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Lent Starts on March 2nd

Lent Starts on March 2nd

This year, Lent begins on Wednesday, March 2nd – also known as Ash Wednesday. It’s never too early to start preparing for Lent, both for yourself and with your family.

This month, we have a fabulous new book, The Easter Tree! A creative and interactive way for children and the family to prepare for Lent and Easter.

The Easter Tree

A Lent Activity and Story Book

An activity and story book combine for an interactive and reflective way to count the days through Lent to Easter.

The Easter Tree represents following the example of Jesus, introducing children to the stories in the Gospels in anticipation of his resurrection. Decorate a budding tree branch with 40 easy-to-make symbols and read short stories about Jesus life and teachings that each symbol represents. Templates for the symbols and Bible references are provided along with a reflection and simple Lent challenge.

For more children’s titles on how to prepare for Lent, take a look at our best Easter Books for Kids and Families blog post here.

Looking for more Adult Lent books? Take a look at our Through the Year 365 devotional series, or our Bible readings, study, and meditations here. Or, read our Celebrate the Season of Lent blog post to explore our wonderful selection of much loved devotionals, prayers and children’s Easter stories here.

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Summer Staycation with Pam Rhodes and the Hope Hall series!

Looking for a thrilling summertime Fiction read? Check out Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes’s unputdownable series of Hope Hall books centered on a Victorian church hall and Kath, its brash and inexperienced administrator. The  fun and deeply moving Hope Hall series celebrates the power of hope. Read on for more information about each wonderful book in the Hope Hall series below.

Looking for more Summer Fiction reads? Check out our full Fiction list here

Springtime at Hope Hall

By Pam Rhodes

Songs of Praise presenter is back with another thrilling read and an unputdownable series centered on a Victorian church hall and Kath, its brash and inexperienced administrator.

There’s never a dull moment at Hope Hall. Its rooms are filled throughout the day with gossipy grandmas, body-popping teenagers, and a nursery group where it’s the grown-ups who are near to tears!

But it’s all in a day’s work for administrator, Kath, whose job it is to make sure Hope Hall offers something for everyone! As the team works to pull off their ambitious Hope Hall Centenary Easter Monday Fayre, Kath realizes reinforcements are needed. Brash, loud and inexperienced though she may be, Kath has a feeling that Shirley might be just the ticket! The Fayre is a triumph but when Kath’s old flame comes back on the scene, she’s faced with some tough choices. Will Kath make the right decision?

Summer’s out at Hope Hall

By Pam Rhodes

HOPE HALL thrums with activity under the summer sun. Sea Cadets march in the yard and happy chatter issues from English as a Foreign Language classes while the weekly Food Bank reaches out to those in need.

Kath is determined to honour the origins of Hope Hall, which was founded in memory of those lost during the two world wars. It’s all hands on deck as the centenary celebrations continue, but Kath’s efforts set her on a collision course with Celia Ainsworth, a descendant of the family that donated the land.

Added to this, a mysterious homeless man proves tricky for Sheelagh to identify, and a handsome stranger looks set to lead Kath a merry dance…

SUMMER’S OUT AT HOPE HALL is a fun and deeply moving story that celebrates the power of hope.

Coming soon!

Christmas at Hope Hall

By Pam Rhodes

The march towards the end of the year sees Hope Hall once again buzzing with activity.The lead up to the Harvest Festival sees a stray dog causing a nuisance, and tensions rise between two old schoolmates.

The drama only increases as Christmas approaches, and the panto rehearsals featuring the jocular “Can’t Sing Singers” get into full swing. But the hustle and bustle of the drama in the community stems from the deeper personal stories. Loneliness, loss, and hurt impact the lives of many of the local residents. But where there is community, there is friendship, companionship, love, and most of all, hope.

Christmas at Hope Hall is the final book in a delightful trilogy centred on a Victorian church hall, the like of which can be found at the heart of so many towns across England. This wonderful finale to the series (which includes the sound of wedding bells!) is full of friends and neighbours with stories that will have you giggling one minute, and dabbing your eyes the next.

What others are saying about the Hope Hall series:

“A heart-warming story of small town life, beautifully written.”

Jack Sheffield, author of the Teacher series

“In this delightful tale of Kath Sutton and the motley bunch of characters revolving around the community hall she runs, Pam lives shared and burdens carried. Summer’s Out at Hope Hall is one of those novels that helps you hear laughter in the darkness, reminding you that the sun really will rise tomorrow.” 

Sheridan Voysey, BBC Radio 2 presenter and author of Reflect with Sheridan

“Written in Pam’s characteristic gentle and humorous manner, Summer’s Out at Hope Hall appears to be just a light-hearted book, but it powerfully demonstrates the strength of community and the importance of faith.” 

