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    Dust that Dreams of Glory: Reflections on Lent and Holy Week

    In these previously unpublished writings, Michael Mayne reflects on Lent and Holy Week, when Christians prepare to follow Jesus to the cross. Lent, he finds, is not a bleak, forbidding time, but a positive and optimistic opportunity for remembering who and what we truly are: 'Dust, yes, but dust that dreams of glory. Dust that has a deep, aching sense both of its mortality and of its reaching after the God glimpsed in Jesus whom one day we shall see face to face. Lent is a time for remembering where our true home lies, and for setting our face once again in that direction.' Dust that Dreams of Glory also includes sequences of reflections for Good Friday and on the seven last words of Christ, which will be welcomed as a profoundly rich and inspiring resource for worship and personal devotion during Holy Week.
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    Lent Talks: a collection of broadcasts

    What does Lent mean to you? Whether it is six weeks of restorative reflection or a blur of busyness in the lead-up to Easter, this hand-picked selection from BBC Radio 4's popular Lent Talks, will help you to discover anew the meaning of Jesus' ministry and Passion. Following a dynamic Foreword by Christine Morgan, Head of Radio, BBC Religion and Ethics, six well-known writers and broadcasters offer fresh and arresting perspectives on the life and death of Christ. This brief but insightful book provides something for everyone as we journey towards Easter.
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    The Way of the Carmelites: a prayer journey through Lent

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    For Carmelites, prayer is friendship with God in a silent communion of love. By fixing our eyes on the vulnerability of Jesus and on his unrequited love for us, we are transformed. And for a life permeated by closeness to him, contemplation becomes the source of action. This beautifully written book, replete with reflections on the Bible, is a spiritual companion and guide for Lent – and the rest of the year – that will introduce readers to the riches of the Carmelite tradition. It also includes questions at the end of each chapter that enable us to follow the profound and practical way of the Carmelites.
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    The Art of Lent: A painting a day from Ash Wednesday to Easter

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    Join Sister Wendy on a journey through Lent, and discover the timeless wisdom to be found in some of the world's greatest paintings. Illustrated in full colour with over forty famous and lesser-known masterpieces of Western art, this beautiful book will lead you into a deeply prayerful response to all that these paintings convey to the discerning eye. For those who want to appreciate the spirituality behind some of the world's greatest works of art, this book will be hugely inspiring – not only during Lent but at any time of year. Dr Janina Ramirez, art historian and broadcaster.
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    Exploring the Void: A Lent course

    Exploring the Void is a Lent course, based on the internationally-acclaimed film Touching the Void, which tells the gripping true-life tale of two climbers' fight for survival when disaster strikes  during an expedition in the Andes. Using the film as a starting point for discussion, Exploring the Void is a course that appeals to people of all ages. Arranged into five group sessions, it relates themes and issues raised by this gripping story to our own journey through life: Travelling companions; Plateaux and summits; Breaking free; Decision making; Out of the void. NB: the DVD is not included Each session includes extracts from the film, questions for group discussion, personal reflection and worship. The book also includes suggestions and guidelines for course leaders, an introduction and further reading to support the main group sessions. NB DVD not included
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    Feast + Fast: Food for Lent and Easter

    As Lent approaches you may be wondering how best to mark it. Lent is traditionally a period of abstinence, so should you deny yourself little luxuries such as chocolate or alcohol? Or should you do something positive and, if so, what? How best can you nourish your body and soul through this special period in the year? In this original book, Christina Rees takes us on a spiritual and culinary exploration of the Christian traditions around fasting and feasting in Lent and Easter. Christina examines the significance of our daily meals and includes recipes for quick but satisfying breakfasts, lunches and dinners through the forty days of Lent as well as ideas for an Easter feast to savour, rich in symbolism and style. Full of spiritual wisdom as well as inspiring ideas for down to earth living, Feast + Fast offers simple and delicious nourishment to sustain you on your Lenten journey.
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    Some Small heaven: Seeking Light in Winter, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

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    Winter tests our hope and resolve. In the Northern hemisphere the temperature drops. Storms disturb. Light fades. But this time of year also sees the festivals of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Each in some way is a reminder that light is never totally absent. Exploring a path through these festivals, Some Small Heaven seeks to discover the light within the darkness of winter – and within all our winters – to find some small heaven each day, even when life comes at us tough, hard and bleak. Whether we are waiting for a darkness to pass or yearning for a light to come, these daily reflections and images enable us to give our care and attention to both the waiting and the yearning and to recognise the gifts that such times may bring.
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    Advent for Everyone: A Journey with the Apostles

