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This week, a new download on homelessness, and a reminder of some of our other resources on the subject.

Photo © David Coleman


New download

In Shop Doorways download transspaser

In shop doorways and on street corners (PDF download)

A reflection, meditation, and ideas for taking action on homelessness

Ewan Aitken

Digital download: A reflection and meditation on homelessness, together with some ideas for taking practical and political action.

Ewan Aitken is a member of the Iona Community and CEO of Cyrenians, a charity dealing with the causes and the consequences of homelessness (www.Cyrenians.scot). All royalties from the sale of this download will go directly to the work of Cyrenians.

In listening to those who are homeless,
whose tough reality we hope never to know,
and seeing them first as people, as neighbours, as fellow citizens,
let us find the strength and the courage,
the wisdom and the understanding,
to listen to your call,
to live as we are called to live,
to love as we would want to be loved,
to share what we can,
to live justly and compassionately,
whatever the cost.

6 pages

For more information and to see a sample


More downloads on homelessness

The Gift of Life download transspaser

The Gift of Life (PDF download)

Parables about landowners and the present-day housing crisis

Paul Nicolson

Digital download: A reflection on parables about justly sharing land and its produce, connecting them with present-day injustices of land and wealth, and concluding with a prayer.

Paul Nicolson is a long-time campaigner against poverty and injustice. He is the founder of Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (http://z2k.org/) and Taxpayers Against Poverty (http://taxpayersagainstpoverty.org.uk) in Tottenham, and is an associate of the Iona Community.

3 pages

For more information and to see a sample

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The Rainbow Man (PDF download)

Reflections on homelessness

Neil Paynter

Digital download: Reflections on homelessness and about finding Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit in down-to-earth places. Neil’s stories and poems come from his experience of working in homeless shelters in North America and Britain, as a nurse’s aide with the elderly and as a mental health worker. From the book Down To Earth, by Neil Paynter.

In a world of easy compromises and much false posturing in which the rich, the often corrupt, and the people with power keep telling us how to live and what to strive for, Neil writes about a world where hearts matter and in which vulnerable folk can teach us much.
– Peter Millar

19 pages

For more information and to see a sample

Homelessness Sunday download transspaser

Homelessness Sunday (PDF download)

Various contributors

Digital download: A prayer, a poem, a song (words and music) and a responsive prayer about homelessness, for use on Homelessness Sunday or at any time of the year. From the book Winter: Liturgical resources for November, December and January, by Ruth Burgess.

7 pages

For more information and to see a sample

A Service About Homelessness download transspaser

A Service About Homelessness (PDF Download)

Neil Paynter

Digital download: Worship resources taken from the book Holy Ground by Neil Paynter and Helen Boothroyd.

Opening and closing responses for a service about homelessness
Homelessness is you, homelessness is me (a litany)

4 pages

For more information


A call for contributions

We are looking for contributions for downloads relating to mental health. If you have any prayers, blessings, liturgies, reflections or other material that you would like to contribute to this project, please contact neil@ionabooks.com and use the subject-line Mental health. Deadline is September 1st. Thank you.


Recently added

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Grace Will Walk Us Home

A daily discipline of Bible readings and short prayers

(Book & e-book)

Thom M Shuman

In over 30 years of ministry Thom Shuman had taught studies on just about every book in the Bible and had gone through the cycle of Sunday readings many times. He’d spent a lot of ‘professional’ time in the Bible, but realised he’d never really read the Bible from beginning to end to feed his spiritual life. So that’s what he did, each day discovering a word, phrase or verse which spoke to him, letting it play around in his mind, and then writing a short prayer or ‘nudge’. At the end of the year, he had 365 of them, which are shared with you here..

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For all Thom Shuman’s 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.

‘… 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

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For all Joy Mead's publications

Pearls of Life bracelet new transspaser

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.

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.


For more information

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