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    The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter

    Lent is a time to reorient ourselves, clarify our minds, slow down, recover from distraction and focus on the value of God's Kingdom. Poetry, with its power to 'awaken the mind's attention ... directing it to the loveliness and the wonders of the world before us', as Coleridge put it, is an ideal companion for such a time. Poetry cannot be read quickly and, in asking to be savoured, it begins to change the way we think and see. This collection of poems – one for every day from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Day and for springtime saint's days – enables us to turn aside from everyday routine and experience moments of transfigured vision as we journey through the desert landscape of Lent and find refreshment along the way. Following each poem with a helpful prose reflection, Malcolm Guite has selected from classical and contemporary poets, from Dante, John Donne and George Herbert to Seamus Heaney, Rowan Williams and Gillian Clarke, and his own acclaimed poetry. They take us on a journey of exploration and discovery that includes:
          • preparing for action
          • beginning pilgrimage
          • deepening the life of prayer
          • discovering companions
          • knowing ourselves
          • facing the pain
          • experiencing Easter.
    Each is a window into heaven to light our Lenten road.
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    The Word was God: Short reflections for Advent

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    Here is a gentle way of walking through the busy days leading up to Christmas. Here is encouragement to slow down and savour the words of one of the best-loved of seasonal Bible readings. Here is refreshment as well as inspiration for sharing the good news of Jesus' birth with others.  
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    To Live Again: An Advent Journey

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    Just as Christmas can promise so much and often deliver so little, our own lives can seem bittersweet when we consider dreams we may have had that never came to pass. But, as George Bailey discovered in the classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life, it is never too late to re-evaluate our lives, to find so much to be thankful for, and to live again. This can also be a time to discover new hope in our relationship with God. Four weekly study session explore: Hopes and Dreams; When Life Doesn't Go Our Way; In The Dark Times; and The Right Perspective. NB DVD not included!
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    Unearthly Beauty: Through Advent with the Saints

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    This warm-hearted book is for those of us who enter Advent longing for spiritual sustenance to balance the worldly charms of the Christmas season. Jesus' arrival in poverty and vulnerability provoked feelings of unease, as well as expectation and hope... How will we keep the faith as Christians called to live distinctively in an age of anxiety? Magdalen Smith believes we can be inspired by people from the past – those whose names are familiar or less so – whom the Church calls 'saints'. In these wide-ranging devotions, full of contemporary stories and enjoyable cultural allusions, she introduces 24 characters who manifest a mysterious dynamic... and enable us to glimpse holiness in a new way.
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    Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing

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    Pangolins and polar bears, olms, lemurs, and leopards. We share this beautiful blue-green globe with creatures magnificent, delicate, intricate―and now vanishing at a faster rate than at any other time in Earth’s history. Spend Lent with twenty-five of these wild ones. Vivid descriptions of their lives will fill readers with wonder―and grief at what they suffer on a planet shaped by human choices. Their stories thaw our stiff hearts and wake us to greater compassion―which is what Lent, meaning “springtime,” has always been for. These stories also wake in us a wild hope that from all this death and ruin, something new could rise. The promise of Lent is that something new will rise. In fact, as these stories also attest, our hope, though wild, is not impossible and is already loose in the world. "Wild Hope is the only book whose table of contents alone gave me chills. Here’s the deal: the living world, life on planet Earth, is sacred. Author Gayle Boss yearns to show us that we live in a miracle. And she succeeds in showing us that we are not alone on this holy planet. This is a beautifully elegant, deeply excellent book, pursued by grace on every page, in every stunning illustration." ―Carl Safina, ecologist, NYT bestselling author of Beyond Words and Becoming Wild; MacArthur Fellow and founder of The Safina Center
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    Waiting on the Word: A poem a day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

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    Advent is a season of waiting and anticipation in which the waiting itself is strangely rich and fulfilling. Its focus is on the coming of Christ – in humility in the manger at Bethlehem, in majesty as the fulfilment and finality of all things, and in the countless moments of encounter and transformation in the time between these two great comings in which we live. The other sense we have of the word 'advent' is in the word 'adventure'. 'Let us take the adventure that God sends us,' say the knights in Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, recognising that the God in whom we live and move and have our being may come and meet us when and where he pleases. Poetry can help us fathom the depths and inhabit the tensions of Advent's many paradoxes: past and future, dark and light, waiting and consolation, emptiness and fulfilment, ancient and ever new. In the spirit of the season, this anthology includes the familiar and adventures upon the new. Malcolm Guite selects and reflects on a poem for each day. The selection ranges from spiritual classics such as Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert and Christina Rossetti, to new and contemporary voices such as Luci Shaw and Scott Cairns. His own acclaimed sequence of sonnets for great Advent antiphons is also included. This anthology moves through Advent into its fulfilment in Christmas, and on to Epiphany where the choice of poetry is influenced by the stargazing pagan wise men. Here are works by non-Christian poets who seem, nevertheless, to see in the heavens such signs as declare the glory of the Lord.
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    Walking Backwards to Christmas