Debbie Duncan, author of Brave: Showing Courage in All Seasons of Life 

About the author:

Pam Rhodes

Pam Rhodes is known around the world as the presenter of BBC Television’s Songs of Praise and her popular Hearts and Hymns programme on Premier Christian Radio. She describes herself as an ‘anorak’ in her fascination for hymns old and new, and her books on hymn-writers, like Love So Amazing, Then Sings My Soul and Hear My Song are essentials in many a church vestry! A natural storyteller with 25 varied books under her belt, Pam is perhaps best known for her novels packed with down-to-earth characters and situations that inspire and entertain.

Check out other titles by Pam Rhodes here:

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A beautiful new bedtime prayer book for children: Bedtime Prayers

Looking for a delightful book of bedtime prayers for your children or grandchildren? Bedtime Prayers by Antonia Woodward is a charming bedtime prayer book for young children full of simple, easy to learn prayers to say before going to sleep. 

Bedtime prayers are a perfect opportunity to teach children a healthy habit of praying. There are many benefits for children saying bedtime prayers. Teaching children to pray before bedtime will help them develop a lifelong relationship with God. Children will also learn gratitude by expressing thankfulness and gratitude to God for the blessings in our lives. Reducing stress and anxiety by dedicating a few minutes to calmness and stillness. Building trust and faith with both God and the family as a whole. Bringing parents and children closer together by allowing children to feel they can be open and honest with their parent.

Bedtime Prayers, filled with rhythmic and simple to recite prayers and stunning illustrations, makes it easy to enjoy saying prayers together at night. Bedtime Prayers is a lovely book that can become part of a calming nighttime routine that your child will look forward to.

Bedtime Prayers

By Antonia Woodward

The collection includes prayers of praise and thanks for the day and the things they have, prayers about family and friends, for those who are ill and animals and pets, and blessings for those they love, for a safe night and a new day ahead. 

Delightful illustrations by Antonia Woodward make this prayer book perfect for a treasured moment to share with young children at the end of each day as part of a bedtime routine.

Meet the illustrator:

Antonia Woodward

Antonia Woodward

Antonia Woodward graduated in 2007 with a first class BA (Hons) degree in illustration and since then has illustrated for picture books, children’s magazines, wedding invitations, logo design, website design, and hand-lettered typography. She even designed the logo for her illustration agency! She is the illustrator of The Promised One, The Not -So-Very Lost Lamb, Noah and the Great Big Boat, The Extra Special Baby, and Special Baby Bible Stories.

Check out all of our children’s prayer books! Full list here.

More children’s prayer books here.

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Who created the world? Professor John C. Lennox questions Stephen Hawking’s claims in God and Stephen Hawking

A brand new edition of Professor John C. Lennox’s bestselling book, God and Stephen Hawking 2ND EDITION is out this week!

“It is a grandiose claim to have banished God. With such a lot at stake we surely need to ask Hawking to produce evidence to establish his claim. Do his arguments really stand up to close scrutiny? I think we have a right to know.”

The Grand Design and Brief Answers to Big Questions by eminent scientist the late Stephen Hawking were blockbusting contributions to the science religion debate. They claimed it was the laws of physics themselves which brought the universe into being, rather than any God. In this forthright response, Professor John C. Lennox, Oxford University mathematician and internationally-known apologist, takes a closer look at Hawking’s logic and questions his conclusions.

God and Stephen Hawking 2ND EDITION

Whose Design is it Anyway?

Professor John C. Lennox

In lively, layman’s terms, Lennox guides us through the key points in Hawking’s arguments – with clear explanations of the latest scientific and philosophical methods and theories – and demonstrates that far from disproving a Creator God, they make his existence seem all the more probable.

“A brilliant response to Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design. Make sure you hear both sides of the argument!”

Alister McGrath
John C. Lennox

Professor John C. Lennox

John C. Lennox MA PhD DPhil DSc is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He has lectured on religion and science at many prestigious institutions around the world, and has publicly debated Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, among others. He is also the author of many books including Cosmic Chemistry and God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway?

More books by Professor John C. Lennox

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Share with Children the Power of Praying with Prayers around the World

Prayers Around The World

Prayer is such an important activity to share with children. It’s a beautiful, essential part of Christian life. Through prayer, children can openly speak to God about their gratitude, sorrows, fears, needs,  joys, or anything they want at all.  Prayer allows children to know God better and to see themselves as God’s children more clearly.

It’s essential that kids know how to pray, why they should pray, and who they are praying to. But starting out how to pray can be a daunting task. Discover with children that praying to God is just as natural as talking to a wonderful friend. That’s why we’re thrilled to publish this month Prayers Around The World by Deborah Lock and Helen Cann.

