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  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    Eva has been very brave in writing what so many people, both in and out of church life, ponder to themselves but are too fearful to speak out. It really is a big comfort to those seeking, or bewildered, or downright depressed and 'turned off' by what they think Christianity and its churches are all about. It is a short concise book, but with a huge volume of sense and ideas, and is easy to understand and use. Its poems are evocative and proufoundly deep, yet simple. Thank goodness for a volume which will take the angst from you about praying, and give you the strength to love yourself as you are and as you can be, and then help you, or those you meet, to love others free of shackles.
    I do so hope priests and teachers will read this along with everyone who longs for a better, more loving, and peaceful world. Its fresh approach should be talked about, it is for sharing. It won't take you long and will be well worth the effort, and offer you new insights. It is a book much needed. ~ Helen Kennaway, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    Book arrived quickly and in good condition. I am grateful for the help it offers> Having attended a presentation given by the author I have found it a very useful follow-on from that. ~ Leon, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    Great little book very challenging and thought provoking will make you think a lot about how you can quite your mind so as to hear from God. ~ Paul Balkwill, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    The honest truth is I have never read anyone who has wrote with such sincerity and refreshing honesty as Eva, and I am so incredibly grateful for the bravery she took in revealing what drives her personally - she actually reveals how she thinks and feels and how she effectively applies it to her own life and difficulties.
    Her words of distilled wisdom have helped me tremendously at occasional times of significant weakness or disappointment. I will read this book numerous times. ~ Shania Jeanes, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    This is a small but useful book for people who might be said to suffer from “every-day mental health problems” – particularly those people of faith who tend to demand too much of themselves, then beat themselves up when they can’t live up to their own expectations. Its integrated approach is a reminder that our thoughts, emotions and “spirituality” all affect each other, and reside in a physical body which also needs care and attention.
    ~ Susanne McCarthy, Amazon



  • Quiet Mind, A
    Eva McIntyre
    This delightful little book performs two functions.

    Firstly for those who seek a tool box with which to find a Quiet Mind this book does what it says on the cover.

    Secondly, if the Church will listen, Eva is pointing the way to a simple, relevant and spiritual Christianity which could be a major contribution to its salvation.

    >To read it is to relax. To use it is to find a Quiet Mind. ~ Amazon customer, Amazon uk



  • Gadfly: Reading Church Through Reading Jesus
    John George Arthur
    'Gadfly:Reading Church through Reading Jesus' - Is a thought provoking and stimulating read ~ Roy Searle, Caim: Northumbria Community June 2014



  • Gadfly: Reading Church Through Reading Jesus
    John George Arthur
    Wow! what a wonderfully intense but beautiful journey that will buzz around in your head not only as you read it but long after it too -  - and yes at times it will leave you feeling a little like you've been bitten by some gadfly with a sudden sting, welt and deep burning itch, but it's worth it.


    It's written in such a way that the words flow off the page, deep theological consideration of hermeneutics and todays church mixed with down to earth insights, questions and agenda so that you feel you have sat by a river on a warm summers day and come away with both the bites and joy that such a thing brings - it's a book thats both theology and contemplation, rigourous but engaging too.


    Seriously this is a book for a questioning generation and is certainly one that should appeal to those involved in Fresh Expressions, but it does to my mind demand a wider audience than that - it should be read by any one involved in church (regardless of demonination or authority) that is wondering why there is a disconnect between church and people, between spirituality and sacrament, between the bible and the ordinary.

    Gadfly certainly doesn't have all the answers, indeed in some way it leaves as many questions as answers for the church, but it's a book about faith, doubts and relationships and it's a beautiful study in working through the issues and certainly worth the time to read and consider.



