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Lent books

18 January, 2018

Now that Christmas is behind us, our thoughts turn naturally to Lent and Easter!  This year there are plenty of new Lent books available, and below we present the pick of the crop.

The Art of Lent
Join Sister Wendy on a journey through Lent, and discover the timeless wisdom to be found in some of the world’s greatest paintings.
Illustrated in full colour with over forty famous and lesser-known masterpieces of Western art, this beautiful book will lead you into a deeply prayerful response to all that these paintings convey to the discerning eye.


Living faith: Invitation to the cross
This Lent, join Krish Kandiah as he invites you to travel back in time to stare intently at the cross of Jesus. Take time to explore the rich tapestry of meaning that surrounds this central and most defining moment in history. Over six studies, consider the final words of Jesus on the cross, as recorded in the Gospels. Each of these sayings can be seen as a unique invitation to connect with God, so discover another level of living faith as you hear and respond to Jesus’ gracious words.

Nothing more and nothing less
This is a new and original Lent course by Virginia Moffatt, which uses the powerful, multi-award winning film I, Daniel Blake as an opportunity for us to question why so many people in our society are suffering, what causes injustice and oppression – looking at examples from Jesus’ time as well as today – and what we can do in response.  Each session includes suggested clips from I, Daniel Blake to watch as a group (with timings for a DVD or film download), reflection points and discussion starters, a suitable Bible reading and prayers, and a short section of suggestions for ways in which course members could make a positive practical response.


Towards Jerusalem
Towards Jerusalem is a unique Lent book, a call to live for a vision bigger than ourselves, marching to a different drumbeat towards ‘Zion’, God’s New Jerusalem and all that this means in transformative terms for today’s Christian believers.  God has an agenda for cities. Steve Brady is convinced of it. The Bible is full of significant cities and the biblical story is full of imagery of cities-culminating in God’s ‘holy city’, birthed in and through his people.



Say it to God – The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2018
Prayer is not about methods or techniques, but trusting that God is truly interested in everything that happens to us and wants to hear about it. The book leads the reader into the theological aspects of prayer and how it relates to Christ, to the Holy Spirit and to the Church. This is done without using complex theological concepts but simply through scriptural quotations. Chapters are kept brief intentionally to make the book suitable for daily reading over the Lenten period. With a foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Say it to God demonstrates that the everyday, even the most mundane of tasks and situations, can be applied in deepening our practice of prayer.

Reflections for Lent 2018
Reflections for Lent is designed to enhance your spiritual journey through the forty days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday (14 February – 31 March 2018). Covering Monday to Saturday each week, it offers reflections on readings from the Common Worship Lectionary, written by some of today’s leading spiritual and theological writers. Each day includes full lectionary details for Morning Prayer, a reflection on one of the Bible readings and a Collect for the day. This volume offers daily material taken from the Reflections for Daily Prayer 2017/18 annual edition. It is ideal for individuals and groups seeking Lectionary-based reflections for use during Lent and Holy Week, or for anyone wishing to try Reflections for Daily Prayer before committing to a year’s worth of material. It also features a simple form of morning and night prayer and a guide to keeping a good Lent.

On the third day – York Course 2018
The resurrection is the Big Story that turned a little Jewish protest movement into a world-transforming religion. And yet by Easter Monday we’ve almost forgotten about it and are planning our summer holidays. How can we re-capture the explosive power of the resurrection that ricocheted around the world? How can we live in the glow of resurrection and be an Easter people?How can ‘there and then’ become ‘here and now’?  Featuring Simon Stanley, Revd Prof Tom Wright, Paul Vallely, Revd Ruth Gee and Bishop Libby Lane.


Wild Lent
Wild Lent
will change how we all experience and think about Lent. How? Simple! Instead of a nice cosy room, coffee, biscuits and lots of discussion about the meaning of Lent, you’ll be wrapping up warm and heading off into the wilds! It’s time to get up close and personal with creation and make a shadow clock, have a sunrise breakfast walk, go on a giant egg hunt, hug a tree, walk barefoot . . . and share God’s creation with others.


Dust That Dreams of Glory
A collection of never-before-published seasonal material for Lent and Holy Week by the much-loved Anglican priest and writer Michael Mayne.  This collection offers material from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, including a sequence of seven meditations on the words of Christ from the cross.  These unpublished writings are offered as both a preaching and devotional resource at a time of the year when many seek fresh ways of opening up familiar texts.



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Clearance sale

9 January, 2018

Shoemakers January clearance sale is now well under way, both in store and online (Click here to see more) Here are some of our more eye-catching deals!

There are massive deals to be had on our fantastic clearance shelves.  Once it’s gone it’s gone on our amazing deals with books going for as little as £1 – that is up to 90% off!


9781780784564Was £9.99  NOW £7.50
The A-Z of Discipleship is an accessible look through 26 aspects of discipleship that will help believers to grow deeper in their faith. The concepts are deliberately jargon free and simple enough for anyone new to the faith to understand , but have enough depth to help and refresh all believers desiring to deepen their faith. Extensive references are included at the end of the book if the reader wants to study any subject in more detail.


