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Happy new year to you from all of us at Wild Goose Publications.

This week we remind you of our downloads for Candlemas, and we celebrate the 100th birthday of one of our authors!

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Downloads for Candlemas

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Praying With Light (PDF download)

In Candlemas and starless nights

Rebeka Maples

Digital download: Poems, prayers and meditations which could be used in a daily discipline.

Light is a part of life and we are all blessed with it. Light finds a way, when there is no way. Light is a lamp in the darkness and a beacon through the storms that life bombards us with on the journey. The Sunday of Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas season, but it does not mark the end of light coming into the world; rather it reminds us that the joy of Christ’s birth is only the beginning of the gift we have been given, are given, and will be given.

Rebeka Maples is Director of Spiritual Formation for local pastors in Course of Study at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Her inspiration comes from nature and the arts, with an eye for the holy wherever it may appear. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and an associate member of the Iona Community.

42 pages

For more information and to see a sample

A Service for Candlemas/St Brigid/Imbolc download transspaser

A Service for Candlemas/St Brigid/Imbolc (PDF download)

Annie Heppenstall & Carey Saleh

Digital download: A short, reflective service for Candlemas / St Brigid / Imbolc with readings, responses, participative actions and songs. There is also a section of explanatory notes for the leader.

9 pages

For more information and to see a sample

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Candlemas (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Readings, responses, a song, play script and story for Candlemas, taken from the book Hay & Stardust by Ruth Burgess.

13 pages

For more information and to see a sample


Celebrating a centenary

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Ian M Fraser

Ian, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, is one of the original members of the Iona Community who helped George MacLeod to rebuild the common life and the Abbey buildings on the isle of Iona.

Throughout his life Ian has travelled the world visiting basic Christian communities. He has walked alongside slum dwellers in India and Haiti; Nicaraguan and Cuban revolutionaries; priests, nuns and catechists facing arrest and/or death in Central and South America; and small farming and fishing communities in the Philippines. He has been a pastor-labourer in heavy industry, a parish minister, Warden of Scottish Churches House, an Executive Secretary of the World Council of Churches, and Dean and Head of the Department of Mission at Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham. He has poured out the wisdom gained from all this experience in several books and downloads published by Wild Goose Publications. Click on the links below to find out more:


Reinventing Theology
A Storehouse of Kingdom Things
The Way Ahead
Living a Countersign
Strange Fire


Love Has Many Faces
Pentecost as a Template
Come Dancing
The Saints of God are Down Our Street
January 5th



Recently published

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The Pieces We Keep

Stories for the seasons

(Book and e-book)

Katie Munnik

A collection of short stories told by vivid voices that direct our gaze to life’s small details. They chart the changing cycles and seasons of the year, reflecting the liturgical patterns of the church and all the weathers of our hearts.

‘Katie Munnik is an excellent storyteller … Her stories are flesh and blood, like the Christian and Jewish scriptures. They bring those big stories to life, while opening up new insights and perspectives.’
– Donald Smith, Director, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Katie Munnik is a Canadian writer based in Cardiff. Her debut novel, The Heart Beats in Secret, will be published by the Borough Press (HarperCollins) in spring 2019.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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Christmas Eve in the Diner

Daily readings for Advent

(Book & e-book)

Thom M Shuman

Bible readings, reflections and prayers for Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A little book for all those who find themselves serving, eating, resting and singing in diners (real and metaphorical) in this holy season, and in all the days before and after – in hope that there they will discover God, serving and eating and resting and singing and welcoming them with open arms.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version alone

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The Cloisters of Iona Abbey

(Book & PDF e-book)

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.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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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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