    Reviewer: Melanie Carroll   (02/08/14)

    http://www.goodbookreviews.org.uk/review/9781782793250/john-george-arthur/gadfly/
    ~ Melanie Carrol, www.goodbookreviews.org.uk



  • Reluctant Patient: A Journey of Trust, The
    Ian G. Wallis
    He may be a reluctant patient, but Ian Wallis is also a wise, well-humoured and knowledgeable one. He proves a trustworthy guide to the trials and tribulations - and the strange gifts, if we will - of illness, which most of us will suffer at one time or the other (if not our own, then certainly someone else's). But more than this, Ian’s acutely observed and humorously described experience of illness has much to teach all of us, healthy or sick (and he shows that this is only a matter of degree or perspective), about a fundamental attitude to living, one marked by inquisitiveness, courage, creativity and humility, in equal measure. This reader, for one, is grateful for the invitation to share something of this patient exploration of human frailty and its surprising potential for glory. ~ Nicola Slee, (Theologian, author and poet)



  • Reluctant Patient: A Journey of Trust, The
    Ian G. Wallis
    This is a delightful book:- deeply personal, highly reflective and full of thoughtful insight. Anyone who has ever been a ‘patient’ will be able to identify with Ian Wallis’ pertinent observations; and anyone who cares for patients would benefit from reading what he has to say.

    I enjoyed his wry humour, searing honesty and theological profundity, (especially on the importance of ‘trust’ and meaning of ‘identity’). He has done for those who are ill what C S Lewis did for the bereaved in ‘A Grief Observed’, and this little work may well become a classic of its kind. ~ Bishop James Newcome, (Bishop of Carlisle and Church of England Lead Bishop on Health Care)



  • Long Road to Heaven, The
    Tim Heaton
    The practical advice to Lent course leaders is excellent for confidence-building. The film repays watching several times, as it is richly multi-layered and refreshingly non-pious. It follows four (initially solitary) pilgrims who journey to Compostela for untraditional reasons- each in response to a different personal crisis. On the 'Way' they find that 'heaven' can begin even now, during the journey- it isn't confined to a far-off destination, a surprising discovery that readers of this book can share, if they are alert and willing. ~ Anne Bayley, Reflections, Diocese of Hereford



  • Reluctant Patient: A Journey of Trust, The
    Ian G. Wallis
    In The Reluctant Patient, Ian Wallis challenges us with a question: Can illness create a space capable of enriching our lives as a whole? He describes the process of being ill - the sense of being invaded by an unwelcome visitor, and the inconvenience of being ill when there are better things to do - with moments of wry humour enlivening the catalogue of events. His gradual acceptance of his status (or lack of it) as a patient leads him to reflect on the value of waiting as a positive time, a gift to oneself when one can learn the art of abiding - paying attention to the present moment instead of rushing onto the next thing. He came to an understanding of faith as the capacity to relate beyond our immediate circumstances to the mystery sustaining all life - what some of us call God. And he also discovered what he describes as 'the undeclared sacraments of human encounter', in the recognition of the humanity behind the professional masks, the compassion of carers and friends willing to share the pain without self-indulgence or histrionics.

    Ian's answer to the question lies in his sense of how a growing trust in relationships personal and professional enriches all our experience, enables us to become more integrated (which is the essence of wholeness) and enhances our appreciation of the gift of life.

    As survivor from a less dramatic life-threatening illness, I found much that resonated with my own experience in what Ian has written, and I commend it. ~ Ann Lewin, (Poet and spiritual writer)



  • Growing into life - Living by design
    Janine Fair

    Growing in and through life is vital if we are to become the people that God designed us to be. This book examines the importance of growing and the tools that God has already given us to help us in this task. By sharing something of her own personal journey of discovery, Fair invites us to explore the role that emotions can play in facilitating this process, the importance of aligning ourselves with God’s purposes and plans, helping one another grow, and more. ~ Mind Body Spirit, issue 37, Spring 2014



  • Beyond the Lectionary
    David Ackerman
    Not One For The Pulpit

    One of the first questions provoked by the title of this book is – why? Why, when we have a perfectly reliable, tried and tested lectionary available to us, providing guidance and direction to a seemingly inexhaustible and well chosen study of daily material would we need anything more? The writer, in his introduction, makes precisely that point when he says he appreciates the discipline of a universal lectionary that compels, as a preacher, his theological reflection to conform to the rhythms of the theological year, rather than allowing him the freedom to impose the same favourite texts on a congregation week after week. But, as part of the defence of this (thoughtfully and intelligently chosen) selection of alternative readings, the point is made, with some validity perhaps, that, over its 3 year cycle the Revised Common Lectionary covers limited Biblical ground (calculating for Sundays and principal feast days only 7,756 verses or 24.9%) therefore depriving weekly congregations over the same period of over three quarters of the Bible. However, surely the greater justification lies in the universality of the lectionary – that on any given day, congregations and preachers alike may feel heartened and emboldened in the knowledge that the passages they listen to, reflect upon and deliver sermons around are the same passages that thousands of others also share and, in a way similar to the observance of the daily offices, our worship and praise and wonder is carried out of the doors of our own churches to unite with those of Christians everywhere. This though provoking and useful material for bedside table but perhaps not, in this reviewer’s mind, for the pulpit.




