Reading for All

The accessible Christian reading and resources magazine from the Torch Trust.

2014 Issue 2

Reading for All is published by The Torch Trust for people with sight loss with an interest in accessible Christian reading resources.

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Views expressed in the features are not necessarily those of the publisher.

Reading for All is also available in the following formats: email, audio CD, braille, and large print (17, 20, 25 and 30 point). Plus it can also be viewed on the Torch website.

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In the Beginning...

This year many of us have marked the end of WW1 and from the numerous requests for accessible copies of “We Will Remember Them”, I know many of our readers have been looking back at what life was like at the time of the Great War. With Remembrance Sunday coming up we’re offering two more New Resource titles set in this era.

Following hot on the heals of Remembrance Sunday is Advent and Christmas then of course the New Year so you will find some new titles and the ever popular Scripture Text Calendar 2015 ready for your Christmas shopping!

I had the pleasure of meeting author Catherine Campbell at the Christian Resources Together conference earlier this year and am delighted to share her thoughts on her book God Knows Your Name with you.

On Your Coffee Table features The Torch - our oldest and namesake magazine - and our newest additions EN Lite and Premier Christianity are also ready to order.

The Chronicles of Narnia have left an Impression on Lin Ball who writes about the difference between her first reading of the series and when reading it after becoming a Christian.

Do let us know what you think by email on info@torchtrust.org Happy Reading!

Lydia Tebbutt Editor

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Torch Resource News

For loan but not for sale

We are delighted to be able to inform our readers that all items in the DAISY CD catalogue are available on USB stick - so if you’ve not been able to access the wider range of Torch titles because you don’t have a DAISY CD player, then this is a real opportunity to do so.

Torch can also help you purchase a USB stick player at the very reasonable price of £24.

However, due to copyright restrictions we cannot offer USB sticks for sale.

Wherever you see DAISY titles available in this magazine they are also available in USB for loan but do bear in mind that if a purchase price is given this does not include USB sticks.

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Some of your comments:

Thank-you to everyone who contacted us to say how much they liked Reading For All - here is a small selection:

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And we really loved this one from Verena: “...thank you very much for the excellent Reading for All magazine. It is really excellent and so beautifully presented, and I really do look forward to future issues. It certainly is attractive and could easily be used to get people interested in the work and resources which Torch can provide.”

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New Resources

WW1

If you’ve been inspired by the events and stories highlighted by this year’s WW1 commemorations then we’re sure you will enjoy reading these two new titles:

Running into No Man’s Land by Jonathan Brant delves deeper into the life and wisdom of the remarkable priest and poet Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, better know as Woodbine Willie. This biographical and devotional book is available to loan on DAISY CD and to purchase - price £8.

A Pennyworth of Peppermints by Mary Weeks Millard is aimed at 8-11 year olds but is also ideal for grandparents to read to grandchildren or just for your own pleasure! This delightful story captures a little of what life was like for families living through the Great War, and how faith in God can make a difference, whatever the circumstances. This fictional title is available to loan in braille, GP and DAISY and to purchase, price £5.

New for Advent 2014

Longing, Waiting, Believing by Rodney Holder from BRF will take you from 1st December right through to Epiphany on January 6th. There are also weekly questions for discussion. Available in braille, GP & DAISY and to purchase, price £5.60

Walking Backwards to Christmas by Stephen Cottrell is a novel way of starting the season in reverse chronological order! This undated book has 11 chapters each headed up with a Biblical character: Anna, Rachel, Herod, Casper, David, Martha, Joseph, Elizabeth, Mary, Isaiah and Moses. Bishop Stephen Cottrell is a great favourite with a lot of our readers but even if you’ve never read his books you’ll be in for a real treat. Available in braille, GP & DAISY and to purchase, price £7.99.

Mary & Joseph Announce ... from The Good Book Company is this year’s Free give-away. Available in braille, GP and audio CD.

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After the carol services the New Year will be just around the corner!

