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A note from Wild Goose


A look back at one of our books from the past this week, and as the UN International Day of Friendship (July 30) approaches, we remind you of some resources relating to that subject.

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One from the past

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Ready or Not

Children, spirituality and journeying together

Ruth Harvey

Stories, reflections, meditations, poems, songs and dialogues.

How does being with children offer us a glimpse of God? On our adult faith journey, do we remember the wisdom of our own childhood thoughts? And in what ways are we, as adults, open to the wisdom that children in our midst share about God, faith, life, death and spirituality?

Being in the company of children – as a new mother hungry for soul food – led Ruth Harvey to ask these questions, and to share them with a range of about 30 others – some parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles, foster siblings – which resulted in this original collection of stories, reflections, meditations, poems, songs and dialogues.

The contributions, including pieces by Peter Millar, Donald Eadie, Yvonne Morland, Em Strang, Ellen Moxley and Neil Paynter, explore how the wisdom shared by children in what they say and do can lead us closer to God. They explore themes of adoption, parenting, illness, disability, birth, death, passion and more.

Ready or Not can be used for personal reflection, group studies and in worship – it offers resources and inspiration for finding God and spirituality in the midst of the busyness, messiness, pressure, nurturing, despair and joy of life.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


Resources on friendship

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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

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Friends of the Lord (PDF download)

An all-age service about friendship

Nancy Cocks

Digital download: A lively service about friendship, for all ages, including one of the author’s ‘Fergie the Frog’ stories, a ‘Jesus & Peter’ dialogue on the model of those created by the Wild Goose Resource Group, a version of the story of Zacchaeus, friendship bracelets and more besides. Nancy Cocks is a former Deputy Warden of Iona Abbey.

12 pages

For more information and to see a sample

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Celebrating Friendship (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: Prayers and poems celebrating friendship, taken from the book Moments of Our Nights and Days, by Ruth Burgess.

5 pages

For more information and to see a sample


Recent publications

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Whispers of Light

(Book & e-book)

Joy Mead

A new collection of poems from Joy Mead – ‘a book of moments, illuminated moments, those times when joy breaks through, when beauty amazes and goes some way towards healing.’

Joy’s poems celebrate what it is to be alive and also, perhaps, what it is to contemplate death. She hopes that each poem is:

Whispering of freedom.
Whispering that all that lives
is known and never dies

‘… a poet of great sensitivity, a deeply religious poet, without being a Religious Poet. Her spirituality is grounded in the depths of ‘ordinary’ life – the extraordinary life.’
Ron Ferguson

Joy Mead is a member of the Iona Community and the author of several previous books. She has been involved in development education and justice and peace work, and occasionally leads creative writing groups.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For all Joy Mead's publications

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Pearls of Life bracelet

New version

Created by Bishop Martin Lönnebo

A glass and ceramic bead bracelet providing a practical method of helping the mind attain a state of stillness, meditation and prayer.

This is the new version of the bracelet, where one of the three – originally white – Mystery Pearls has been replaced by a green pearl. Each of the ‘pearls’ helps us to focus on a particular kind of situation in life. Included is a small multi-language leaflet with a basic explanation of the pearls.

In this time of great spiritual longing as well as unprecedented busyness, stress and difficulty in focusing, the Pearls of Life bracelet provides a practical method to help the mind attain a state of stillness, meditation and prayer. In this way, we are drawn back to what is most important in our lives, to our spiritual centre and an experience of God.

Can be used in conjunction with the new Pearls of Life book.

For more information

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Pearls of Life book

(New version)

Johan Dalman, Ann Lagerström, Thomas Lerner

This new, hardback version of the book Pearls of Life (published in English by Verbum Sweden) reflects on the meaning of the pearls and suggests how to use them. It relates to the new version of the Pearls of Life bracelet.

The book is both an introduction to the Pearls for those who have never encountered them before and a deepening for those who use them already. It also includes an interview with Martin Lönnebo and the stories of four users of the Pearls.


The previous, paperback, Pearls of Life book, relating to the old version of the bracelet is still available here.

For more information

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St Cuthbert’s Way (new edition)

A pilgrims’ companion

(Book & e-book)

Mary Low

There’s nothing like putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, in all weathers, for getting you in touch with the things that really matter.

St Cuthbert’s Way runs from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland. This book, designed as a Pilgrims’ companion, presents

– Information essential for walking the Way
– A field guide to places of interest along the route
– An introduction to St Cuthbert and his world
– Songs, meditations and stories
– Ideas and resources for a contemporary pilgrimage experience

While other guides major on directions, this one brings the landscape to life through a wealth of stories and personalities, while leaving you free to experience your own pilgrimage for yourself. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in early Celtic and Anglo-Saxon spirituality, the more recent history of the Borderlands and the flora and fauna to look out for along the way.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

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