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  1. National Read A Book Day

    6 September is National Read A Book Day.

    Richard Harries, author of Haunted by Christ, blogs for us about the importance of reading and the effect that literature can have on our perspective, how we see ourselves and the world.

  2. My Day on the Shop Floor

    16 – 23 June is Independent Bookshop Week – and we’re participating!

    Over the course of this week, we’ll be sharing content about our favourite independent bookshops.

    To start off the week, our Commercial Director Alexandra McDonald blogs about the one – one! – shift she worked in a bookshop.

    Alexandra is a publishing trade die-hard who oversees sales, marketing, publicity, licensing, audio, ebooks, direct to consumer activity, export, distribution logistics, the Diffusion Prison Literacy programme and a couple of other things for SPCK. If she had spare time, she would like to spend it reading, yoga-ing and golfing but usually ends up spending most of it at the wheel of Mum's Taxi. You can follow her on Twitter at @alexmack2004.

  3. SPCK's work for International Day of Charity

    Today is the International Day of Charity.

    Charities have received a bad press in recent years: the safeguarding scandal at Oxfam, the collapse of Kids Company and the hassling of the poppy seller Olive Cooke are but three examples. Sadly, the UK’s 165,000 small charities are suffering because of the cynicism created by the actions of a few of the big players in the sector.

  4. SPCK Assemblies are perfect for teachers on World Teachers' Day

    SPCK Assemblies are a great resource for teachers to use with their students.

    We chatted with Rebecca Parkinson about the assemblies she's been working on.

    Happy #WorldTeachersDay.

  5. #IDPWD2018: how can we make life and church more inclusive for people with disabilities?

    3 December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Roy McCloughry, author of The Enabled Life, blogs for us about how we can be inclusive of people with disabilities.

  6. Recognise confirmation bias and then focus on positive thinking

    We recently ran a poll on Twitter asking you what you’d like to see on our blog in the New Year. We asked you to pick either content about daily devotionals or overcoming adversity. The majority of participants chose overcoming adversity, which is a great way to reframe our thinking for the New Year.

    Daily devotionals is also a worthy topic, so watch the blog for content on that as well! 

    We chatted with Emma Scrivener, author of A New Name and A New Day, about rethinking our negative feelings and focusing instead on both positive affirmations and the healing power we find in Christ.

  7. A Chat with Stephen Tyers

    Today is #EuropeanDayofLanguages. In the lead up to Frankfurt Book Fair, we chatted with our Rights Executive Stephen Tyres about his work handling rights with our partner publishers in other countries. SPCK has international partners in Turkey, Spain, France, Finland, Poland, Hungary, and Germany, among many others. 

  8. How do your values shape your professional identity?

    IVP Editor and Publicist Elizabeth Neep is on our blog for World Values Day. Her strong faith and unshakable integrity guide everything she does, personally and professionally. 

  9. Light up your year with a devotional

    It’s 2019 and a brand new year. With all of the expectation that we place on getting off to a good start with resolutions, hopes and aspirations, where does that same enthusiasm go as the days carry on? It can feel like fireworks. We shoot our hopes to the heavens and watch them illuminate in our hearts. Yet somehow the firework disperses and disappears before us and then what? What happens to that same celebratory and hopeful spirit on January 1st as the year progresses?

    We need a light that is brighter than a firework and that lasts throughout the year, not just a quick, exuberant display before it dissipates into the night. That light is found in Jesus who came as a light into the world so that everyone who believes in him would not remain in darkness (John 12:46). In Psalm 119:105 it says ‘your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ and this is the truth that we need to hold onto every day of the year. Daily readings that point to Christ are a great resource to celebrate and walk in that light.

  10. A Revolution in Your Head? How social prescribing could change the world

    Emma Drew, author of The Whole Person Recovery Handbook, is on our blog for World Cerebral Palsy Day.

    The language we use to talk about diagnoses and conditions has a profound effect on the treatment of it. 

    How can social prescribing help result in better outcomes, ones that look at health in a way that’s more holistic?

  11. The deeply personal nature of poetry

    Terry Waite’s new book Travels with a Primate will publish in February 2019. He’s on our blog to discuss Out of the Silence, his deeply moving and personal collection of poetry and narrative.

  12. Prayer as a form of self-care

    Gemma Simmonds, author of The Way of Ignatius, is on our blog for self care week, discussing how prayer is as essential to self-care as healthy eating, good sleep, regular exercise, and time with friends and family.

