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Finding Peace
as reviewed in Retreats 2016

Barefoot Prayers Barefoot Prayers   by Stephen Cherry

This collection of meditations are honest, open and from the heart. Divided into 8 sections, one for each week of Lent and Easter, each explores a different theme which has both personal and universal appeal. From 'Awakenings' through to 'Horizons' the poems explore the highs and the lows of life - from holidays and coffee breaks to disappointments and loneliness and concluding with the invitation to grow in 'Virtues' and to look forward to the 'Horizons' of the future. Common to all is a humanity and a gritty reality which has a universal appeal and removes some of the barriers that many find when approaching prayer. This is a collection to return to at any time of year.

Paperback, 144 pages, 129 x 198mm 



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City of God City of God   by Sara Miles

In this challenging title, the author invites us to imagine what it might be like to take our faith out of our churches and onto the streets for one day - Ash Wednesday. The book beautifully chronicles a day in which Sara, a lay minister, takes part in outdoor services, offering ashes on the streets and includes trying to help a destitute man and uncomfortable conversations with neighbours. From this experience she concludes that the blessing of Ash Wednesday is that, although we are going to die, we are all connected to God beyond death. She admits that it can be safer to worship indoors but challenges us to leave the confines of church buildings and engage on the streets where we live.

Paperback, 224 pages, 139 x 210mm 



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Into the Shelter Into the Shelter   by Pádraig Ó Tuama

The author uses storytelling, anecdotes, poems and honest sharing of his own experiences to explore his theme - that of welcoming all that life throws at us. The book is divided into 10 chapters, which may be read and pondered individually. Pádraig brings his own original theological insight into Gospel stories and is fascinated with the meaning behind words, using Irish sayings to undergird the themes. This is an honest, frank and humorous exploration which encourages the reader to pay attention to their own interactions and inner dialogues, leading to a fresh encounter with the living Christ.

Paperback, 274 pages, 153 x 234mm 



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Learning to Walk in the Dark Learning to Walk in the Dark   by Barbara Brown Taylor

This book centres on a lifetime's exploration into the nature of darkness from former Episcopalian priest Barbara Brown Taylor. In it she challenges contemporary Christianity's avoidance of engagement with life's struggles and uncertainties. She shares her own encounters with darkness - both physically and mentally, which have yet drawn her into a more authentic encounter with God, and draws on the wisdom of Jung and John of the Cross. This is not a 'how to' book and there are no easy answers but it will challenge the reader to become more curious about their own darkness and how to make sense of it.

Paperback, 208 pages, 135 x 203mm 



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A Simple Life  A Simple Life   by John Miller

This is a moving account of a small ecumenical community based in Scotland in the second half of the 20th Century. Through the profiles of three of the community members huge gifts of generosity, idealism and personal sacrifice are demonstrated. It is the story of radical Christianity and shared discernment over many years and also includes the history of many other well-known communities such as L'Arche, Iona and Taizé with whom it was associated. This community had a lasting effect on those who visited or stayed and reading this account has something of the same effect.

Paperback, 292 pages, 135 x 216mm,  



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The Spirit of St Francis The Spirit of St Francis   by Stephen Cherry

In this collection of addresses from the first Latin American Pope, the focus is particularly on the name of St Francis that he deliberately chose in order to express his desire for a new and very different vision of Church - a church for and of the poor. The addresses are gathered into 10 chapters each of which is prefaced with reflections from the life of St Francis with a simple, profound message - that of a radical return to Gospel values and a listening heart. Pope Francis seeks to change the church from within and to promote active engagement with the mess of living - where we will find God. A book to dip into and allow the wisdom to percolate into daily life.

Paperback, 192 pages, 130 x 189mm 



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Unfurling Unfurling   by Ian Adams

The first collection of poetry from the author demonstrates his ability to draw on spiritual tradition while being in the present moment. Tenderness is the dominant mood of collection and this approach brings the reader close to the natural world and its inherent holiness, including surprising new images of God as, for example, the 'robin in winter'. The collection contains a short series based on the traditional Hours of Devotion, helping the reader to re-imagine the inner meaning of turning to God at different times of day. Unfurlings, epiphanies, beatitudes, devotions, this small book of poems would serve well for individual or group reflections.

Paperback, 72 pages, 126 x 198mm 



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A Universal Heart  - Centenary Edition A Universal Heart - Centenary Edition   by Kathryn Spink

This is the biography of the man who made possible the Taizé community and one of the best-loved Christian leaders of our time. The author interviewed Brother Roger on a number of occasions and we hear the personal experiences of a life called to service including his founding of the Council of Youth, his travels among some of the world's poorest communities and his collaborations with Mother Teresa. In 2005 Brother Roger was tragically attacked and killed while praying with over 2000 young people in the Taizé community - but his legacy in establishing a community based on peace and reconciliation will surely never be forgotten.

