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John Stott’s Right Hand: The Untold Story of Frances Whitehead

by Julia Cameron (Piquant Editions, 2014)

This portrait – moving, informative, challenging, and not without humour – focuses on the woman who for 55 years served as John Stott’s gatekeeper, administrator, typist, encourager and friend. It  gives an insider’s perspective not just on a formative and explosive growth period in recent evangelical church history, but also on many human and mundane aspects of the life of John Stott, who shaped that history so intensely. Behind every successful leader there is a dedicated management team … in this case it was a team of one dedicated woman, in response to God’s calling, enabled and gifted very singularly for the task.

As one reviewer responded: “I loved it.  Made me want to read John Stott’s books now (which I’m ashamed to say I never have done!).” 

Chris Wright, International Ministries Director of Langham Partnership International, worked closely with John and Frances. In his foreword to this book he observes: “What strikes me most, as I read Julia Cameron’s beautifully-crafted biography … is the awesome providential sovereignty of God. Here were two individuals, with some similarities in their background and upbringing … with very different life experiences and mixtures of personality traits, gifts, interests and competences. And yet, by a series of what might look like coincidences, or random choices (a lunchtime walk; a visit to an art-gallery), God engineered their coming together into a working partnership in which the gifts and energies of both could be fully deployed – serving each other in multiple human and hum-drum matters, and serving God’s mission in their generation.” 

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The Heretic : Gripping Family Fiction as Days Draw In

by Henry Vyner-Brooks (Lion Hudson, 2014)

A gripping novel for adults and teenagers/children alike … and a brilliant family CHRISTMAS GIFT!

It is 1536 – a year when strange ideas intrude, new lands are discovered, and Henry’s dissolution of the monasteries overturns the way of life and authorities of centuries. In the new world order, spies abound and no one can be trusted. For Brother Pacificus of the Abbey of St Benet’s in Norfolk, it seems as if his Abbey alone will be spared. But this last Benedictine house is mired in murder and intrigue. When Pacificus is implicated, more than his own dark past comes to light. In the meantime, the body count keeps rising. Pacificus’ fate becomes entwined with that of three local children after their parents have been arrested for treason and heresy. Their only protection lies with this errant monk, a mysterious leper, and a Dutch eel-catcher. The children must adjust quickly, but they also struggle, because they soon find that neither parents nor protectors are quite what they seem…

Based on historical events, this post-medieval mystery is laced with romance, greed, bouts of feasting, smuggling and jailbreak.

Read more about Piquant Lakeland Author, Henry Vyner-Brooks.

Published by Lion Hudson.
Available on 19 September 2014.

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Heresy, sedition, betrayal, murder – England’s last Benedictine house boils over.Trust no one.

Watch your back.

From the crypts of Saint Benet’s Abbey to the brutal streets of London and Antwerp, the companions must face their darkest fears to protect those they love. From the coarse woollens and shattered dreams of the marsh to the silks and intrigues of the Tudor court, they must learn to hang together. Or, of a certainty, they will hang separately.

A thriller, a romance, a lively novel of ideas …