  13. What Not To Say To People Who Have Depression

    We all wish we could help our friends and family who are hurting. Sometimes, the things we say to try to comfort them can actually do more harm than good. Rachael Newham, author of Learning To Breathe, considers what we should and shouldn’t say when speaking to someone who has depression.

  14. #ReclaimSocial – Post Positive in 2019!

    Social media has so much potential to be a force for good. We can re-connect with old friends easier than ever before, share important news articles and keep distant family up to date with changes in our lives. Social media has also been central to campaigns and protests, as demonstrated by the viral #metoo campaign.

    But it is impossible to deny that there is a dark side to social media that isn’t going to disappear any time soon. Fake news, trolling and catfishing (a form of identity theft) are serious problems that social media firms need to do more to tackle.

  15. Connection and Compassion at Christmastime

    The holidays can be particularly hard for people who are in recovery from addiction. Christopher Dines considers ways that we can help ourselves and others during the holiday season, especially when we look to prevent relapse. 

  16. A Self Care MOT for Youth Workers

    Youth workers have a lot demanded of them – socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Self-care is essential as a youth worker. Tim Gough takes us through some practical advice that will help you take care of yourself while you take care of others.

  17. Making the most of your travels

    Traveling takes on a different meaning when we put God at the centre of our journey. Peter Grier blogs about travel experience. 

  18. Managing MS Naturally

    Tessa Buckley grew up near Epsom race course in Surrey. As a child, she spent a lot of time writing and illustrating stories. After leaving school, she studied interior design at Chelsea College of Art and worked in architecture and design in London until 1989, when she was forced to give up her career after developing multiple sclerosis. That was when she decided to fulfil her long- held ambition to become a writer. She has written extensively about health and nutrition and family history, and a new edition of her self-help book, The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book, was published in 2017. She is also the author of two children’s novels. She now lives by the sea in Essex with her husband, where she is a regular contributor to the Essex Book Festival.

  19. 5 ways to keep Christ the centre of Christmas

    Ruth Clemence is back on our blog with useful ways we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas celebrations. 

  20. SPCK's Top 5 Gifts for Leaders

    Leaders in the church are an instrumental part of delivering the Word of God. SPCK has compiled a list of books with these church leaders in mind.We hope the books we’ve chosen are beneficial for their professional endeavours as well as their own personal use. 

  21. 5 Questions for Sarah Meyrick

    Sarah Meyrick studied Classics at Cambridge and Social Anthropology at Oxford, which gave her a fascination for the stories people tell and the worlds they inhabit. She has worked variously as a journalist, editor and PR professional. She is the Director of the Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature which is a small literary festival that takes place biennially in north Oxfordshire. She lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and has two grown up children.

    On #ReadABookDay, we chat with her about writing, reading, and what’s next for her as an author.

  22. International Friendship Day - A Chat with Alexa Tewkesbury

    Alexa is an author, editor and proofreader who has been writing extensively for children since 2002. Three picture books for SPCK Publishing, Noah and his Ark, Daniel in the Lions’ Den and Jonah and the Whale, were released in 2017. As well as children’s books, Alexa has also written the screenplays for the animation, It’s A Boy!, and for the film, My Month With Mrs Potter (MonkeyDribble Films), which won a Driver Award for Best Feature at the Coventry International Film Festival in 2016. Here, she chats with us about writing, the importance of friendship, and what she looks forward to as an author.

  23. Volunteering activities for the whole family - #IVD2018

    How can families volunteer together to help others who are less fortunate than themselves?

    Sylvia Green names some great suggestions on International Volunteers Day

  24. We All Need Encouragement

    Book blogger Ruth Clemence reflects on the work of Christian publishers.

  25. What's it like to be a book publicist?

    Rhoda Hardie is a freelance publicist and PR manager, based in Oxfordshire, who works mainly but not exclusively in book publishing. Prior to going freelance, Rhoda worked in marketing/PR roles at Oxford University Press, Oxfam Publishing and Lion Hudson plc. She can be contacted at and you can follow her on Twitter at @rhodapr2013. Here, we chatted with her about her role as a publicist and the work she's currently on Mad or God? by Pablo Martinez and Andrew Sims, which we will publish on 19 July. 

  26. Making the conscious choice to find contentment

    Liz Carter shares her thoughts on books, writing, journaling, and the willingness to tell her story.

    One of the most comforting aspects of reading is realising that other people have similar feelings and experiences.

