2019

The Jesus Prayer

GUEST BLOG: Western Christians may not be familiar with the Jesus Prayer, which developed within Eastern Christianity and is central to the spiritual practices of the Orthodox tradition. Here, John …

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Stephen Cottrell’s foreword to Dear Nicholas...

Photo: Stephen Cottrell speaking at the launch of Dear Nicholas... © Nick Robinson (used with permission). Stephen Cottrell has been announced as the next Archbishop of Yo…

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The Womb of Advent

GUEST BLOG: The season of Advent is a particular gift in the northern hemisphere, even more so the further north you travel. The darkness of the season, the shorter days, the Winter Equinox (which c…

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Out of the Whirlwind: The Inspiration behind the Book

GUEST BLOG: Author Adrian Roberts describes the circumstances that led him to write his new book, Out of the Whirlwind. I suppose the idea for writing this book came from two sources. In October …

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December #BookOfTheMonth: The Divine Heart of Darkness

As we enter the darkest month of the year (for our northern hemisphere readers, at least...), check out our December #BookOfTheMonth, The Divine Heart of Darkness. “A fascinating …

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Where Does Dear Nicholas… Come From?

GUEST BLOG: The book Dear Nicholas… wasn't really intended as a book at all. Nicholas Henshall, the original recipient of the letter and now Dean of Chelmsford, reveals all. The book D…

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The Phenomenon of Man: Reconciling Theology and Evolution

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin GUEST BLOG: How can theories of creation and evolution be reconciled? David O. Brown explores how one thinker’s efforts were an inspiration in writing hi…

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A Parish Nativity Play for Adults

GUEST BLOG: How can we reinvigorate the Christmas story in today’s world and incorporate adults into the increasingly popular ‘nativity play’ format? #BookOfTheMonth author Kevin C…

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Culture and Society

GUEST BLOG: Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford, explains why his father’s letter written 30 years ago remains absolutely relevant for ministers today. Any book about ministry and the chu…

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Top Tips for Advent and Christmas 2019

Whether you’re after the perfect Christmas stocking-filler, a coffee table book to impress, or you just want a steer for your Advent reading, read on for our top tips for 2…

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Christmas Delivery Schedule

Our Christmas delivery deadlines are earlier than you might expect. Make sure your loved ones find lots of lovely books under their tree – order quickly for guaranteed Christmas delivery! Scro…

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November #BookOfTheMonth: Parish Nativity Play

Our November #BookOfTheMonth is Parish Nativity Play. Bring the Christmas narrative to life with Kevin Carey’s moving interpretation, suitable for all acting abilities, ages, and experien…

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Liturgy Animated!

GUEST BLOG: Ever wondered why church services take the form they do? #BookOfTheMonth author Stephen Platten gives us a behind-the-scenes look at some of the rigorous discussion and contemplation aro…

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Has There Ever Been a “Golden Age” for the Church?

GUEST BLOG: Michael Chandler, author of Queen Victoria’s Archbishops of Canterbury, explores this question and gives us a sneak preview of the archbishops featured in his new book. Lot…

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The Captain’s Grandson

GUEST BLOG: When researching a book like Captain Gray’s Houses, all sorts of byways present themselves which, although secondary to the task at hand, are too tempting not to follow… Her…

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How We Accidentally Founded Durham Book Festival's Fringe

Five years ago, when Sacristy Press was still finding its feet in the big wide world of publishing, we unexpectedly found ourselves sowing the seeds for something that has taken root and blossomed i…

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October #BookOfTheMonth: Animating Liturgy

Our October #BookOfTheMonth is Animating Liturgy, a book that invites you to consider the liturgical offering which stands at the heart of the Christian faith. Liturgy forms both individuals and …

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Empire, Climate Change and Political Populism

GUEST BLOG: #BookOfTheMonth author Graham Turner tries to make sense of today’s world by learning some lessons from the Old Testament. It seems that we are drowning in national and global n…

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The Passion behind the Book: God's People and the Seduction of Empire

GUEST BLOG: For over thirty years, Graham Turner has served in a variety of parishes, mostly in urban neighbourhoods. Through community enterprises and businesses he has worked tirelessly to help ov…

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An Armchair Pilgrimage through the Holy Land

GUEST BLOG: Stephen W. Need, author of Following Jesus in the Holy Land, describes how his own experience of visiting the Holy Land inspired him to write his “armchair pilgrimage”. …

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The Accidental Author

GUEST BLOG: How does someone who swears he will never write a book become a published author? Graham Turner describes his experience of writing God’s People and the Seduction of Empire, our Se…

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Two unmissable events at Durham Book Festival 2019

Sacristy Press and Durham Cathedral are hosting two events as part of the 2019 Durham Book Festival “fringe”. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and quiz our authors. For …

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September #BookOfTheMonth: God's People and the Seduction of Empire

Our September #BookOfTheMonth is God’s People and the Seduction of Empire, “an accessible, radical and rare example of the vitality and relevance of both the Old and New Testaments&…

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Do We Need Deacons?