Paperback, 216 pages, 137 x 216mm

 



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Holy Ground
as reviewed in Retreats 2015

Being Christian  Being Christian   by Rowan Williams

In this book on Christian practices, Rowan Williams distils his encyclopaedic theological knowledge and wisdom into four chapters that describe what it is like to be Christian. Although simple, it is also grown-up and offers its own challenges about putting theory into practice. A great book to bring faith to life for those young and old in their faith journey.

Paperback, 96 pages, 129 x 198mm 



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The Exuberant Church  The Exuberant Church   by Barbara Glasson

Barbara writes from her experiences as an ordained Methodist in Liverpool and Bradford which has brought her into contact with many people on the margins of society. From a place that may be beyond our comfort zone, Barbara challenges us to open our eyes and minds to see God at work in the 'prophetic' communities that do not sit easily within the conventional structures of the contemporary Church. An honest read with theological insight and humour.

Paperback, 144 pages, 136 x 216mm 



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The Risen Dust  The Risen Dust   by Rachel Mann

This is a vibrant set of poems and stories on the Passion and resurrection focusing particularly on the marginalised and those whose voices are rarely heard. This book may be a disturbing and challenging read but the balance between the darkest evil and the hope of resurrection light has a ring of authenticity which cannot be ignored. A fresh and contemporary expression of the defining narrative of our Christian faith.

Paperback, 160 pages, 156 x 190mm 



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Running over Rocks  Running over Rocks   by Ian Adams

Written by poet, artist and priest - Ian Adams, this title is aimed at 21st-century people looking for ways to keep balanced in challenging times. He presents 52 spiritual practices across the same number of chapters, combining ancient traditions with those he has developed for the contemporary world. Ian takes the reader through the seasons of the Church year including poems and illustrations. An exciting and tranformative read for anyone who enjoys discovering new ways to approach their faith.

Paperback, 288 pages, 135 x 216mm 



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Sorry for your Troubles  Sorry for your Troubles   by Pádraig Ó Tuama

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a theologian, peacemaker and Leader of the Corrymeela Community. His poetry reflects his experiences of reconciliation following the long years of 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland. In this volume he endeavours to express the unexpressable - reflecting many people's stories but bearing witness to the belief that encounter has the power to transform.

Paperback, 96 pages, 126 x 198mm 



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A Time to Mend  A Time to Mend   by Peter Miller

This book of reflections is born out of a life lived in God's presence. Peter Millar draws on his many and varied experiences, including his time as Warden of Iona Abbey. He brings wisdom and insights that challenge us to recommit ourselves to the way of love in uncertain times, standing alongside those who live at the more extreme edges of life in faith, hope and trust. A book for lent and all seasons.

Paperback, 156 pages, 156 x 190mm 



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Creation

as reviewed in Retreats 2014

Bible and Ecology  Bible and Ecology   by Richard Bauckham

In this title, Bauckham examines the relationship of humans to the rest of creation. We all share in a community of creation and as humans we have responsibilities towards the creation that binds us together. Serious questions are asked but the overriding message is one of hope.

Paperback, 176 pages, 135 x 215mm 



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Christianity and the Renewal of Nature  Christianity and the Renewal of Nature   by Sebastian Kim and Jonathan Draper

Climate change is one of the key issues facing humanity in the present time. Leading theologians, scientists and environmentalists examine the key challenges and implications for the future sustainability of the planet. With contributions from Tim Gorringe, Mary Grey, Michael Northcott, Clive Pearson, Rowan Williams, Martin Redfearn, John Sauven and Clare Short.
Paperback, 176 pages, 138 x 215mm 



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Cuttle Fish, Clones and Cluster Bombs   Cuttle Fish, Clones and Cluster Bombs   by Michael Northcott

A series of reflections that takes the reader through the liturgical year in which the author explores themes of ecology, ethics and economics and contrasts what is and what might be. This allows him to develop a new prophetic reading of current events through the lens of Scripture and tradition. The reader is encouraged to think about and engage with the contemporary world in a transformative way.

Paperback, 240 pages, 135 x 216mm 



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Eco-Theology  Eco-Theology   by Celia Deane-Drummond

In this title, author Celia Deane-Drummond examines contemporary and global eco-theologies using three key values of wonder, justice and wisdom. She then encourages the reader to learn about contemporary environmental issues and suggests how Christians might respond collectively and effectively to theological questions. A serious but helpful read, bringing the reader up-to-date with ecological issues and offering ways to respond ethically.