Prayers Around The World is more than a traditional prayer book. It introduces children to different countries and people groups in the world, sharing uplifting prayers that are inspired by places around the world. The prayers are intended to help children think of others and care for all that God’s created. And the book is beautiful. Don’t believe us? Check out the book’s beautiful spreads below. Children will love looking at the illustrations while they pray and can let their imagination soar. 

Prayers around the World

By Deborah Lock and Helen Cann

Across the continents, this beautifully illustrated book of prayers reflects on God’s amazing world, celebrating different countries, landscapes and traditions. From fishing villages to the African plains, farming in Peru to the snowy landscape of Greenland, blossoms in Japan and leaf kicking in eastern Europe and to the shores of the Pacific ocean, these prayers share God’s love and care for his world.

Click below to see some gorgeous spreads!

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ABC Prayers by Myriam Baudic

ABC Prayers

By Myriam Baudic and Camille Bernard

ABC Prayers is the perfect children’s prayer book that helps establish a routine bedtime prayer time and provides a helpful starting point for children wondering what they can speak to God about.

A beautiful padded hardcover picture book featuring charming illustrations of a family of mice who play, share, forgive, and celebrate together, all the while wrapping around the letters of the alphabet throughout the prayer book. 

God Bless Me

God Bless Me

By Sophie Piper and Barbara Vagnozzi

Combining traditional childhood favourites with modern prayers and blessings, this brightly illustrated hardback prayer book is one that will be treasured by children as they grow.

Full of warmth, wit and wisdom, each of the 145 prayers is numbered and arranged thematically to give children words for reflecting on all aspects of their world.

Goodnight Prayers

Goodnight Prayers

A hardback book of sweet bedtime reflections to remind little children of God’s love and care all through the night.

Sweet illustrations of moons, stars, night-time creatures and child angels make this a sentimental treasure.

Children’s Prayer Books Age 5+ Years:

Prayers For All Seasons

Prayers For All Seasons

By Sophie Piper and Elena Temporin

This beautifully illustrated collection of prayers includes words for all through the year. The prayers in this book not only match the seasons: they speak in turn of hopefulness, joy, thanksgiving, reflection, and of God’s everlasting love.

Elena Temporin’s warm illustrations give this collection a friendly quality.

The Lion Book of Prayers to Keep for Ever

The Lion Book Of Prayers To Keep For Ever

by Dr Lois Rock and Sophie Allsopp

The matching prayer book to the award-winning and sophisticated Lion Bible to Keep For Ever.

Sophie Allsopp’s distinctive and atmospheric illustrations accompany a collection of carefully chosen contemporary and classic prayers that provide inspiration and reassurance. Presented in a hardback cover with silver decoration on the cover and foiling on the title.

Looking for more children’s prayer books? Check out all of children’s prayer books here.

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Sharing The Lion Children’s Bible: Scripture Union Project in Uganda

The Lion Children's Bible

We could not resist sharing these wonderful photos sent to us from the American Bible Society. On behalf of the American Bible Society, we produced an English language edition of our bestselling The Lion Children’s Bible for a Scripture Union project in Uganda. 500,000 children participate in bible study week by week, and now many children have received their own copy of The Lion Children’s Bible! Below are some of those children enjoying their own special copies of The Lion Children’s Bible. We hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we do!

The Lion Children's Bible
The Lion Children's Bible
The Lion Children's Bible
The Lion Children's Bible
The Lion Children's Bible
The Lion Children's Bible

Looking for a gift for your child or grandchild? Why not share with them The Lion Children’s Bible – the best children’s Bible for both home and school!

The Lion Children's Bible

The Lion Children’s Bible

By Pat Alexander and Carolyn Cox

All the significant stories of the Old and New Testaments from Genesis to the book of Acts are retold in clear, simple language which children understand.

The stories may be read as individual stories, yet they form a continuous narrative which closely follows the ‘one story’ of God and God’s people contained in the whole Bible. Over 40 years, The Lion Children’s Bible has been translated into 38 languages, and is the top children’s Bible for both home and school. 

Also available as beautiful gift edition here, and paperback edition here.

Check out all of our wonderful Children’s Bibles and Bible Stories here.

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SPCK to acquire Lion Hudson

The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) and the AFD Group today announce it has been agreed that SPCK will acquire from AFD the publishing business of Lion Hudson.


Completion of the transaction is expected to take place so that from 8th May, Lion Hudson’s imprints will join the SPCK Group alongside the SPCK and IVP imprints. The new expanded SPCK Group will be the UK’s largest Christian publisher with income in excess of £8 million per annum.

All staff employed by Lion Hudson will move to SPCK, with managing director Suzanne Wilson-Higgins and finance director Caroline Gregory joining SPCK’s senior management team. The combined organisation will be headquartered at 36 Causton Street in London with an office at Prama House in Oxford.

Read the full announcement here.