GUEST BLOG: Are deacons mere liturgical functionaries, on their way to the priesthood or presbyterate? Or are they social activists with only a loose connection to the churches? Or something in betw…

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Rosie Deedes: Writing a Book

GUEST BLOG: Ever since first starting work as a chaplain in Holloway women’s prison in 1999, Rosie Deedes has wanted to write a book. She had a strong sense that people needed to kno…

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Stress Behaving Badly

GUEST BLOG: What really is stress, and what constitutes a Christian reaction to it? #BookOfTheMonth author Jon Grogan explores this issue. I was waiting for a hospital appoint…

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Matthew: the Gospel of Fulfilment

GUEST BLOG: Patrick Whitworth explores the distinctiveness of the Gospel of Matthew. His new book, Gospel of Fulfilment, is the second in his series of study guides on the Gospels; in it he sho…

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Breakdown and Depression: A Christian's Guide

Our August #BookOfTheMonth is From Over the Edge, an intimate account of struggling with depression and breakdown as a Christian. Many Christians who suffer from depression and mental breakd…

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Eighty Years Ago: The Summer of ’39

GUEST BLOG: Eighty years ago, in the summer of 1939, Britain stood on the verge of war for the second time in a quarter of a century. The IRA was working with the Nazis to spread chaos. Novelist Dav…

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Theonomics: Putting the Horse Back in Front of the Cart

GUEST BLOG: Peter Sills examines how Christianity can help us all to reconnect economics with virtue and integrity in the modern world. Wherever you look, economics dominates our lives. The Brexi…

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July #BookOfTheMonth: Theonomics

Our July #BookOfTheMonth is Theonomics, offering “powerful and persuasive insights into the possibilities for our collective economic well-being.” At a time when economics, …

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Durham Cathedral at Dawn

GUEST BLOG: When poetry inspires painting – David Grieve, author of Love in Thin Places, tells us about a beautiful gesture from one of his readers. I was recently the speake…

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Book Launch: Searching for a Silent God

Join Sarah Parkinson for drinks and nibbles to celebrate the launch of her new book Searching for a Silent God. Sarah will discuss her deeply moving experiences of how God can sometimes …

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Historical Novels – Fact or Fiction?

GUEST BLOG: Susan Bell, author of our June #BookOfTheMonth, explains how her novel came about after many years’ searching for the truth and finding conflicting information about th…

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How I Accidentally Wrote a Book

GUEST BLOG: Sarah Parkinson’s Searching for a Silent God has just been published by Sacristy Press, but here she explains how this book came about almost by accident at a time when God&…

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June #BookOfTheMonth: A Similar Devotion

Our June #BookOfTheMonth is Susan Bell's A Similar Devotion, a dual narrative set at the dawn of the twenty-first century and in the compelling political landscape of the Jacobite Uprising…

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Recent Reviews of Sacristy Press Titles

Our books have been going down a treat with reviewers recently. Not sure which of our titles to pick up next? Have a read of what the experts think… Cuthbert of Farne The first historical n…

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A Christianity that Changed the World

GUEST BLOG: Michael Knowles sets out the lessons he thinks the Catholic Church must take from the Council of Jerusalem of AD 49 in order to keep Christianity relevant and make today’s world a …

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Luke: The Gospel for the Outsider

GUEST BLOG: #BookOfTheMonth author Patrick Whitworth explores what makes Luke's record of Jesus' teachings unique amongst the Gospel writers, and why this account is particularly relevant to our liv…

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The History of Captain Gray’s Houses

GUEST BLOG: Robert Shepherd, author of Captain Gray's Houses, explains what drove him to write about the houses on Sion Row, Twickenham, and how he managed to discover such an interesting story…

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May #BookOfTheMonth: Gospel for the Outsider

May's #BookOfTheMonth is Patrick Whitworth's “immensely helpful and refreshing” Gospel for the Outsider: The Gospel in Luke & Acts. Gospel for the Outsider not only serves as a…

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The Joy of Preaching

GUEST BLOG: As preachers around the world give their Easter sermons, Michael Sadgrove, Dean Emeritus of Durham Cathedral and author of #BookOfTheMonth Christ in a Choppie Box, reflects on how…

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Houses Through Time

GUEST BLOG: Enjoying A House Through Time on BBC 2? Then this might just be the book for you... Fans of David Olusoga’s BBC2 series will know that it explores the histories of the inhabi…

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A Dark and Dreadful Death

As we move through Holy Week, here is a topical sermon by Michael Sadgrove, Dean Emeritus of Durham Cathedral, taken from our April #BookOfTheMonth, Christ in a Choppie Box. Throughout Lent …

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Grown-up Brexit, Grown-up Faith

