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July December 2012

Welcome to the SpCk Seasonal Catalogue, July to december 2012

We kick off this seasons bounty of books with The Lions World by rowan Williams, an adept and intriguing study of the world of Narnia. Stanley Spencers paintings also come under reective scrutiny in Stephen Cottrells Christ in the Wilderness, while tom Wright considers the practice of prayer in New Testament Prayer for Everyone. Other highlights include offerings for both Lent and Advent, a host of new titles in ministry and spiritual reading, and the welcome return of the Church Pocket Book and Diary for 2013. We do hope you enjoy browsing! To see all our titles and keep up to date with SPCK news and events, please visit our new website at
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A journey into the heart of Narnia ROWAN WILLIAMS

A journey into the heart of Narnia


The Lions

Reading Rowan Williams on C. S. Lewis is like watching two old friends in animated discussion of great, powerful themes. Tom Wright In this absorbing exploration of the world of Narnia, Rowan Williams provides a guide to the moral landscape of the novels, and an expert account of their spiritual symbolism. He shows how, through the character of Aslan, Lewis aimed to communicate a real experience of surrender in the face of absolute incarnate love. Drawing on Lewiss life, beliefs and significant themes from his other novels, Williams illuminates our view of Narnia while also answering critics who regard Lewiss fiction as marred by sexism, racial stereotyping, and the glorification of violence. Whether you have read the whole series or just enjoyed one of the films, The Lions World is a rewarding and ultimately joyful read for people of all ages and backgrounds.
roWan WIllIaMS is the Archbishop of Canterbury. His most recent books include A Silent Action: Engagements with Thomas Merton (2011), Dostoevsky: Language, faith and fiction (2011), Tokens of Trust: An introduction to Christian belief (2007), Grace and Necessity: Reflections on art and love (2006) and Silence and Honey Cakes: The wisdom of the desert (2004).

Rowan wiLLiams
August 2012 8.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06895 1 Paperback 176 pp

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new testament prayer for everyone

A distillation of Tom Wrights meditations on the meaning and practice of prayer, drawn from his popular New Testament For Everyone series Fresh translations of all the major prayers in the New Testament Questions for personal reflection or group discussion

New Testament

for Everyone

From the opening chapter:

Tom WrighT
September 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06906 4 Paperback 160 pp

Prayer is one of lifes great mysteries. . . At its lowest, prayer is shouting into a void on the off-chance there may be someone out there listening. At its highest, prayer merges into love, as the presence of God becomes so real that we pass beyond words and into a sense of his reality, generosity, delight and grace. For most Christians, most of the time, it takes place somewhere in between those two extremes.
toM WrIght is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of over fifty books, including the For Everyone guides to the New Testament, the highly acclaimed series, Christian Origins and the Question of God, and the bestselling Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, Virtue Reborn, Simply Jesus and How God Became King (all SPCK).

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Reflecting on the paintings by Stanley Spencer STEPHEN COTTRELL

In this beautifully illustrated book, Stephen Cottrell reflects on five paintings by the remarkable English painter Stanley Spencer. Taken from the artists Christ in the Wilderness series, these paintings give us startling insight into Jesus own vocation and self-understanding of his ministry. They show his great love for the earth, for the whole created order and for all creatures within it. To look at these paintings is an invitation to enter the desert through the doorway of your imagination. By dwelling in the wilderness of these beautiful and provocative paintings, Stephen Cottrell encourages us to refine our own discipleship and learn again what it means to follow Christ.
Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly the Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop of Canterburys evangelism team. He is the author of three books for SPCK: The Things He Carried (2008), a book of Lent and Holy Week meditations; a follow-up of reflections for Easter Day, The Things He Said (2009); and his new Lent book, The Nail (2011).

September 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06208 9 Paperback 96 pp

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The SPCK Bible Atlas

The events, people, and places of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation Edited by BARRY J. BEITZEL




In this wonderful section of the Acts of the Apostles we read about the pivotal Jerusalem conference and the beginning of the heart of Pauls missionary work in important Greek cities such as Philippi, Thessalonica, and especially Corinth. Information from this section often corresponds directly with information from Pauls letters, which makes it even more interesting from a historical perspective.


The Covenant of the Lord 92 Creation and Fall 94 Noah and his Descendants 98 Abraham 102 Isaac 110 Jacob 116 Joseph and his Family 124 Moses 134 The Plagues of Egypt 140 The Flight out of Egypt 146 The Giving of the Law 156 Forty Years in the Desert 160 The Death of Moses 168 Joshua and the Promised Land 170

ey to our understanding of this section of Acts is the fact that at this early stage in the Christian movement, its members were largely Jewish and had been since birth. Moreover, in the period from Jesus death (c. . . 30) until . . 70, the center of the early Church was Jerusalem, not Rome. Only with Paul and the missionaries who, like him, took the message beyond Judea did the issue of non-Jews becoming Christians become important.



