Yes I know it’s only October, however, there are less than 80 shopping days left to Christmas!

We are now taking orders for the new Scripture Text calendar for 2015 available in braille and giant print at the same price as last year - just £4.

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Author Profile: Catherine Campbell

Catherine’s interest in writing started in primary school when she won a National School’s Story Competition run by the chocolate company, Cadbury. Lydia Tebbutt, having met Catherine at the Christian Resources Together Retreat, asked her about her book “God Knows Your Name”.

“God knows your name” is a very reassuring title - how did you come about it?

Every one of us to some extent longs for affirmation in our lives. We’ve all experienced the scenario of feeling invisible in a crowded room. Too often our identity is recognised by our attachment to others, or to what we have achieved, rather than to whom we are as individuals. Growing up with an extrovert brother I was always introduced as Billy Fraser’s sister, and when I married an evangelist I was Philip Campbell’s wife. Nothing wrong, per-se, with either description except that at times I would like to have had someone remember my name! Our feeling of worth is deeply affected by our identity. Who we are really matters. Not in the way our celebrity culture throws at us, but in how we are seen by the One who declares our worth in Isaiah 43:1 where He says: “I have called you by your name: you are mine.” Therefore the title of this book has been a truth God has spoken over me many times when I have felt rejected or disappointed. I probably became more acutely aware of the truth of these words when I received my first rejection letter from a publisher. I had poured my heart out in those pages and the response was devastating: “We like your writing style but don’t think we could sell this book because nobody knows your name.” In the disappointing days ahead God took me to verses that He has since used frequently in my life: “For you have found grace in my sight, and I know you by name.” Exodus 33:17b. The thought that God knows my name simply blew me away. I realised that my worth was all to do with Him and not what others thought of me.

Two years before I wrote “God Knows Your Name” I had the title tucked away in my heart with a deep desire that others might discover the truth for themselves.

Your book is organised under the headings: “Nameless”; “Hopeless”; “Worthless”; “Helpless”; “Powerless” and “Loveless”. When or how did you realise that they are all facets of rejection?

The dictionary defines the word “reject” as “refusing to accept”, and interestingly, “to pass over as useless.”

All of these headings therefore easily fall under the umbrella term of rejection.

Take “Nameless”, for example, to have no name, or to perceive yourself as unknown, is a rejection of an identity of value by others, or even by yourself. This results in an act or feeling of being passed over as useless, a.k.a. rejection. Yet, in the Bible even those whose names we do not know are treated with the same compassion and love by God as those whose names we know well. Rather than rejected they are accepted as worthy of His acceptance in Christ, and His intervention in their time of need.

“Worthless” was a particularly personal chapter for me as I recounted a little of my own daughter’s story of disability, and the shock of encountering those who thought of her as worthless and a burden to our family. That was a facet of rejection I had not expected to encounter.

Thankfully the rejection sent me to seek answers in God’s word and I discovered that God is a God who makes no mistakes and treats us all - disabled and able-bodied - the same.

What gave you the idea of matching the true stories with a re-telling of their Biblical parallels?

Two reasons really. The more I read the Bible the more I could see that heartache, despair and rejection have followed the human race since the Fall as recorded in Genesis 3. Individuals from every generation, in every nation across the world have suffered, without exception. The people whose stories are recorded in scripture may not have had the technology of today but they have suffered the same sort of pain as we do. For that reason alone we have an identification with them, but not only in that. You see, I have also discovered that the God of the Bible who worked in the lives of the hurting and rejected back then, works in exactly the same way in our lives today. It followed that the telling of these stories which spanned so many years deserved to be placed together with those of today.

My second reason for matching true stories with a re-telling of biblical parallels is simply to provide the reader with evidence of the relevancy of the Bible in our lives today. As they read stories placed side by side, in spite of their historical context, they begin to join the dots for themselves - the God of the Bible is also the God of today. And He is the God who not only knows us personally and individually but desires to impact every situation of our lives. My desire is to create an interest in people to check out the Bible for themselves.

