of the lessons he has learned (and is still learning) along the way.

Biography book of the year

Winner: Hear My Heart: What I would say to you

By Billy Graham. Authentic Media. 9171, £9.99. Millions around the world have heard Billy Graham's evangelistic messages. Now hear his heart. Billy Graham has gone home. He preached to more people in live audiences that anyone else in history. But his lifelong message, his passion for the gospel, and his compassion for people still echo in Hear My Heart.

This intimate work, a compilation of articles that spans Billy's ministry from 1955 to 2018, invites you to hear in his own words the things that made his heart beat faster; the biblical convictions he abided by, the reasons and regrets behind some of his decisions, and the wisdom he gained in his ninety-plus years on this earth. Hear My Heart also presents stirring tributes about Billy and his legacy from those who knew him best; including members of his family, his friends, and his co-labourers in ministry and features a special afterword by Rick Warren about Graham's lasting influence in his life.

These are Billy's final words to us all, as if we were sitting with him on the front porch of his mountain cabin having a cup of coffee. This is his legacy: the personal exhortations he left our generation and the next as the most-needed reminders for our time.

Shortlisted: Daring to Hope: Finding God's goodness in the broken and the beautiful

By Katie Davis Majors. Authentic Media. 8816, £9.99. ‘Daring to Hope' is an invitation to hope in the God of the impossible – the God who whispers His love to us in the quiet, the mundane, when our prayers are not answered the way we wanted or the miracle doesn't come.

Shortlisted: God's Biker: Motorcycles and Misfits

By Sean Stillman. SPCK. 9078, £14.99. Zac's Place is a church in Swansea. It is a small chaotic community of Jesus followers where the most fragile of life's walking wounded try to work out their faith. It is also the spiritual home for the local chapter of the motorcycle club God's Squad.

Biblical studies book of the year

Winner: The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the mystery of God's mercy

By Timothy Keller. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. 9162, £12.99. Most people, even those who are nonreligious, are familiar with the book of Jonah: a rebellious prophet defies God and is swallowed by a whale. Less familiar to most people is the second half of this Biblical story – what happens after Jonah is released from the belly of the fish. Yet it is in this second half of the story that one of the most powerful and important lessons of the Bible is hidden.

The famous story shows how, if we would understand the mercy of God, it will always take us in directions we would rather not go, toward people we would rather not care about, and ultimately into the deepest counsels of God. In a time of growing division, The Prodigal Prophet shows us God's love among people, and how Christians must listen to God's call even when it takes them to uncomfortable places.

Shortlisted: 100 More Stand-Alone Bible Studies: Nurturing and nourishing your home group

By Penelope Wilcock. Lion Hudson Plc (Monarch Books). 9093, £12.99. These vibrant and thought-provoking studies are intended for use in a group, but could work equally well as an aid to personal devotion. Covering a wide-range of topics and themes including Baptism, Grace and Ordination. A challenging and accessible collection.

Fiction book of the year

Winner: Phoebe

By Paula Gooder. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. 9140, £14.99. Sometime around 56 AD, the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome. His letter was arguably his theological masterpiece, and has continued to shape Christian faith ever since. He entrusted this letter to Phoebe, the deacon of the church at Cenchreae; in writing to the church that almost surely met in her home, Paul refers to her both as a deacon and as a helper or patron of many. But who was this remarkable woman?

In this, her first work of fiction, Biblical scholar Paula Gooder tells Phoebe's story: who she was, the life she lived and her first-century faith. In doing so opens up Paul's theology, giving a sense of the cultural and historical pressures that shaped Paul's thinking, and the faith of the early church.

Shortlisted: The Man Who Broke Into St. Peter's

By Chick Yuill. Instant Apostle. 9106, £8.99. The church has been broken into. The intruder is still in the building and his resemblance to the picture of the suffering Christ that has hung in the church for 50 years unsettles all who catch sight of him. As his story unfolds long-hidden truths emerge.

Evangelistic book of the year

Winner: Can Science Explain Everything?