    It’s one of the best ways to feel more at peace with yourself and whatever it is you’re going through.

  27. Putting Christ first in Christmas

    Our new Web Content Assistant Glenn Cauchi reflects on the most important part of the holiday season – ensuring that, at Christmas, Christ comes first. 

  28. How to be a Dementia-friendly Church

    Dr Trevor Adams is Director of Passionate Dementia Care, which offers training and consultancy to churches and Christian organisations in supporting people living with dementia. Trevor is a nurse and specialises in dementia care. He holds a doctorate in dementia care, has written widely and spoken at dementia conferences and universities in the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan. Trevor is a Trustee of Dementia Friendly Pentlands, Edinburgh.

    Dementia-friendly churches welcome people living with dementia and their family carers and offer them a sense of belonging. Many dementia-friendly churches work alongside other organisations that also look to make the community dementia-friendly, such as shops, gyms, and banks. Dementia-friendly churches clearly displays God’s presence with people living with dementia. God remembers them and that they are not forgotten.

  29. 6 Questions for John Bowker

    We chatted with John Bowker recently about his new book Religion Hurts, which publishes 18 October. 

  30. Independent Bookshops: more than just tea and cake

    We spoke with Ali, Team Leader at Quench Christian Bookshop Wokingham, and Head of Retail for both the Wokingham and Maidenhead shops, about her experience with running a bookshop.

  31. Ruth Clemence's Top 5 SPCK Reads of 2018

    Blogger and book reviewer Ruth Clemence has read many of our books over the last year. We’ve asked her to pick her favourites. 

  32. What can compel us to write nonfiction?

    What makes a good biography?

    Barbara Fox reflects on her work in journalism and how it led to the writing of Midwife of Borneo. Though she’d planned to write fiction if she ever wrote a book, her editing and journalistic skills helped her to write nonfiction. While we can often plan to write one book initially, we can sometimes end up writing an entirely different story should it compel us enough.

  33. Be kind to yourself

    We all struggle. We all hurt. We all fail. We all make mistakes.

    What matters is how we respond when we face difficulty and adversity. 

  34. When doodles become designs -- illustrations for Out of the Silence by Terry Waite

    Terry Waite’s Out of the Silence was illustrated by his friend Jenny Coles. One simple drawing led to her drawing all of the pictures in his book. Here, she discusses how that evolved and what the process was like.

  35. Ruth Clemence’s Top 5 IVP Reads for 2018

    We asked prolific book blogger Ruth Clemence about her top five books she’s read from the IVP list this year. 

  36. A different way to engage with the Bible

    Philip Law is Publishing Director at SPCK. His previous books include A Time to Pray (Lion, 2002), The Story of the Christ (Continuum, 2006) and The SPCK Book of Christian Prayer (SPCK, 2009). Here, he discusses The One Hour Bible, our new book that he compiled and edited himself.

  37. 3 biography recommendations from SPCK for Christmas

    We read biographies to understand the world around us, to learn more about other people, and to see ourselves in others’ experiences. We don’t need to be a celebrity or a public figure to write a moving story. Books about ordinary people can be just as compelling as the biography of a famous painter or guitarist, if not more.

    For our biography recommendations, we’ve chosen books about everyday people who simply and bravely told the stories they were meant to tell. They didn’t look for recognition or fame. They shared a story that mattered to them and, in turn, their work mattered to us too. It’s been a privilege to have published these books in 2018.

  38. The Importance of Good Mentorship

    Christopher Dines is on our blog for Mentoring Day.

    Recovery from addiction takes an incredible amount of personal strength and resilience, but it also requires tremendous support from friends, family, and professionals. Having a mentor can make all the difference when healing from an addiction.

  39. Jonathan Sandys: The Man Who Could Call Churchill ‘Great-Grandpapa’

    Jonathan Sandys, co-author of God and Churchill, passed away of chronic lung disease on 29 December 2018. 

    His co-author Wallace Henley had some very kind words to write. 

  40. A Chat with Cole Moreton

    Today is National Maritime Day. Cole Moreton’s forthcoming book The Light Keeper is set in London and The South Downs. Here, he chats with us about his writing and the setting of his new story. 

  41. 5 Minutes With Tim Chester

  42. Catching up with Catherine Campbell after CRT 2018

    Catherine Campbell recently presented at Christian Resources Together. Here, we catch up with her about her time at the event and her hopes for the future.  

