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  • Every Place is Holy Ground
    Every Place is Holy Ground
    £9.99

    Every Place is Holy Ground: Making a pilgrimage through everyday places

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    In Every Place is Holy Ground, Sally Welch opens our eyes and our senses to places we may already think we know well: our own homes, local churches and the community where we live. We discover that even the most familiar surroundings can become places of sacred encounter as we learn to see them as though we were pilgrims on a journey. This practical guidebook helps us enter those spaces as never before, with fresh awareness of their potential to bring us into the presence of God. Guided meditations using stories, symbols, reflections and prayers are provided for prayer journeys inspired by everyday sights. They trace the pattern of traditional pilgrimages to far-off holy places and reflect both the joys and trials of such journeys: encouraging, challenging, questioning and stretching us so that we may cultivate a richer sense of being fully alive in the present moment. Every Place is Holy Ground will enable us to see our everyday surroundings with eyes alert to the signs of God's glory in creation and to the blessings to be found on our own doorsteps. The adventure of pilgrimage changes people. As Bishop John Pritchard writes in the foreword, 'Even if we are taking the route of pilgrimage in our own home, we will find that we have travelled far and thought deep ... And through it all we will also get to know better the Good Companion who travels with us every step of the journey, the Lord of the Pilgrimage, God himself.'
    £9.99
    £9.99
  • £13.50

    Eyes of the Heart

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    Eyes of the Heart by Christine Valters Painter explores photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective. Christine Valters Painter builds on the process of contemplative creativity in her book The Artist’s Rule (also available from the community bookshop) by adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing). A spiritual director and Benedictine oblate, she guides readers through a new way of spiritual observation – through the lens of a camera – and in receiving images, not simply taking them. She writes that, ‘My hope is that, in exploring the language of photography, you [develop] new portals into the your own experience and awareness of God. Shadow and light, framing, colour, reflections, and mirrors all offer us metaphors for ways of understanding how we might move towards seeing ourselves and God with the eyes of the heart.’ She invites us to use our cameras to help us to release our expectations of what we think we ought to see and learn to discover what is actually there. And then helps us to bring this kind of interaction into our everyday lives.
    £13.50
    £13.50
  • Finding a Personal Rule of Life
    Finding a Personal Rule of Life
    £4.00
    £4.00
  • Finding our Way Again
    £12.50

    Finding our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices

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    'Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.' Jeremiah 6:16 Most of us suffer from spiritual disorientation. Our souls are untended. And in this fragmented world, a soul left untended quickly loses direction. It forgets itself and becomes an insubstantial thing, disoriented and unavailable to the truth. And neither scientific secularism nor religious fundamentalism nor vague spiritualities have been able to offer any real answers. That's why a growing number of Christians are turning to early spiritual practices as a means of tending their souls. For centuries, believers have eagerly submitted to disciplines such as fixed-hour prayer, fasting, sacred meals, observing the Sabbath, or pilgrimage to create everyday sacredness, a spiritual rhythm for living within the well-worn grooves of a workaday life. In Finding Our Way Again, Brian McLaren serves as guide to a wide variety of these disciplines, showing how they form character, awaken us to life, and help us to experience God, and each other, in new and fresh ways.
    £12.50
    £12.50
  • Freedom of Simplicity
    Freedom of Simplicity
    £13.50

    Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World

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    Simplicity is not merely a matter of having less stress and more leisure. It is rather n essential spiritual discipline that we must practice for the health of the soul. Twenty-five years after it first appeared, this updated version of Richard Foster's classic work explores the foundation of this discipline, its fundamental importance int he Bible, and how it has been manifested and taught by God's saints throughout Christian history. This beautiful, moving manifesto on incorporating simplicity into our hectic lives still rings true – and is even more needed today.
    £13.50
    £13.50
  • Fully Awake and Truly Alive
    Fully Awake and Truly Alive
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    Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture your Soul

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    In a culture enthralled with technology, striving and speed, people of many faith traditions and no faith tradition long to slow down, pay attention and wake up to the present moment. They want help in realising their hope that they can become more truly alive. This engaging and highly readable book offers you guidance for the journey. Sharing stories from her personal life as a spiritual seeker and from her professional career as a retreat leader, spiritual director and teacher, Reverend Jane Vennard illustrates the joys and frustrations of spiritual practice, offers insights from various religious traditions, and provides step-by-step exercises and meditations to practice: caring for the body, rest, silence, solitude, letting go, community, hospitality, service and living gratefully.
    £13.50
    £13.50
  • In Celebration of Simplicity
    In Celebration of Simplicity
    £8.99

