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AGM coming soon

Northern SoulIlluminate is entirely owned by shareholders and if you are one of them-thank you!

All shareholders will be shortly receiving an invitation to our Annual General Meeting, which this year will be held on Thursday October 6 at Crowmmor Baptist Church in Shrewsbury.

We are pleased to welcome David O’Brien, local author and vicar of Oxon Church as our guest speaker.

Please look out for your invitation and try and come along. If you are not able to attend it would be great if you could return a proxy vote to make the business part of the evening run more smoothly.

See you there!

Local author considers the lilies in new book

Consider the liliesFrom 8 August we will be stocking a new book by local author James Hindson on Christians and creation care ‘Consider the Lilies’

​Apart from singing about it at a harvest festival and recycling as much as possible, many Christians don’t give much faith-based thought to their relationship with God’s creation.

This book explores what we are doing to creation and how a lack of care harms our relationship with both God and our neighbours. It provides the motivation for change and some ideas for action.


Still shining, thanks to you!

Illuminate Book Shop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Illuminate Book Shop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Keeping the light shining…

If you have ever picked up one of the free tourist maps of Shrewsbury you will see Illuminate advertised there. As a result, we get a steady flow of visitors through our doors at this time of year. They are thrilled to see a vibrant, well-stocked Christian bookshop on the local high street. Many sadly tell us that the bookshops in their towns and cities have now closed.

We are so grateful to God and to you, our customers, that so far we have been able to continue to serve the people and churches of Shropshire. We sell books, gifts, CDs and church consumables but, as a ‘light on the High Street’ we are about so much more and you will see elsewhere in this newsletter stories of the impact that our work also continues to have on the lives of individuals.

However, we are not immune to the pressures and competition that have forced so many other bookshops to close.  Sales are not as strong as they have been and, unless this turns around, we will be faced with some difficult decisions looking forward.

We remain convinced that Illuminate has a vital role to play in our town and amongst our churches but, to continue to do so, we need you!  Can we encourage you and your churches, to make Illuminate your first port of call for Christian books, supplies etc., helping us to ensure a long-term future for a Christian bookshop in the centre of our wonderful town and county?

Please use us!

The Lost series for kids

Have you seen my coinIf you are looking for a present for young children this summer, we have a series of beautifully illustrated books on offer.

Find out more below:

A poor lady has lost her coin and it was very, very special to her. Join her in the search and hunt through the woods, farm, boatyard, market and more, and see if you can discover what was lost.The parable of the lost coin comes alive in this beautifully illustrated, search-and-find story book. With a hidden object to spot on each page and a bonus round of even more items to find, dive in and help the lady search for her precious lost coin!

Bob Hartman has travelled the world, telling stories, for over twenty-five years. He is also the author of over fifty books for children, including the bestselling The Lion Storyteller Bible, The Wolf Who Cried Boy and YouVersion’s The Bible App for Kids.

This beautifully illustrated book is ideal for children aged 3-6 years old.

On offer in the shop for £4.99.  Contact us to find out abourt other books in the series.


Paperback McGrath out tomorrow

Inventing the UniverseThe latest Alister McGrath book comes out in paperback tomorrow.

‘Inventing the Universe’ is a fascinating read and comes highly recommended

Find 0ut nore below then contact us to order your copy.

We just can’t stop talking about the big questions around science and faith. They haven’t gone away, as some predicted they might; in fact, we seem to talk about them more than ever. Far from being a spent force, religion continues to grow around the world. Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists argue that religion is at war with science – and that we have to choose between them. It’s time to consider a different way of looking at these two great cultural forces. What if science and faith might enrich each other? What if they can together give us a deep and satisfying understanding of life? Alister McGrath, one of the world’s leading authorities on science and religion, engages with the big questions that Dawkins and others have raised – including origins, the burden of proof, the meaning of life, the existence of God and our place in the universe. Informed by the best and latest scholarship, Inventing the Universe is a groundbreaking new primer for the complex yet fascinating relationship between science and faith.


We will be recruiting for Saturday staff

IMG_0359We are beginning to look for new Saturday staff.

If you are looking for a paid Saturday job in your local Christian bookshop, we would like to hear from you.

We will probably be looking for new Saturday bookshop assistants in the coming months and please contact us to find out more.

You can also download the job description here.