Devotional

Christian classics, meditations, reflections and other spiritual writings.

Mary Mother of God



by Chris O'Donnell


A short book of 40 contemplations on Mary each starting with a one line quote. The quotes are taken from a variety of Church sources and Vatican documents, and then looking at what these really mean and how they help embody Mary in and to the world.

Though this is not a Lent book in any way, with its structure of 40 mostly single page contemplations it almost certainly could be used as one for someone looking to step out a little from the usual studies and instead focus on the mother of Jesus, the woman who bore 'God' and ultimately watched him die as a sacrifice for the world, for us and for her. This could be heady stuff if used in such a way.

However, if that is a bit much for you then this is still a good book to look at. If Marian theology is not really your thing this might well be an easy way to gain an understanding of what it is and how it works, and if you already have a devotion to Mary then this book can be a wonderful contemplative aid to looking closer.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (28/01/13)
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Publisher: Columba Press
Published: August 2012
ISBN: 978-1-856-07797-2

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Less is More

- Spirituality for Busy Lives

by Brian Draper


In this book, Brian Draper offers us a blueprint for a better life, something that must be better than this! In today's world, dominated by political and social pressures, where the need to be on the Blackberry, or to read the latest tweet or email or simply to be rushing from one meeting to another determines our life, the author suggests that we stop and declutter.

Finding himself in this position Brian Draper, asked himself a number of questions, such as "How can we make space to live and breathe?"; "What do we really want to do with our life?";"How can we make the difference that we alone were put on the Earth to make?" and the book explores these questions, and many more which should help make a "life transformation".

He offers us a choice, carry on regardless or look for an awakening of the Soul and the guiding of the Spirit and where these two meet show us a new way forward.

A book whilst easy to read gives us all a challenge.

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Review by George Taylor  (10/01/13)
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Price: £7.99
Publisher: Lion Hudson
ISBN: 978-0-745-95551-3

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A Mustard Seed

- A Daily Devotional

by Angus Buchan


"May God bless you richly as you read this word every day, and may it give you the strength and stamina, the perseverance and joy to see your mustard seed of faith moving mountains." Angus Buchan is author of two popular volumes of autobiography, Faith Like Potatoes and Come of Age, and the widely-used devotional A Farmer's Year. An enormously popular speaker, he has proved himself capable of communicating successfully with men who have the barest connection to the Christian faith. A Mustard Seed offers readings for the full calendar year, with a Scripture passage for each day, and a meditation, often with an arresting anecdote. "Remember that no matter what affliction you are going through, the Lord Jesus Christ is in that fire with you. He promises that He will never leave you, and that you will come out of that fire pure and clean and renewed."
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Price: £12.99
Publisher: Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published: August 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-21126-2

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Making All Things Well

- Finding Spiritual Strength With Julian of Norwich

by Isobel de Gruchy


This is a wonderful book that takes the thoughts and writings of Julian of Norwich as the basis of a daily meditation and then builds on them with wonderful poetic insight and real consideration that helps to highlight how wonderfully relevant these writings of a mystic from the 14th Century can still be today. Indeed De Gruchy's work is vivid with human insight gained through hardship and loss, that so well reflects and interacts with Julian's work that sometimes it is almost a little hard to tell which is the original work of Julian as opposed to just a modern translation or reinterpretation. This is a wonderful book for daily quiet times regardless of whether you have ever encountered the work of Julian of Norwich or not, However if you have then you will find this work to be even more insightful and a wonderful addition to your library. If you already attend a Julian Group then this book is likely to be a positive must indeed.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (17/12/12)
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Publisher: Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: 30 November 2012
ISBN: 978-1-848-25240-0

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Two Paths To God



by Fintan Creavan SJ


Blending and exploring both Celtic spirituality and Ignatian spirituality this book is a wonderful journey into how at the heart of both is a journey into the creativity of the soul and a commitment and focus on faith before all. I found this a great book that demonstrates how even in different tradtions there are at root and heart deep similarities that can work together to highlight and illuminate each other, that allow you to go further through the acceptance of the other Ė this if nothing else is a wonderful lesson to learn. However that's not what this book is really all about, rather it's a journey into understanding of two traditions with good insights that reflect upon the other. If you are new to either of the traditions then this would be an interesting book to learn about them from because it's quite in-depth in its comparative assesments and yet also detailed about each in its seperateness. It's an intelligent book filled with a creative fusion that really works and is well worth reading whether you are already into Ignatian and / or Celtic spirituality.