How did you go about re-imagining the Bible stories?

With a great deal of blood, sweat and tears! Seriously it took an enormous amount of research. My biggest concern when re-telling the Bible stories is to handle God’s word reverently and as accurately as possible. Some of the stories in “God Knows Your Name” had very little biblical text for me to work on. For example the story of the man with leprosy told under the title “Hopeless”; has only 5 verses given to it in Luke 5. But it was this story that originally got me thinking about re-telling Bible stories because of how deeply it moved me. Verse 12 describes the man as “full of leprosy” and I asked myself: “what did it mean for him personally, for his wife, family, work, worship?” And when I investigated these questions from many sources I was able to build up as true a picture as I could of what life might have been like for him. The more I learnt, the more I realised what this miracle meant to him and his family.

In re-telling these stories I first of all saturate myself in them by reading and re-reading the biblical text in many versions. As the key theme develops in my head I source all the information I can about the culture of the day - how did people live, what did they eat, how did they go about their work etc? For example, in “Hopeless” I spent days reading about harvesting olives, and also what the Law said about leprosy. In “Helpless” the story of the haemorrhaging woman, I trawled through Jewish internet sites to discover what type of “cures” she would have tried in her search for healing. (And yes, there really was a belief that eating a complete ear of barley corn from the dung of a white she-ass would provide a cure for bleeding!)

Eventually when I have all the information I think I might need (written in my notebook) I start writing ... and pray, pray, pray through until the end. I source my information from Bible commentaries, encyclopaedias, Bible manners and customs books, occasionally knowledgeable friends and trusted internet sites. It’s exhausting at times but worth it, because I see so much of the Bible narrative in a completely different light now.

The true stories are so well linked to the Biblical ones. Were you collecting the personal stories over a long period of time and do you have any more?

No I wasn’t collecting stories. I started by deciding the theme for each section of the book and the Bible story I wanted to use to highlight it. Then I prayed that God would lead me to the right person or contact to pair with it. Because I’ve been involved in Christian ministry with my husband for a long time we have a lot of contacts, which helps. The contemporary stories in “Nameless” and “Worthless” were personal, while the one in “Powerless” came from a man whose testimony I had heard a few years earlier and I sought him out. I obtained the story for “Hopeless” from a young woman who visited the pipe village in India and a close friend was the New Tribe missionary who gave me the story for “Helpless”. The last story in the book “Loveless” came about when I contacted a mission in Dublin city and inquired whether or not they might know someone with a history of abuse, and who would be willing to tell her story. That resulted in meeting the lovely Donna from Dublin, whose story is truly inspirational.

I am currently writing my 5th book and it follows the same format as “God Knows Your Name” only with a different theme. It looks at how God, who “is able to do immeasurably more that we can ask or even imagine” -Ephesians 3:20 - makes the impossible possible. I already have most of the contemporary stories gathered that I’d like to pair with the biblical examples I have chosen for the book. It is due for release by Monarch in early September 2015.

Is there anything else you would like to say about your book?

I loved writing “God Knows Your Name” and have been both delighted and humbled by the response I’ve had from individuals who have read it. If you have read it I’d be delighted to hear your thoughts on my Facebook Author Page. Please get in touch at www.facebook.com/catherinecampbellauthor

Catherine’s book “God Knows Your Name” is available in braille, giant print, DAISY CD and USB to loan from the Torch Library and also to purchase in braille, giant print and DAISY CD priced £6.

(We are unable to offer USB for sale due to copyright restrictions)

What’s in a name?

Searching the Torch library with just the word “name” came up with some un-related but nevertheless interesting titles - you might like to try a similar adventure with other words!

