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Unity Bookshop News Summer 2009

Welcome to the summer edition of Unity News. You'll find information about the hottest reads this summer plus a must-read by Richard Bauckham entitled Jesus and the Eyewitness which has won the prestigious 2009 Michael Ramsey Prize. Also read about Richard Foster's new book entitled Longing For God

We need your assistance! We are looking for help from local churches to run bookstalls on and ad hoc basis for us at local Christian events. If you fee able to help then please do get in touch with Rosemary at the shop.

.Also, don't just read a book - why not review a book for us? We'd like to know what you think about the books you're reading in around 200 words, so get reading and writing!

So why not stop by the bookshop the next time you're in town? Another incentive is our sale - starting on Wednesday 1 July. Visit us soon before all the bargains have gone!

Trusties and volunteers would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support and wish you all a happy summer.

Below we review a couple of new books and provide our Top Five Fiction and Biographies

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard BauckmanThis momentous book argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who personally knew Jesus. Noted New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham challenges the prevailing assumption that the accounts of Jesus circulated as "anonymous community traditions", asserting instead that they were transmitted in the names of the original eyewitnesses.

To drive home this controversial point, Bauckham draws on internal literary evidence, the use of personal names in first century Jewish Palestine and recent developments in the understanding or oral tradition. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses also taps into the rich resources of modern study of memory, especially in cognitive psychology, refuting the conclusions of the form critics and calling the New Testament scholarship to make a clean break with this long-dominant tradition.

Click to read more about the Michael Ramsey Prize 2009Finally Bauckham challenges readers to end the classic division between the "historical Jesus" and the "Jesus of faith", proposing instead the "Jesus of testimony" as presented by the Gropes.

Sure to ignite heated debate on the precise character on the testimony about Jesus. Jesus and the Eyewitnesses is a groundbreaking work that will be valued by scholars, students and all who seek to understand the origins of the Gospels

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Longing For God by Richard Foster and Gayle Beebe

Longing For God by Richard Foster and Gayle BeebeOver the centuries, people have become alive to the presence of God in various different ways.

Longing For God is a new book from Richard Foster, author of Life With God, Celebration of Discipline and Prayer, written with Gayle Beebe.

This book identifies seven primary paths of devotion to God that draw from the great saints of the Church and provide a history and practice of Christian spirituality that is available to all believers who long to enter into a conversational and redemptive life with God.

Longing For God blends a reading of the core texts of theChristian faith with "reflection and responding" sections that help the reader to use various texts on their own spiritual journey. Each chapter explores a particular path towards God embodied by various classic spiritual writers, illuminating our undestanding of the Christain life.

Written in an inviting, interactive style Longing For God examines such themes as the spiritula like as a journey; the imitation of Christ; action and contemplation - all of which can draw us closer to the presence of God.

Top Five Fiction Books

  1. The Shack - William P Young - £5.99
  2. Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers - £6.99
  3. The Penny - Joyce Meyers - £4.99
  4. Helen Sloane's Diary - Jeff Lucas - £5.99
  5. A Sister's Secret - Wanda Brunstetter - £3.99

Top Five Biographies

  1. One Step Beyond - £5.99
  2. The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom- £6.99
  3. 90 Minutes in Heaven - Dan Piper - £4.99
  4. Chasing the Dragon - Jackie Pullinger- £5.99
  5. Run Baby Run - Nicky Cruz- £3.99
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