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The UN International Day of Friendship is coming up, so we have a new download from Tom Gordon to help celebrate it. There's also a reminder of Tom's first two books, based on his experiences as hospice chaplain for the Edinburgh Marie Curie Centre.

If you would like to contribute to a new book about Iona, see the invitation below.

Photo: An Iona beach at sunrise © David Coleman


New download

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‘Where you go I will go’ (PDF download)

Readings and reflections for the UN International Day of Friendship (July 30)

Tom Gordon

Digital download: These readings and reflections exploring the importance of friendship in our lives include some of Tom Gordon’s stories and poems as well as a retelling of the story of Naomi and Ruth. They can be used for the UN International Day of Friendship (July 30), but also in any service or worship on the theme of friendship.

13 pages

For more information and to see a sample



Also by Tom Gordon

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New Journeys Now Begin

Learning on the path of grief and loss

(Book and e-book)

Tom Gordon

Tom Gordon writes with sensitivity and clarity about real people as they begin to understand their journeys of bereavement. He draws on his experience as a parish minister and hospice chaplain at the Marie Curie Centre, Edinburgh, and his extensive involvement with bereavement support, as well as offering honest insights from his own journey of discovery.

The book helps us understand the unplanned and often frightening twists and turns grief forces the bereaved to face. In recognising the new and overwhelming feelings of anger and distress as normal, it gives carers important insights into the processes of loss. Through prayers and poetry it gives a voice to both anguish and hope. Above all, it offers companionship on the journey of bereavement to those who thought no one could ever understand their loss and grief.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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A Need for Living

Signposts on the journey of life and beyond

(Book and e-book)

Tom Gordon

Another book based on Tom Gordon's experience as a hospice chaplain, addressing the need for meaning in life. For most of us, it is only when we are facing a life crisis, or the loss of a loved one, or the reality of our own death that the search for meaning becomes real. How then do we express what really matters?

This is a book for people facing a life crisis and for those who care for the dying. Ultimately it is for everyone, especially those for whom traditional words and symbols have failed, and who need new images to help them live again.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version



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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