Paperback, 240 pages, 157 x 235mm 



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Go to the Ant  Go to the Ant   by Ghillean Prance

In this book of biblical reflections, Eden Project Scientific Director Ghillean Prance draws richly from his experiences exploring the Amazon and many other regions, together with his knowledge of references to plants and animals in the Bible, to help us wonder at the marvels of nature and so to treat God's creation with reverence and more respect.

Paperback, 112 pages, 155 x 190mm 



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God's Green Book  God's Green Book   by Charlotte Sleigh and Bryony Webb

In this book the reader is invited to enter into and explore Biblical texts through questions and activities as responsible co-workers in creation. The seven Bible studies explore such questions as God's ecology and God's character revealed in creation. Each Bible study is accompanied by a variety of lively and engaging activities, from the practical to the reflective. A resource to inspire the individual or group.
Paperback, 112 pages, 148 x 210mm 



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A Heart for Creation  A Heart for Creation   by Chris Polhill

This resource celebrates God's love for creation, laments the damage we have caused and enables us to realise our part as co-creators of that love. It offers prayers, worship resources and reflections to help individuals and groups effect change, including a 'six week challenge' where the reader is called to take practical steps to live more sustainably.
Paperback, 238 pages, 174 x 246mm 



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The Healer's Tree  The Healer's Tree   by Annie Heppenstall

This title re-imagines Christianity, weaving elements of Biblical, Celtic and mystical tradition around contemporary issues of peace, justice and ecology. In a series of 28 reflections the reader is invited to embark on a 'circular walk' back to wholeness and a full relationship with the Creator and Creation. Each section includes Bible readings, meditation, prayer, questions for reflection and closing thought. A versatile book for individuals and groups.

Paperback, 160 pages, 159 x 190mm 



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Journeys in the Wilderness  Journeys in the Wilderness   by John Muir

Muir is famed as the father of American conservation, and as the first person to promote the idea of National Parks. Combining acute observation with a sense of inner discovery, Muir's writings of his travels through some of the greatest landscapes in the world raise an awareness of nature to a spiritual dimension. This is a spiritual book, offering a life given to discerning God's glory in the natural world - whose generosity, discipline and vision are an enduring inspiration.
Paperback, 570 pages 



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No Oil in the Lamp  No Oil in the Lamp   by Andy Mellen and Neil Hollow

The book explores the central theme of how the depletion of natural energy sources poses serious questions about the future of the world's energy with far reaching effects on every part of the modern world. It includes an exploration of oil supplies and production, followed by alternative renewable technologies and suggestions for how we can respond by adapting our lives to conserve energy. A challenging read with practical suggestions.

Paperback, 240 pages, 125 x 198mm 



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A Song Among the Stones  A Song Among the Stones   by Kenneth Steven

This concise and vivid poetic work, by the internationally recognised Scottish poet, echoes the memories of a voyage shared by a small group of Celtic monks who may have sailed from Iona as far as Iceland. It is the poetry of island rocks and vast seas - the warmth of home yet the call beyond. The book includes fragments of an imaginary lost manuscript - clues to people of the journey. A remarkable story echoing our own hopes and the gift of times and people who seem sent to help us.

Paperback, 72 pages, 128 x 198mm 



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Healing

as reviewed in Retreats 2013

Be not afraid Be not afraid   by Samuel Wells

In this book, preacher and ethicist Samuel Wells lucidly and compassionately explores topics Christians are often reluctant to face - death, weakness, power, difference, faith, and living life to the full - and offers down-to-earth guidance in facing common fears in the life of faith. For anyone looking for ways of facing fears in the modern world, this is an essential companion.


Paperback 224 pages 



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Gift or a Given? Gift or a Given?   by John Atkinson

In this excellent and accessible book, the author tackles the difficult subject of those who do not get better. Exploring our language, Atkinson suggests that a more helpful word could be that of 'wholeness' and also the context of healing being 'what do you really need?' He argues that the need for healing is an invitation to work with God in a broken world towards the final goal of perfection. He also believes that sometimes God may act in a way that we cannot understand. This challenging title will be an essential resource for ministers as well as those seeking a response to the mystery of healing.

Paperback 121 pages



 



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Happiness Happiness   by Joan Chittister

Joan Chittister tackles a subject which to many appears in inaccessible. She presents happiness not as a by-product of wealth or success but, rather, as a personal quality to be learned, mastered, and promoted. She explores the psychological, philosophical, physical and social components of happiness as well as the significant contribution that each of the five major world faiths have to offer. Overall Chittister offers a way of finding and maintaining happiness that is accessible to all.

