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Retreats and spirituality
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
by Annie Dillard
This award-winning title is more of an experience than a book. With exuberant language, the author documents the 'continuous creation' at her door in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains with a rich mix of animal, vegetable and mineral - where human beings are mainly incidental. Like being on retreat, it requires us to slow down, step out into life and the present moment, and through that to feel immersed in nature in an unforgettable experience. A life-changing book that has become a modern classic.
Paperback, 224 pages, 135 x 203mm
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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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
Forgiveness is Healing
by Russ Parker
Forgiveness is a profoundly difficult, but vitally important subject. Here is offered a challenging and deeply encouraging examination of the whole area of forgiveness and healing, including forgiveness of individual hurts and the difficult subject of forgiveness and deliverance. At the heart of all forgiveness, the author stresses, is the decision to let go.
Paperback 192 pages
Freedom from Loneliness
by Jennifer Page
In this honest and practical resource, Jennifer Page tackles an aspect of the human condition that affects us all at some point in our lives. Through exploring her own life experience, the author enables the reader to work through every aspect of loneliness, with some practical steps as a way forward. We are reminded throughout that loneliness is very distinct from aloneness - the former separates us from our true selves, the latter opens up the possiblity of an inner journey towards wholeness and what it means to be fully alive. For all those seeking ways of addressing loneliness this title is a refreshing gift.
Paperback 226 pages
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
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
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
Retreats and spirituality
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.
The Desert Movement:
by Alexander Ryrie
The author gives his own fresh perspective on the spirituality of the desert, including newly translated sources of the early desert mothers and fathers.
Paperback 246 pages, 135 x 216mm
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.
Hardback 208 pages, 144 x 213mm
The Heart's Time
by Janet Morley
In this collection of accaimed poetry, the author selects a single poem for each day of Lent and Easter as a starting point for commentary and reflection. She both shares insights and makes useful connections with our culture and our personal, spiritual lives. For poetry lovers and any serious reader, this book will be one to return to in any season of the year.
Paperback, 176 pages
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.
Paperback 128 pages 127 x 196mm
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
Making a Retreat
by Andrew Nash
Paperback, 32 pages
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
by William V Thompson
A handbook for a month of individually guided prayer.
Paperback, 120 pages, 190 x 245mm
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.
Paperback 233pages, 135 x 216mm
by Margaret Silf
Making a retreat in the Christian tradition.
Paperback, 162 pages, 138 x 216mm
Undersong: Listening to the Soul
by Peter Price
Peter Price reflects on the 'undersong' or 'emotional curent' that pulls or pushes him through life - helping the reader to recognise their own 'undersong' with suggesions for a spiritual diary. It may also be used for groups, basing discussions on the chapter themes of conversion, community, justice, peacemaking, poverty, prayer, suffering, reconciliation and loving.
Paperback 182 pages, 126 x 199mm
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.
Paperback 244 pages, 136 x 217mm
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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
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.
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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Advance by Retreat
by John Pearce
Using silence to come close to God
Approaches to spiritual direction
by Anne Long
Finding a Personal Rule of Life
by Harold Miller
Reflective practice for spiritual directors
by Anne Long
Sculpture, prayer and scripture
by Liz Culling & Toddy Hoare
Simple tools for stillness
by Wanda Nash
by Nick Helm
A short course exploring prayer and spiritual growth
Time, Space and God
by Andy Rider
The wisdom to listen
by Michael Mitton
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