I love looking around the charity shops. There’s so many hidden gems to be found, and you just never know what you may find! Thankfully my husband David shares my love of going round the charity shops in town! (He always seems to somehow find the books that are on his book wishlist!)
We especially love going to the book charity shops. We have a couple here in Lichfield. If you haven’t already guessed, my favourite section to look at is the section that has Christian books in! (Thankfully these two charity book shops have an easy-to-find section containing several Christian books!)
On one of our recent trips into town, we went to both the book charity shops and were pleasantly happy to see that there had been quite a lot of new (second-hand) Christian books added. One we found was even signed! After having a good rummage through the books, we picked out a few books to buy. The majority of the books we picked up came from the Oxfam book shop.
I thought I would share with you the books that we got. Let us know in the comments if you have read any of these books? Plus I would love to know what some of your favourite book charity shops are?
The One Hour Bible by Philip Law – SPCK Publishing
David has actually already read this one from the pile of books that we got, and he says that it was really good. He says it’s a refreshing way to read the Bible and gives you new perspectives.
“Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, Jacob and the stairway to heaven, Joseph and his brothers, Samson and Delilah, David and Goliath, Jonah and the whale, the miracles and teachings of Jesus, St Paul’s vision on the road to Damascus, St John’s vision of the new Jerusalem: the Bible is full of dramatic stories that have made it the world’s bestselling book, and yet few people ever get around to reading it from cover to cover.
Now, with The One Hour Bible, readers of all ages can discover its riches and gain a birds-eye view of the entire sweep of the Bible’s epic story – in just sixty minutes.”
You can purchase a copy of The One Hour Bible here. It’s currently on offer too!
The Interior Life by Sarah Sands – Short Books
David has a very good eye for spotting books in charity shops! This book has only been out for a couple of years I think. The review on the back of the book says that it is charming and quirky! So we’re looking forward to reading through the author’s journey in this book.
“Suffering from information overload, unable to sleep, Sarah Sands, former editor of the BBC’s Today programme, has tried many different strategies to de-stress… only to reject them because, as she says, all too often they threaten to become an exercise in self-absorption.
Inspired by the ruins of an ancient Cistercian abbey at the bottom of her Norfolk garden, she begins to research the lives of the monks who once resided there, and realises how much we may have to learn from monasticism.”
You can find a copy of The Interior Silence here. There’s currently over 40% off!
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Walk Humbly by Samuel Wells – Canterbury Press Norwich
Although small, this book is packed with different topics and encouragements, which I’m looking forward to reading. It’s actually quite a more recent book too, and was published in 2019.
“In the spirit of the popular poem ‘Desiderata’, world-renowned ethicist, theologian and preacher Samuel Wells offers eight exhortations in this extended meditation on being alive in the world and making our way through life.
Each exhortation is simple and direct – be humble, be grateful, be your own size, be gentle, be a person of praise, be faithful, be one body, be a blessing – and accompanied by thought-provoking comments that speak to our deepest needs for meaning and for belonging.
Grounded in perceptive observations of contemporary life and reflecting a deep knowledge of philosophical and religious wisdom, Walk Humbly will inspire you to stop, wonder, reflect, and understand more clearly your life in the world.”
You can purchase a copy of this book here.
Walking the Walk by Pete Wilcox – Paternoster
This book goes through scripture from 1 and 2 Samuel. I felt that this would be a great book to read during my Bible study time, Especially as it’s specifically focussing on those two books of the Bible. Plus it has very good reviews.
“A dramatic exposition of 1 Samuel 16 – 2 Samuel 5:10.
Pete Wilcox opens up the very human story of David’s rise to power and shows him to be a complicated person full of light, dark and shades of grey; a man not so very different from ourselves, yet a man after God’s own heart.”
You can purchase a copy of Walking the Walk here. (There’s currently one copy left!)
Leading a Local Church in the Age of the Spirit by Jonathan Gedhill – SPCK Publishing
This book was actually published in 2003, so it’s been out for quite a few years now, but we felt it would be a very interesting read. It explores all different topics within the church, also topics that perhaps aren’t discussed enough.
“This work is based on Jonathan Gledhill’s own experience of ministry, in particular at St Mary Bredin, Canterbury, which experienced spectacular and sustained growth under his leadership. Anecdotal in style, the book acts as a blueprint for any church leader wanting to create a busy, thriving church.”
You can find a copy of this book here. (There’s still some used copies available, starting from 60p!)
Waiting on the Word: A poem a day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany – Canterbury Press Norwich
David and I were saying recently it would be lovely to have some books to read for Advent. So we’re looking forward to reading this one in December and January.
“Advent is a season of waiting and anticipation in which the waiting itself is strangely rich and fulfilling. Poetry can help us fathom the depths of Advent’s many paradoxes: dark and light, emptiness and fulfilment, ancient and ever new. For every day from Advent Sunday to Christmas Day and beyond, the bestselling poet Malcolm Guite chooses a favourite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions and offers incisive seasonal reflections on it.”
You can purchase a copy of Waiting on the Word here.
Too Small To Ignore: Why Children are the Next Big Thing – Waterbrook Press
I was very pleased to find this book on the shelf. As we were looking at the book, David noticed that it’s written by Wesley Kenneth Stafford, who is the former president and CEO of Compassion International and an advocate for children.
As someone who sponsors a child through Compassion UK, I’m looking forward to reading it.
“The time has come, argues Dr. Wess Stafford, for a major paradigm shift: Children are too important and too intensely loved by God to be left behind or left to chance. Children belong to all of us and we are compelled to intervene on their behalf. We must invest in children all across the world.
There are strategic, persuasive reasons beyond love and kindness to invest in children. Today they may snuggle into your lap, if you let them. But tomorrow you may not have access to them in the corridors of power they might occupy. Now is the time to shape the future.”
You can purchase a copy of this book here.
The Heart’s Time: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter – SPCK Publishing
We’ve now added this book to our to-read-pile for Lent next year. It’s beautifully presented inside and out. There’s some great reviews online of this. It’s one that we are looking forward to reading together.
“Packed with riches yet highly accessible, The Heart’s Time is at its core a series of short, resonant poems for each weekday of Lent and Easter. It will appeal to existing poetry lovers as well as those who want to start exploring how poems can be a resource for our spiritual lives, whether or not they are written with a consciously Christian intent. Poets often address subjects our culture seeks to avoid, and poetry demands that we ‘slow down to the heart’s time’ in order to discover deeper levels of meaning than at first appear.”
You can purchase a copy of this book here. (Currently on offer!)
Daily Study Bible for Women (NLT) – Tyndale House Publishers
This beautiful Bible caught my eye as I was scanning the shelves. I love that it includes lots of devotionals throughout.
“Daily Study Bible for Women provides adult Christian women an opportunity to improve their understanding and obtain a fresh perspective of the Bible through daily study. Over 360 daily studies by Jill Briscoe guide readers to a Scripture passage and key verse designed to apply the passage to issues that influence women’s lives. The devotionals are arranged in topical tracks that include “Hearing God’s Voice,” “God’s Design for Marriage,” and “Serving Others.” The study includes a track outline to assist readers in navigating the daily studies, introductions for each book of the Bible, and other study helps to get women into the Bible easily every day.”
You can purchase a copy of this Bible here. There’s currently one hardback copy left! Plus it’s also available in paperback.)
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