  43. SPCK in Durham for the 1698 Club Dinner

    Fundraising Assistant Catriona Brickel blogs about the 1698 Club Dinner that took place on 11 January. 

  44. Believe in the power of prayer

    Debra Green OBE is the National Director and Founder of Redeeming Our Communities (ROC), founded in 2004; a registered charity and Limited company. She is frequently asked to speak at events and conferences. She also speaks at conferences organised by statutory authorities and public services.

    Debra has 25 years of experience in bringing organisations together towards the goal of social transformation, starting with her home city of Manchester. Since 2004, this work has expanded and she has acted as a consultant to many other towns and cities with significant results. Such work has attracted interest from public services and local authorities who are impressed by the proven track record and results achieved. She received an OBE in 2012 in recognition of services to community cohesion.

    Debra’s new book Mountain Moving Prayer will be published by SPCK in March 2019. Her books are available to purchase here.

    Here, she writes about the power of prayer. 

  45. 6 books from around the globe

    Travel should be a part of one’s life – it is a way of growing and knowing what’s out there. But not everyone has the luxury of being able to travel to different places, which is why SPCK has chosen five personal accounts (and one biography) that explore the experience of travel.

  46. 5 Questions For Elaine Storkey

    Elaine Storkey, author of Scars Across Humanity, will present at this year’s Keswick Convention. We chatted to her about writing, books, activism.  

  47. A Chat with Anthony Kenny

    Anthony Kenny is on our blog today discussing his new book Brief Encounters. He will be at Church House Bookshop on 17 October with Richard Harries. Details here.  

  48. My greatest act of teenage rebellion

    At one point or another, we all rebel. It might not be particularly dramatic or explosive, but it’s something we all go through. Peter Grier chats with us about his form of rebellion, which is especially funny when considering that he’s just written a book!

  49. Living a Heroic Life

    Summer is often the time we wish for throughout the year and, if especially if you have kids, can’t wait to get away for some rest and relaxation. How do you spend your summers? Do you use it to jet off to the beach? Maybe you spend time at home with family and a barbeque. Maybe you take your children on an adventure. Before the summer comes to a close, we would like to introduce you to an adventure of a lifetime. (And it might even take a lifetime to complete). We’d like take you on a journey of a self-discovery with the greatest reward you could wish for, the hero’s journey.

    Based on what Joseph Campbell calls ‘the monomyth of the hero’, Richard Rohr gives us a tour of the hero’s journey in our book club feature Falling Upward. This journey is vital in building up a character to who we now know them to be. Breaking the journey down into five stages, Rohr uses this template to illustrate how the heroes of old achieved their successes. In this post, we will take a look at each stage of the hero’s journey and how we can apply them to our own lives.

  50. The Journey To Christian Resources Together (CRT)

    Catherine Campbell is the author of Journey With Me and others. Here, she chats with us about the preparation and journey to CRT.

  51. In our era of fake news, we need MORE > Truth

    We chatted with Kristi Mair, author of MORE > Truth, about writing, philosophy, living as a Christian, and our relationship to information in our current political climate. 

  52. Work that we're called to do

    Barbara Fox chats with us about the genesis of her new book Midwife of Borneo, in which she tells the story of the life and work of Wendy Grey Rogerson. 

  53. The Search for Spirituality

    Richard Rohr’s highly anticipated book, Just This, will be available in June.

  54. 5 minutes with Kate Bowler

    We stole 5 minutes of Kate Bowler's time to find out more about the story behind her new book Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved.

  55. What is freedom?

    What is freedom?

    Diffusion workshop at HMP North Sea Camp

    Did you know that SPCK provides free easy-to-read books to prison reading groups? Our Diffusion books are specially written to help prisoners who need to improve their reading confidence so that they are better able to find employment on release. We also work to change, attitudes, thinking and behaviour so that prisoners can build more positive relationships with their families and society.

    We recently ran a reading group competition for prisons, with the main prize being a visit from Diffusion author Andy Croft.

  56. Catching up with Michael Cassidy

    Michael Cassidy, author of Footprints in the African Sand, blogs for us about his role in the dissolution of the Apartheid. 

  57. You Didn’t Tell Me I Had To Do Something!

    Sean Stillman, author of God’s Biker, shares his thoughts for Human Rights Day.

  58. What does it mean to die well?

    John Wyatt is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College London. He is the author of Matters of Life & Death and Right to Die? Ahead of the release of his new book Dying Well, he discusses how we experience loss.