Sep 7, 02:09
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By Adam Ramsey

What would it look like to genuinely love God with our head AND our heart? To have a faith marked by right thinking AND right feeling? To know God deeply AND worship him passionately? Too often, Christians act as though these things are at odds with one another. But what if God intends for us to possess a Christianity that is radically committed to biblical truth, in a way that did not diminish the life of the heart, but actually intensified it?

Adam Ramsey invites us to engage both our minds and our emotions in our walk with God as we gaze at him until our hearts sing. He sums it up like this:

“My hope in these following pages is to paint a biblical portrait of what God is actually like, so that we can gaze upon him together until our hearts can’t help but sing. To behold him in such a way that our daily experience is transformed with a deepened awareness of who it is we pray to, who it is that is with us, and who it is that we are loved by. To let God’s truth set our hearts on fire.”

If you yearn for God but desire a clearer biblical picture of this God whom you love, or if you have been walking with God for a while now, but your experience of him has become settled or dry, then this book is for you.

Questions for reflection and application that can be used individually or in group study are found at the end of each chapter. 


  • Foreword by Ray Ortlund
  • Introduction
  • 1. God Is Other: The Experience of Wonder
  • 2. God Is Sovereign: The Experience of Assurance
  • 3. God Is Unrivalled: The Experience of Embracing Weakness
  • 4. God Is Never Far Away: The Experience of Courage
  • 5. God Is All-Holy and All-Knowing: The Experience of Honesty
  • 6. God Is Good: The Experience of Trust Through Suffering
  • 7. God Is Love: The Experience of Relational Beauty
  • 8. God Is Never Late: The Experience of Patience
  • 9. God Is Merciful: The Experience of Gentleness
  • 10. God Is Just: The Experience of Prophetic Advocacy
  • 11. God Is Happy: The Experience of Delight
  • 12. God Is Victorious: The Experience of Hope
  • Conclusion: Reformation and Revival


Jun 22, 03:06
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The church used to be recognised as a force for good, but this is changing rapidly. Christians are now often seen as the bad guys, losing both respect and influence.

In our post-Christian culture, how do we offer the gospel to those around us who view it as not only wrong but possibly dangerous?

And how do we ensure that the secular worldview does not entice us away with its constant barrage, online and elsewhere, of messages about self-determinism?

Author Stephen McAlpine offers an analysis of how our culture ended up this way and explains key points of tension between biblical Christianity and secular culture. He encourages Christians not to be ashamed of the gospel as it is more liberating, fulfilling and joyful than anything the world has to offer. He also offers strategies for coping in this world, with its opposing values, and for reaching out to others wisely with the truth.

Stephen McAlpine is an author, blogger and pastor. He also works with City Bible Forum, a network which trains and mentors Christian city workers across Australia, and he is part of an outreach initiative called Third Space.

Rachel Treweek – Bishop of Gloucester
Dec 4, 10:12
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Through reflections on encounters between Jesus and those he met, as described in the gospels, and significant encounters with people and places in her personal journey with God, Bishop Rachel Treweek encourages us to make new connections in our own story and to contemplate the God of encounter.

Each chapter of this carefully-crafted book ends with a prayer and a space for you to journal your own reflections.

Price – £11.99

John Lennox
Jul 8, 09:07
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Where is God in a coronavirus world?

We are living through a unique, era–defining period. Many of our old certainties have gone, whatever our view of the world and whatever our beliefs. The coronavirus pandemic and its effects are perplexing and unsettling for all of us. How do we begin to think it through and cope with it?

In this short yet profound book, Oxford mathematics professor John Lennox examines the coronavirus in light of various belief systems and shows how the Christian worldview not only helps us to make sense of it, but also offers us a sure and certain hope to cling to.

Francis Chan – Letters To The Church £7.99 (RRP £9.99)
Nov 2, 12:11
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Please use the link below to hear Francis Chan talk about his new book, Letters to the Church. The book is available for £7.99 from Books Plus Gloucester saving £2 on the RRP of £9.99.