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    Join Tom Wright on a journey with the Apostles, exploring the New Testament themes of thankfulness, patience, humility and joy. Within each of these themes, Wright offers a week of daily readings and meditations, beginning with the Sunday reading in the Revised Common Lectionary and ending with stimulating questions for personal reflection or group discussion. Drawing on key passages in his popular For Everyone series of commentaries, these sparkling reflections take you on a journey of spiritual enlightenment, guiding you towards the wonder and joy of Christmas.
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    In Touch with God: Advent Meditations on Biblical Prayers

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    The Archbishop of York's Lent Book for 2017. Make this Advent a time to refresh and enhance your spiritual life by reflecting on some of the greatest prayers in the Bible and the people who prayed them. Abraham, Moses, Hannah, David, Isaiah, Mary ... This sequence of twenty-five inspiring meditations looks at how our forebears in faith turned to God, both in times of trouble and time of joy and celebration.
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    Songs for a Saviour’s Birth

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    Journey through Advent with Elizabeth, Mary, Zechariah, the Angels, Simeon and Anna. Christmas has always been a time for songs and singing. In this book, the author helps us to feel the joy of those who first welcomed Christ into the world.
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    Rise Up Shepherd! Advent reflections on the spirituals

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    Valuable not only for their sublime musical expression, the African American spirituals give us profound insights into the human condition and the Christian life. Luke Powery leads the reader through the spirituals as they confront the mystery of incarnation and redemption throughout the season of Advent.
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    Names for the Messiah: An Advent Study

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    In Isaiah 9:6, a divine utterance is given to us using four royal titles – Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. Names of Messiah ponders each title and how the people understood it then, how Jesus did or did not fulfil the title, and how Christians interpret Jesus as representative of that title. Christians have claimed from the beginning that Jesus was the Messiah as foretold in the Old Testament. In this study, bestselling author Water Brueggemann tackles the questions: What were these expectations? and Did Jesus fulfil them? Perfect for individual or group study, this book includes prayer and questions for reflection that can be used each week.
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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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    40 Days with the Celtic Saints: Devotional Readings for a Time of Preparation

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    The life stories of the Celtic Saints are inspirational. They demonstrate great and unassuming faith, often in the face of insurmountable difficulties. In 40 Days with the Celtic Saints, David Cole draws us to relate our own life journey and developing relationship with God into the life story of the Celtic saint of the day. A corresponding biblical text and blessing encourages and motivates us to transform our lives for today's world in the light of such historic faith.
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    A Beautiful Friendship: A Lent Course

    A Beautiful Friendship is a new Lent course that offers a fresh perspective on one of the classic movies of our time. Casablanca has many well-known lines and scenes, but it also deals with powerful themes of love, loss, faith and sacrifice that can help us reflect on the message of the Gospel at Lent. The course comprises five weekly sessions exploring:
        • Waiting in the wilderness
        • Lamenting and lost lovE
        • Seeing God's bigger picture
        • Standing up for our beliefs
        • The power of self-sacrificial love
    PLEASE NOTE: THE DVD OF THE FILM IS NOT INCLUDED  
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    Dust & Glory: Daily Bible Readings from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day

    Lent is one of the three 40-day seasons in the church's year, besides Advent and the period from Easter to Pentecost. The name itself, Lent, derives from an ancient word meaning 'spring' or 'long', referring to the time of year when days are beginning to lengthen and the world is turning from winter cold and dark to the warmth and promise of spring. During this time, the church calls us to a special period of prayer, self-examination and teaching – and this book has been written to accompany you through that period, a time of turning from winter to spring, from death to life. Dust & Glory ranges across the whole business of living and believing, where the questions are as important as the answers and may call us to deep heart-searching. The goal is always to draw us to authentic faith – a way of living and believing that is real and vulnerable, strong in knowing its limits, rooted in joy and wonder, blessed with the healing and merciful presence of God. Such faith acknowledges both the dust of our mortality and the glory that keeps breaking in with unexpected life, hope and new beginnings.
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    The Things He Did: The Story of Holy Week

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    One Extraordinary Week
      • Jesus rides a colt into Jerusalem.
      • He shows righteous rage in the temple.
      • Her eats with the wrong sort of people.
      • He lets a woman anoint him with oil.
      • He washes his disciples' feet.
      • He breaks bread and shares wine.
      • He prays passionately in the garden.
      • He allows himself to he arrested.
      Jesus stands in the prophetic tradition of those who embody what they teach. The things he did were carefully planned. And in this riveting book, Stephen Cottrell draws out their political and religious significance as Jesus moves towards his greatest and final act – his death and resurrection.
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    Not a Tame Lion: A Lent course