Review by Melanie Carroll  (17/12/11)
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Publisher: Columba Press
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 978-1-856-07793-4

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To Be a Pilgrim

- Further Reflections on the Psalms of Ascents

by Rhett Dodson


This little book consists of eight sermons on seven of the psalms of ascents. These were the psalms that the Israelites sang as they journeyed to Jerusalem for the three annual feasts of unleavened bread, weeks and tabernacles.

The author shows that these psalms instruct and inspire all pilgrims as they journey to their heavenly Jerusalem. Pastor Dodson carefully explains the text and then draws out valuable lessons for us today. Every sermon has a clear structure with memorable illustrations and applications. In particular, I like the way he sees Christ and his work in these psalms.

All believers will find help and encouragement in this book. This is a companion volume to This brief Journey also published by Day One.

Review by Alan Hill  (27/11/12)
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Price: £6.00
Publisher: Day One Publications
Published: October 2012
ISBN: 978-1-846-25355-3

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365 Days Of Yes

- Daily Prayers And Readings For A Missional People

by Church Mission Society

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Trusting God Day By Day

- 365 Daily Devotions

by Joyce Meyer

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Christ in the Wilderness

- Reflecting On The Paintings By Stanley Spencer

by Stephen Cottrell

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Published: September 2012
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A Way Of Knowing

- Poetry, Insight, Image, Trust

by Joy Mead

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Pure Joy

- Rediscover Your Conscience

by Christopher Ash

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Places of Enchantment

- Meeting God in Landscapes

by Graham B Usher

ISBN: 978-0-281-06792-3
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Published: August 2012
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His Mass Our Mass

- Meditations on Living Eucharistically

by Brendan Leahy

ISBN: 978-1-565-48448-1
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Published: 2012
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40/40

- 40 Days to renew Your Mind, Transform Your Life

by Phil Green

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Published: Spring 2012
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Touched By God



by Anthea Dove

ISBN: 978-1-856-07796-5
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Published: August 2012
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Day by Day with St Francis

- A Franciscan Breviary

Edited by Gianluigi Pasquale OFM CAP

ISBN: 978-1-905-03916-6
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Published: September 2012
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The Collage of God



by Mark Oakley

ISBN: 978-1-848-25238-7
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Published: July 2012
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On Holiday With God

- Making Your Own Retreat - A Companion and Guide

by Sue Pickering

ISBN: 978-1-848-25213-4
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Published: June 2012
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Pathways to Peace: Facing the Future with Faith

- Meditations from Isaiah 40: Reflections

by John Kitchen

ISBN: 978-1-846-25212-9
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Published: 2010
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Living the Gospel Stories Today



by John Pritchard

ISBN: 978-0-281-06852-4
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Published: 07 July 2012
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A Place at the Table

- 40 Days of Solidarity With the Poor

by Chris Seay

ISBN: 978-0-801-01451-2

Published: January 2012
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A Faith That Endures

- Meditations on Hebrews 11

by Brian Croft

ISBN: 978-1-846-25292-1
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Published: 2011
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Calling on The Spirit in Unsettling Times

- Discerning God's Future for the Church

by L. William Countryman

ISBN: 978-1-848-25169-4
Price: £12.99

Published: April 2012
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A Quiet Mind

- Uniting Body, Mind and Emotions in Christian Spirituality

by Eva McIntyre

ISBN: 978-1-846-94507-6
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Published: July 2012
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The Pilgrimís Progress in Colour



by John Bunyan with colouring by Jim Thornton

ISBN: 978-0-953-23986-3
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Published: Spring 2012
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Whispers of Wisdom for Women

- More than 100 Gentle, Encouraging Meditations

By various authors

ISBN: 978-1-616-26668-4
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Published: 04 April 2012
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The A.W. Tozer Bible

- King James Version

by A.W.Tozer

ISBN: 978-1-598-56722-9
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Published: March 2012
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As a Child

- Godís Call to Littleness

by Phil Steer

ISBN: 978-1-447-67531-0
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Published: 22 April 2012
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