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Popular Books

Gold from the Fire:
Postcards from a Prairie Pilgrimage

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In these devotional and inspirational pieces, Maxine Hancock draws on her many years of experience on an Alberta farm and her deep connections to the land, the community, and the small village church. “Maxine Hancock, a brilliant scholar and teacher and a gifted public communicator, here lets us into her inner heart and life. Her insights come one by one, the way they do in daily living, but each of these very personal, earthbound essays are informed by a heavenly vision of a superintending God who loves her and leads her. Beautifully and poignantly written, Gold From the Fire never dodges the hard questions, but Hancock’s faith shines through them.” -Luci Shaw, author of The Crime of Living Cautiously.

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Harpur vs Hancock:
Challenging Viewpoints on Faith and Ethical Issues

This book is based on the popular and thought-provoking television series, “Harpur vs Hancock” on VisionTV. Both participants are extremely well informed and articulate, and by discussing topics from different viewpoints open up new perspectives and fresh insights. Their distinctive styles not only offer contrasts but provide a broadening and stimulating experience.

Co-authored with Tom Harpur.

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Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing

Maxine Hancock and Karen Mains have listened to and studied cases of hundreds of women around the world who have been wounded by childhood abuse. Weaving together these personal stories with current research, the authors discuss what constitutes child sexual abuse, the physical and emotional problems that often haunt women in their adult lives, and offer spiritual and emotional encouragement for the journey towards healing

Out of print.

Love Knows No Difference:
Learning to Give and Receive

In this creative and delightful book, Maxine Hancock describes the “love cycle” begun by self-giving of a loving God and continued by the discovery that in love it does not matter whether we give or receive. Neither is demeaning or exalting; both are necessary.

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Re-evaluating Your Commitments

Re-evaluating Your Commitments shows readers how to discover those life-ordering commitments that are meant to put everything else in proper perspective. Commitment to God, to family, to Christian community, to a God-given vocation, and to “forever principles” brings order and meaning to daily life. This book helps the reader sort out short-term, long-term and “forever commitments.”

Originally published as The Forever Principle.

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Creative, Confident Children:
Making the Most of the Preschool Years

Does the idea of raising children in today’s hectic world unnerve you? Maxine Hancock, mother of four now-grown children, offers relief and reassurance, noting that since the beginning of time, parenting has been done by amateurs. She discusses discipline, controlling television viewing, sex education, character development, creativity and crafts, a scriptural foundation for the family, and language development.

Originally published as People in Process: The Preschool Years.

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Living on Less and Liking it More:
How to Reduce your Spending and Increase your Living

In this book, Maxine Hancock does not advocate poverty. Nor is she against prosperity. Instead, she shows how a person can honour God by choosing new thought patterns and new values. She suggests ways that families can get off the merry-go-round of excessive spending and find creative ways to care for basic needs.

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Can I Really Have it All?
“Questions Women Ask” series

The modern world beckons us with the promise that we can “have it all.” Is it really possible? Whether you are exhilarated, exhausted, or confused by what it means to have it all, this booklet will give you some new angles to explore.

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Love, Honor and Be Free

Beginning with an explicit look at the biblical concept of submission, Maxine Hancock describes true liberation of the contemporary Christian woman. Marriage, motherhood, and ministry in the church are discussed in a new perspective.

Reprinted and retitled: I Didn’t Ask to be a Girl.

Out of print.

Academic Books

Christian Perspectives on Gender,
Sexuality and Community

At a time when our culture desperately needs models of sexual wholeness and holy relationships, the Christian community is torn by division over issues of gender roles and sexuality. In this book, several Christian scholars approach the topic of gender and sexuality using various disciplinary approaches. Readers can expect to be challenged to think more Christianly about gender issues, with a fuller understanding of the significance of these issues to the larger culture.

Contributors: Miriam Adeney, Gordon D. Fee, Craig M. Gay, Stanley J. Grenz, Barbara H. Mutch, Iain W. Provan, John G. Stackhouse Jr., Rikk E. Watts.

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The Key in the Window:
Marginal Notes in Bunyan’s Narratives

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Readings in Biblical Hebrew:
An Intermediate Textbook

This textbook will teach students who have completed an introductory course in Hebrew how to read and interpret biblical texts from the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. It can be used in intermediate-level university or seminary classes or by students working alone.

Co-authored with E. Ben-Zvi and R. Beinert.

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Some of the following articles are available in PDF.

Academic Articles

“Consolation, Injunction and Self-reflection: Richard Baxter’s Framing of Ageing in Three Major Works.” Bunyan Studies, Fall 2010, forthcoming.

