BOOKS WORTH READING MORE THAN ONCE
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l. What kind of books does Dictum publish?
Dictum has four lists:
1. Dictum Essentials: core titles to serve the church and mission agencies, all modern classics of global worth. These include The Art of Good Governance: Seven rules for growth and stability.
2. Oxford and Cambridge books.
3. Unique angles on John Stott's life and ministry, including an authorised children's biography.
4. List Four: A new list of titles which do not fall neatly into the above categories
Dictum titles are available through the trade. (Distributed by Kingsway/CLC Wholesale.) Also available from 10ofthose.com.
2. How many books do we need to buy to get a discount?
Dictum sells core titles in multiple copies to churches and agencies through 10ofthose.com. (For individual purchase, please order through bookshops.) Books include questions for reflection and discussion so may be used individually or in home groups / fellowship groups / study days. Use the contact form to ask for a review copy at no cost, or to let us know your needs, with no obligation.
3. Will there be further Dictum titles?
Yes. Each title aims to make a unique contribution, so we build our lists slowly. We don't want to duplicate what other publishers already make available.
5. Does Dictum produce resources for midweek home groups?
Money and the Gospel works well for small group study. Discussion questions are included. It could be used as a series before a special appeal; or as part of the ongoing life of the church.
The Cross: A fresh look at the meaning of the death of Christ has been used by churches for a Lent study over 4-6 weeks. Again, discussion questions are included. It brings a fresh approach, based on the gospel narratives, and it is also appropriate for those exploring the faith.
The Leadership Files: From around the world across a century contains much to talk about, think about and pray about. It and Take care of yourself : Survive and thrive in Christian ministry are companion titles. Both would repay study personally and in groups.
6. Does Dictum accept unsolicited manuscripts?
We regret that we aren't able to do that.
7. We would like a special edition of a book with our logo. Is that possible?
Yes. Dictum has flexibility. If you would like a special edition of any book for an anniversary or special event, with your logo and some text about your ministry, or the event, let us know.
8. Why has Dictum published a rather quirky feline travel guide to Oxford?
Well done for noticing that OXFORD By a Very Oxford Cat doesn't really fit our list. But as it's 'in a genre all its own', it didn't fit any other publishers' lists either. So for the moment, it's with us! It's a lot of fun. Take a look.
FAQs RELATING TO THE OXBRIDGE REFORMATION WALKING TOUR
1. Is the Reformation Walking Tour available in North America?
Yes. It is sold through Blackwell's and shipped from the UK, so it can take a few days to arrive. Shipping costs are minimal from Blackwell's. (And free to UK addresses if you use the link above to go directly to their site and not through Amazon.)
2. How long do the Reformation walks take?
Each walk can be done within two hours. But if you have longer, you can follow sideways trails in the 'Glancing Around' sections.
3. How much does it cost to see the Reformation sights?
In Oxford the walk involves entrance only into churches, and there is no charge for this. However St Michael-at-the-Northgate charges a small fee if you want to climb the tower. (Here you would see the door of the Bocardo jail where the Reformers were imprisoned.)
Should you wish to visit the Cathedral, which is within Christ Church, you could purchase a ticket at the Visitor Centre in Chris Church Meadows (entrance fee £10, with a very fine audio commentary) or you could participate in one of the Cathedral services, entering through the main Tom Gate on St Aldates. There is no charge for entrance to services.
Several colleges are open to the public for a small fee. However Hertford College, home to William Tyndale, isn't open to the public.
The Divinity School may be seen in a tour of the Bodleian Library. These tours run throughout the day, and cost from around £6.
In Cambridge you may like to enter some colleges. Please bear in mind that these are residential and working communities, so it is not always possible to look around them. As with Oxford colleges, a small fee is sometimes charged.
All sites in both towns can easily be viewed from outside.
4. Are there other guides to historic Christian sites which you would recommend?
There are excellent books on the wider Christian history of Oxford and Cambridge by Andrew Atherstone (Travel through Oxford) and David Berkley (Travel through Cambridge), both published by Day One, and available globally. Andrew Atherstone's Travel with the Martyrs of Mary Tudor (also Day One) gives a picture of all those who died under Bloody Mary's reign.
NB Cambridge Christian Heritage (see map on the inside back cover) offers a fine exhibition and daily walking tours, which include aspects of the Reformation.
5. Is there a mobile-friendly version of this Reformation Walking Tour?
Yes, for Oxford. This has been created by the Taylor Institution as part of the university's Oxford Stories project. Our thanks to Prof Henrike Lähnemann and Emma Huber for their idea. It covers pp 12-29 of the book. The QR code is found on p4.
6. Is it possible to have a guided tour of the main Reformation sites?
(See 5. above for Cambridge.) There is an Oxford Reformation Walking Tour on Airbnb Experiences. It will be available again after the Covid restrictions are eased.