God Knows My Name by Beth Redman (Devotional) for loan in braille, GP, DAISY CD and to purchase £8

Hallowed Be Thy Names by David Wilkerson (Study) for loan in braille & DAISY CD and to purchase £1.50

The Name by Graham Franklin (Study) for loan only in DAISY

A New Name by Emma Scrivener (Biography) for loan DAISY CD coming soon in braille & GP and to purchase £7.50

Praying the Names of Jesus by Ann Spangler (Devotional) for loan only in DAISY CD

A Woman Named Damaris by Janette Oke (Fiction) for loan only in DAISY CD

To find out more about these titles visit our website or contact the librarians on 01858 438266 or email library@torchtrust.org

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In Your Quiet Time

Our look at accessible Daily Bible Reading Notes.

Every Day With Jesus from CWR

The November & December edition is entitled Bringing down the Giants - not the pantomime monster type but emotional giants that constantly bully and intimidate us.

The notes identify and name these giants and show how, through Jesus, they can be confronted and brought down to size.

Available in DAISY CD or USB

And from SU - Daily Bread

The October-December edition has a bit of a building theme, starting with the construction of Solomon’s Temple through to its destruction a few centuries later - but this is followed by the rebuilding on a totally new foundation in Jesus, through to St Paul extending the church as described in his letters to Timothy and Titus.

Available on DAISY CD or USB or Braille

For Giant Print Readers - The Upper Room From BRF

The Upper Room is unique in that its readers are also its writers; it would not exist without the willingness of people all over the world to share their experience of what God is doing in their lives.” Writes the editor Susan Hibbins. This edition covers September to December.

Have you thought of giving a subscription of daily Bible reading notes to someone for Christmas?

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On Your Coffee Table

Our look at accessible Christian magazines.

A Potted History of The Torch - by Jill Ferraby

From 1931 two sisters had published a little devotional magazine in braille from their home in Cumbria in the north of England, in response to the loss of sight of their coachman. It was called The Torch and each issue consisted of just one sheet of braille paper.

Twenty-eight years later in 1959 when the sisters could no longer continue producing it, Ron and Stella Heath, who had taught themselves braille in order to produce scripture portions for young blind people known to them, formally took over the trust formed by the sisters, together with The Torch magazine.

Over the years the magazine has increased in size and additional forms of accessible media, but has always retained its gentle, devotional style. As its circulation has now become worldwide, it is written (largely in-house) to suit non-native English speakers, and contains an ongoing pattern of slots incorporating encouraging thoughts, Bible studies, testimonies, scripture and news of others working with disabled people worldwide.

The Torch is produced quarterly in braille, large print (ranging in font sizes from 17 to 30 point), audio CD, cassette (overseas only), email and is downloadable from the Torch website. Currently 5560 visually impaired people are registered to receive it in one media or another. The largest number for any one media is for braille - over 90% of which go overseas. In UK the largest circulation is in audio CD.

A couple of comments from readers:

“You cannot realise how listening regularly to The Torch has calmed me emotionally and spiritually. I have asked God to come within me and I feel he is strong for me.”

“Thank you for The Torch magazine. It is amazing how much news, items and Christian reading it contained. Everything interesting and pausing for thought. It contains so much I cannot isolate any one item, & I listen with enjoyment...”

The Torch is available in braille; email; audio CD; & Large print 17, 20, 25, & 30 point.

Contact Client Services if you would like to receive a copy.

EN Lite

We are excited to announce that the first edition of EN Lite in braille and large print is ready. EN Lite articles are drawn from the monthly web edition of Evangelicals Now. Torch are producing this Lite edition primarily from the sections which EN classify as UK; Features; Commentary and Regular Columns - so don’t forget to let us know if you would like a copy in either braille or large print 17, 20, 25 or 30 point.

Christianity from Premier

The complete October edition of the leading Christian magazine - Premier Christianity is now available in DAISY CD or USB - so again do let us know if you would like a copy.