MEETING IN JERUSALEM Chapter 15 of Acts opens by describing the confusion that arose in the early Church when some church leaders from Judea said that unless Christians were PAUL, SILAS, AND TIMOTHY circumcised as prescribed by God in the At the end of chapter 15, we learn that Jewish Law (the Torah) they could not be So the churches Paul and Barnabas seem to have had a saved. When strong dissension arose over were strengthened disagreement over who should travel with this issue, it was decided that Paul and in the faith them. Acts 15:39 says there arose a sharp Barnabas would go to Jerusalem to discuss contention. In the end, Barnabas chooses this matter with the leaders there. and increased in Mark (see also John Mark in Philemon 24; The meeting in Jerusalem represents numbers daily Colossians 4:10) and departs for the island a watershed in the early Christian moveACTS 16:5 of Cyprus, while Paul chooses Silas and ment. Paul mentions his attendance at the departs for Syria and Cilicia. Silas is Jerusalem conference in his epistle to the mentioned only in this section of Acts Galatians (2:110). His efforts to draw (chapters 1518). He is likely the same individual converts and to establish churches were beginning to bear mentioned by Paul (as Silvanus) in 2 Corinthians 1:19 and fruit. Paul did not require converts to be circumcised as in 1 Thessalonians 1:1 (see also 2 Thessalonians 1:1) and Jewish men had been commanded by God (Genesis 17:11). also perhaps is the referent in 1 Peter 5:12. He appears to However, some of the Jerusalem leadership, who had have been Pauls close associate during his most important formerly been Pharisees like Paul himself (Philippians 3:5), missionary work. felt it was important to keep with tradition and circumcise At the beginning of Acts 16, Paul and Silas meet non-Jewish converts. This question may seem odd to Timothy in the region of Derbe and Lystra. Timothy us today, but it was of great signicance to the early becomes perhaps Pauls most important co-worker. Paul Christians, who sought to carry out the will of God. Many mentions him in virtually all of his undisputed letters felt that this meant continuing to be faithful to ancient (Romans 16:21; 1 Corinthians 4:17, 16:10; 2 Corinthians traditions, such as circumcision, while others, such as 1:1, 1:19; Philippians 1:1, 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 3:2, Paul, thought that in Jesus, God had done something 3:6). Timothy represents the very type of person about new, which meant letting go of older traditions.

Luke tells us that the outcome of the Jerusalem conference was that non-Jewish converts would be asked only to abstain from what has been sacriced to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication (Acts 15:29). This is similar to what Paul outlines in Galatians 2:710 as the result of the conference. The decision of the Jerusalem conference dened the way Christianity would look from that point forward. Its members would not be circumcised, nor in large part would they keep the Torah. Instead, baptism would be the primary marker of entry into the community, and new rules of conduct based on the life and teachings of Jesus would guide the movement.

Jerusalem, watercolour by Karl Friedrich Werner. Although Gentiles had already been admitted into the church, the meeting in Jerusalem discussed conditions that might apply to such admission, such as circumcision.

whom Paul and the Jerusalem leaders were concerned. Timothys mother was Jewish, however, his father was a Greek; therefore, Timothy was not originally Jewish and thus not circumcised, but he became a believer in Jesus Christ. AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT Acts 16:1017 is noteworthy for its important shift from the third person (they) to the rst person (we). It represents the rst of the so-called we sections of Acts. The nature of these we sections of Acts is unclear. They are suggestive in that they appearvia either Luke or perhaps another eyewitnessto record moments when the narrator was actually in Pauls company. The city of Troas is only mentioned a few other times in the New Testament. It appears again in Acts 20:56, but also in 2 Corinthians 2:12, where Paul mentions his brief visit there (it also appears in 2 Timothy 4:13). It does not appear to have become an important city for Paul, but it was an important travel city, since it was from there that Paul would cross over from Asia Minor to Greece. PAUL AND SILAS ARE IMPRISONED IN PHILIPPI In a lengthy narrative (Acts 16:1640) we hear about Paul and Silass experience in Philippi. Philippi was located on the important Roman road called the Via Egnatia (the Egnatian Way), making it a good place for meeting a variety of people and for communication.

Thus, a strong Roman presence would have been likely, as we see in the Acts narrative. After Paul exorcises a demon from a woman, some Thessalonians take exception and turn Paul and Silas over to the Roman authorities for allegedly disturbing the peace. Paul and Silas are imprisoned. About midnight, as they were praying, an earthquake frees them from their bonds and breaks open their cell. Rather than eeing, however, they remain in their cell. On seeing this, the guard decides to convert himself and his family to the teachings of Paul and Silas. The next day word comes from the local Roman magistrates that Paul and Silas should be freed. Paul refuses to depart, however, noting his ill-treatment despite


Perhaps no unit of information is more important in dating Paul and his journeys than the reference in Acts 18:12 that suggests Paul was in Corinth when Gallio was proconsul. This of itself is not terribly useful, but when connected to an inscription discovered in Corinth that outlines the specific time that Gallio was proconsul in the city, it means we can date the time of Pauls visit to Corinth with amazing precision to around the year . . 51. This crucial bit of information helps scholars to create a timeline for Pauls missionary activities.

















































