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A new book from Joy Mead this week, plus an all-age summertime communion download from Thom Shuman, and news of an audio download version of the play about George MacLeod.

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New book

Walking Our Story transspaser

Walking Our Story

Selected and new poems 2001 to 2016

(Book & e-book)

Joy Mead

Walking Our Story is a collection of much-used and favourite poems from Joy Mead. Many of them have been selected by the author’s readers and friends, who ask ‘Where can I find …?’ when they want a poem for a special occasion. Other poems tell of a path in poetry shared with people the author knows and loves, as well as strangers. Not a path to follow but a path made by walking – a kind of pilgrimage.

And there are new poems too … the walk, the story, the poetry go on …

See how they come:
bare feet on the warm earth,
disturbing the dust of ages,
to the telling place
where the joy of birth
and beginnings is shared
and the colours
of hope imagined:

for every baby born, a star
for all life on earth,
a story and a promise.

(From A parable of being)

Joy Mead is a member of the Iona Community and the author of several books and downloads.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


New downloads

Every Day is a Day of Joy download transspaser

Every Day is a Day of Joy (PDF download)

An all-age communion for summertime on the theme of play

Thom M Shuman

Digital download: A joyful all-age communion liturgy celebrating the beauty of the world and the fun that can be had in the hot, sparkling days of summer – and the importance of remaining playful even if we are ‘grown up’.

Thom Shuman is the author of The Jesse Tree: Daily Readings for Advent, Gobsmacked: Daily Devotions for Advent, as well as various downloads, and is a contributor to many Wild Goose anthologies. He lives in Columbus, Ohio and is an associate member of the Iona Community.

7 pages

For more information and to see a sample

Every Blessed Thing audio download transspaser

Every Blessed Thing (Audio download)

An evening with George MacLeod

Ron Ferguson & Tom Fleming

Now available as an mp3 download.

In this one-man play, Ron Ferguson intends the listener to spend an evening in George MacLeod’s company. The evening is based on George MacLeod’s conversations with the author, along with material drawn from the subject’s sermons, prayers, diaries, letters and stories.

Actor Tom Fleming, who performs the play, writes: 'For those of us who had the privilege of knowing [George MacLeod] the memory remains bright and vibrant. For those of you who did not have that privilege, or who might have lacked the stamina to spend two hours in his company – an experience someone once likened to being mugged in the East end of Glasgow – my hope is that, as you listen to this, you will find yourself in the company of that remarkable, complex, endearing and uncomfortable human being.'

For more information and to listen to an extract


An invitation to contribute to a book

Send your Iona stories for a new Wild Goose book

WGP editor Neil Paynter says:

‘I’m currently editing a book of short daily readings to help highlight and support the Iona Community’s Capital Appeal. I’m looking for those human stories from Iona. You know the ones – we all have them. Stories about people and the power of the Spirit. About different folk coming together – from different countries, backgrounds … Stories of encounter, challenge, exchange, transformation – that show why Iona and what the Iona Community does there is important to the world. That give it a human face.’

Deadline: July 30, 2016. Word count: Approximately 500 words.

Please send contributions to: neil@ionabooks.com


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