Client Services: t 01858 438260, e info@torchtrust.org

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Leaving an Impression: Lin Ball

Lin Ball is a writer and editor who has been working with Torch Trust since early 2009. She talks to Reading for All about “A series that spans the years: The Chronicles of Narnia”

R4A: Lin, what’s so special to you about the Narnia series?

Lin: Well, it’s a series I fell in love with as a child of eight or nine. Back then it was the enjoyment of the amazing adventures stories that captured my imagination. I have a very clear memory of enthusing about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at an interview for secondary school when I was 10. Looking back, clearly the school head quizzing me pretended not to know anything about Narnia, to encourage me to talk!

Not coming from a Christian family, I missed out on the Christian parallels in the stories, and only came to realise those later, following my conversion to Christ at 18. And then a few years ago, when I took a sabbatical from work for three months, one of the things I did was to re-read the whole series. I discovered that they really do work for adults too, which makes them very special, I think. And it’s because there is so much in C S Lewis’s writing, which carries deeper allegorical pictures of the Christian life. The stories celebrate the Christian virtues of friendship, self-sacrifice, honesty and courage.

R4A: So, you think they are books that have lasted the test of time?

Lin: Lewis wrote them between 1949 and 1954 and to be honest they are very much of that time in many respects. Feminists, for example, have criticised them for the stereotyping of the two boys and two girls of the Pevensie family in the adventures - Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, the children who go through the wardrobe and become kings and queens in Narnia. And it’s true that by today’s standards the books can be judged harshly in terms of the attributes and the roles that are given to the different sexes. But I do think it’s wrong to evaluate them by our current very different worldview, and that would mean losing out on so many insights that they offer.

R4A: What holds the series of seven books together?

Lin: The only character to appear in all seven books is Aslan, the great lion. He’s a talking, communicating lion, the King of the Beasts and son of the Emperor-Over-the-Sea. He’s mysterious and wise and self-sacrificing - a picture of Jesus Christ himself. The series as a whole provides so many deep insights into human nature and the divine response of the gospel.

I really recommend the Narnia series to Torch Library users. The Last Battle is probably my favourite, but I think you only fully appreciate it if you have read the earlier books. And if you want some help in identifying or making the most of the Christian themes in the series, I see that the Torch Library has a number of books on that. The only one of those I’ve read myself is Rowan Williams´ The Lion’s World, which I really enjoyed. But I’d like to get hold of the other related books, which I am sure you can tell R4A readers about.

R4A: Yes, they are....

If you’d like to read any of the titles mentioned by Lin do contact Client Services.

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General Literary News

e books update

Source: Together magazine

Interesting eBook statistics for the UK, as published in March by Neilsen and Enders Research show that:

Amazon takes on the library with Kindle Unlimited Service

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Amazon is rolling out a new subscription service that will allow unlimited access to thousands of electronic books and audio books for $9.99 a month.

The Kindle Unlimited service is one of the online giant’s latest effort to expand its services to attract more users.

The company said it will give users the ability to read as much as they want from more than 600,000 Kindle titles. About 2,000 audio books from Audible with Whispersync for Voice, which lets users switch between reading and listening to books, will be available through the service.

New Audio Bible from The Bible Society

Source: advert in Church Times No. 7905

“The greatest story ever told - as you’ve never heard it before!”

“Experience the New Testament afresh. Brought to you by Bible Society and dramatised by Riding Lights Theatre Company, this audio recording brings the whole New Testament to life in a dynamic and vibrant way.”

Download the New Testament now for just £10 (normally £15) - go to biblesociety.org.uk/tnt using discount code autumn14 (right at the end of the checkout process).

Also available as 20 CD box set from biblesociety.org.uk/shop

The Good Bookstall name change

Source: Together magazine

Goodbookreviews.org.uk is the new name for Goodbookstall.org.uk.

The non-profit organisation staffed by volunteers provides reviews of books published by Christian, General, and Micro publishers.

Why the name change? The team writes, “In 2001 we evolved from a stapled booklet bookshops gave bookstall agents into a website for booksellers providing directories, news, and new title reviews. Our aim was - and is - to support Christian bookshops and the wider Christian book trade.