“What has Paris to do with Jerusalem (Or the Arts with Theology).” Crux 42.4 (Winter 2007), pp. 2–10.

“Identity, Agency & Community: Intimations of Emerging Literacy for Women in the Pilgrim’s Progress, the Second Part.” Bunyan Studies 11 (2003-2004), pp. 74–93.

“The Chafing Collar: George Herbert’s Uncomfortable Vocation.” Crux 38.3 (September 2002), pp. 2–9.

“To be Fully Human.” Crux 36.4 (December 2000), pp. 34–42. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“Folklore and Theology in the Structure and Narrative Strategies of The Pilgrim’s Progress.” Bunyan Studies 9 (1999-2000), pp. 7–24.

“Christian Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality.” Intro. article and editor of themed issue. Crux, Vol. XXXV, No. 2 (June 1999), pp. 2-10.

“Acting in Good Faith: The Sacred Drama of John Donne’s Sermons.” Crux 33.3 (September 1997), pp. 2-12.

“Mysticism, Dissidence & Didacticism: Recovering the Tradition of Women Writing the Faith, 1350-1800.” Crux 32.2 (June 1996), pp. 20-29.

“John Bunyan 1628-1688: The Books He read, The Words He Wrote.” (Bruce Peel Special Collections Exhibition Monograph.) Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 1995. (Hancock, Maxine, Ian MacLaren and James G. Randall.)

“Bunyan as Reader: The Record of Grace Abounding.” Bunyan Studies 4 (Fall 1994), pp. 68-82.

“Dialogue, Declaration, and Dispute: Joining the Discussion in the Marketplace of Ideas.” Crux 30.2 (June 1994), pp. 9-16.

“Some Reflections on the use of Language in the Stott-Spong Debate.” Faculty Forum.Crux. 29.4 (December 1993), pp. 28-33.

“Fire: Symbolic Motif in Faulkner.” The English Quarterly, 3.3 (Fall 1970), pp. 19-23.

Book Reviews and Review Articles

Review of Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess. New York: Dial Press (Random House), 2005. In Crux 42.1 (Spring 2006), pp. 46-48.

Review of Marilynne Robinson, Gilead. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2004. In Crux, 41.2 (Summer 2005), pp. 40-41.

Review of Galen K. Johnson, Prisoner of Conscience: John Bunyan on Self, Community and Christian Faith. Series: Studies in

Evangelical History and Thought. Carlisle:
Paternoster Press, 2003. In “The Recorder,” newsletter of the International John Bunyan Society, Spring 2005.

Review of Michael Davies, Graceful Reading: Theology and Narrative in the Works of John Bunyan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. In Seventeenth Century (Nottingham), Vol. 19, No. 2 (Autumn 2004), pp. 286-288.

Review of Phyllis R. Freeman, Jan Zlotnik Schmidt, eds., Wise Women: Reflections of Teachers at Midlife. New York and London:

Routledge, 2000. 244 pp. In English Quarterly 33.3, 4 (2001), p. 80.

“Dictionary addresses increasing unfamiliarity with the Bible.” Critical review of A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature. David L. Jeffrey, ed. In Christian Week, March 22, 1993.

“Models for The Second Stage.” Critical review of Betty Friedan, The Second Stage. In Eternity, November 1982, pp. 40-41. Second place, Critical Review, Higher Goals in Christian Journalism contest, Evangelical Press Association (USA), 1983.

“Walker Percy: Crying Clown.” Review article. Crux 18 (1982), pp. 25-27.

“Wiebe: Voice Crying in the Wilderness.” Christianity Today, February 16, 1979, pp. 30-31.

“Dark Passages: Predictable Crises in Secular Lifestyle.” Critical review of Gaily Sheehy, Passages. In Eternity, February 1978, pp. 44-47.

Notes, Abstracts and Short Reviews

“What the Professors are Reading.” Crux Vol. 45.4 (Winter 2009), pp. 35-37.

Tribute essay: “In Memoriam: Dr. James F. Forrest (1924-2005)” in The Recorder, No. 12 (Spring 2006), pp. 3-4.

“Bringing Seventeenth-Century Literature to Life: Paradises Lost and Found.” The Recorder: Newsletter of the International John Bunyan Society 9 (Spring 2003), pp. 4-6.

“Teaching Bunyan as a Geographer of the Spirit.” The Recorder: Newsletter of the International John Bunyan Society, 4:1 (Spring 1997), pp. 13–15.

Brief reviews and abstracts: Abstracts of English Studies 32.1, 2 (1989).

Review of Jo Brans and Margaret Taylor Smith, Mother, I Have Something to Tell You: Understanding Your Child’s Chosen Lifestyle. Doubleday, 1987. In Eternity, September 1987, p. 46.

