Key New Titles in May
The Sound of Musings deftly traces Maria von Trapp's journey through the iconic film, The Sound of Music. Inviting us to dance from scene to scene with the captivating and much-loved, 'flibbertigibbet' nun-turned-governess, Bryony Wood draws out profound and accessible insights to encourage us in our own journeys of faith.Prompted by the story, songs and characters of the film, each short chapter looks at different aspects of life, love and faith, helping us discover more about God's love
Many of us believe revival is possible, but sometimes it feels so far away - we hear of astonishing accounts from across the world or read about remarkable stories in the pages of our history books. This is a book for those thirsting to see revival bubble up in our post-pandemic time and place today. Exploring the profound images of water in scripture, from baptism to an ‘outpouring’ of the Holy Spirit
When he talked about the Kingdom of God, Jesus was speaking about an utterly different way of relating to human society as we know it. He lays out a blueprint for this new life in his best-known teaching, the Sermon on the Mount. From the Beatitudes onward, the Sermon on the Mount overturns conventional wisdom and traditional power structures, offering a plan for an alternative way of being. Richard Rohr explores the implications of this vision in Jesus’ Alternative Plan.
I found the one my heart loves. Song of Songs 3:4 Making time to become still before the Lord as a couple is vital to a strong and happy marriage. This devotional book with 366 devotions is written by Rob and Joanna Teigen and is aimed especially at couples. Each devotion will guide couples to a deeper intimacy with each other and with God. Each daily reading offers a Scripture verse, a short inspiring devotion, and a powerful prayer.
Being human is complicated! Our bodies, intellects and emotions are all God-given gifts, but we so often find them in varying states of disorder. How then, can we become the full bearers of God's image that we were made to be? In response to this profound question, Ros Clarke helpfully outlines what the Bible has to say about the nature of humanity. Addressing our status as created beings; our purpose in God's world; our nature as body and soul; and our fall away from God
Whether through suspicion or ignorance, serious consideration of what Mary can teach us has been lacking in large swathes of the church for some time. Drawing on careful biblical exegesis, church history and ecumenical thinking, this book suggests how a serious understanding of Mary might influence our ethical thought, and considers some of the key theological tensions at the heart of the church’s engagement with Mary. Written by the Bishop of Coventry, Christopher Cocksworth
In Visionary Women, we get glimpses into the souls of three medieval mystics. Hildegard of Bingen, a self-taught theologian who developed a mystical secret language used in her community of mystics, became a traveling preacher and author. At the age of forty, Mechthild of Magdeburg was commanded by God to write down her visions, which resulted in seven books. Julian of Norwich prayed as a young child that she would see Christ's passion
Having an unhealthy relationship with food has become the norm in our culture. Ads for new diets, workout regimens, and medical procedures bombard us at every turn. The desire to make changes to our bodies is common. We want to feel comfortable and confident in our own skin, and God wants that for us as well. We are temples for the Holy Spirit, and God desires that we be healthy in mind, spirit, and body.
Grief is a new landscape. The roads ahead are unfamiliar, and there are no signs to point the way. Those of us who have been there before cannot tell you the right way, but we can talk of how we found our own way, and how we kept breathing and moving in spite of ourselves in the hope it might bring you some peace. Step by step. Day by day.’ A Landscape of Grief presents, as daily readings, excerpts from a diary kept by inspirational artist and writer Jenny Hawke
Daily Prayer and Divine Office offers a simple introduction to a scripture-based form of prayer used by clergy, Religious and some lay people as part of their spiritual discipline. Many are unaware of this structured form of prayer, or think it is not intended for them, and it’s likely that few have received any instruction in its benefits. This book, based on no particular version of the Office, seeks to reveal the riches of this form of prayer for all.
There is an urgent need for clergy and others involved in pastoral care both to attend to their own well-being and to develop resilience. Showing how everything from singing in choirs or joining theatre or dance groups to painting or sculpting can help those in leadership to develop a flexible mindset and give relief to the pressures of responsible roles, Creative Repair is essential reading both trainers and trainees.
Valiantly written in real time in the midst of the pandemic, this entertaining book captures the difficulties of 2021 with heart, humour and insight. Perfect for Lindchester fans, it's also the ideal novel for anyone seeking comfort and a way of understanding all that has happened. In The Company of Heaven, we re-join our Lindchester friends on Easter Monday 2021, just as the third lockdown in our Covid winter of discontent draws to a close. The new paschal candles have been lit.
Why is the Russian Church supporting Putin in his war against Ukraine? Why does the Patriarch of Moscow believe that history is on Russia's side? And what are the implications for Christianity and Christian culture in the West? These are among the vital questions addressed in this timely book. Written by an internationally respected historian who is also an Orthodox believer
Participants guide £3.50 Hosts guide £8.99 Postcard pack £5.99 All you need to run the Difference course: Exploring what it means to follow Jesus in a complex and divided world. It equips you to cross divides, navigate disagreement and pursue a just and flourishing world.