Delicate lyric poems inspired by stories of St Columba and the island of Iona. Redolent of an age of wonder in which the natural world and the elements were perceived to be in harmony with the divine. Available from June 19th.
Advent & Christmas
Poetry, liturgy and narrative resources on beloved Advent and Christmas themes, questioning the cosy and sentimental view of the festive season and taking seriously the idea that God in Christ is born as a vulnerable outsider who transforms the world in radical ways.
A book about the original Pearls of Life bracelet. There is a now a new version of the Pearls (available from Verbum Sweden at: https://www.verbum.se/fralsarkransen/fralsarkransen-av-glas-p52634417) where one of the beads is a different colour, but most of this book is still relevant.
Powerful and moving readings, stories and poems for Easter. Rachel Mann writes with the voices of the characters involved in the biblical accounts of passion and resurrection, unafraid to explore the darkest aspects evoked by these events.
Advent & Christmas
Explores how people of faith and goodwill might mark the midwinter season and the Christmas festival with integrity and simplicity. How can we include others and celebrate difference without putting us all under intolerable strain, or perpetuating false and oppressive myths of the ideal family life? Reflections on the origins, diverse meanings and customs associated with Christmas, personal stories, and liturgical and ritual resources that can be adapted and used in the home, in group gatherings and in church settings.
Full-colour photographs - with accompanying short reflections, prayers, poems and stories - of the Abbey, Iona's white sand beaches, the pilgrimage around the island, seabirds, highland cattle, tracks and roads, boats and nets, kitchen pots, footprints in the sand, cotton grass bending in the breeze - and more.
Meditations & Reflections
After the crucifixion, Joseph embarks on a quest to find out who Jesus really was, seeking out those who knew him personally. These witnesses, all mentioned in the gospels, tell their stories, each contributing a unique insight into the Nazarene. James Harpur uses both prose and poetry to create a parallel narrative to the gospels, amplifying the events they describe.
Readings from the founder of the Iona Community. Many lives were changed by George MacLeod's spine-tingling sermons, and many more by his personal example. These extracts give a flavour of the passion and poetry of the Celtic mystic who led the rebuilding of Iona Abbey.