For someone who didn’t really enjoy going to school, I did love a new school year. Fresh exercise books waiting to be covered with wrapping paper and a new shiny pencil case full of biros, highlighter and a set square (essential!) Yes, I’m an organisational nerd.
Now, as an adult who no longer gets the 6-week summer break, I still get that thrill of excitement as September draws near. Partly, I’ll admit, because that’s when I go on my holiday, thanks to off-peak deals but also because it feels like an opportunity for a new start. Just after Christmas we hear a lot of declarations of ‘new year, new me’, but I think September is a much better time to be making some changes. So why not join me in making a ‘New School Year’s Resolution’?
Now, as an adult who no longer gets the 6-week summer break, I still get that thrill of excitement as September draws near. Partly, I’ll admit, because that’s when I go on my holiday, thanks to off-peak deals but also because it feels like an opportunity for a new start.
Just after Christmas we hear a lot of declarations of ‘new year, new me’, but I think September is a much better time to be making some changes. So why not join me in making a ‘New School Year’s Resolution’?
Looking to get better with money?
Yes, there’s a sense of irony in spending money on a book which teaches you how to better take control of your finances. But, Rob Parson’s practical and life-changing, The Money Secret will revolutionise your attitude to money and has helped free readers from the burden and guilt of debt. He also comes alongside Katie Clark in the Sixty Minute Debt Buster, a short, snappy read that will transform your finances in just one hour.
Or get stuck in to your Bible?
We know we should be reading the Bible more, and each week we hear stories of people who just seem to have got that particular discipline cracked. But if you’re not quite there yet, perhaps September is the time to start.
If you’re short on time, The One Hour Bible takes you on a whistle-stop tour from Adam to Apocalypse in less time than it takes to watch your favourite film. It’s not a Bible but it will give you a thorough introduction to the people and places of scripture leaving you excited to read more.
But, if you feel like the Bible is confusing and you don’t even know where to begin, The Bare Bible is for you. Whether you’ve tried to pick up the Bible once or thousands of times, Peter Graystone guides you through even the trickiest of places. With tea breaks built in and no prior knowledge required you’ll be a Bible buff before the day is through.
Devotionals provide a great, structured way to read the Bible with verse suggestions accompanied by short reflections and often a prayer for the day. There is so much to choose from, and truly a devotional for every person: children, those short on time, those wanting to get stuck into a specific book and much, much more.
Want to be more present in the workplace?
We spend a huge amount of time at work. Whether you’re sat at a desk in a corporate office, stacking shelves at a supermarket or scaling scaffolding, how can you make the most of your time there? Fun, fast and full of practical stories, the much-loved, Thank God It’s Monday will help you see your job, co-workers and boss how God sees them. Readers can discover how their work life, as well as their weekend life, can be lived fruitfully for God.
Ready to pray more?
We’ve been told to ‘pray without ceasing’, but it can be hard to find the word sometimes. The pocket-friendly priced, 5 Things to Pray series opens up a world of opportunities for praying for all areas of your life: your church, those you love, the world, your own heart and your city. These little books will equip you with confidence to pray boldly and see mountains move.
In need of a spiritual MOT?
Each year, your car goes in for an MOT, it gets checked over and fixed up so it becomes shiny and new again. Why then, do we not treat our spiritual lives to an MOT once a year?
The Spiritual Healthcheck aims to do exactly that with 16 devotions designed to help you thrive as you grow in faith and joy.
This book will: help you to diagnose how you're (honestly) doing in your faith; give you the "vitamins" you need—God's ways of helping you to thrive; and point you to the one who enables you to really grow—the Holy Spirit.
Why not tweet us to let us know what you’re resolving to change this new school year.
Oh and we do have shiny new notebooks if that what a new school year means to you!
August 24th, 2018 - Posted & Written by Laura White