Written by an international team of distinguished academics and Bible scholars, The SPCK Bible Atlas features accurate and accessible retellings of the key events of the Bible. This essential guide includes: over 150 images and 100 full-colour maps that bring the people, places and events of the Bible to life handy charts showing exactly where each event is located in the Bible extensive discussion of the geography and archaeology of the Bible lands, placing the biblical narrative in its historical and cultural contexts family trees, timelines, charts and tables summarizing essential information.
In the story, Paul and Silas enter the Jewish synagogue, which seems to have been a regular practice for Paul. Why would he do this? There are a number of reasons. First, the synagogue was a meeting place, so in an age before any type of mass media, the best way to reach a lot of people quickly was to nd them where they congregated (note how Jesus would gather crowds or teach at the Temple). Next, Paul himself was a Jew and had been a Pharisee. He was thus well versed in the Torah and was able to debate with other Jews from their sacred text. Moreover, other Jews would have been ready to discuss the topic of the messiah, even if they disagreed as to the messiahs actual identity. Additionally, at the synagogue, Paul would have likely made important social contacts such as people who would house him and help him to nd work. Thus, it is quite likely that Paul did begin his work in new cities at the synagogue. This being the case, we can also see why another trend in Pauls missionary work emerged. Pauls mission was an urban one; that is, Paul went to cities. Most often, Paul went to cities that were capitals of their respective Roman provinces. Why would Paul have done this? In such cities Paul would have found the most synagogues, people, more means of communication, and so on. It is no surprise then that most of Pauls work occurred in, and most of his letters were written to the churches in, major urban areas. Beroea (Acts 17:10 and 13) is not mentioned elsewhere in Pauls letters and is mentioned only once more in the New Testament at Acts 20:4. It does not appear to have become an important city for Paul and is likely only mentioned because it was located on the road from Thessalonica to Athens. PAULS TIME IN CORINTH In one of the most interesting sections of Acts, chapter 18, we learn about Pauls stay in Corinth. Paul wrote at least two epistles to the Corinthian Church that appear in the New Testament, and he may have written others (see 1 Corinthians 5:9 and 2 Corinthians 2:3) that do not remain as independent texts. The city of Corinth was ancient; however, it had been destroyed in the second century B.C.E. and was rebuilt by Julius Caesar (c. 50 B.C.E.). This meant that when Paul was there the new city of Corinth was less than 100 years old. It was the capital of the Roman province of Achaia (southern Greece), and it had developed into an important port city where goods from the East would cross on their way to Rome (and vice versa). Thus, the city had a burgeoning population of what we might in modern terms call a middle class: that is, people whose initiative and hard work were allowing them to gain some ground socially and economically. It is likely that some of the people with whom Paul interacted in Corinth were from among this class of people. Acts 18:3 is the only place in the New Testament where we learn of Pauls occupationa tentmaker. Paul speaks of working with his hands (1 Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 4:12). Moreover, it is plausible (and we might even say likely) that Paul would have needed a skill that allowed him to nd work wherever he went; tentmaking, which would have meant primarily working with leather, skins, and ropes, would have been such an occupation. Tents were used by a variety of people, especially travelers, not only for lodging on land but also as a shield from the sun and elements when traveling by sea. Having such a skill would have proven very valuable to an itinerant missionary such as Paul. Crispus, an ofcial of the synagogue in Corinth (Acts 18:8), is said to have converted to Christianity along with his entire household. Interestingly, Crispus is also mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians as one of the only people that Paul himself baptized (1 Corinthians 1:14). While Paul rarely speaks about baptism, it ultimately replaced circumcision as the mark of entry into the new Christian community.
This stele from Thessalonica is evidence of the co-existence of Greek and Roman cultures at the time of Pauls ministry. It depicts a Roman family, but the inscription beneath it is in the Greek language.

Paul sent to the coast; Silas and Timothy remain.

Paul and Silas imprisoned.



Philippi Amphipolis Neapolis Apollonia Thessalonica









Paul has a vision of a man begging him to go to Macedonia.



Aegean Sea
Corinth Cenchreae Athens

Thyatira Smyrna Ephesus

Lake Tuz


Antioch in Pisidia


Paul addresses the Areopagus; Silas and Timothy rejoin Paul.

Attalia Perga


Derbe Tarsus



Paul sails to Ephesus with new friends Priscilla and Aquila.


Antioch Seleucia Pieria

Paul and Silas meet Timothy, who joins them.



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After the Jerusalem conference, Paul begins his second missionary journey.



Paul and Silas travel to Syria and Cilicia.

Sidon Tyre Cyrene



Paul and Barnabas sent to Jerusalem conference; issue of circumcision debated.