WAS £9.99 NOW £7.999781785065699
Dr Luke has a story to tell – a story about a man called Peter and a man called Paul. It’s a totally epic tale, a stunning super-saga, a page-turning, jaw-dropping dazzler of a yarn – and it’s all here, in one book, just waiting for you to get stuck in…Diary of a Disciple: Peter and Paul’s story is a contemporary retelling of the book of Acts. Written in a quirky, , accessible style it offers a way into the Bible for the next generation.



9781434712264WAS £12.99    NOW £8.99
Losing a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, leaves so many parents lost in grief and full of unanswered questions. In Saying Goodbye  Zoe Clark-Coates tells a personal story of baby loss with 90 days of support to walk through grief.

9780281076451WAS £7.99   NOW £4.99
SPCK’s new Very Brief Histories series is an exciting new collection of books about some of the key figures of world history.  Featured titles in our sale our Thomas Aquinas, Florence Nightingale and Jesus.



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A great set of songs from Worship Central, written in and for the church. Based in London, Worship Central is a worship training school founded by Holy Trinity Brompton, the church that developed the global evangelistic phenomenon known as the Alpha Course.

700615372607WAS £12.99   NOW £5
The live version of the Tides album. Tides tells a story of moving forward and overcoming the unknown with God. The album paints a sonic landscape that is colorful, progressive, and at times explosive; drawing heavily on analog synths, sweeping guitars, and pulsing rhythms.


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Lent books

27 January, 2017


This year Lent starts on 1 March and here at Shoemakers we have a great range of Lent books to help you focus on the important things in life.  From Lent courses to collections of readings for personal reflections, a whole host of new books are flooding our shelves.

We are delighted that this year you can find all our new Lent books on our new website – just click here

Happy birthday – to us!

17 January, 2017

Today is a momentous day in the history of Shoemakers.  It is the day we officially become a teenager.  Yes, 13 years ago this very day we opened our doors for the first time.  So thank you to all our loyal customers, both then and now, and especially those who have been with us since day one – it is very much appreciated.


7 January, 2017

saleJust to let you all know our fantastic New Year Sale is NOW ON!  We have lots of great deals, with many items up to 50% off.  Plus our fantastic clearance sale with items marked down to silly prices!

Why not call in and grab yourself a bargain (or three!)

Book of the month – January 2017

3 January, 2017


A very happy new year to you all!  Let us introduce our recommended book of the month.

Through Spirit-inspired teaching, respected scholar and theologian R. T. Kendall uses Jesus’s parable of the ten virgins to describe the condition of the church in the last days.

Many Charismatics and Pentecostals assume that what we have seen in the one hundred years since Azusa Street is the final movement of God before the Second Coming. Kendall explains that this is not so and reveals that a movement of the Holy Spirit, which is one hundred times greater than anything yet experienced — indeed the greatest since Pentecost — is about to unfold.

This thrilling volume will help readers prepare their hearts in expectation, be watchful for the approaching work of God, and build a deeper relationship with Him.

It’s time to wake up!

Christmas opening hours 2016

27 December, 2016

Just a quick reminder that Shoemakers is now closed for our Christmas break.  We will re-open at 9:30 on 3 January.

Thank you to all our wonderful customers in 2016 and we look forward to serving you in 2017.  We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a happy new year!

Dave Walker colouring book

10 December, 2016


Fans of Dave Walker’s unique and brilliant cartoon style will welcome this latest addition to the growing range of Dave Walker books and gifts: a colouring book that all ages can enjoy.

Featuring over 40 large scale cartoons celebrating the oddities of church life, and revealing what you actually need to pack when you’re camping at a festival, the shopping habits of the clergy, the mayhem of child-friendly services, the hazards of bring-and-share lunches and much more, this combines the fun of colouring with Dave’s distinctive and wry humour.

So you get to calm down and laugh – what’s not to like?

Out of the silence – Terry Waite

9 December, 2016


November 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Terry Waite’s release from captivity in Beirut.

At the height of the Lebanese civil war in the 1980s over 100 foreign civilians were taken hostage by Islamic Jihad. As the Archbishop of Canterbury’s special envoy, Terry Waite conducted several successful missions to negotiate the release of numerous hostages. But in January 1987, while on one of his many visits to Beirut, he was captured himself. Imprisoned for nearly five years, four of them in solitary confinement, he was chained, beaten, frequently blindfolded, and subjected to a mock execution.In this moving sequence of poems and reflections Terry Waite recalls the highs and lows of his life, both during that ordeal and throughout the happier years of humanitarian work that have followed. They give us a glimpse into the depths of faith, hope and love that sustained him through that intense time of suffering. They also take us into memories of his later life, reminding us of the joy to be found in meaningful work, and in the humanity we share with those around us.