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This week we have a new book from Thom Shuman – short poetic prayers (or nudges as he calls them) for each day of the year, in Thom’s characteristic style.

July 30th is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and we remind you of one of our downloads that would be suitable for marking this.

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. Thank you.

Photo: Iona morning © David Coleman

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Just published

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Grace Will Walk Us Home

A daily discipline of Bible readings and short prayers

(Book & e-book)

Thom M Shuman

We may read the Bible to score political points. We may read it to get ideas for addresses and talks. But how often do we read the Bible to feed our heart and soul?

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. ‘I hope they speak to your heart and soul in some way,’ Thom says.

you begin by
crafting grace
out of chaos;
grace is
the best friend
who never abandons
us;
grace will walk
us home to
you.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version

For all Thom Shuman’s publications

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For World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

From Slavery to Freedom download transspaser

From Slavery to Freedom (PDF Download)

A liturgy of repentance, commemoration and commitment

Iain Whyte


Digital download: A service to remember the evils of the Atlantic slave trade and celebrate the lives of those many unsung people who contributed to emancipation. But there are still millions of slaves in the world today and part of the service is an invitation to commit to being 21st-century abolitionists, working for freedom from slavery in our time. Taken from the book Holy Ground: Liturgies and worship resources for an engaged spirituality by Neil Paynter & Helen Boothroyd.

Contents include:
Introduction to the subject
Introduction to the liturgy
Dramatic dialogue
Reflection
Prayer of confession
Prayer of thanksgiving
A litany of celebration
Action
Closing responses

9 pages

For more information and to see a sample


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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.

‘… 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


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.

96pp

For more information


St Cuthbert’s Way transspaser

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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