Route of Pauls second missionary journey (Acts 1518) Route of the Via Egnatia
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Sea of Galilee

Dead Sea


the fact that he is a Roman citizen. Nowhere in his epistles does Paul mention the fact that he is a Roman citizen, but it is mentioned again in Acts 22:25. Eventually, the Roman ofcials placate Paul and convince him to leave. Years later, in his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes with fond memories of his time with them (Philippians 1:35), but also with stern warnings not to fall away to those who promote circumcision (Philippians 3:2). So it appears that while an important decision was reached at the Jerusalem conference, the issue was not entirely settled. We should note that while Paul mentions in his epistle to the Philippians that he is imprisoned (Philippians 1:7, 1314), he is not referring to the same

imprisonment that is recorded in Acts, since it would have been long in the past. Instead, it is likely that Paul was imprisoned when he wrote this letter. THESSALONICA AND BEROEA In Acts 17, we learn that Paul and Silas travel to Thessalonica via the cities of Amphipolis and Apollonia. Thessalonica was the capital city of the Roman province of Macedonia (northern Greece). Paul wrote at least once (1 Thessalonians) and likely a second time to the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians). 1 Thessalonians is the oldest surviving letter of Paul. Some scholars believe it is also the oldest book in the New Testament (c. C.E. 50).

PAUL SPEAKS TO THE ATHENIANS In Acts 17:1634 we read of Pauls time in Athens. In verses 2231, Paul makes an impassioned speech in the Areopagus of Athens. The Areopagus was the Council of Athens where important civic matters were adjudicated. Other than this story in Acts, we have virtually no record of Pauls mission in Athens (see 1 Thessalonians 3:1), and given the fact that Acts records Pauls relative lack of success there, this is not too surprising. The portrayal is an interesting one in that the philosophical schools mentioned in 17:18 (the Epicureans and Stoics) were contemporary to Pauls time and proponents might well have reacted with great skepticism to Pauls teachings about resurrection, as is portrayed in Acts 17.


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BARRY J. BEITZEL is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deereld, Illinois.

September 2012 17.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06851 7 Hardback 352 pp

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Windows on a hidden World

Exploring the Advent landscape JANE MAYCOCK
As a priest, married to a vicar, with four young children, Jane Maycock is familiar with the struggle not to be engulfed by busyness in the run-up to Christmas. Consequently, the reflections she has written for this lovely book are engagingly infused with real-life happenings, even as they invite us to stop and consider what Advent really means. Underpinning Windows on a Hidden World is the conviction that we are bound up in an intimate relationship with a God of love. And as we take a little time out from 1 to 25 December to explore the Advent landscape in these daily readings, we will find much encouragement to respond to the wonder of Gods tender nearness with hope and joy.
The Revd Jane Maycock was Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Carlisle from 2001 to 2007. She writes regularly for various Christian publishers.

August 2012 7.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06509 7 Paperback 128 pp

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Science, religion and the shaping of the moral landscape A Christian response to Sam Harris CRAIG HOVEY

Craig Hovey
Science, religion, and the shaping of the moral landscape

Is science all we need to make moral decisions? Will there come a time when reason alone can tell us everything we need to know about human values? Is religion simply making its last stand in this debate? In What Makes Us Moral?, a leading Christian ethicist directly engages the latest book by renowned New Atheist Sam Harris, The Moral Landscape: How science can determine human values. Hovey shows that Harriss views about human well-being owe an unacknowledged debt to Judaism and Christianity, while Harriss vision of a purely rational moral progress is a fantasy. Ultimately, Hovey draws on Christian morality to describe a vision of human well-being that is not only more realistic but also more interesting and beautiful.
CraIg hovey is Assistant Professor of Religion at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. His recent books include Bearing True Witness: Truthfulness in Christian Practice (2011), Nietzsche and Theology (2008), and (as co-editor) An Eerdmans Reader in Contemporary Political Theology (2011). Dr Hovey holds a degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD in Christian theology and ethics from the University of Cambridge.

what makes us

A Christian response to

Sam HarriS

November 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06898 2 Paperback 160 pp

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the rule of taiz

In French and English BROTHER ROGER
The Rule of Taiz was written by Brother Roger, its founder, during the winter of 19523. His intention was to express for the young men who had committed themselves to the group for their whole life in celibacy and to a life together in great simplicity . . . the essential that makes the common life possible. The community has since become one of the worlds most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Over 100,000 young people from around the world travel there each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the communitys ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.
Brother roger, the charismatic founder and leader of the Taiz community, was attacked and killed while praying with more than 2,000 young people on 16 August 2005. His death came almost 65 years after he crossed the border from his native Switzerland into war-ravaged France. Settling in the tiny village of Taiz, he found himself called to establish a community in which reconciliation and peace would be made concrete day by day.

english edition October 2012 7.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06827 2 French flaps 80 pp

French and english October 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06829 6 French flaps 144 pp

For Everyone study guides

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For Everyone Bible study guides

TOM WRIGHT The final four guides in the series!

The guides in this series by Tom Wright can be used on their own or alongside his New Testament for Everyone commentaries. They are designed to help you understand the Bible in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the worlds leading New Testament scholars.

