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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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    Nothing More and Nothing Less: A Lent course

    Nothing More and Nothing Less is an original Lent course by Virginia Moffatt, which uses the powerful, multi-award winning film, I Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach and written by Paul Laverty, as an opportunity for us to question why so many people in our society are suffering, what causes injustice and oppression – looking at examples from Jesus' time as well as today – and what we can do in response. The course is based around five weekly group sessions entitled: Systems of Oppression; Staying Human; Compassion in the Darkness; Fighting Back or Giving In?; The Suffering Servant. NB: the DVD is not included Each session includes suggested clips from I, Daniel Blake to watch as a group, reflection points and discussion starters, a suitable Bible reading and prayers, and a short section of suggestions for ways in which course members could make a positive practical response. 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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    The Gospel in the Willows: Forty meditations inspired by The Wind in the Willows

    The Gospel in the Willows comprises 40 daily readings and meditations which may be used through Lent or any other period of the year.

    'Leslie Francis has achieved a most original and enchanting book by drawing out the wisdom embedded in Kenneth Grahame's classic, The Wind in the Willows, and weaving it into a profoundly Christian pattern which glows with spiritual truths simply expressed.

     

    This journey along the river of life with Ratty and Mole is indeed a revelation – for Jesus is their fellow-traveller in the meditations and prayers which Professor Francis has so skilfully crafted. To fuse the New Testament with an Edwardian novel in this way is not only to take a magnificently bold creative step but also to illustrate yet again that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  Susan Howatch

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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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    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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    A Season of Little Sacraments: Christmas Commotion, Advent Grace

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    The lament swells every December, as perennial as the jingle of Salvation Army bells: the season of Advent is lost in the secular trappings of Christmas preparation. For those aspiring to a reverent Advent but caught up in the twenty-first-century to-do lists, A Season of Little Sacraments offers a fresh perspective on the secular-sacred December divide. Susan Swetnam invites readers along an ordinary woman's day-by-day walk through Advent, demonstrating that the very 'distractions' accused of taking Christ out of Christmas can become 'little sacraments' – occasions for grace to break through and faith to deepen – if approached with mindful reflection. For readers who want to experience a truly sacred Advent without fleeing completely from contemporary society, A Season of Little Sacraments will be a welcome source of nourishment and delight.
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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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    The One True Gift: Daily readings for Advent to encourage and inspire

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    Christmas is meant to be full of joy and light; but all too often is is spoiled by grumbling and arguing. So this year, prepare to encounter Christ afresh in a ay that will make you a bearer ion peace and goodwill all season long. In these 24 short daily readings for Advent, Tim Chester peels back the layers on Philippians 2. Each day includes ideas for reflection, prayer and application, designed to excite you about the One True Gift – the Lord Jesus – in the run up to Christmas Day.
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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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    Seeing Haloes: Christmas Poems to Open the Heart

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    Christmas is unavoidable. But if it is going to happen for us, we need to take time. We need to slow down and do something with the spiritual meaning of the feast and the season. Reading the Christmas poems of Seeing Haloes is one way of doing this. John Shea hopes that each poem strikes a chord and brings us into memories we may have forgotten and present experiences we may have overlooked. When this happens, the Spirit arrives to illumine our minds, inspire our wills, and gladden our hearts. Christmas happens.
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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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    Approaching Easter

    What controls us? What gives meaning to our lives? How can we live a life shared with others? The seasons of Lent and Easter are traditionally times to reflect upon such fundamental questions as these. In this gentle, reflective book, Jane Williams encourages us to make space for reflection and, in so doing, to draw closer to God. Many of us conceive of Lent as a negative time, a time to give things up. Jane Williams, however, encourages us to hear the good news that God loves us, to try to believe it for ourselves, and then to spend the forty days of the season attempting to find out what that means. In each chapter she blends personal story, spiritual reflection, and quotations from Scripture or other sources to offer an imaginative and powerful way into the meaning of the season.
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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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    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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    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
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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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