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One new publication this week - a new edition of one of our older books about the cloisters of Iona Abbey - and some more suggestions for Advent and Christmas.

Photo: On the narrow road across Mull © David Coleman

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Just published

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The Cloisters of Iona Abbey

Ewan Mathers

A new, smaller-format edition of Ewan Mathers' beautiful photographs depicting in detail the carvings of the restored cloisters of Iona Abbey, with text reflecting on the meaning of each design and information about the flora and fauna of the Isle of Iona and beyond, which most of the carvings represent. This use of symbols from the natural world reflects the close links of the early Celtic Christians with the land around them.

As a frequent visitor to Iona since childhood, Ewan Mathers observed the newly rebuilt cloisters being transformed over thirty years from rough pillars of fragile sandstone into a complete, cyclical, unified work of art. As an adult he began to look more closely at the carvings and from conversations with Chris Hall, the principal carver, to learn something of what they represent.

From these reflections emerges the concept of cloisters as a labyrinth. Cloisters too can bring about changes in consciousness if we allow them the time and are aware of the possibilities. They provide a safe environment in which to explore the deeper aspects of our existence.

Ewan Mathers spent many holidays on the Isle of Iona as a child, and later lived and worked on the island over a fifteen-year period. Several of his photographs have been pub­lished as cards and postcards, and some have appeared in other publications. The Cloisters of Iona Abbey, based on his personal obsession with these unique carvings, is his first book.

New edition 2017
168 pages
Black and white photographs
190 mm x 156 mm

For more information and to see a sample


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Advent and Christmas

For all Advent and Christmas books

For all Advent and Christmas downloads

 

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Open Our Eyes

Daily prayers for Advent

(Book & e-book)

Ann Gerondelis

A welcome accompaniment to the Advent days of anticipating Christ’s birth. Follow its invitation of prophetic prayers and vibrant full-colour artwork to watch and wait for the coming of the Holy One. Open your eyes and heart to the wideness of God, and God’s gentle but persistent call for justice and mercy. Prayers and images are sequenced into weekly themes:

-  I am near, so near

-  I will lead you

-  I am yours

-  I am with you always

Return to the book during other seasons as well, to be immersed in God’s presence and to hear God’s call anew.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Light of the World

Daily readings for Advent

(Book & e-book)

Peter Millar & Neil Paynter

Advent is a special time in the Christian year. In our troubled world, which is also a world of extraordinary possibility and creativity, we need such times more than ever. Times to renew our soul so that our lives may express a deeper compassion and a more joy-filled awareness.

Traditionally in the days of Advent there has been an emphasis on the coming of Light - that Light which illumines all our journeys and brings healing to the nations. May these readings enlarge your hope, and bring you to Christmas morning with Christ's light steadily illumining your path.

Contributors include Iona Community members, associates and friends such as Peter Millar, John Harvey, Kathy Galloway, Ian M Fraser, David Rhodes, Jan Sutch Pickard and others.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Christmas Plays (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Eight plays taken from the book Hay & Stardust, by Ruth Burgess.

Contents:
Oh what a night (a light-hearted version of the nativity, with serious intent), by Rachel Mann
The shepherds’ play, by Alison Pearson
Wow! Good news, by David Coleman
Angels, Inc., by David Coleman
Is it a King? by David Coleman
Christmas play - with or without puppets, by Alix Brown
Follow the star! (A play/service for all ages), by Karen Reeves
Only God would christen him Jesus, by da Noust

64 pages

For more information and to see a sample

For the complete book Hay & Stardust

 

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Advent Nudges (PDF download)

A daily discipline of Bible readings and short prayers for Advent and Christmas

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: A programme of suggested Bible readings and short prayers for Advent and Christmas that will help you create a few minutes of reflection for each day of this season.

16 pages

For more information and to see a sample

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Recently published

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From Darkness to Eastering

(Book and e-book)

Bonnie B Thurston

Reflective, prayerful poems about how, on a cosmic and a personal level, darkness gives way to light. The author reminds voyagers that ‘light shines in the darkness’, that darkness is required to perceive light – and that Easter means the light has come, life triumphs, and the promised Holy Spirit will empower us for growth: ‘eastering’ …

‘You are in skilled hands here, so let yourself be carried along, ready to experience delight, or be jarred into discomfort. Above all ponder, weigh, take time. For each poem comes out of the quiet depths of a person who is a fellow pilgrim, illuminating the familiar with her own God-given insight.’

– Esther de Waal

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Wild Goose Big Book of Liturgies

(Book and e-book)

The Iona Community

Liturgies for Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, Transfiguration, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, All Saints’, St Columba’s Day, Father’s Day; on hunger, economic witness, peacemaking, the environment, pilgrimage, welcome, hospitality and friendship. Includes a blessing liturgy for a marriage or partnership, a wedding/partnership ceremony and resources for a memorial event. Originally published as single digital downloads by Wild Goose.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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We Bring You Everything, and Tip it Out in Front of You

New prayers from the Iona Community

(Book and e-book)

New prayers, in the ‘Celtic’ tradition, for the whole of life - from chopping carrots or doing the laundry to healing our deeply wounded world.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Colliding with God

New and selected poems of faith and doubt

(Book and e-book)

Richard Skinner

Witty and reflective poems of faith and doubt, starting with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden and concluding with the events of the first Easter, taking in on the way Julian of Norwich’s hazelnut, Mastermind, God as a blizzard, and the eighth deadly sin.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

 

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Wild Goose Big Book of Worship Resources

(Book and e-book)

The Iona Community

A wide-ranging collection of resources for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Transfiguration, Harvest, Holocaust Memorial Day, Mothering Sunday, and other special days, and on areas of concern, like refugees and peacemaking. Originally published as single digital downloads.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

 

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