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Sample Chapters: Write Well

The Hook (or Catching Your Editor) 

Tony Collins 

You may have seen film of baby turtles hatching, scrambling out of their sandy nest, making their way down to the edge of the foam, dodging marauding gulls, then braving the first wave, only to become a treat for any roving shark. Perhaps one in a hundred will make it to adulthood. Books are like baby turtles… Read More »

Sample Chapters: The Road to the Father’s House

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Welcome to Wherever You Are

You open your eyes.
Slowly.
You’re a little disorientated at first; you feel good but you just can’t quite remember where you are or maybe even who you are yet. Light is streaming through a gap in the curtains… Read More »

Sample Chapters: Wholehearted

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Wholehearted 

There is more than one way you can live your life. 

You can choose the path of least resistance. You can choose to set comfort as your goal. You can live a risk-averse life of pain avoidance. You can choose half-hearted living. And if you choose to live that kind of life, I can hardly blame you. I mean, who really wants to live a life where… Read More »

Sample Chapters: Redigging the Wells

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The New Thing 
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19) 

It all began in 1989 in the local village shop. Christine was married to John, one of the churchwardens at St Nicholas’ Church, and with her husband ran an electrical retailer based in the village of Ashill. One evening, John and Christine had a meal with the new rector and his wife… Read More »

Sample Chapters: Risk, Reward and Values

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Why Kingdom Entrepreneurs?
Key points
• The reward for the kingdom entrepreneur is to extend the kingdom of God.
• Redemption is the thread that runs through our enterprises.

We seem to be in an age when anyone who has a bright business idea and attempts to take it to market is called an entrepreneur. There is an increasing number of individuals who want to develop… Read More »

Sample Chapters: The Shadow of Grayrton Mire

Prologue 

Sunday night, 4th Honourmoon 
Martha gripped the storm lamp, her knuckles blanching as shadows danced on the stone walls and timbers of the croft. Voices rose from the darkness outside: men approaching along the dry path from the village. A hammering at the door startled her. She spun towards the sound. Bit her lip. Turned on her heel again to sweep her lamp around, searching the kitchen… Read More »

Sample Chapters: God Is…

Landscape

In our world of noise, time-struggle, cynicism, secularism and conflict on all levels, recovering our senses that we might see more, hear more and feel more may appear a step too far for many of us. With all the technological advances that should release us and make us time rich, we become exhausted and the notions of rest, recuperation and mindfulness are… Read More »

Sample Chapters: And They Came to Elim: Volume I

Introduction 

The story of the Elim Pentecostal Church in the UK is an inspirational and, at times, a miraculous one. Its beginnings, in particular, have that obvious touch of divine activity. Not only was the presence of God obviously experienced throughout the first twenty-five years of Elim’s existence, but… Read More »

Sample Chapters: Walking through Winter

Where are we going?
Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.
Matthew 11:29 (The Message)

The Quaker writer and retreat leader Parker Palmer writes that a calling is ‘something you can’t not do’. This is how writing this book has felt. It has taken me more than seven years to get our story down on paper. In that time, there have been many occasions when… Read More »

Sample Chapters: The Giant at My Back


Our Dementia Journey Begins 
Why is it that so often we give places names or titles that are the very antithesis of the function that the place in question is known for or provides? Take the name ‘health centre’, for example. Was there ever a less apt name? Surely the main reason for going to a health centre is because at the very least you feel less than healthy and at the very most you feel the exact opposite of it. Perhaps it is a classic example of how, as a society, we always tend to accentuate the positive at the expense of being honest about the reality… Read More »