    'We would all like a religion that kept us within our comfort zone. But just as C.S. Lewis's Aslan is not a tame lion, neither is the Christ of the gospels always a comfortable Saviour, saying and doing things that are often unexpected and challenging. 'Nor is this a comfortable Lent course. Lent, of course, was never intended to be a time of comfort. It was traditionally a time of sackcloth and ashes and rumblings in the stomach, a drab, grey run-up to the glorious resurrection theme of Easter. Discomfort is much less fashionable nowadays. But whatever your Lenten attitude to chocolate or alcohol maybe, for this Lent at least, you will be willing to submit your spirit to a little bit of mental exercise and your mind to a little bit of spiritual challenge.' Not a Tame Lion is the latest Lent course from Hilary Brand. Based around three films: The Chronicles of Narnia's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, and Shadowlands (Attenborough cinema version), the course aims to bring ideas from C.S Lewis's writing to a wider contemporary audience. Each film clip is related to one of the sayings of Jesus and there is introductory material to be read before each session, as well as a wide range of discussion starters and questions. Topics covered range from the challenging – suffering, God's absence, hell – to the distinctly unfashionable – sin, judgement and the devil. Each session ends with a brief meditation. An engaging and original resource for Lent. PLEASE NOTE: DVDS OF THE FILMS ARE NOT INCLUDED
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    Pocket Prayers for Lent

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    Entering the Season of Lent can be an amazing journey of discovery, an opportunity to journey to the foot of the cross, to be challenged by the sacrifice and reassured by the resurrection. Historically is is a time to fast and repent in preparation for the joyous celebration of Easter Day. The short prayers in this card may be used to help you practise a rhythm of prayer during Lent and to prepare for Easter.
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    Pocket Prayers for Advent

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    Pocket Prayers for Advent contains prayers for Morning, Midday, Evening and Night to help you practise a rhythm of prayer and prepare for the Christmas season.
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    Praying Advent: Three Minute Reflections on Peace, Faithfulness, Joy and Light

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    In Advent we celebrate that God has already come – yet is coming. Already encircled by infinite divine life and love, we try to awaken our souls to God's vibrant presence. For many Christians, Advent and Christmas in their favourite season, yet they find themselves overshadowed with shopping, preparations for Christmas, unexpected snow and ice storms, holiday parties and endless other distractions. Although the tree might be decorated and the presents wrapped, Christmas sometimes simply falls upon us, our souls feeling woefully underprepared. Praying Advent can help busy souls prepare for the true Christmas season. The book is divided into four weeks, with a reading, reflection and spiritual practice for each day. This month-long journey can beautify souls and awaken hearts to the presence of Emmanuel – God with us.
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    Jesse Tree Bumper Pack: 1 Jesse Tree readings booklet + 10 Ornament sets

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    Bumper Jesse Tree pack, including an A5 booklet containing the Jesse Tree readings, one for each day in December, plus 10 sets of 31 double sided card ornaments illustrating the readings. This pack is ideal for groups wanting to use a Jesse Tree activity together. The readings, also available in Celtic Daily Prayer Book 2: Farther Up and Farther In published by Collins and available here , have been written by Andy Raine from the Northumbria Community. Each ornament set consists of three sheets of card printed with a total of thirty-one double sided ornaments for you to colour, cut out and use to decorate your own Jesse Tree at home. The Jesse Tree has been used over many centuries to bring life to the characters who are part of Jesus’ family Tree from Jesse through David to Joseph and Mary. Your Jesse Tree can be made from anything you wish but many people use a branch which can be left in its natural state or stripped and painted gold, silver, white and then suspended from a ceiling or ‘planted’ in a pot. Instructions for preparing the ornaments are included in this pack. Also available from the Northumbria Community is the standard Jesse Tree Pack which contains 1 set of these card ornaments along with the A5 booklet of the readings – available here  and the standard ornament pack which contains 1 set of card ornaments without the booklet – available here
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    Haphazard by Starlight: A poem a day from Advent to Epiphany

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    Advent is celebrated when the year is becoming darker and colder, moving into the death and dormancy of winter. Before we can greet the coming of the light, we need to engage with some themes that are challenging and occasionally fearful. Like the Magi who travelled a long distance to search out and adore the infant Jesus, and who took some wrong turns on the way, we too have a journey to undertake before we find that we have 'Walked haphazard by starlight straight into the kingdom of heaven.' (U.A. Fanthorpe, BC:AD) Haphazard by Starlight is a companion volume to Janet Morley's bestselling Lent book, The Heart's Time. Here the reader is given the opportunity to engage in a pilgrimage of the heart, through Advent and Christmas to the feast of Epiphany. Each day, from 1 December to 6 January, offers a poem (sometimes explicitly Christian, sometimes not) and an accessible commentary that is both critically informed and devotional in intent.
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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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