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 We're a young company publishing books and booklets, reports and papers on topical social, economic, political, religious and spiritual themes. 

  • Humanising work: co-operatives, credit unions and the challenge of mass unemployment.  

    Does the search for meaning in work matter? – and is it even possible to ask such a question against a backdrop of mass youth unemployment, widespread poverty and growing inequality?

    Drawing on the experience of the Mondragon co-operative movement in Spain and other innovative models of employment and enterprise, as well as the visions and values derived from his faith, Chris Beales explores how "work" might be humanised. And how education and employment can be made not only responsive to what the Economy needs but also purposeful, satisfying and rewarding for people.

    ISBN 978-1-909863-02-6  Plublished October 2014
    E-book £2.49 Paperback £5.99 (+ £2 p & p) 
    E-book and paperback available from Amazon, Kobo etc. Paperback only available from www.rainmakerbooks.co.uk and info@rainmakerbooks.co.uk (please click on the Eshop icon at the top of this page)

    Our first publication, Practising Jesus, by Chris Beales, is available in paperback (170 pp, published August 2013, now available for £5.00, p&p £2). To order a copy, please click on the eShop icon at the top of this page.

     In Practising Jesus, Chris Beales, its author, explores how to make sense of God and Christian faith in today’s world and how to live out the gospel in the midst of all the pressures and compromises of daily life. He has workefor the Church at local and national levels and for charities, companies and the British Government, where he pioneered Government's involvement with the country's different faith communities.

    “Don’t read this book unless you are willing to be challenged and unsettled about your faith and the way that it is possible for Christians to make an impact on society today...   Determined to bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular, nothing has ever been off-limits as Chris has collaborated with people of different faiths or of no faith...  Chris concludes his book by reflecting on his life and experience in the light of St Paul, who was also an entrepreneur. I hope this book will stimulate and challenge many people to apply their faith in practical ways in the world today”.

     From the Foreword by Dr Alan Smith, Bishop of St Albans 

    Chris Beales is the Vicar of St Michael’s Church Woburn Sands, near Milton Keynes. He is Chief Executive of Afghan Action, a charity working in Kabul, Afghanistan. Its training and business incubation centre has trained over 1000 young men and women to weave handmade carpets and make clothes and it provides education, healthcare and a nourishing daily midday meal. He also works  with Alpha Building Services Engineering, a construction training company 
    in East London, and he is developing a new University Technical College, which will open in September 2015

    Forthcoming publications:

  • No jobs for the boys – or girls. The scandal of youth unemployment and what needs urgently to be done. Chris Beales has worked in the field of employment for many years in the UK and internationally and draws on his long experience and recent research to identify some practical ways forward.     Available later in 2015.

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  • Youth Unemployment: a challenge for the Church. Report of a half day workshop held at Alpha Building Services Engineering in Newham, East London. Published in April 2013.


For more information, please contact Rainmaker Books, 30 Church Road, Woburn Sands MK17 8TA.

You can contact us on 07957 135593 or by email at info@rainmakerbooks.co.uk 




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Registered Office: 30 Church Road, Aspley Heath, Woburn Sands MK17 8TA, UK



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