BOOK STORE FOR CHURCH & MISSION RESOURCES

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At Dictum our aim  is to serve the UK church and mission agencies with discounts for multiple purchase (minimum 5 copies).  


Below you will find:

Money and the Gospel

The Cross: A fresh look

McCheyne Reading Plan

Take care of yourself in ministry

Building for the Gospel: A handbook for the visionary and the terrified



Read an excerpt from each title by clicking on the link. If interested, use the contact form to ask for a review copy at no charge.


Some titles could be used for a series of group studies, and questions are included. We make no apology for a short list. Our hope is to source some of the-best-of-the-best.

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MONEY AND THE GOSPEL

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Money and the Gospel by John Stott and Chris Wright. For wide distribution in churches and agencies. Includes questions for home group discussion.

THE CROSS: A FRESH LOOK

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The Cross: A fresh look by James Philip. An unusual and  perceptive look at Christ's last day on earth, from the Last Supper to Calvary. Includes questions for reflection. Could be used as a Lent course.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF IN MINISTRY

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Take care of yourself by Pablo Martinez. The only book of its kind written by a psychiatrist. For those in ministry for the long haul.

McCHEYNE BIBLE READING PLAN

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McCheyne Reading Plan by Robert Murray McCheyne. The most widely-used reading plan in the world. Available to churches at no cost until the end of January, as a gift from EFAC. Use the contact form to let us know how many you could use.

BUILDING FOR THE GOSPEL: A handbook for the visionary and the terrified

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Building for the Gospel by Julia Cameron. To help church members think through the need for a building project in their church, and to encourage them to give.

THE LEADERSHIP FILES (September 2020)

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The Leadership Files by D E Hoste, Ajith Fernando, Vaughan Roberts et al. Insights from around the world across a century. Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada. Includes discussion material.

McCheyne Bible Reading Plan

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More Precious than Gold

THE MOST WIDELY-USED READING PLAN IN THE WORLD. 

(AVAILABLE AT NO COST TO UK CHURCHES, AS A GIFT FROM EFAC.)


Use the contact form to let us know how many you can use.

What people say

Why not use this with  few friends? You can talk about what you've read and keep one another going. I try to understand what I'm reading much more if I know I'm going to ave a conversation about it later.


Elaine Duncan, Chief Executive, Scottish Bible Society


McCheyne has been the mainstay of my private devotions for over 30 years. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has provided milk, meat, honey and dynamite for my soul, and for the whole basis of my ministry. Use it and see!


David Robertson  Former Minister, St Peter's Free Church, Dundee  (St Peter's is where McCheyne was the Minister. It was for this church congregation that McCheyne first devised the reading plan.)

MONEY AND THE GOSPEL

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MONEY AND THE GOSPEL

RRP £4.99  80pp


John Stott looks at the Apostle Paul's teaching (1 Corinthians 16 and 2 Corinthians 8,9) on Christian giving. How do we decide what to give? Is it ever right for our giving to go down, if circumstances change? For general use in church life, or with particular reference to a giving appeal or building project. 


Chris Wright takes the same passages, and opens out the Apostle's teaching on how to handle money with integrity and transparency. For Treasurers or for anyone who is responsible for special appeals. We are not aware of any other publication which does this job.


Questions included for personal reflection or for group discussion. 


Read the Foreword.

What people say

From Amazon:

An excellent book to give to church members to help them in their regular giving, and also good for capital appeals like building projects.

Use the Contact form to give us your order, or to ask for a review copy at no cost.

THE CROSS

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THE CROSS: A fresh look at the meaning of the death of Christ

RRP £4.99  64pp


This fresh re-telling of the Easter story from the Last Supper to Calvary brings many new insights. The intrigue and betrayal in the air as the disciples ate; the  fierce, costly love shown by Christ in Gethsemane, as his disciples slept; the illegal and unjust kangaroo court in the middle of the night; the drama of the earth becoming dark and quaking as the Son of God died. Read the story anew, as told and interpreted by this pastor-theologian.


Questions included for personal reflection or for group discussion. 


Read an excerpt.

What people say

From Amazon:

This is the kind of book which needs wide distribution. I believe it will soon get talked about, and passed around friends and churches. It takes the reader from the Upper Room to Calvary and as we follow the Lord Jesus we get to know him better, and gain a new understanding of the cost to him and to God the Father of his death.


I loved the writing - James Philip's phrases were new and telling. And at the back is a study guide which would be great for church groups or for student groups. Buy it - you will be coming back for more copies. Guaranteed!

Use the Contact form to give us your order, or to ask for a review copy at no cost.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

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TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: Survive and thrive in Christian ministry

RRP £4.99  100pp


A critical book for anyone in ministry who wants to run the race well, and keep running to the end. Pablo Martinez is a psychiatrist who has helped many people in ministry. For church leaders, church apprentices, student workers, staff of mission agencies.


Questions included for personal reflection or for group discussion.


Read the Foreword

For mission agencies and for church staff

We want to see workers being fruitful for the long haul. Would you consider giving it to everyone on your team? 


Read the review from Mike Wildsmith, Bridge Chapel, Liverpool.

Use the Contact form to give us your order, or to ask for a review copy at no cost.

BUILDING FOR THE GOSPEL

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Building for the Gospel

RRP £5  112pp

Fourth edition to be published in March 2020. This book is for any church exploring a building project. 


Principles are illustrated by stories, and it is full of practical advice.  


Members will be asking good and genuine questions like 'Why spend money on buildings when the church is people?' 'Shouldn't we give the money to mission instead?' The book seeks to engage with these questions. Any building project requires sacrificial giving. The author sets out to help church members respond in a thoughtful way. 


What people say


'Absolutely essential for anyone becoming involved in a church building or restoration project. A church is about something far more profound than bricks and mortar.' Joseph Kelly, Editor, Church Building magazine


'A splendid resource for anyone considering a building project  of some kind at church. Completely packed with spiritual wisdom, practical advice, and worked examples.' Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society


Published in the UK by Church Society / Lost Coin. Use the contact form to hear as soon as it's available.


The only book of its kind, to our knowledge.


Published in the UK by Church Society / Lost Coin.


Read the address on what the church is intended to be, given at the opening of St Nicholas Undercroft. 

What people say

'Absolutely essential for anyone involved fun a church building or restoration project' Joseph Kelly, Editor, Church Building magazine