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    Someone to Believe In: An Advent course

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    Someone to Believe In is an original Advent course based on the classic Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street. Through discussion of some of the themes and characters of this perennially popular film, the course helps us to think more deeply during the Advent season about the coming of Jesus, and what the Christmas story can teach us about our faith today. The course comprises four weekly group sessions which explore the following themes: – Beginning our walk of faith – Responding to challenges in our faith – What does faith mean when common sense tells us not to believe? – Understanding the gift of miracles Each session includes watching scenes from the 1947 Academy Award-winning Miracle on 34th Street (there are timing references for the DVD) and alternative options to watch scenes from the 1994 version. Each session also includes questions and reflections for group discussion, activities and suggested closing prayers. NB: DVD not included!  
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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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    Longing, Waiting, Believing: Reflections for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

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    In the excitement of the weeks before Christmas, it is all too easy to overlook the fact that Christians have, down the centuries, regarded Advent as a season of penitence, a time of prayer and preparation for the great feast of the birth of Jesus, just as Lent is a season of preparation for Easter, when we remember his death and resurrection. This book of daily Bible readings and reflective comment covers the weeks from 1 December through to Epiphany on 6 January. As well as considering the well-known events of the nativity story, it looks back to those who prepared the way – the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament and John the Baptist and Mary the Mother of Jesus in the New Testament. The book explores the traditional Advent focus on the 'four last things': death, judgement, heaven and hell. Rodney Holder shows how these sombre themes have their place in the build-up to the celebrations, because of another historic aspect of Advent: reflecting on the second coming of Jesus, when he will return, as Lord and King rather than a helpless baby, to set the world to rights.  
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    Real God in the Real World: Advent and Christmas readings on the coming of Christ

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    This book offers a lively, engaging and accessible look at the theme of the Incarnation, the mysterious event at the heart of Christmas, using personal stories, illustrations from popular culture and the arts, as well as daily Bible readings. The starting-point is what the 'Word made flesh' means for us and how the first Christmas should still have an impact on our everyday lives. We will be taken on an absorbing journey to help us recognise the person of Jesus in the people we meet, the conversations we have, and even in our relationship with nature and the arts. By the end of our journey, we will not only recognise Christ in others but also in ourselves, as we model ourselves on him and share his love, compassion and peace with our neighbours, whoever they are and whatever their backgrounds.
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    Feast + Fast: Food for Advent and Christmas

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    Christmas is one of our best loved festivals. During the long dark days of winter, it gives the focus of a celebration to lift our hearts and spirits, and the food that goes along with it plays an enormous part. But the Christmas season isn't just about shopping, parties, presents and over-indulgence. Advent, the period leading up to Christmas, can also be an important time of spiritual as well as practical preparation. In this, Christina Rees's second collection of writings and recipes following Christian festivals, she explores the wonderful season of Advent and Christmas through the themes of Welcoming, Wondering, Giving, Receiving and Celebrating. With spiritual wisdom and recipes to guide us through the festive season (including Christina's original American turkey stuffing recipe as enjoyed and adapted by Delia Smith!), she provides inspiration for fantastic meals for family and friends, and insight for maintaining a fresh and positive perspective in the midst of all the seasonal activities. Feast + Fast – Food for Advent and Christmas is a rich and creative offering, perfect for anyone seeking joy and love that lie at the heart of Christmas.
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    We Make the Road by Walking: A Year Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation and Activation

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    We Make the Road by Walking is a year's worth of reflections on the Bible. Working with the framework of the church year, they provide a Genesis-to-Revelation overview of the Bible that can be used in a number of ways: a year of church services, a year of weekly dinner-dialogue gatherings, a year of classes or online interactions, a series of retreats, or simply a rich reading experience. Brian McLaren explores what it means to be alive in the way of Christ - reading, praying, meditating, discussing and acting our way through God's word to us, the Bible.
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    Lent is for loving: A Lent course about Love

    Lent is not just about denial! Christianity is not a blueprint for repression but for joy; for a life of fulfilment beyond our wildest dreams. Jesus said 'I have come that you may have life and have it to the full'. In short chapters suitable for individual reading or group study, and questions for meditation and reflection, Sheila Cassidy considers the word 'LENT' as an acronym for what it really means to live as a Christian today: L is for LOVE E is for EMPATHY N is quite simply for NO! T is for THANK YOU GOD Sheila Cassidy's honest and wise books on suffering and healing have made her one of the UK's best-loved and most popular writers on pastoral care and personal growth. She is widely known for her work in the hospice movement, and as a young doctor who survived torture for daring to give medical care to an opponent of the Pinochet regime in Chile.  
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    Jesus: his home, his journey, his challenge. A Companion for Lent and Easter

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    'After many years of biblical scholarship and teaching, David Bryan set off to learn about Jesus by visiting Israel. On his return, he was plunged into parish ministry in Darlington. Ten years later, he has synthesised his learning and ministerial experience in this inspiring and challenging companion for Lent. The text brings Jesus to life in ways that will not only inform but also energise many individuals and groups. Working with it is a great way to prepare for Easter.'