By John C. Lennox. The Good Book Company. 9121, £7.99. Many people think so. Science, and the technologies it has spawned, has delivered so much to the world: clean water; more food; better healthcare; longer life. And we live in a time of rapid scientific progress that holds enormous promise for many of the problems we face as humankind. So much so, in fact, that many see no need or use for religion and belief systems that offer us answers to the mysteries of our universe. Science has explained it, they assume. Science and religion just do not mix.

Oxford Maths Professor and Christian believer Prof. John Lennox offers a fresh way of thinking about science and Christianity that dispels the common misconceptions about both. He reveals that not only are they not opposed, but they can and must mix to give us a fuller understanding of the universe and the meaning of our existence.

Shortlisted: Faitheism: Why Christians and atheists have more in common than you think

By Krish Kandiah. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. 9097, £9.99. In this exploration of the myths of Christianity and Atheism, the evidence shows that the truth on the ground is not what one might expect, and the potential for genuine understanding is far greater than the antagonists on either side would have you believe.

Shortlisted: Finding More: Real-life stories worth telling

By Rico Tice. The Good Book Company. 9061, £4.99. Most of us wonder: is there something more to life? These are stories of 11 people who asked that question and found the answer. People from all kinds of backgrounds who became Christians when they encountered the only one who gives us more: Jesus Christ.

Book of the year

Winner: Journey With Me: 365 Daily Devotions

By Catherine Campbell. Inter-Varsity Press. 9172, £12.99. Catherine Campbell invites you to journey with her through the year as she shares 365 Bible meditations that have touched her heart and changed her life.

Using an eclectic mix of readings, character cameos and anecdotes, Catherine takes us across new terrain every day. As with life, some paths will be smooth and scenic, while others are steep and stony. The journey may be unpredictable, but the map is trustworthy and the "guide" always present.

‘As surely as winter blossoms into spring, and autumn eventually carpets summer lawns, God's word will excite, challenge, heal and guide us in the year ahead,' says Catherine. ‘So, let's walk together!' (note: braille is in 7 volumes)

Shortlisted: The Universal Christ

By Richard Rohr. SPCK. 9174, £9.99. Drawing on scripture, history and spiritual practice, Rohr articulates a transformative view of Jesus Christ as a portrait of God's constant, unfolding work in the world.

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New books to borrow from Torch

Torch operates a free postal lending library with over 2,500 books available to borrow in a variety of accessible media. Please ring Client Services on 01858 438260 to find out more about the books available. The books below are a selection from those most recently added to the library. Each book has the media it is available in listed in the description.

Most of the books listed here are also offered for purchase – please check with Client services.

Bible Characters

Heaven, How I Got Here

By Colin S. Smith. Christian Focus Publications Ltd. Media: Braille B3308, DAISY and USB D3323 and Giant Print G2701. What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That's what happened to the thief on the cross, who died next to Jesus. His story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity.

Biography/Autobiography

Eye Can Write

By Jonathan Bryan. Blink Publishing. Media: DAISY and USB D3364. This is a powerful book from an incredible young writer whose writing ability defies age or physical disability – a truly inspirational figure.

Stand Against Injustice

By Michelle Diskin Bates. Malcolm Down Publishing. Media: Braille B3306. In 1999, TV presenter Jill Dando was murdered outside her home in London. Barry George was convicted and imprisoned for the murder but was later acquitted after an appeal and retrial. Stand Against Injustice is the powerful memoir of his sister Michelle.

The Axe and the Tree

By Stephen Griffiths. Lion Hudson Plc (Monarch Publications Ltd). Media: DAISY and USB D3349. A powerful account of British missionaries, Peter and Brenda Griffiths, who played a critical role in the development of the Elim church in the aftermath of the Vumba massacre in Rhodesia. This is an inspiring story of love and loss, suffering and new life.

Christian Living

Break Through

By John and Rita Helvadjian. Malcolm Down Publishing. Media: Giant Print G2721. Depression and mental illness can affect anyone at anytime placing a huge strain on relationships especially with those whom you are closest to. Two people from different cultures find undercurrents from their past arise causing one to have a mental breakdown.

Finding God in Unexpected Places

By Philip Yancey. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. Media: DAISY and USB D3384. ‘Finding God in Unexpected Places' will sharpen your spiritual vision and challenge you to look for God outside the four walls of the church.

