Book Reviews

Book of the Month: January 2016

Being Human by Steve Chalke Prolific author and Baptist minister Steve Chalke is a model of how to take control of your life story and continue to shape it in word and deed. Having founded the successful youth charity Oasis … Read more

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Book of the Month: December 2015

Waiting on the Word: A Poem a day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany by Malcolm Guite We are never very good at waiting, at being patient. It’s hard enough when we adults are waiting for a train or a bus. … Read more

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Book of the Month: November 2015

Barefoot Ways by Stephen Cherry One of the tasks of good writing is to subvert our perceptions; to see nothing as ordinary, and ordinariness as the door at the back of the wardrobe. Stephen Cherry does this in spades. Following … Read more

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Book of the Month: October 2015

Journey to the Manger by Paula Gooder One of Paula Gooder’s great gifts is that it can feel as though her books have been written just for you. I now know I’m not the only one who loves nativity plays … Read more

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Book of the Month: September 2015

Arvo Pärt: Out of Silence by Peter C Bouteneff Our ‘Book of the Month’ for September is a biography of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose work will be performed at the Last Night of the Proms on the 12th September … Read more

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Book of the Month: August 2015

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor This is, as Barbara Taylor Brown admits, “not a how-to book”. It is however a how to see, how to re-think, how to open to darkness through walking a collection of … Read more

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Book of the Month: July 2015

Unseen Things Above by Catherine Fox Our Book of the Month for July is a return to the fictional world of Lindchester, first encountered in ‘Acts and Omissions’. Written by the wife of the Dean of Liverpool, the novel takes … Read more

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Book of the Month: June 2015

Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister I am busy at the moment embarking upon a major exercise of downsizing in preparation for my move to Sarum. This must include books! The process is illuminating. What do we attach ourselves … Read more

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Book of the Month: May 2015

Immortal Diamond By Richard Rohr The Saint Columba’s House theological book group read ‘Immortal Diamond’ earlier this year, having read and enjoyed Richard Rohr’s earlier book, ‘Falling Upwards’ the year before. This review is drawn together from members’ contributions. Immortal … Read more

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Book of the Month: April 2015

A Universal Heart: The Life and Vision of Brother Roger of Taizé (Centenary edition) by Kathryn Spink It is impossible for a Christian, reading about Roger Schutz-Marsauche’s early life, his later development, his discoveries of, first, his own vocation to … Read more

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