The Mustard Seed newsletter – Autumn 2019

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter! As the evenings draw in why not treat yourselves to one of the great selection of books that you will find on our shelves?

Be inspired by life changing stories: ’40 stories of Hope’. Prisoners, prison chaplains and ex-offenders tell stories of the hope they have found, ‘how forgiveness can be discovered in the most unlikely places, and how know-ing Jesus changes lives forever’. As Archbishop of Can-terbury, Justin Welby, writes: ‘There is no one, no life, no story that is beyond God’s power to love and trans-form’.

Travel to Bhutan with Mollie Clark, an English nurse, who moved from India to Bhutan to help with the lepro-sy control programme. Her story of the battle against leprosy and getting to know the Bhutanese people and their country tells a thrilling story. Her book is ‘Moun-tains, Medicines and Miracles’.

Our final choice is ‘Rainbow Living’ telling the stories of young people ( and their families) in pursuing their dreams of living independent lives and the setting up of “Rainbow Living”, a charity seeking to provide housing and support for these young people with disabilities.

All these books, and many more, can be found in The Mustard Seed. Books can also be ordered.

Christmas cards and Advent Calendars

The shop has a range of Christmas cards and are supporting both Compassion UK and Tearfund.  You will find single cards as well as packs and boxes.  Alongside are gift tags, Christmas sticker cubes and Christmas bags to hold gifts.  Advent candles and a variety of Advent calendars are available too.

 

 

 

 

One in a Thousand

If you felt able to support The Mustard Seed financially then please look out for our leaflet ‘One in a Thousand’ which gives an outline of our history, vision and how monetary gifts are used.

TripAdvisor

We hope you have enjoyed your visit to our café and bookshop.  If you can spare some time to write a comment on TripAdvisor that would be very helpful.

 

Book review: Your Future Self Will Thank You – Secrets to Self Control from the Bible and Brain Science by Drew Dyck (Moody Publishers)

‘When I saw this book was advertised as “A Guide for Sinners, Quitters and Procrastinators”, I knew it was for me! Self-control may not be an immediately attractive subject in this age of instant gratification. We are led to believe that life is all about me but, if we are honest, we know we need it.

But self-control is no fun.  It’s boring.  And, actually, I do want my own way.  Even more reason to read this book.

Dyck reveals the foundational nature of self-control; that all the other fruit of the Holy Spirit rely on it being in place.  He explains that life is actually not about us and that self-control is more about submission to God’s plan for our lives than it is about controlling ourselves.

This book is so easy to read, amusing and really, really helpful. Putting Dyck’s thoroughly Biblical teaching into practice has transformative potential.  This book is for anyone, like me, struggling with seeing less of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their lives than they would like.’

(review by Geoff Purkiss)

Book signing – Fri 31st May

Simon Ratsey will be with us on Friday 31st May to sign copies of his book ‘The Little Blog of Lucanus’.  Using the form of a diary, Lucanus/Luke of “The Acts of the Apostles” takes us with him on the thrilling Missionary journeys of Paul.  The characters from Acts become alive in Simon’s account which  balances fictional scenes with the known Biblical facts and key teachings of the Bible that came with the spread of the “Good News”.

Simon is not only offering his book for sale at a discounted price but all proceeds of the books sold will be going to The Mustard Seed.  

Do come along and meet Simon between 10.00am and midday on Friday 31st May and buy yourself a “good read” as well as helping The Mustard Seed.

New Mustard Seed Web Site Launched

The new Mustard Seed Web site has just been launched with a new look and feel. We are now using the popular WordPress web site tool which is easier to use and will enable us to keep it updated with news about what is happening in the cafe and bookshop. In addition, the web site can now be accessed using phones and tablets.