Finding More

By Rico Tice. The Good Book Company. Media: DAISY and USB D3373. Most of us wonder: is there something more to life? These are stories of 11 people who asked that question and found the answer. People from all kinds of backgrounds who became Christians when they encountered the only one who gives us more: Jesus Christ.

Finding Our Voice

By Jeannie Kendall. Authentic Media. Media: DAISY and USB D3403. A look at some of the unnamed people in the Bible and their contemporary counterparts. A powerful modern testimony intermingles with the often raw experiences of those we read about in the pages of the Bible, unnamed characters who have never had a voice.

Following the Way of Jesus

By Bishop Michael B. Curry. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. Media: DAISY and USB D3407. Bishop Curry and a team from the US Episcopal Church offer reflections on the practice of ministry in the light of the Jesus Movement. Christians have been following Jesus for 2000 years – these leaders help to illuminate how we follow him in our time.

God among the Ruins

By Mags Duggan. BRF. Media: DAISY and USB D3387. It takes courage to hope; to stand in our confusion and grief and still to believe that ‘God is not helpless among the ruins'. Guided by Habakkuk and his prophetic landmarks, we are drawn on a reflective journey through the landscape of bewildered faith.

Holy Habits: Prayer

By Andrew Roberts. BRF. Media: DAISY and USB D3367. Prayer is a foundational and transformative Holy Habit, a way of being, the breath of life. As you explore the Holy Habit of prayer, we hope churches will be encouraged to pray together, not just in corporate worship but in prayer meetings or small groups.

Living Without Worry

By Timothy Lane. The Good Book Company. Media: Braille B3309 and Giant Print G2717. Worry is an extremely common yet unchallenged problem, and many people don't know how to practically stop worrying, even if they know they need to. This pastoral book helps us to see how scripture can be used to cast our concerns upon the Lord.

Pray Big

By Alistair Begg. The Good Book Company. Media: Braille B3307. Prayer comes hard to most of us. This book combines warmth, clarity, humour and practicality as it examines Paul's prayers for the Ephesian church. Be inspired by Paul to pray bigger and better prayers as we look to our heavenly Father to do more than we ask.

The Pursuit of Pleasure

By William L. Smith. Malcolm Down Publishing. Media: Giant Print G2722. We are encouraged towards a greater awareness and pursuit of God as pleasure, as a delight in the passionate love of our Father God. The pleasure we have for His kingdom and how it permeates our worship, prayer life and the relationship we have with Him.

Commentaries

Acts 1–12 for You

By R. Albert Jr. Mohler. The Good Book Company. Media: Giant Print G2720. Dr. Albert Mohler works through this thrilling, era-beginning, church-birthing part of Scripture.

For Everyone Bible Study Guide: Hebrews

By Tom Wright. SPCK. Media: Giant Print G2723. The letter to the Hebrews is one of the most bracing and challenging writings in the New Testament. Tom Wright helps us to find it full of interest and delight with a powerful message that comes home to today's church as much as it did to yesterday's.

Devotional

Before the days draw in

By Mary Kissell. Instant Apostle. Media: DAISY and USB D3408. Allow Mary's story of walking with the Holy Spirit to inspire and encourage you to do the same, whatever season of life you are in.

A Book of Graces

By Carolyn Martin. Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. Media: Braille B3303. Whether for use at formal occasions or round the family table, this book offers a resource book for anyone asked to give thanks for their food, who can think of nothing more inspiring to say than "for what we are about to receive".

Rainbows Through The Rain

By Denis Duncan. John Hunt Publishing Ltd. Media: Braille B3305. This collection of meditations draws together articles originally published in the Daily Telegraph in book form. It provides a devotional that runs through the year, arranged by season and theme.

So What's the Story?

By Barbara Glasson. Darton Longman and Todd Ltd (DLT). Media: DAISY and USB D3429. Stories help us to understand the world around us, our relationships with other people, and even ourselves. Each chapter includes points for reflection, points for connection, and a suggested prayer. The audio editions use high quality Text to Speech.

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