Category Archives: Special Offers

Bibles for those who like creative journalling

NLT Inspire BibleOn special offer at £22.99 (saving £4), this Bible is for those who like to be creative and find journalling helpful.


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.


TryPraying and save

Prayer-2016To coincide with the launch of the TryPraying initiative in Shrewsbury, we have a number of books about prayer on special offer

Prayer – Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, by Timothy Keller, was £16.99, now £13.99

Let God Fight your Battles, by Joyce Meyer, was £9.99, now £6.99

Prayer – Does it Make any Difference? by Philip Yancey, was £8.99, now £6.99

5 Things to Pray for the People you Love, and 5 Things to Pray for your Church, by Rachel Jones, now £1.99 each

Whilst stocks last!


Getting your supplies the easy way

Don’Palm crossest forget you can order church supplies direct from us, supporting a great local business (us!) at the same time.

Whether you need candles, wafers, palm crosses, books or bible reading notes, we can provide all your regular church supplies.  Our prices are competitive and you will be shopping local at the same time.

Contact us to find out more

Good news on the Good News version of the Good News

new life Good News BibleJust how much Good News can we fit onto one headline?

We can offer substantial discounts on three versions of the Good News Bible, suitable for children, teenagers and adults.

Save £7 on the ‘new life’, ‘rainbow’ and ‘sunrise’ editions, all of which we can offer at £9.99. Having just checked, that looks  substantially cheaper than you would pay via a well-known South American river themed online retailer!

Contact us for more details.

Backchat on offer in the shop?

BackchatNot an opportunity for an argument, but rather a special offer on the book by Chris Sinkinson.

In ‘Backchat’ the author offers a thoughtful and robust response to the New Atheist claims that God is a delusion and Christianity is meaningless.

We are able to offer this at £4.99, a discount of £2. Please contact us to order your copy.

If you would like to read reviews of the book click here

Local author tackles the ‘undeserving poor’ debate

The myth of the undeservng poorLocal church leader and author Martin Charlesworth, with Natalie Williams, has written a new book, which we review (twice!) below).

‘The Myth of the Undeserving Poor’ is available from Illuminate at a special price of £7.

Most Christians probably do not need to be convinced that the poor in our society are worse off now than they have been for many years. The explosion of Food Banks bears testimony to this. Another change that has occurred relatively recently is an impression fostered by some parts of the media, and exemplified by programmes like Benefits Street, that many on benefits are quite happy with their situation and have no intention of being any different.  In a word, they are undeserving of the support and help they receive.

Martin Charlesworth has been an elder of Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury, for 20+ years and now also heads up Jubilee +, an organisation which seeks to empower churches to change their communities through social action, social justice and social enterprise. Natalie Williams has a journalistic background and is the communications directors of Jubilee +.  The book seeks to explode the ‘myth of the undeserving poor’ through a combination of research into social attitudes and media articles on the one hand, and biblical exposition on the other. 

I found it well written and challenging – I think there is something in all of us that feels that some poor people don’t deserve our help. What I came away with is that none of us deserves God’s grace and kindness, and the poor are no different.  Having determined that God calls us to help everybody, we then need to ask him what the most appropriate method of help may be.  I would have liked the book to discuss that in more detail, but perhaps it was better just to deal with one point at a time!

Andrew Pattison 

On the one hand, this might not seem the right book to review at Christmas time, but on the other, it probably JUST the right book to review.   At this time of overconsumption in all areas of our lives – this is an excellent reminder of one of the big issues facing our society even in the UK – the increase in poverty and growing inequality.   And it’s written by a well-known and respected Christian leader in Shropshire as well as more widely in the UK.

The key message of the book for me was the wake-up call to Christians to re-examine our position and attitudes towards the poor in the UK. There is a tendency for Christians to get sucked into the current way of thinking that demonizes the poor as “undeserving”. Martin and Natalie trace the development of the idea of the “undeserving poor”, hold it up to Biblical truth both from Old and new Testaments and find it severely wanting.   As well as encouraging Christians they tackle some of the difficult issues such as Paul’s instructions to the Church that people should work for a living. The book ends with encouragement for a changed way of thinking and changed action towards the poor. An uncomfortable read but worth it.

James Hindson