    In Celebration of Simplicity: The Joy of Living Lightly

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    Our spiritual growth has been stifled by our long obsession with consumption and possessions. This practical yet visionary book offers a model for a truly healthy life based on gospel simplicity. Ditch the study that gets in the way, and your heart is free to respond to God. 'What is in these pages works,' says Penelope Wilcock. 'It's the medicine for today, it transforms life. It's the part of the Bible that shouts off every page but is silenced before it ever gets to church.' Christian simplicity affects our management of time, money, possessions, speech, what we do, eat, and hear, our relationships, resources, homes, transport, the way we dress. It requires discipline, especially at the outset. 'But as we journey, a wonderful sense of freedom permeates our lives; the light heart that is necessary to walk gracefully in Christ's way.'
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    £8.99
  • Into the Silent Land
    Into the Silent Land
    £10.99

    Into the Silent Land: The Practice of Contemplation

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    An introduction to contemplative prayer that draws on insights from the Eastern Orthodox tradition of the Jesus Prayer, from the Western Carmelite tradition, from poets and novelists and from the author's own experience as a retreat director and confessor.
    £10.99
    £10.99
  • £14.00

    Journaling as a Spiritual Practice: Encountering God Through Attentive Writing

    Whether you are a longtime journal keeper or someone who has never kept a journal at all, this book will help you to go below the surface of your life with God. It is not about the art of writing, but about how journaling can form us spiritually. Every chapter combines descriptive text, illustrations from journals and the author's own experience with journaling practices integrated along the way to help you bring your own life and world into sharper focus. God wants to surprise you with the beauty of your own life, growing and alive, filled with movement, light and shadow. This is the book to do just that.
    £14.00
    £14.00
  • £12.99

    Landmarks: An Ignatian Journey

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    Landmarks help us to find ourselves when we think we are lost. When we don't know where to begin, they give us a starting point. When we thing we know where we are, they give us the confidence to keep going. And if we think we have arrived, they remind us that there is always something more, somewhere beyond... This is a book of landmarks to the heart's journey. Written out of the author's own prayer and lived experience, and inspired but her practical explorations of the insights of St Ignatius Loyola, it opens up questions which concern us all. How can we recognise God's ceaseless action in our lives and begin to discern His will? What does 'fallenness' mean for us today? How can we live true to ourselves and make decisions in freedom? How do we penetrate our deepest desires and become free of the lesser attachments that obstruct them? Big questions - but as Margaret Silf shows, there are clues to be discovered in every moment and situation: at home, at work, in the garden, in the market, in the bath! Landmarks will help us discover and deepen our own individual journeys. Written for both groups and individuals, it is illustrated with drawings and diagrams, and contains exercises and suggestions for prayer and reflection. Be warned, however. Landmarks are not for armchair pilgrims. They are for the People of the Way.
    £12.99
    £12.99
  • £10.99

    Lectio Divina: The Sacred Art

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    Drawing on there own experience as a monk in the world, Christine Valters Paintner breaks open the movements of the ancient contemplative practice of lectio divina for the contemporary reader. Wise and accessible, this volume will be valued by those who long for a more pervasive experience of the holy in the everyday, but live far away from the sanctuary of a monastery.
    £10.99
    £10.99
  • Moment by Moment: a retreat in everyday life
    £12.99

    Moment by Moment: a retreat in everyday life

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    Drawing on the classic retreat model, The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius, Moment by Moment offers a new and inviting way to find God in our often busy and complex lives. In a series of 32 'Moments', the text guides the reader with thought-provoking  questions, practical suggestions, and excerpts carefully chosen from Scripture and The Spiritual Exercises. Its simple format can be used by an individual or by groups in a number of ways: as a way of making the Spiritual Exercises in daily life, as a guide for daily prayer, as a companion for reflection, or as suggested themes for a retreat. Drawing upon their extensive experience as spiritual directors, the authors write in their introduction, 'This book offers a way to reflect and sift through one's multiple life experiences and to discover in them the leading thread of God's longing and desire to make us a holy people who are given in service to others.' Anyone seeking spiritual growth will discover that Moment by Moment offers wise direction and fosters a holistic spirituality firmly rooted in the daily experience of God in one's life.
    £12.99
    £12.99
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