    Stephen Cherry, Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral

     

    'David Bryan's face-to-face presentations in local churches, helping the, connect with the human story of Jesus, transfer very successfully into this book. His own devotion to Jesus, his scholarship carried lightly and an ever-present strain of humour, invite us to encounter the challenges that Jesus brought to those he first met. He starkly brings us close to the tough realities of life and strife at the time of Jesus, raising questions along the way to stimulate consideration of the reader's own beliefs and values. Poetry, archaeology and politics are woven together as Bryan invites us to reconsider our identity in the world of today in the light of Jesus' dream of the reign of God. This is an excellent resource for groups of personal study.'

     

    Robin Greenwood, Research Fellow in Applied Theology Durham University

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    Christ and the Chocolaterie: A Lent course

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    Christ and the Chocolaterie is an original, innovative and lively Lent course inspired by the film Chocolat, which was in turn based on the best selling novel by Joanne Harris. Using the film as a starting point for exploring issues about God, the world and what it means to be human, Hilary Brand has designed five group sessions on the themes of: ● Giving up – the prelude to change ● Giving out – the power of a gift ● Getting wise – the possibility of change ● Getting real – the power of acceptance ● Growing up  – the process of change Each session includes extracts from the film, group discussion, questions, exercises and meditations, suggestions for individual reading and related Bible passages for further daily reading plus notes for group course leaders. Christ and the Chocolaterie also includes appendices on the curious history of chocolate, the unfair economics of chocolate and ideas for a chocolate feast.
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    I am with you

    In I Am With You, Episcopal priest and theologian Kathryn Green-McCreight examines the biblical portrayal of God’s presence among us as light in darkness. Close readings of Scripture are woven into a framework patterned on the seven monastic hours of prayer and the seven days of creation. With an introduction by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, I Am With You is a reflective and throught provoking guide to the solemn season of Lent.
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    Sensing God: Learning to meditate during Lent

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    We often associate Lent with giving something up but it is also a good time to begin. This refreshing book is a practical introduction and guide to Christian meditation. Through this ascetic discipline, we enter into the tradition of the Desert Fathers, and as we learn to sense God’s presence and nurture the silence within, come to experience joy and well-being in every area of our lives. Fr Laurence offers meditation instructions, guidance and support, as well as 46 enriching daily reflections on the Gospels, which highlight particular Gospel themes and their continued relevance for modern living.
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    Multicoloured Seasons

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    A collection of sixteen images to colour based around the Church Year, two images for each season starting at Advent, then Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Harvest with mediations on the reverse of each image.
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    The Christmas Creative Retreat Activity Book

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    This book has been designed to be used from Christmas Day to Epiphany. It has been created to help you find moments of meaning amidst the mince pies and re-runs of old sit-coms. Be inspired by the stories of Saints and find peace with the activities. The Christmas Creative Retreat Activity Book offers a combination of meditations, prayers and activities. Some to challenge and some to help you relax and clear your mind and always to encourage you to hear the 'still, small voice'.
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    The Little Book of Advent

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    The Little Book of Advent is an indispensable collection of readings from some of the most celebrated modern-day spiritual writers, with passages specially selected for each day of Advent. These carefully chosen insights come from men and women, lay and ordained, across the denominational spectrum, and their wisdom is combined with both a suggested Scripture passage, and a prayer to make your own. This book can be used either for self-reflection or to spark discussion in groups during an Advent course. It is a volume that will become a treasured part of your prayer life during the run-up to Christmas, and can be used year after year. Canon Arthur Howells is a retired priest, having served all his ministry in the Church in Wales.
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    Approaching Christmas

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    Christmas, for many of us, is a magical season. We sense that it is a time for happiness and for seeing the good in each other, even if we cannot always say why this is so. The chapters of this book focus on things we all associate with Christmas, such as: making lists, decorations, gifts, Christmas trees, music, food and family. In each one, the author blends personal story, Christmas traditions, spiritual reflection, and quotations from scripture or other sources to offer an imaginative and stimulating way into the riches of the season. Illustrated throughout with fine art, Approaching Christmas is a beautiful and rewarding companion to the Christmas season. Hardback. 128 pages.
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    Jesse Tree Ornaments

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    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. This ornament pack contains three sheets of card printed with thirty-one double sided ornaments for you to colour, cut out and use to decorate your own Jesse Tree at home. Each ornament illustrates one of the Jesse Tree readings written by Andy Raine from the Northumbria Community. The readings themselves, one for each day in December, are available in Celtic Daily Prayer Book 2: Farther Up and Farther In published by Collins and available here Also available from the Northumbria Community is the Jesse Tree Pack which contains these card ornaments along with an A5 booklet of the readings - available here  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.
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    The Journey: With Jesus to Jerusalem and the Cross

