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.
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.
A profound and intimate meditation on the human condition, In God’s Hands is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2015. Not only are we in God’s hands, says Desomond Tutu, our names are engraved on his palms. Throughout an often turbulent life, Archbishop Tutu has fought for justice and against oppression and prejudice. As we learn in this book, what has driven him forward is an unshakeable belief that human beings are created in the image of God and are infinitely valuable. Each one of us is a God-carrier, a tabernacle, a sanctuary of the Divine Trinity. God loves us not because we are loveable but because he first loved us. And this turns our values upside down. In this sense the Gospel is the most radical thing imaginable.
In this extremely moving book, Archbishop Tutu returns to that which is simple and profound after a life in which he has been involved in political, social and ethical issues that have seemed so very complex.
Easter is the most astonishing day in the history of the world. But after a morning's celebration, it seems to be all but over. We find ourselves moving on to less exalted matters. We have a Bank Holiday.
This highly readable, creative and often humorous book reminds us that everything about our lives as believers is bathed in the glow of the resurrection – we really ought to enjoy living Easter through the year! Reflections on the events and their aftermath, suggestions of ways to celebrate the resurrection (including a month of daily readings), two courses for small groups – one based on gospel accounts of the resurrection, the other around art, poetry, music and film – prayer activities, drama, poetry, meditations, cartoons: all are provided here are reminders of how gloriously Easter can illuminate our everyday lives.
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.