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    Using the brilliant, deceptively simple device of telling the Christmas story backwards, Stephen Cottrell helps us encounter it as if for the first time. His approach enables us to get under the skin of a complex narrative, giving insights into its many hours as well as its joys. We begin by seeing through the eyes of Anna, the prophetess in the Temple, who comes face to face with the dazzling light of the glory of God. The story darkens as we find Rachel weeping for her tiny son, slaughtered by the ferocious decrees of King Herod when he realises the wise men have tricked him. One of these, Caspar, asks on finding the baby Jesus, 'Was this what the stars had led us to: the heavens themselves come down to earth?' But a warning dream takes him and his companions far away from Herod's palace and over the mountains. The author continues to lead us in reverse chronological order through the angels' message to the bawdy, awestruck shepherds; the musings of Martha the (so-named) innkeeper's wife, who is uncharacteristically moved to wonder at the child she helps to deliver; the dreams of fearful, dependable Joseph; the joy of Elizabeth in recognising that her longed-for child will prepare the way for the Christ; and the faithful, strong-willed young Mary, whose delight in nature and in God foreshadows the light of life that will be kindled inside her. We then enter the dark, calamitous world of Isaiah, who 'sees all sorts of things he does not readily understand, but faithfully tells them without really knowing what he's telling, except it is from God'; and finally we step into the wilderness to which Moses has fled. But it is here, through the voice calling out of a burning bush, that the great revelation comes: darkness shall be scattered, and light will forever blaze.
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    Watch for the Light
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    Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas

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    This hardback anthology – from Thomas Aquinas to Gustavo Guitierrez, Meister Eckhart to Annie Dillard, John Donne to Sylvia Plath, Martin Luther to Eberhard Arnold – offers wisdom, beauty, and spiritual nourishment from a wide spectrum of classic and contemporary writers. With a selection for every day from the beginning of Advent to Epiphany, Watch for the Light can be opened at leisure or followed as a guide to daily devotions. Either way, its subtle and beautiful reflections on the true meaning of the season will give new dimension to the phrase 'holiday preparations'.
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    Welcoming the Way of the Cross: A Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day

    In today's high-pressure, fast-paced culture, people crave space for rest and renewal, for restoration of both body and soul. Welcoming the Way of the Cross explores how creating this space can be part of a Lenten discipline and understood as 'hospitality' in its broadest sense - making space to be open to God, to ourselves, and to each other.   Selecting daily readings from across the Bible, as well as drawing on her own extensive experience as a retreat leader and tutor in Christian spirituality, Barbara Mosse shows both the blessings and the challenges that will inevitably emerge as we embark on this kind of journey.
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    Whispers from the Edge of Eternity

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    Whispers from the Edge of Eternity – Charles Ringma (Reflections on Life and Faith in a Precarious World) The Christian journey is far more complex than an evolutionary upward movement. There are strange contours in the road. Faith is the evidence of things unseen, but it also has its uncertainties, and our healing is far from complete. Moreover, we continue to live in a world where there is so much injustice. This meditational reader seeks to reflect something of this kind of textured picture of the Christian journey. Whispers from the Edge of Eternity contains daily Scripture readings and reflections on many issues of the Christian life. Throughout this book Charles Ringma mediates the wisdom of theologians, philosophers, novelists, and writers on Christian spirituality from across the centuries, challenging us to experience God not only times of prosperity, but also in the shadows of pain and suffering. Readers will be encouraged in the journey of discipleship by such diverse voices as St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, Dorothy Day and Henri Nouwen.
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    A Year with Thomas Merton
    A Year with Thomas Merton
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    A Year with Thomas Merton

    365 days of inspiration from the personal journals of Thomas Merton. Thomas Merton is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential American spiritual writers of the past century. This volume draws from his journals and papers to present, each day, a thought-provoking insight or observation appropriate to the season. Each month begins with one of Merton's delightful pen and ink drawings or black-and-white photographs. 'What matters most is secret, not said. This begins to be the most real and most certain dimension.' Thomas Merton
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    Simple ways
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    Simple ways

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    Simple Ways – Towards the Sacred – by Gunilla Norris A profound and poetic celebration of our search for the Sacred, Simple Ways invites us to discover that the meaning of our lives can be found and experienced exactly where we are. “Simple Ways” is a book to live rather than read. Gunilla Norris doesn’t tell you what to see, but how to see. She doesn’t tell you where to go, but how to know when you have arrived.
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