Paperback 240 pages



 



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Simple Gifts  Simple Gifts   by Kevin Scully

In this title, the author encourages us to find God's grace not in the hard to access or spiritually unattainable places but rather in our ordinary and everyday experiences. Through exploring a variety of gifts such as hope, friendship, rest and humour, we rediscover how to find God's activity among us and through us. A timely book that will help us to see the real blessings that surround us every day.
Paperback 176 pages
 



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Retreats and spirituality

The Alchemist  The Alchemist   by Paulo Coelho

Bestselling book written in the style of an allegorical fairytale with a universal appeal. The underlying message is that of getting in touch with our inner desires and dreams in order to discover our true destiny.
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The Extra Mile  The Extra Mile   by Peter Stanford

Peter Stanford takes on a year-long pilgrimage to eight sacred sites in Britain and asks why people increasingly seek out these ancient holy places.

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Hardback 208 pages, 144 x 213mm 



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Holy Places, Holy People  Holy Places, Holy People   by Gavin Wakefield

Introducing seven places of pilgrimage in the North East with background history and practical advice on planning a trip.

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Paperback 128 pages 127 x 196mm 



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If you sit very still  If you sit very still   by Marian Partington

In this beautiful and moving book, Marian Partington describes the journey which followed the disappearance of her younger sister Lucy in 1973 and the subsequent discovery in 1994 that Lucy had been one of the vitims of Fred and Rosemary West. The book title is based on a dream that Marian had about Lucy a few months after her disappearance which enabled her to find a sense of peace and the suggestion that there may be a place where we all share the same dreams. The honesty of this title is brave and startling and invites us to face the darkness in our own lives before we can begin to forgive and heal.

Hardback 208 pages

 



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Making a Retreat  Making a Retreat   by Andrew Nash

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Paperback, 32 pages 



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Our Sound is our Wound  Our Sound is our Wound   by Lucy Winkett

Chosen as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book in 2010, this title can bring about a significant change in our perception of the world. The author writes as someone who is exceptionally sensitive to sound - helping the reader to hear the sounds that emerge from the scriptures. She also challenges us to listen in a more inclusive and contemplative way. This title will make you re-assess the way you listen and respond to a noisy world.
Paperback 160 pages
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Retreats in Everyday Life Retreats in Everyday Life   by William V Thompson

A handbook for a month of individually guided prayer.

Paperback, 120 pages, 190 x 245mm 



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The Search for Spirituality  The Search for Spirituality   by Ursula King

Ursula King examines spirituality through a multitude of lenses - resourcing and challenging the reader to pursue their own journey of discovery.

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Paperback 233pages, 135 x 216mm 



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Walk to Jerusalem  Walk to Jerusalem   by Gerard W Hughes SJ

Gerard Hughes describes his own pilgrimage to Jerusalem with all its ups and downs. Through his journey, he explores the theme of God in all things, reflecting on the daily effects of welcoming the gospel Jesus into our own homes.

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Paperback 244 pages, 136 x 217mm 



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Celtic Chants from Lindisfarne  Celtic Chants from Lindisfarne   by Keith Duke

Songs inspired by the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the words of David Adam.

CD 149 x 210mm 



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In search of peace In search of peace   by Teresa Brown

In this beautiful collection of music, Teresa Brown has brought together a resource that will bring inspiration to times of prayer or worship. The main instrument is violin with accompaniment from viola, guitar, keyboard and percussion to produce a sound that is simple, pure and yet profound. Ideal for individual or group reflection.

 



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Margaret Rizza - Her Music for Healing Margaret Rizza - Her Music for Healing  

This collection includes many of the hallmarks of Margaret Rizza's music that make it such a helpful setting for those seeking peace, healing and encouragement. It brings together a collection of prayers, biblical quotes and blessings. Throughout all the pieces is the sensitive use of voice and instrument, word and melody, light and shade that offers unique way to absorb words of encouragement and faith that have been a source of inspiration for centuries. 



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Officium Divinum  Officium Divinum   by Margaret Rizza

Margaret Rizza's contemplative choral music is known and loved by many and is often used in the setting of retreats and prayer times. The music in this new collection is based around the four periods of prayer in Common Worship - morning, midday, evening and night. For those familiar and new to Margaret's work, this collection will bring inspiration and peace to times of reflection. 



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Grove Booklets

Approaches to spiritual direction    Approaches to spiritual direction   by Anne Long

 



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Finding a Personal Rule of Life    Finding a Personal Rule of Life   by Harold Miller

 



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Reflective practice for spiritual directors    Reflective practice for spiritual directors   by Anne Long

 



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Sculpture, prayer and scripture    Sculpture, prayer and scripture   by Liz Culling & Toddy Hoare

 



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Simple tools for stillness    Simple tools for stillness   by Wanda Nash

 



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Soul Spark    Soul Spark   by Nick Helm

A short course exploring prayer and spiritual growth
 



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Time, Space and God  Time, Space and God   by Andy Rider

 



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The wisdom to listen   The wisdom to listen   by Michael Mitton

 



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