James July 2012 978 0 281 06859 3 Paperback 64 pp The Letters of John July 2012 978 0 281 06861 6 Paperback 64 pp

1 & 2 Peter and Judah July 2012 978 0 281 06863 0 Paperback 64 pp Revelation September 2012 978 0 281 06865 4 Paperback 128 pp

Formerly Bishop of Durham, TOM WRIGHT is now Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews and a regular broadcaster on radio and television. He is the author of over fifty books, including the bestselling How God Became King, Simply Jesus and the Lent for Everyone series.

New Testament studies

the Words of Jesus

a gospel of the sayings of our lord PHYLLIS TICKLE
Harsh. Testy. Uncompromising . . . arent words typically associated with Jesus, but Tickle says they often came to mind as she wrote her new book . . . [It] plucks Jesus words out of the Gospels and Acts, leaving them to stand alone without the context of his actions. Readers will get a Jesus they never saw before, says Tickle. He is . . . still the warm and compassionate man who said Father, forgive them . . . But when it comes to his mission, Jesus doesnt mince words. Newsweek August 2012 12.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06920 0 Paperback 224 pp phyllIS tICkle, one of the most highly respected authorities on religion in America today, has written more than two dozen books. A lector and lay eucharistic minister in the Episcopal Church, she is a senior fellow of the Cathedral College of Washington National Cathedral.

thomas and the gospels

the making of an apocryphal text MARK GOODACRE
The Gospel of Thomas is the most important source outside the New Testament for our understanding of the historical Jesus. In this brilliant, detailed and highly readable analysis, Mark Goodacre demonstrates decisively that the author of Thomas was directly inuenced by the Synoptic Gospels, and drew on them for his portrayal of Jesus and his teachings. He argues that Thomas should be dated in the early to middle second century, when its author was looking for a means of lending the voice of his enigmatic Jesus with an authoritative, Synoptic-sounding legitimacy. October 2012 18.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06776 3 Paperback 224 pp Mark goodaCre is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Department of Religion, Duke University, North Carolina, and general editor of T&T Clarks Library of New Testament Studies. His most recent books include The Synoptic Problem: A way through the maze and The Case Against Q.


Old Testament studies

exploring the religion of ancient Israel

prophet, priest, sage and people AARON CHALMERS
What did people such as priests and prophets do in Israel? How were they chosen and trained? How did ordinary peoples relationship with God work out? This volume is a ne user-friendly guide to what we can learn about such questions from the Bible, from archaeology, and from current scholarly theory. Professor John Goldingay, Fuller Theological Seminary September 2012 14.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06481 6 Paperback 176 pp . . . a welcome companion to SPCKs series on Exploring the Old Testament/New Testament. It helpfully enables the student to understand how the various leaders in Israel related to the world in which they worked. Professor Gordon McConville, University of Gloucestershire aaron ChalMerS is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Head of School, Tabor Adelaide a multidenominational, evangelical college located in Adelaide, South Australia.

lost Sons
gods long search for humanity MICHAEL SADGROVE
Stories in the Books of Genesis and Exodus tell of fathers whose sons are lost to them through deaths of various kinds. One is murdered. Another is abandoned. A third is supplanted. A fourth is betrayed. A fth is taken for sacrice. A sixth is forgotten about. A seventh is secreted away. Through these accounts we trace the theme with which the biblical narrative begins: Gods rst son Adam, by becoming lost to his Creator, sets in train Gods long search for humanity . . . November 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06214 0 Paperback 160 pp MIChael Sadgrove is Dean of Durham. He was Vice-Principal of Salisbury and Wells Theological College before becoming ViceProvost at Coventry Cathedral and subsequently Dean of Shefeld. He has written on a range of theological subjects, and is the author of The Eight Words of Jesus, Wisdom and Ministry and I Will Trust in You.


Lectionary resources

Journeying with luke

Following the successful Journeying with Mark, this book offers fresh insights for those who want to reect on Lukes Gospel as it is read and preached. Journeying with Luke gives background information on the Gospel and a springboard for the imagination, helping us to visualize the lives, times and culture of the people of the rst century and a guide to reection for those preparing to hear, or preach, the word of God. August 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 05902 7 Paperback 112 pp the revd dr JaMeS Woodward is a Canon of Windsor. dr paUla gooder is a writer and lecturer in biblical studies and Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral. the revd Canon Mark pryCe is Bishops Adviser for Clergy Continuing Ministerial Education in the Diocese of Birmingham.

twelve Months of Sundays: years a, B & C

Biblical meditations on the Christian year TOM WRIGHT
Now available in one volume!

Tom Wright offers reections on the Sunday readings in the Revised Common Lectionary for Years A, B and C. This volume, which brings together his widely read columns in the Church Times, covers all the Sundays and major festivals. Scholarship, history and insights into the world and language of the Bible are woven together to give a deeper understanding of the Word of the Lord. August 2012 16.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06581 3 Paperback 400 pp Twelve Months of Sundays will be invaluable to anyone who wants to gather their thoughts in preparation for Sunday worship, or for regular Bible study throughout the year. toM WrIght was Bishop of Durham from 2003 to 2010 and is now Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. A regular broadcaster on radio and television, he has written over fty books, including the For Everyone guides to the New Testament and the bestselling Simply Christian, Simply Jesus and How God became King.