“Now in 2014 our audience is wider, international, and very much the reading public focused on our reviews. So in May this year we renamed our site: goodbookreviews.org.uk

“When libraries shut down, what more besides is lost?” asks writer A.L. Kennedy.

Source: bbc.co.uk/news/magazine

[We’ve reproduced some excerpts from this BBC article, but you can read more by following the link.]

At the end of May, Rhydyfelin Library was closed. Library users chained themselves to the shelves, obtained a judicial review and, to cut a complicated story short, a small Welsh town had to fight to keep its books - and, in the last few days, may have managed at least a temporary stay of execution.

It was dramatic. And yet in terms of national media coverage the drama played out in silence, perhaps appropriately for a library. Perhaps it was too regional a story. And maybe library closures do just slide by, because they often are regional affairs and also because some things which happen repeatedly somehow become less newsworthy.

Certainly, if you examine Britain’s library closures the story does get repetitive. According to figures collated by Public Libraries News in the last financial year, 61 libraries were withdrawn from service. The preceding year it was 63, the year before that 201. Some new libraries have opened, but there’s debate, again often inaudible, about how many hundreds of others are threatened. Of those 325 lost libraries, around a third have been taken over by their communities in various ways, often with reduced opening hours and working with volunteers...

... My first ever means of personal identification was my proof of library membership. I was a citizen of the world because I was a reader...

... our access to books isn’t just diminishing through the library closures or a culled GCSE reading list. In 1997 the UK lost its net book agreement - which was said to be against the public interest because it fixed prices. Since then, heavy discounts and a recession, mean publishers avoid risks.

So we hear less often from unusual or marginal voices. Less than 3% of books are translations from other languages, other countries. Our range of bookshops and their stock has diminished. If we have computers we’ll mainly be offered multiple clones of successful books ...

... but with less media coverage and fewer ways to be visible, more and more books simply disappear, or are never published ...

... books can allow us, more deeply and in more detail than any other art form, to enter into the lives of others. Fiction can persuade me that people have value, which is in the public interest. Fiction can train the imagination in positive ways. And without exercise our imaginations fail - we are always a little in prison. If I can’t imagine change, my future is passive, if I can’t imagine others as human, I’m dangerous, if I can’t imagine myself I become small. How do I know that? Because after a generation of dedicated book suppression, Britain’s public discourse prefers threats to facts, blaming to creating. And because I read, I know the silence we’ve imposed isn’t the peace of a library, it brings the quiet of a grave.

But it’s not all doom & gloom ...

 

Income Generation for Public Libraries

Source: locality.org.uk

Locality has worked with Arts Council England over a six month period to explore existing good practice and assess the potential to further enable income generation to support and enhance as well as to improve the overall resilience and sustainability of library services.”

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On view and on their way!

Here’s a selection of the most reviewed titles in the recent Christian press, which are on their way into the Torch Library

Encounters With Jesus - by Timothy Keller

The Goodbookreviews reviewer: David Ford

One of the joys of reviewing books is that from time to time an absolute cracker crosses your desk and catches you completely unawares. Encounters with Jesus is one such book. This is an absolute delight to read; engaging, imaginative and genuinely original.

Essentially, Encounters with Jesus offers the reader ten bible studies on physical encounters Jesus had as reported in the gospel of John.

Whereas some biblical scholars would analyse these encounters from a doctrinal or historical or cultural or linguistic perspective, Timothy Keller focuses instead of what Jesus is teaching us about the really big questions of life; why are we here? What is the world for? What’s wrong with it? What can we do about it?

His approach is rooted in an approach to scripture focused on “listening to the text”, which for me means lectio divina. What happens to our understanding of scripture when we allow ourselves to dwell in it?

Encounters with Jesus is based on two distinct lecture series that the author undertook on both sides of the Atlantic,although this is not too apparent to the reader. The first five encounters are therefore focused on individual encounters and the second five on pivotal events in Jesus´ life.

