Monday, 18 April 2011

Book of the Week: And the Band Played On

When Titanic collided with an iceberg at 23:40 on April 14th, the eight members of the band had already retired for the evening. Still, they put on overcoats and mufflers came out to play in the lounge. When most of the First Class passengers had taken to their lifeboats, the musicians simply moved to the deck and continued to play, calming the passengers as the ship sank. One second class passenger said: “Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame.” Survivors’ accounts differ about whether their final tune was “L’Automme” or “Nearer My God To Thee.” What has never been disputed is the courage of these musicians who deliberately sacrificed the possibility of escape in order to produce a mood of tranquillity at a time of extreme anxiety. But who were they? What journeys brought them to this deck on this icy ocean? Had any of them previously displayed signs of great courage? Who did they leave behind? Historian and biographer Steve Turner delves into the lives of these brave men, revealing eight unique portraits of bravery.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Book of the Week: A Severe Mercy

by Sheldon Vanauken.

C. S. Lewis was their mentor and friend. When tragedy struck, he became a guide, a comforter of piercing insight and compassion. His letters are carefully preserved and reproduced in this moving account of the extraordinary love between Sheldon Vanauken and Jean Davis. This beautiful account bears witness, not just to the relationship between Van and Davy, but to the understanding which grew between the two men who both had to suffer the severe pain of loss.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Transetto Bible - A new way to read the Scriptures

Its not often that we have the privilege of introducing an entirely unique product, but the Transetto Text Bible is not only a new Bible but a unique new book concept.

These smart, ultra-modern books are very compact, but nevertheless clear and easy to read. They adopt a clever combination of lightweight paper and an innovative binding style to fit a large amount of reading matter into a small, supremely portable and easy-to-handle format.

This revolutionary new publishing concept originates from, and is patented by, Jongbloed BV, a foremost Bible printer and one of Europe’s leading innovators in printing. We used them in 2008 to print our Two Version Bible.
The Cambridge KJV Transetto Bible is the first book to be published in this format in the UK. The book no longer has a conventional left and right page. The format is landscape, with the text rotated crosswise through 90°, but when the book is open the two pages on view form a single portrait-format ‘page’ for reading. The Bible text is set in two columns, and is read downwards across both open pages in the spread.

Any book in this unique format weighs a fraction of its standard book equivalent – and of an electronic reader too. The combination of thin India paper and unique binding allows the books to open flat or be easily held in one hand. They fit comfortably into the smallest of handbags or pockets and will be ideal for reading on the move – any time, anywhere.

  • First Bibles in English in this innovative format
  • Easy to hold, easy to read
  • Fits comfortably into a pocket
  • Much clearer print size than conventional printing
  • India Paper
  • Black-Letter text
  • Sewn Binding
  • Robust, flexi-hardcover binding.

You simply have to see these Bibles to believe them. Look at the actual print size and then imagine the size of the Bible, just 4.5 X 3 inches.

In stock now, only £15.99. U.K. post free. Three colours:
Blue
Green
Purple

Monday, 4 April 2011

Book of the Week: War and Grace

by Don Stephens.

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

Read about
• the Japanese pilot who led the attack on Pearl Harbor
• the German pastor who was prepared to suffer imprisonment and death for the sake of his faith
• the British general given the task of defending Malta against invasion by Hitler and Mussolini
• the American airman who was converted while a prisoner of the Japanese and who later returned to Japan as a missionary
• the Jewish girl who came to know Christ as her Saviour while in hiding from the Nazis
• the American chaplain who witnessed to leading Nazi war criminals on trial at Nuremberg, and
• the British secret agent who was the inspiration for ‘Q’ in the James Bond 007 stories.

What did these people, and the others whose lives are told in this book, have in common? During the turbulent events of those momentous years, God was at work in their lives. He brought these thirteen people to trust, know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore to give themselves to the service of others.

‘Once you start this book you will not want to put it down. It is a collection of remarkable stories told by a master storyteller… A book like this cannot leave you unaffected. If you are already a Christian it will strengthen your belief in the sovereignty of God and in the transforming power of his gospel. It will also challenge you about the depth and consistency of your commitment to Christ. If you are not yet a Christian this book will remind you that it is God himself who takes the initiative in every conversion, that he never turns away anyone who wants him, and that he supernaturally sustains us in our life of discipleship’

From the foreword by Stuart Olyott