Lent reading

The Resurrection of Peace

A Gospel journey to Easter and beyond MARY C. GREY
Drawing on all four Gospels, Mary Greys new book makes for challenging Lent reading and offers biblical inspiration for the search for peace and reconciliation in Israel/Palestine. Along the way she explores the core Christian concepts of redemption, atonement and resurrection from the perspective of justice-making in the real world, pursuing a spirituality of perseverance and steadfastness (sumud) deriving from her work with Middle Eastern Christians. With helpful group-discussion questions, this book is an action-provoking read for Lent, Easter and beyond. MARY C. GREY is Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, a fellow at Sarum College, Salisbury, and Visiting Professor at St Marys University College, Twickenham. Her other books include To Rwanda and Back: Liberation spirituality and reconciliation and The Advent of Peace.

November 2012 7.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06637 7 Paperback 144 pp

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Friends, Foes and Families

Lenten meditations on Bible characters and relationships JUDITH DIMOND

Lenten meditations on Bible characters and relationships

Judith dimond

November 2012 7.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06456 4 Paperback 128 pp

Judith Dimond paints a series of vivid portraits of biblical characters whose stories exemplify a broad range of relationships, both good and bad. Each story reects common emotions, revealing our own predicaments in a clearer light. Interspersed throughout with beautifully crafted prayers by the author, these biblical meditations help us to address key moments of decision in our own lives, surprising us into fresh ways of understanding. JUDITH DIMOND is a lay member of St Martin and St Pauls parish, Canterbury. A published poet, she is the author of the acclaimed Gazing on the Gospels series.

Uncovering Sin
A gateway to healing and calling ROSY FAIRHURST
This approachable Lent course invites us to view sin as something to be understood, rather than condemned. It argues that our darker traits must be coaxed into the light in order to manage them and work towards healing and renewal. An intriguing choice for both personal and group reection. ROSY FAIRHURST trained at Wycliffe Hall; she was a curate in Hackney and Islington, then Director of Mission and Ministry at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. She now works for the Grubb Institute in London. 13

November 2012 8.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06879 1 Paperback 128 pp

Spiritual reading

Falling Upward
a spirituality for the two halves of life RICHARD ROHR
Richard Rohr offers a new way of understanding one of lifes profound mysteries: how our failing can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. Drawing on wisdom from time-honoured myths, heroic poems, great thinkers and sacred texts, he reasons that the heartbreaks, disappointments and rst loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half has in store for us. This is classic Rohr prophetic, wise and clear! August 2012 10.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06891 3 Paperback 240 pp thegoodbookstall Offers a simple but deeply helpful framework for seeing the whole spiritual life. Brian McLaren Fr rIChard rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1986, where he currently serves as Founding Director. Fr Rohr is the author of more than twenty books, an internationally known speaker, and a regular contributing writer for Sojourners magazine.

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living the gospel Stories today

In this exhilarating book, John Pritchard reclaims the narrative power of the Gospels by retelling well-known stories in vivid, imaginative language, and showing us how our own stories t into the Christian story and can be transformed by it. He takes key narratives like the visit of Mary to Elizabeth, the parable of the rich fool, and the Last Supper, and helps us to be part of them. We are given the opportunity to see the people involved more clearly, not least of all Jesus himself and so to consider whether we might live our own lives a little differently.

July 2012 8.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06852 4 Paperback 128 pp

John prItChard is Bishop of Oxford and Chairman of the Church of England Board of Education. He has written many books for SPCK, including the bestselling Intercessions Handbook, How to Pray, Going to Church: A users guide, The Life and Work of a Priest and, most recently, Living Jesus and God Lost and Found.


Spiritual reading

Jesus and peter

growing in friendship with god MICHAEL PERHAM
Isnt it a mind-blowing thought that God, the Creator of all that is, wants to be your friend? Friendship means an intimacy and an understanding that few of us can associate with God. Michael Perham tells the beautiful story of how the friendship between Jesus and Simon Peter developed, and discusses what it might mean for us today to become more deeply and truly a friend of God. MIChael perhaM, Bishop of Gloucester, is well known for his many reective and liturgical publications that have strengthened and nourished Christians on their spiritual journeys. He is the author of the popular SPCK titles To Tell Afresh, Glory in Our Midst, New Handbook of Pastoral Liturgy and, with Mary Gray Reeves, The Hospitality of God.

September 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06754 1 Paperback 128 pp

god in our Midst

gospel stories and reections TREVOR DENNIS
This largely original collection of poetry and prose follows the pattern of the Christian year, with sections on Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, Jesus Ministry and Holy Week and Easter. Trevor Dennis is always an interesting and fruitful guide to the scriptures. His strength is in his deep involvement with the text as story, combined with an understated scholarship which means that his readings are never careless or indefensibly idiosyncratic. He ranges across the Old and New Testaments to make unexpected connections and shed new light on old tales. Baptist Times (on The Easter Stories) Canon trevor dennIS taught Old Testament Studies at Salisbury and Wells Theological College before joining the staff of Chester Cathedral, where he was Vice Dean until his retirement in 2010. He is the author of many titles for SPCK, and of The Book of Books (Lion, 2003), a retelling of the story of Gods people for children.