One little niggle is that the biblical references for the ten encounters are not listed on the contents page under the chapter headings; that would be a huge gain for preachers like me! I will pencil them in.

Nonetheless, together these 10 encounters make for absolutely compelling reading. Enjoy!

The Shepherd’s Song - by Betsy Duffey & Laurie Myers

The Goodbookreviews reviewer: Melanie Carroll (excerpt)

I’m giving you fair warning that you may well need a hanky or two before you reach the end of the book, actually before you reach the end of the first chapter if you are anything like me! This is an amazing novel, a series of short interconnected stories all based around a handwritten copy of the 23rd Psalm, The Shepherd’s Song, that was a gift and a prayer of a mother to her doubting son, and that through tragedy and accident is passed around the world and touches the lives of a series of people.

The book tells of “12 lives changed forever” but actually there are many more than that because those people all connect with others and though they may not always be the focus there are some ways their lives are changed too, albeit more gently or less obviously perhaps.

Then of course there’s us the readers that are going to share the book and story and pass it on too, because it really does have that effect, along with the tears and sighs, it’s definitely going to be the book I’m recommending and hand-selling in my shop for the next few months!

Select the Latest Titles on our online Library Catalogue or call the Torch Library 01858 438266

Ready & Waiting: Braille

The following are just some of the titles we have transcribed ready for braille and are just waiting for you to request them before we produce them. For even more Ready & Waiting titles visit: the “New Literature” section within the “Literature” page on torchtrust.org

Many of these titles are also available in other media too, so if you would like to borrow any of these titles, just contact the librarians on 01858 438266. We will either send them straight away or add them to your bookshelf.

Dig Even Deeper by Andrew Sach

Publisher: IVP 2011, Print pages: 206. Genre: Study: History: The Bible. Description: This is a book about what Exodus means for us today. Retelling the story, puzzling over some of the details and discerning what God has to say to us.

Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen

Publisher: Faith Words 2011, Print pages: 287. Genre: Spirituality: Christian Living. Description: Combining his personal experiences with scriptural insights and principles for true happiness, he shows you how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that we all experience at five o’clock on a Friday.

Fearless Love by James Andrews

Publisher: Authentic Media 2012, Print pages: 104 Genre: Biography: Organisations. Description: Astounding stories of God’s intervention in Islamic Africa.

Moving in the Right Circles by Chick Yuill

Publisher: IVP 2011, Print pages: 189. Genre: Spirituality: Christian Living. Description: The author recognizes the challenges of living as a Christian in a bewildered and anxious secular society but he is also confident in the resources that Jesus offers. There is no nook of God’s world where Jesus cannot make a difference.

Nana’s Gift & The Red Geranium by Janette Oke

Publisher: LLC Hendrickson Publishers Marketing 2011, Print pages:195. Genre: Fiction. Description: Janette Oke’s signature storytelling is captured in these two stories of the warmth, depth, and emotional touch points her readers have come to know and love.

Out Of The Shadows by Faith Cook

Publisher: EP Books 2011, Print pages: 155. Genre: Biography: Groups. Description: A selection of nine short biographies. Each story is full of interest and inspiration; in its own way bearing witness to the faithfulness and goodness of God.

Stepping Closer by Hilary Faith Jones

Publisher: The Leprosy Mission International 2011, Print pages:112. Genre: Study: Bible Stories Retold. Description: A brand new collection of 8 Bible stories skilfully retold by Hilary Faith Jones to enable the reader to witness the story first hand. The book is ideal for individual or group reading.

The Word on the Wind by Alison Morgan

Publisher: Monarch Books 2011, Print pages: 368. Genre: Spirituality: Devotional. Description: The Gospel story is the alternative story, to be spoken afresh into the culture, which, if it ever knew it, has forgotten it. Explore how The Word on the Wind brings new life.

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