Review of Dennis B. Guernsey and Ray S. Anderson, On Being Family. Eerdmans, 1985. In Eternity, January 1987, pp. 36-37.

Chapters in Books, Anthologized Articles and Excerpts

“Bunyan’s Marginal Notes,” in John Bunyan: The Pilgrim’s Progress. Cynthia Wall, ed. A Norton Critical Reader. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 2009, pp. 441-42.

“Elsie Rogstad Jones,” diary excerpts and intro, in The Small Details of Life: 20 Diaries by Women in Canada, 1830–1996. Kathryn Carter, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002, pp. 371–392.

“Putting Things in Their Place,” from Living on Less and Liking it More. Reprinted in One Holy Passion: Growing Deeper in your Walk with God. Judith Couchman, ed. Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 1998, pp. 13-15.

“Seed to the Sower.” Grainews, December 1981, p. 55. Reprinted in Eating Apples: Knowing Women’s Lives, Caterina Edwards and Kay Stewart, eds. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1994, pp. 139-43.

“Let the Trumpets Sound.” Decision, January 1982, p. 11. Reprinted in Reasons to Be Glad: A Collection of Reading from ‘Decision’. Minneapolis: World Wide Publications: 1988, pp. 163-166.

“The Day My Father Was ‘Born Again’…Again.” Reprinted in Northern Lights: Reflections of Canadian Spirituality, Doug Koop, ed.

John Wiley and Sons.

Encyclopaedia Entries

Original articles:

In Dictionary of Christian Spirtuality. Glen G. Scorgie, ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic (forthcoming).

–Chesteron, G. K.
–Eliot, T. S.
–Johnson, Samuel
–Spiritual Geography

In IVP Women’s Bible Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2001.

–“The Wise Woman, the Foolish Woman, and the Righteous Woman,” pp. 326-28.
–“Menopause,” pp. 756-57

In The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity. Robert Banks and R. Paul Stevens, eds. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

–“Reading,” pp. 843-46.

Excerpts from authored books:

In The Encyclopaedia for Today’s Christian Woman. Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, 1984.

–“Church,” pp. 102-04.
–“Commitment,” pp. 112-13.

In The Encyclopaedia of Christian Marriage. Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, 1984.

–“Commitment,” pp. 114-15.
–“Death,” pp. 173-74.

In The Encyclopaedia of Christian Parenting. Old Tappan, NJ: Revell, 1982.

–“Bible Reading,” pp. 53-56.
–“Creativity,” pp. 88-92.
–“Helping with Household Chores,” pp. 222-23.
–“Lying,” pp. 256-57.
–“Nightmares,” pp. 297-99.
–“Reading,” pp. 345-48.

Historical Articles

Work in Progress: Women’s Oral History—Three Women of the Dewberry Valley

“Interfaces.” Regular bi-monthly column regarding early missionary contacts between First Nations and European cultures. Northern Lights, (Journal of the Northern Canadian Evangelical Mission), September-October 1978 through January–February 1981.

“What’s New at Old Fort George?” Heritage, July-August 1980, pp. 9-11, 23.

“Forgotten Women of the Early West.” Heritage, January-February 1975, pp. 6-8, 19.
Reprinted as “The Forgotten Women–A Tragedy of the Early Fur Trade.” Western Producer, December 11, 1975, C8-9.

Popular Articles

(Please note: List below represents a sampling of much larger body of work of published articles.)

“A Washday Word.” Link and Visitor, November-December 2010, pp. 16-17. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“How Beautiful the Feet.” The Regent World, Summer 2009, p.1. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“Transfiguration.” Link and Visitor, March-April 2009, pp. 13- 14; 22. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“Living Between…a Time to be Born and a Time to Die.” Link and Visitor, January-February. 2009, pp. 8-9. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“When to Let Go: Facing end-of-life issues.” Faith Today, Lead Article. July/August 2005, pp. 18–21.

“Growing in the Dark,” The Link and Visitor, March-April 2004, pp. 8-9. Canadian Church Press Award, First Place, Theological Reflection (Inspirational), 2005. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“The Day My Father Was ‘Born Again’…Again.” ChristianWeek, February 2, 2004, pp. 8-9. Second Place, Feature Article, Fellowship of Christian Newspapers Awards, 2005.

“Because Memories are Not Enough: Easter Carries the Hope of Life.” Christian Week, April 15, 2003. Reprinted in Link and Visitor, March-April 2005, pp. 12-13. The Word Guild, Canadian Writing Awards, First Place Tie, Inspirational/Devotional, 2004. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“Serenity in the Face of Stress: An Exposition of Psalm 62.” Vocatio 7.1 (Winter 2003), pp. 4–9.