October 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06927 9 Paperback 160 pp


Spiritual reading

places of enchantment
Meeting god in landscapes GRAHAM B. USHER
Many who have given up on church appreciate the spiritual benets they gain from communing with nature. Drawing on material from biblical and church history traditions, as well as on scientic research and contemporary art, Graham Usher explores how experiencing God in the natural world supports our Christian pilgrimage and challenges our assumptions. September 2012 10.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06792 3 Paperback 176 pp Canon grahaM B. USher is the Rector of Hexham in Northumberland. Prior to ordination he was an ecologist and now serves as a Secretary of State appointee on the Northumberland National Park Authority and chairs the North-East regional advisory committee of the Forestry Commission.

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Words of Spirituality
exploring the inner life ENZO BIANCHI
. . . a really remarkable and lively dialogue between the depths of monastic tradition and the complex human reality of [today]. Succinct, accessible and searching . . . Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury Enzo Bianchi has tried to be guided by the biblical and patristic tradition in Words of Spirituality, his response to the requests of those who ask him for a reason for his hope. enZo BIanChI is founder and prior of the ecumenical monastic Bose Community in Italy, which receives thousands of visitors a year. His books have been translated into many languages.

August 2012 9.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06867 8 Paperback 128 pp

Watching, Waiting, Walking

a prayer pattern and a discipleship path ANDY RIDER
In Gethsemane, Peter is told to watch his life. On the Mount of Transguration, he is told to wait for the Holy Spirit. And following Pentecost he walks out to address the crowd. Andy Rider believes this pattern can give shape to our prayers and help us understand where we are in the cycle of discipleship. October 2012 7.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06394 9 Paperback 96 pp 16 the revd andy rIder is Rector of Christ Church, Spitalelds in Londons East End. He is the author of Time, Space and God and Three Holy Habits That Will Change Your Life.

Church and ministry

Connecting like Jesus

practices for healing, teaching and preaching TONY CAMPOLO and MARY ALBERT DARLING
Tony Campolo is among our most able communicators today, and Mary Darling is known for her exceptional skill in soul care. Together they have crafted a book that can help us all be with [one another] in radically loving ways. Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline Numerous opportunities for introspection, study, and practice in developing holy habits that foster Christ-like communication are presented in this well-organized and accessible guide . . . [Its] blend of kindly spiritual insights and practical wisdom may well appeal to those beyond the target Christian audience. Publishers Weekly Acclaimed preacher and writer tony CaMpolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, Philadelphia, noted author of many books, and a national media commentator on religion, society, and politics. Mary alBert darlIng, associate professor of communication at Spring Arbor University, Michigan and co-author of The God of Intimacy and Action, is a frequent speaker at conferences and retreats.

August 2012 14.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06915 6 Paperback 240 pp

gathering at gods table

the ve marks of mission in the feast of faith KATHARINE JEFFERTS SCHORI
Taking the framework of the ve marks of mission, the author leads the reader to reect on proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, teaching, baptizing and nurturing new believers, responding to human need, seeking to transform the unjust structures of society and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth. katharIne JeFFertS SChorI is the Presiding Bishop of TEC, the Episcopal Church of the USA.

November 2012 12.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06946 0 Paperback 224 pp


Church and ministry

the Underground Church

reclaiming the subversive way of Jesus ROBIN MEYERS
When was the last time you thought of going to church as dangerous? Once we challenged the status quo; now we mostly defend it. The Underground Church tells the story of how we forgot where we came from and why we must recover our subversive roots. Read it if you dare. Become part of the movement if you are daring. Archbishop Desmond Tutu November 2012 12.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06941 5 Paperback 288 pp roBIn MeyerS is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), tenured professor in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University and an award-winning commentator for National Public Radio.

reimagining discipleship
loving the local community ROBERT COTTON
Reimagining Discipleship urges the Church to be more open in terms of its people and its resources. The anecdotal style will benet those who feel called to service, yet who struggle to persevere; those who see obstructions to the growth of their business or charity, and those who are prepared to focus less on personal leadership and more on a community of character. September 2012 12.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06719 0 Paperback 160 pp Canon roBert Cotton is Rector of Holy Trinity and St Marys, Guildford, and an Honorary Canon of Guildford Cathedral. He is also Canon Theologian for the Diocese of the Highveld, South Africa.

a Clergy husbands Survival guide

Women now comprise almost half the newly ordained clergy serving in the Church of England. As a result, there are many male clergy spouses, like Matthew Caminer, who have had to come to terms with the seismic shift that occurs in family life when a wife embarks on the journey from exploration of vocation through selection, training and formation to ordination and a life of ministry. This engaging guide, which covers lifestyle and family issues, aims to help clergy husbands work through what their new role might involve.

