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A note from Wild Goose

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If you are engaged in the perennial quest for suitable and thoughtful Christmas gifts for friends and family, we have a few suggestions below which we hope you will find useful – including the Pearls of Life book and bracelet, Iona, invocations and labyrinths, and collections of readings for the whole year.

Photo: The Staffa boat, from Iona © David Coleman


Suggested Christmas gifts

The Feast of the Christ Child transspaser

Pearls of Life
book and bracelet

For the personal spiritual journey

Martin Lönnebo, Carolina Welin, Carolina Johnasson


The Pearls of Life are used by thousands of people today as a contemporary aid to prayer. The book, featuring full-colour photos, describes the meaning of the pearls and how to use them, while the bracelet itself is a portable and convenient tool for focusing the mind on prayer or reflection during a busy day.

All orders for the book plus bracelet until Christmas will be supplied in a clear cellophane gift bag.

For more information and to see a sample of the book



Iona: Images and Reflections transspaser

Photos of the island with words
Neil Paynter & David Coleman
Full-colour photographs – with accompanying short reflections, prayers, poems and stories – of the Abbey, Iona’s white sand beaches, the pilgrimage around the island, seabirds, highland cattle, tracks and roads, boats and nets, kitchen pots, footprints in the sand, cotton grass bending in the breeze – and more.
For more information and to see a sample


Invocations transspaser

Calling on the God in All
Richard Skinner
From earthworms to CD-ROMs, from starfish to blizzards, from electrons to garden forks, from doubt to a shout of laughter … This beautiful little book of invocations inspired by creatures, conditions and objects in the world around us which reflect and are a metaphor for aspects of God or the Divine will resonate with individuals and groups of any or no particular religious or spiritual allegiance.
For more information and to see a sample


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Landscape of the soul
Di Williams
This full-colour book offers a unique insight into labyrinths in the UK and wider, combined with Di’s own stunning photography. It begins with a potted history of the labyrinth and hints for walking one, shares personal reflections and stories from the labyrinth and explores the variety of settings in which labyrinths are now to be found. It includes a section on how to create your own labyrinth and lead your own labyrinth walk.
For more information and to see a sample


Books of readings for the whole year

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Daily readings
Neil Paynter
A whole year’s worth of daily quotes and readings – poems, prayers, short reflections and stories – from writers and thinkers who have inspired the Iona Community and from members of the community themselves.
For more information and to see a sample

With An Open Eye transspaser

Parables with meaning for today
Tom Gordon
By drawing us into the lives of ordinary people through these modern parables, Tom Gordon offers insights into issues of universal relevance in an immediate, contemporary and imaginative way. Relates to lectionary cycle B, covering all the Sundays of the cycle plus some extra days, such as those of Holy Week.
For more information and to see a sample

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A book for busy people
Neil Paynter
Short daily readings for the whole year. Short because sometimes it feels like the world is so crowded with words that it is difficult to focus on the Word. A book for those who feel themselves travelling at an increasingly frantic pace each day, and are hungry for snatches of nourishment to feed their souls.
For more information and to see a sample

Look Well To This Day transspaser

A year of daily reflections
Tom Gordon
A year's worth of stories and reflections to encourage us to ‘look well’ to the insights and inspiration we might need to live each of the 365 days as best we can, with a more hopeful vision for tomorrow.
For more information and to see a sample



Resources for Advent and Christmas



Downloadable liturgies, prayers, reflections etc

Parables of Northern Seed




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