Shanklin United Reformed Church

High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. PO37 6LA
Registered Charity No. 1130459

A member of the Evangelical Alliance


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You'll find our small Christian Bookshop is located next to the church in Shanklin, High Street

Opening Hours Monday - Friday (and some Saturdays): 10:00 - 13:00

Our bookshop has a selection of Bibles and books, a wide range of greetings cards (most of which include a scripture verse), CDs and some small gifts.

We also have a range of 'previously owned' Christian books for sale.

If you find that we don't have what you want in stock, we may be able to order it for you - just ask.

You'll find a warm welcome from one of our team of volunteers


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A full life, even with exploding bananas‘ is an unlikely chapter title from a book by Dr Jennifer Bute.

Jennifer was one of four daughters born to a Baptist minister and his wife living in Bedfordshire. When Jennifer was four years old her mother died suddenly and she was sent, with her younger sister, to live temporarily with her grandparents on the Isle of Wight before moving back to the mainland. Through the separate experiences of a broken leg and having appendicitis she developed an interest in studying medicine and went on to gain a place at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and an opportunity to train in a hospital in Zululand Africa run by a Christian surgeon. Working hard at university she gained a senior position in paediatrics. At this time, and in an unusual way, she met Stanley the man who would become her husband. After living in the New Forest they moved to Southampton. In Southampton, Stanley became senior social services manager and Jennifer became the executive partner of one the largest general practices in the city serving 14,000 patients and also became a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Jennifer’s book describes the ups and downs of their busy lives and achievements - too many to include here - and all the while emphasizing their trust and dependence on God…… and then Jennifer realised that she was developing dementia. Her book then goes on to describe her diagnosis and her feelings and challenges with the insight provided by her medical background. She describes her difficulties, coping strategies and experiences as a patient.

Towards the end of the book she also relates the experiences of others with dementia and devotes time to explain how people with dementia can be helped. At one point she even says her dementia has proved to be ‘a glorious opportunity’ to help others! Throughout the book she explains the relevance and support of her Christian faith and her dependence on God in all circumstances. She also includes passages of Bible scripture that speak to situations she has encountered. Two examples of these scriptures are….

- Proverbs 19:21 which says ’Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails’ (NIV) and

- Proverbs 5:21 which says ‘For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and He examines all your paths‘ (NIV). God is aware of hazards ahead in life and He is there watching over us.

This is a remarkable book describing a busy life filled with high achievements but starting with difficult circumstances and not without setbacks but always lived out with generosity, optimism and unfailing faith in God… and yes, there are exploding bananas!

Dementia From The Inside - a doctor’s personal journey of hope‘ by Dr Jennifer Bute with Louise Morse £9.99

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