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Now available is the e-book version of Rachel Mann's new book, A Star-Filled Grace. We also have a new short download relating to the parable of the Good Samaritan. And we suggest some ideas for Christmas presents, perhaps, in the form of books of readings for a whole year.

A reminder for those in the Manchester (UK) area that there is a launch for A Star-Filled Grace this coming Thursday 12th November 2015 at 7pm at St Nicholas Church, Burnage, M19 1PL. The book will be on sale at the event and Rachel promises 'a lively evening'.

Photo: Healing circle in Iona Abbey © David Coleman


New e-book

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A Star-Filled Grace
(Downloadable book)

Worship and prayer resources for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Rachel Mann

This book offers resources on beloved Advent and Christmas themes for churches, ministers, study groups and individuals at a time when there is a genuine interest in fresh ways of telling the Christmas stories.

In poetry, liturgy and narrative, Rachel Mann questions the cosy and sentimental view of the festive season and takes seriously the idea that God in Christ is born as a vulnerable outsider who transforms the world in radical ways.

Intended to be usable in a wide range of liturgical and study contexts, this book revisits biblical voices, characters and stories with a sophistication and simplicity that speaks to readers from a diversity of theological and spiritual perspectives.

Rachel Mann is an Anglican parish priest, broadcaster and writer. She is resident poet and minor canon at Manchester Cathedral. Her work is widely published, including two previous books, The Risen Dust and Dazzling Darkness.

For more information and to see a sample

For the print version



New download

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Called to be an Innkeeper
(PDF download)

A reflection on Luke 10:25-37, the Good Samaritan

Elaine Gisbourne

Digital download: A short meditation based on the parable of the Good Samaritan which could be used following the reading of this story from the Bible.

Elaine Gisbourne is a member of the Iona Community living in Lancaster. She is
a physiotherapist, working in a local hospice, as well as a Spiritual Director, Street Pastor and campaigner for world development issues.

1 page

For more information and to see a sample



Some other Advent Books

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Walking Through Advent

Daily readings

Jan Sutch Pickard

‘Walk humbly with God …’ Advent is a time of wonder and waiting – but that’s not a passive thing. We need to walk into Advent with our eyes open. Join us on a cheerful, thoughtful, justice-seeking journey towards Bethlehem, a journey day by day through Advent. Jan Sutch Pickard is a former Warden of Iona Abbey, who has also been Vice President of the Methodist Conference and an Ecumenical Accompanier.

For more information and to see a sample


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Hope Was Heard Singing

Resources for Advent

Sally Foster-Fulton

An Advent collection of prayers, meditations, poems and a few wee plays. A rich resource, from an original voice, for personal reflection and for congregations and small groups searching for material relevant to the 21st century. The author is Associate Minister at Dunblane Cathedral and Convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland.

For more information and to see a sample



Readings for the whole year

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This Is the Day – series

Readings and Meditations from the Iona Community
– covering a whole year in three books

Neil Paynter


A series of three books with daily readings for four months in each book, gathered from a wide range of contributors within the Iona Community. These readings, prayers, poems and songs reflect the concerns of the Community, from justice and peace to the rediscovery of spirituality, from hospitality and welcome to interfaith dialogue, from prayer to sexuality, and much more.

This Is the Day – more information and sample

Gathered and Scattered – more information and sample

Living Letters of the Word – more information and sample


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A Blessing to Follow

Contemporary parables for living

Tom Gordon


A collection of original and contemporary parables – the first of a series of three – using the framework of the Christian Year to offer a story for every week, and a few more besides. As an observer of life, Tom draws on his experiences in parish ministry and hospice chaplaincy to create a rich, creative resource for personal or public use.

Relates to lectionary cycle C.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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The Still Small Voice

A book for busy people

Neil Paynter


Short daily readings for the whole year. Short because sometimes it feels like the world is so crowded with words that it is difficult to focus on the Word. A book for those who feel themselves travelling at an increasingly frantic pace each day, and are hungry for snatches of nourishment to feed their souls.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Look Well to This Day

A year of daily reflections

Tom Gordon


A year's worth of stories and reflections to encourage us to ‘look well’ to the insights and inspiration we might need to live each of the 365 days as best we can, with a more hopeful vision for tomorrow.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version


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Growing Hope

Daily readings

Neil Paynter


A whole year’s worth of daily quotes and readings – poems, prayers, short reflections and stories – from writers and thinkers who have inspired the Iona Community and from members of the community themselves.

For more information and to see a sample

For the e-book version



Resources for Advent, Christmas & Epiphany

Christmas books

– Books

– E-books

– Downloads/e-liturgies


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