August 2012 8.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06790 9 Paperback 128 pp 18

MattheW CaMIner is a management consultant with experience across industry, the public sector and the Church. His wife, Miriam, was ordained in 2011.

Church and ministry

Two brand new additions to this invaluable series!

resilient pastors
the role of adversity in healing and growing JUSTINE ALLAIN-CHAPMAN
Pastors, including clergy, need to be able to provide the right kind of circumstances, teaching and care to enable people to face crisis and come through difculties stronger. They also need the quality of resilience to be involved in Christian ministry. This guide draws on the experience and literature of the desert, as well as on resilience studies and on contemporary theology and applies them to theological understanding to the pastoral task. July 2012 12.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06383 3 Paperback 152 pp dr JUStIne allaIn-ChapMan is Director of Mission and Pastoral Studies at the South East Institute for Theological Education, and was formerly a parish priest.

developing in Ministry
a handbook for effective Christian learning and training NEIL EVANS
Commended by Bishop Pete Broadbent, Paula Gooder, David Lyle and Martyn Percy.

In adopting an organic approach to ministry development, it is possible to make a real impact on peoples lives. This approach, based on the organics model proposed by James Hopewell, is backed by thorough research and wide reading. It keeps us in touch with what is happening at grass-roots level and is realistic, as well as hopeful, about what can be achieved. October 2012 12.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06398 7 Paperback 160 pp the revd dr neIl evanS is Director of Ministry Development in the Diocese of London. He has been vicar of two parishes, and before his ordination was a Health Service manager.


Church history/Theology

the essential history of Christianity

Based on a series of lectures given to the Newcastle Diocese Reader and Ordained Lay Ministry Training Course, this book will introduce the reader to church history in an accessible and relevant way, with an emphasis on key periods that have made the church what it is today, and on what we can learn from past experience for current mission and ministry. Useful as both a guide to group study and for individuals seeking to deepen their faith. the revd dr MIranda threlFall-holMeS is Chaplain and Solway Fellow of University College, Durham. Her doctoral thesis about Durham Cathedral Priory was published by OUP. She has also contributed to the SPCK Library of Ministry series with Being a Chaplain (2011).

October 2012 12.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06642 1 Paperback 160 pp

new edition

the evangelical Universalist

the biblical hope that gods love will save us all Second edition GREGORY MACDONALD
With this wonderful book, Gregory MacDonald joins the growing body of Evangelical Christians who now accept a doctrine of universal reconciliation. But I know of no one who has set forth an equally clear, thorough and compelling case for a universalist reading of the Bible. Professor Thomas Talbott, Willamette University This second edition incorporates substantial new material, including: a response to critics of the rst edition; appendices on the doctrine of election and on belief in hell, moral formation and Calvinism; a discussion of Rob Bells universalism; and a study guide with group discussion starters. The controversial arguments in this book resulted in the rst edition being released under the pseudonym of Gregory MacDonald. At that time, the author, roBIn parry, was Editorial Director of Paternoster. Robin is now an editor at Wipf and Stock Publishers. He is an author of books on Old Testament ethics, Trinitarian worship, and a commentary on Lamentations.

November 2012 14.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06875 3 Paperback 304 pp


Resources for schools and churches

primary School assemblies for religious Festivals

Includes a foreword by Bishop John Pritchard.

August 2012 12.99 ISBN: 978 0 281 06697 1 Paperback 160 pp

Through increasing knowledge of different faiths, we can grow together into more accepting and inclusive communities. This new collection of 37 fun and thoughtful assemblies is designed to help primary school teachers celebrate with all their children throughout the school year, no matter which faith they belong to. It features assemblies dedicated to the festivals of nine major world religions: the Bahai Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism. Every assembly is ready to use or can serve as inspiration for experienced assembly leaders. ronnI laMont was previously a secondary science and dance teacher, followed by many years as a parish priest. She now works freelance as a writer, trainer and consultant, as well as editing www. Her other books include, Understanding Children, Understanding God and SEAL Assemblies for Primary Schools, all published by SPCK, and Leaping the Vicarage Wall, published by Continuum.

Church pocket Book and diary 2013

With lectionary
Now available in a darker slate grey. This pocket diary for churchgoing people and church workers is laid out with one week to view, beginning with Sunday and including the whole of December and Advent. Titles of Sundays and dates of festivals correspond to the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionary and the Book of Common Prayer. There is space each week for personal notes and room at the back for personal memoranda, addresses and telephone numbers. July 2012 8.99 inc. VAT ISBN: Black 978 0 281 06884 5 Blue 978 0 281 06885 2 Burgundy 978 0 281 06886 9 Red 978 0 281 06887 6 Grey 978 0 281 06888 3 Pink 978 0 281 06889 0 Soft case 288 pp Also includes: complete Common Worship Calendar and Lectionary for 2012, with Sunday names for Common Worship and BCP schemes. information on every Anglican diocese in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and brief notes on the Anglican Communion worldwide. names and addresses of major Christian societies, charities and other organizations, including all mainstream denominations. 21 21

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