Letters To The Church

New: The Rest Of Your Life £6.99 (RRP £7.99)
Apr 3, 03:04
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The Rest Of Your Life: Finding Relaxation In A Non-Stop World

So many of us just need a good rest. But when it comes to rest, it seems that we may have been missing the point…
Life is frantic, but it’s not God who is standing over us, encouraging us to get busy. His desire is to lead us into green pastures – areas that are productive, fruitful, beautiful and restful. Yet, so often we fight against Him.

In this book, author Ems Hancock share her realisation that God didn’t want her to be exhausted in order to tick off His to-do lists in Heaven. He does not benefit from our last-minute panics and frenzied stress. He (not to mention everyone else in our lives) gains far more from a well-rested, energised you.

Learn that rest is not a bolt-on, nice-to-have, additional extra. It is essential to your success in life. If you want to learn how rest can protect, maintain and lengthen whatever God has called you to do, this book has your name on it!

Available for £6.99 from Books Plus Gloucester (RRP £7.99)

New: Be The Hands and Feet: Living Out God’s Love For All His Children by Nick Vujicic
Mar 27, 02:03
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Be the hands and feet

Nothing in life is as exciting and satisfying as introducing Jesus to people who have never met him.

New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic, is known worldwide as the man without arms and legs who personifies a “can do” spirit. Now in greater detail, he explains how the example of Jesus Christ motivates him to travel and speak broadly because the”good news” of the Gospel is just too good to keep quiet! Although the world has so many problems, no challenge is too great for the God who promises to move mountains.

Nick shares the heart of his message, the motivation behind all he does, and something that he believes the world needs now more than ever before: A faith in Jesus Christ that moves people to act and make the world a better place.

As Nick says on the back cover of his book: “If a man born without arms or legs can be the hands and feet of Jesus, so can you.”

Be The Hands And Feet is available from Books Plus Gloucester for £9.99

Loving My Actual Life – Alexandra Kuykendall
Sep 14, 11:09
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What if you could actually love the life you are living right now?

In life, there is the ideal: fulfilling work, thriving relationships, financial security. Not to mention an orderly and beautiful home and children who never misbehave. And then there’s reality: frustrations, illness, feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. We can wait around for our circumstances to change and in the process miss the goodness right in front of us. Or we can choose to love our actual lives, right here and now.

In this entertaining and insightful book, Alexandra Kuykendall chronicles her nine-month experiment to rekindle her love of her ordinary, actual life. After wiping her calendar as clean as a mother of four can, Kuykendall focuses on one aspect of her life each month, searching for ways to more fully enjoy her current season. By intentionally adding one thing each month that will make her jump for joy, she provides a practical challenge you can easily replicate in your life. With humour, poignancy, and plenty of personal stories, she shows how a few small changes can make this crazy-busy life one of holy contentment.

In stock now – Price £6.99 (RRP £8.99)

New: Proud Scars – Reflections of a Jewish Christian by Rev David Godwin (former Gloucestershire Royal Hospital chaplain) £8.99 (RRP £9.95)
Feb 2, 05:02
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In 1938 Annelies Magen, 18 years old and from a Jewish family in Dresden, was accused of being a spy by the German authorities. Her parents sent her to England to escape the threat of a ‘labour camp’, hoping to join her later. She would never see them again.

In this combined family history and memoir, Annelies’ son David Godwin, former chaplain of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, traces the fate of the Magen family in wartime Germany, and reflects on his own life as a Christian with Jewish roots.

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The Armstrong Girl: A Child for Sale: The Battle Against the Victorian Sex Trade – £6.99 (RRP £9.99)
Jun 18, 01:06
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In November 1885 Victorian England was scandalised by a court case which lifted the veil on prostitution and the sex trade. In the Old Bailey dock was the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette, which had recently published a series of articles on the sex trade; a reformed brothel keeper; and the second-in-command of The Salvation Army, Bramwell Booth.
The group was accused of abducting a 13 year old girl, Eliza Armstrong. The group had set up the scheme to expose the trade in young girls. The resulting scandal triggered a massive petition and the raising of the Age of Consent from 13 to 16. Many MPs and other men in positions of power were furious, and the campaigners were indicted under the 1861 Abduction Act.
Booth would be acquitted, but others went to prison, martyrs for justice. The Armstrong Girl is the story of that scandal, and of the Christians who fought for this essential change in the law.

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