GUEST BLOG: David Newman, author of Growing Up into the Children of God, draws parallels between the current political crisis and the challenges facing the Church today. No-one seems to have a…

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April #BookOfTheMonth: Christ in a Choppie Box

April's #BookOfTheMonth is Michael Sadgrove's Christ in a Choppie Box: Sermons from North East England. As we move deeper into Lent, this collection of sermons is the perfect companion to …

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What Bede Didn’t Tell Us: Writing Cuthbert of Farne

GUEST BLOG: St Cuthbert has always been a part of Katharine Tiernan's life, as for so many others growing up in the north-east. But what prompted her to write Cuthbert of Farne? During my chil…

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First Historical Novel about St Cuthbert to be Published on St Cuthbert’s Day

PRESS RELEASE: The first mainstream historical novel about St Cuthbert is published today on St Cuthbert’s Day (Wednesday 20 March 2019) by Sacristy Press. The novel, Cuthbert of Farne, …

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Finding God in a Secular World

GUEST BLOG: We were sad to learn of the death of author John Davey a few weeks ago. Not long before he died, he wrote this article for our blog, as we had already planned to feature Living Pray…

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Two Tribes, the Queen, a Process and a Model

GUEST BLOG: David R. Tomlinson, author of Leading a Church to Maturity in Love, uses the topic of Brexit to explore the issue of tribalism within the Church. Heading out for my church’s …

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Kingdom Come: A Sneak Preview

Kingdom Come makes essential theological topics relevant and readable without diluting the Gospel message, drawing on the work of numerous prominent thinkers. If you can't wait for your copy to arri…

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Struggling with Bonhoeffer and Grief

GUEST BLOG: Martin Lind, the Lutheran Bishop of Great Britain, discusses what draws him to Bonhoeffer’s texts and how they helped him cope with the loss of his wife. When I arrived at un…

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March #BookOfTheMonth: Living Prayer

We were sad to learn of the death of author John Davey a few weeks ago. Not long before he died, he wrote an article for our blog, as we had planned to feature Living Prayer as our Book of…

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Six Top Picks for Lent 2019

Christmas is a distant memory now, so it's time to get that pancake pan out and prepare for Lent. Here at Sacristy Press, we have something for everyone, whether you want a book to read on your own,…

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Durham Thoughts from Egypt

GUEST BLOG: David Grieve, author of our new release Love in Thin Places, shares some thoughts on Durham Cathedral all the way from Hurghada, on the Red Sea, Egypt. I'm not quite as…

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Living with a Volcano

GUEST BLOG: #BookOfTheMonth author Paula Clifford has been thinking and writing about the nature of apocalypse for quite a few years now – first as a medievalist and then as a theologian. But …

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Writing Poetry: An Author's Inspiration

GUEST BLOG: Poet Lyn McCrave describes some of the situations that have inspired her to write poetry, and how the initial spark becomes a finished item on the page. How do I write a poe…

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February #BookOfTheMonth: A Brief History of End Time

February’s #BookOfTheMonth is Paula Clifford's A Brief History of End Time, a thoroughly entertaining exploration of end-time ideas and beliefs. Blake, Nostradamus, Christian fundam…

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Essential Theology: the story behind the book

Mark Philps's Kingdom Come is “an intelligent and fresh exposition of what the Christian faith is” – and it is out now. How did the author come to write the boo…

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St Cuthbert’s cross: A treasure hunt with eight clues

St Cuthbert’s cross is a puzzle. A golden jewel on a hermit’s emaciated cadaver. A female ornament adorning a male corpse. An Anglo-Saxon cross on an Anglo-Saxon skeleton, but which neve…

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Religious Freedom Day 2019: Stories of Persecution and Tolerance

GUEST BLOG: On Religious Freedom Day, Marcus K. Paul, author of The Evil That Men Do: Faith, Injustice and the Church, explores the issue of Christian persecution abroad. Asia Bibi Ima…

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The Black Rood: rediscovering Scotland’s Anglo-Saxon crown jewel

AUTHOR EVENT: David Willem will be giving a free talk at the National Library of Scotland about The Black Rood of Scotland. David Willem is the author of St Cuthbert’s Corpse: A Life After De…

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Viking expert digs deep into the story of a Saxon saint

GUEST BLOG: Judith Jesch, Professor of Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham, gives her expert opinion on the gritty and powerful novel The Song of Hild. St Hild, abbess of Whitby, li…

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London Book Fair 2019

Come and meet the Sacristy Press team at the London Book Fair! 12–14 March 2019 at Olympia, London. You can find us on stand 6E70, which we share with the Independent Publishers Guil…

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January #BookOfTheMonth: St Cuthbert's Corpse

January’s #BookOfTheMonth is David Willem’s St Cuthbert's Corpse: A Life after Death, a book that provides a unique history of St Cuthbert from his death to the present day. T…

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