“What Makes Deb Grey Tick(ed)?” ChristianWeek, Life Supplement. Lead Article. September 2001.

“Extreme Aging: Helping Our Parents on the Unmapped Journey.” Christian Week, Life Supplement, September 2000, Lead article. Canadian Church Press Award, First Place, Feature Article (Newspapers), 2001. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“Deeper, Higher, Vaster.” Decision, June 2000, pp. 8–9. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“Why Pray About the Weather?” ChristianWeek, Life Supplement, Lead Article. September 1999.

“Perspective.” Full Page Column, Faith Today, bi-monthly from July 1990 to 1997. First place, Canadian Church Press Award, Theological Reflection (Inspirational), 1993. First place, Canadian Church Press Awards, Column, 1997. Click here for a PDF of the column, “On the wings of the wind.”

“Praise Before the Blessing.” Decision, October 1996, pp. 8-9.

“Parenting (Again).” Today’s Christian Woman, September-October 1996, pp. 97-99.

“Desperately Seeking Something.” Pursuit 3.4, 1995, pp. 4-7. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“Where’s This Church Going?” Special to Canadian Press, August 6, 1988.

“Windows of Light: Interview with Kenneth and Alice Hamilton.” Faith Alive, Spring 1985, pp. 24-29.

“John White: Psychiatrist, Author, Unassuming Prophet.” Interview. Eternity, July-August 1983, pp. 17-19, 37.

“It Takes Two.” Family Life Today, September 1982, pp. 26-29.

“Face-off With the Future.” Canadian Author & Bookman, 57.3 (Spring 1982), pp. 4-5.

“The Child Set in Our Midst.” Christian Herald, December 1981, pp. 40-44. First Place, General Article Category, Higher Goals in Christian Journalism Contest, Evangelical Press Association (USA), 1982. Click here for a PDF of this article.

“First Things First: Managing Your Time.” Decision, September 1980, pp. 8-9. Reprinted, Good News, July-August 1983, pp. 62-66. Translated, “As Primeiras Coisas em Primeiro Lugar,” Manancial (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 4 Trimestre de 1982, pp. 7-9.

“Ways to Live on Less and Like it More.” Christian Herald, September 1979, pp. 23-25.

“Can You Live Simply in North America?” Comment. Eternity, April 1979, p. 20.

“The Right Books for the Right People.” The Bookstore Journal, March 1978, pp. 69-72.

“Honestly Now.” His Magazine, 28.5 (February 1968), back cover. Reprinted, “Something to Think About.” Campus Life, January 1978, p. 63.

“Make Way for the Prince,” Pursuit 5.3, pp. 12-15.

Curriculum & Educational Materials

Distance Education Courses

Jesus in Literature. Regent College Continuing Education, audio course and support print materials.

Spiritual Pilgrimage: Literary Motif and Spiritual Experience. Regent College Continuing Education, audio course and support print materials.


Teaching and Evaluating Reading in the Senior High School. Alberta Education, 1988. 135 pp.

Integration in Secondary Language Arts. Co-authored with P. Prest. Alberta Education, 1985. 120 pp.

Alberta High School English Curriculum

Reading 10 (1987): Curriculum Guide. Alberta Education, 1987. 46 pp.

Educational Broadcast Scripts

Design, research and writing of scripts and support materials:

Like, I Mean. Series titles: “Some Like it Hot,” “A Rose by Any Other Name,” and “Widening Ripples.” Introducing semantics to Secondary Language Arts students. Produced by David Barnett for Alberta School Broadcasts. First aired, January 16, 23, 30, 1975.

Series purchased for Western Canadian educational programming of the CBC, 1976.
First prize, Audio Tape Division, Educational Media Festival (AMTEC), 1976.

World of Allusion. Series titles: “Echo Chamber,” “Tables of Stone,” “Realms of Gold.” Introducing major sources of allusions in literature to Secondary Language Arts students. Produced by Alberta School Broadcasts. First aired, February 11, 18, 25, 1971.

Dramatized Radio Stories

“Looking for Leprechauns.” Original children’s story. “Magic Door” Series. Alberta School Broadcasts. March 7, 1974.

“The Littlest Tree’s Dream.” Adapted from legend. “Magic Door” Series, Alberta School Broadcasts. December 14, 1973.

“New Boy Next Door.” Original children’s story. “Magic Door” Series, Alberta School Broadcasts. November 23, 1973.

“The Magic Spy-Glass.” Original children’s story. “Magic Door” Series, Alberta School Broadcasts. March 12, 1973.

Several of Maxine’s lectures and talks are available as downloads from Regent Audio.