    -Review by Simon Tarlton, Weston-upon-Penyard ~ Simon Tarlton, The NEWSpaper Issue 56, Spring 2014



  • Long Road to Heaven, The
    Tim Heaton

    Another Lent course based around the film – and that’s no bad thing at all. In fact, in these days of media attraction, it’s a positive boon in encouraging some to attend. This time the film is one directed by Emilio Estevez, starring Martin Sheen. It’s about a journey through bereavement and along the pilgrimage route of the Way of St James. It is a brilliant and emotional film and this book makes a good, well considered, use of it to open up discussion on the issue of starvation. In many ways the book, through brilliantly set up and appropriate for Lent, would work at any time for an in-depth group study. The course is set out with real weight to it; the sessions are well timed and contain intelligent discussion questions along with good endings in a series of reflections and contemplations, gently rounding off each one.

    - Review by Melanie Carroll
    ~ Melanie Carroll, Together-Issue 6. Mar / Apr 2014



  • Long Road to Heaven, The
    Tim Heaton
    Another Lent course based around a film, in many ways the book, though brilliantly set up and appropriate for Lent, would work at any time for an in-depth group study. The course is set out with real weight to it; the sessions are well timed and contain intelligent discussion questions along with good endings in a series of reflections and contemplations, gently rounding off each one. ~ Melanie Carroll, Together



  • Long Road to Heaven, The
    Tim Heaton
    This Lent, consider making a journey of faith on the route to Santiago de Compostela. Without leaving home, you can walk with others, join with them in prayer, and share bread and Rioja wine, guided by the narrative of an extraordinary movie.
    Pilgrimages can take you far away, but there is one pilgrimage you are invited to do in the comfort of your armchair. By using a powerful combination of Bible insights rooted in the film "The Way", and a book called "The Long Road to Heaven" by Tim Heaton, your Christian way of life will be challenged and nourished by the wisdom of the centuries.
    Taking part in a Lent course like this can easily become a life-changing experience. ~ Tom Grufferty, The Tablet



  • Still, In One Peace
    Ronald William Cadmus
    In this gathering of thoughtful observations Ronald Cadmus has assembled a powerful resource for seekers of peace. ~ Joseph M. Martin, International Composer, Author, Lecturer.



  • Why Religions Work
    Eleanor Stoneham
    "a wonderful job making the inter-connectedness of religion, science and education as well as the grave responsibilities of the media and the churches so apparent - it will clarify the thinking of many. Something of interest and worth rereading on every page." ~ Felicity Williams Anglican Christian, priest's wife, private correspondence



  • Long Road to Heaven, The
    Tim Heaton
    [Recent new] Lent courses have one great feature in common: the written word on its own is not enough. Tim Heaton's course requires participants to watch the film "The Way", which stars Martin Sheen as a bereaved father who makes the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela with an extemporary group of travellers. None of them initially is undertaking the Camino for religious reasons, although all are seeking release from pain, anger, disappointment, or bitterness. Their journey, movingly depicted in the film, becomes, in the hands of a skilful devotional writer, a powerful exposition of the Christian salvation story.

    "The Long Road to Heaven" will probably appeal to thoughtful participants who are prepared to wrestle with some fairly challenging material. Heaton writes beautifully - indeed Chapter Four, "A Love Story", could stand alone as a powerful and moving allegory of salvation. The book is as effective a treatment of its great themes as I have read. What are we saved from? What are we saved for? Who can be saved, and how? Given the right group of people, I would love to be a fly on the wall as they tackle those disarmingly simple questions under Heaton's persuasive probing.

    The main problem facing those who are planning a church-based Lent course is getting the right kind of material for the likely participants, rather like choosing a supermarket for your shopping. I suggest that Tim Heaton's is Waitrose. ~ David Winter, Church Times

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