    After an unforgettable three years, the charismatic teacher who called you and your brother James to follow him says, ‘Right, lets go to Jerusalem.’ It’s thrilling to be setting out on the next stage of the adventure. But life in the company of Jesus is not for the faint-hearted. Certainly there’s fun as you mess about with the other young disciples. But it’s pretty edgey too, not knowing who is going to turn up next and what might be expected of you. And as the days pass by, the huge demands on Jesus as he heals and teaches invoke both a strange tenderness and a growing dread of why exactly you are journeying to the holy city... Looking through the eyes of the disciple John, The Journey follows Luke’s chronology from Luke 9:51, as Jesus ‘set his face to go to Jerusalem’. Absorbing, exuberant and affective, it offers daily (weekday) readings for Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, with a poem for each Saturday. It is suitable for use by individuals or groups.
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    God is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter

    ‘This is my second Passiontide here. When people suggest in their letters ... that I’m “suffering” here, I reject the thought. It seems to me a profanation. These things musn’t be dramatized. I doubt very much whether I’m “suffering” any more than you, or most people, are suffering today. Of course, a great deal here is horrible, but where isn’t ? ... No, suffering must be something quite different, and have quite a different dimension, from what I’ve so far experienced. FROM A LETTER TO EBERHARD BETHGE FROM TEGEL PRISON, 9 MARCH 1944 These stirring words are among forty-seven devotions that will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful  reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross. Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Supplemented by an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season, these daily devotions are moving reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.
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    The Lent Creative Retreat Activity Book

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    The Lent Creative Retreat Activity book is the newest of a series of Retreat books written and illustrated by Mary & Mark Fleeson with readings, prayers and activities split into sections to help you Take time out with God. This book gives an opportunity to discover some of the things that the approach to Easter can teach us.  Some of the meditations, prayers and activities are intended to challenge and some to help you relax and clear your mind.  All encourage you to hear the ‘still, small voice’.   It is recommended that the activities are spread over the weeks of Lent and cover 'Sharing Together', 'Prophecy Fulfilled', 'Forgiveness', 'Behold' and 'Father into Your hands'    
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    Barefoot Prayers: A Meditation a Day for Lent and Easter

    "Barefoot Prayers comes from someone with his feet firmly on the ground yet exposed to mystery and to God. These prayers are earthy, with a vulnerability and openness: vibrant with the humus of the earth and the breath of the Spirit." David Adam 'These are prayers with the all-too-rare quality of being freshly minted and imagined in a different register. They're evocative, playful and searching, and they demand a return visit.' John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford. 'In this book humility and grace come together to take us on a journey through Lent that will lead us closer to God. This is no easy journey, it is rooted in reality and honesty...There are moments of wonder and joy, times of challenge and struggle, and at the end a simple Amen.' Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference.  
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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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    Looking Through The Cross

    Everything looks different in this world when seen through the lens of the Cross. In the Archbishop of Cantebury's 2014 Lent Book, Graham Tomlin explores how life appears when viewed through the Cross of Christ, a perspective that sheds a remarkable light on some familiar themes. Covering atonement, reconciliation, humilty, identity, power, suffering and life itself, Looking Through The Cross is a fresh and important meditation on the meaning of the Cross in a complex and turbulent world.
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    The Advent Creative Retreat Activity Book

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    The Advent Creative Retreat Activity Book is one of a series of Retreat books written and illustrated by Mary & Mark Fleeson. It's an A6 format, 20 page book with readings, prayers and activities split into sections to help you to take time out with God. This book gives an opportunity to discover some of the things that the approach to Christmas can teach us. It includes excerpts from Henry Van Dyke’s short story ‘The Other Wise Man’, come and join him as he seeks the King! The Advent Creative Retreat Activity Book offers a combination of meditations, prayers and activities. Some to challenge and some to help you relax and clear your mind and always to encourage you to hear the ‘still, small voice’.
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    Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals Pocket edition
    Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals Pocket edition
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    Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals Pocket Edition

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    Common Prayer Pocket Edition helps today's diverse church pray together across denominations. With sensitivity to the particulars of various liturgical prayer traditions, and using an advisory team of liturgy experts, the authors have created a tapestry of prayer that celebrates the best of each tradition. As a condensed version of the original Common Prayer, this convenient and portable book provides the perfect companion either for group prayer or for those who are away from their spiritual community and desire to remain connected through the beauty and depth of Christian liturgy. Like the original edition, this pocket edition features prayers for morning, midday and evening, and commemorates significant dates and heroes in church history, as well as important people and events in the struggle for freedom and justice. This edition also features new compline prayers and provides prayers for those who travel and are away from their family and church community.
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