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This week, a new book about journeying from darkness to light, a look at something for Advent and resources for a couple of approaching 'special days' in October.

Photo © David Coleman

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Just published


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From Darkness to Eastering

(Book and e-book)

Bonnie B Thurston

This is a book about how, on a cosmic and a personal level, darkness gives way to light. It does not sugar-coat the reality of darkness but is full of hope, reminding 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’ …

These reflective, prayerful poems are ‘a ticket and passport for a spiritual journey’ and can be used in a daily discipline or with groups.

‘For each traveller I pray journeying mercies,’ Bonnie Thurston writes. ‘And I remind pilgrims: Take heart. He will come.’

Having resigned a professorship and chair in New Testament studies, Bonnie Thurston now lives quietly as a solitary near Wheeling, West Virginia, USA, working as a spiritual director and retreat leader and volunteering in a food bank. She is the author of over 20 books.

‘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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Starting to think about Advent …

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The Jesse Tree

(Book and e-book)

Thom M Shuman

Reflections for the season of Advent based on those people who might only be mentioned once in the Bible (in the lineages in Matthew and Luke) – the women, the prophets, the exiles who, while not linked to Jesus genetically, nevertheless passed on their 'spiritual DNA' to him and to us.

Read an extract:

Let the children lead us

Advent’s prophet, Isaiah, offers us a vision of a time when enemies will sit down and talk with one another, when predators will take naps with their former prey, when carnivores will become vegetarians. And we read such words, and nod our heads as we smile and say to ourselves, ‘Not a chance, Isaiah! We watch reality TV, and we know this is not the way the world operates.’

Is it only a fantasy, a utopian dream, a pie in the sky wish that will never be fulfilled? Seems like it, doesn’t it? After all, our cat and dog can’t even get along with one another, so how can we expect the cow and the bear and the lion and the calf to become willing playmates? Continue reading …

For more information

For the e-book version


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Seasonal downloads

For World Habitat Day - Oct 3rd - and World Animal Day - Oct 4th

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Creation (PDF Download)

Readings, prayers and other liturgical resources

Various contributors

Digital download: Resources aimed at raising awareness of and concern for creation and ecology, taken from various books published by Wild Goose Publications.

In the past, Christianity and Christians have often viewed God's good creation as somehow fallen, and have taken Genesis 1:26-28, where God gives humankind dominion over all created things, to mean domination rather than stewardship. Is this the reason for the crisis we are in now? Our treatment of and connection to the earth is one of the great issues of the 21st century. If we are to survive, we will need to find a healthier, more respectful connection to our planet. Here is a collection of resources that celebrates God’s creation as full of glory, and helps us to confess the sins of our past and to act for the future, before it is too late.

36 pages

For more information, list of contents and to see a sample


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Companions on the Journey (PDF Download)

A blessing of pets and animals who are a part of our lives

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: A service of appreciation and blessing for all the non-human beings who accompany us, in gratitude for their friendship, loyalty and unconditional love. As Thom Shuman says, ‘Pets are visible signs of that invisible grace God fills us with in each and every moment of our lives.’ 8 pages.

For more information and to see a sample


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Wee Beasts (PDF Download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Poems and reflections on the smaller inhabitants of our planet, taken from the book Bare Feet and Buttercups by Ruth Burgess. 7 pages.

For more information and to see a sample

For all downloads about creation and environment


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Recently published

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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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Iona: A Map (new updated edition)

Available in folded or flat versions

The Iona Community

This new edition has been extensively redrawn to reflect new and changed use of buildings, rerouted fence lines, etc.

For more information and to see a sample

For the folded version

For the flat version

 

 

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