A Way in the Wilderness

Author: James Bishop
ISBN: 978-1-4411-5115-5
Date: 2012
Price ?12.99
Publisher: Continuum

James Bishop served a ten year prison sentence in the States for violent crime.

Early in his incarceration he was introduced to the sixth century Rule of St Benedict and Christian meditation in the modern John Main tradition. Fidelity to both changed the direction of his life: it was 'like being healed from a deep wound or illness.' A free man now, and an Oblate of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) he writes a chapter by chapter commentary on the Benedictine Rule explaining the monastic terminology clearly for lay readers, and reflecting on how the teaching renewed his life. He subtitles his commentary 'For the Physically and Spiritually imprisoned' for he is aware that imprisonment takes many forms. ' Listen,' promises the Rule ' and I will show you the way of life'. This joyful, compassionate, streetwise commentary with its graphic insights into Bishop's personal history and prison experience does exactly this.

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Socrates in the City: Conversations on Life, God and other small topics

Author: Eric Metaxas
ISBN: 978-0452298651
Date: 2011
Price: ?14.99
Publisher: Collins

Socrates famously said that 'The unexamined life is not worth living', the cover blurb proclaims. One might similarly muse that 'The unexamined book proposal is not worth publishing' on reading the contents of this volume!

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Love Unknown

Author: Ruth Burrows OCD
ISBN: 978 14411 0372 7
Date: 2011
Price: ?6.99
Publisher: Burns & Oates

There is a real mystery about people and faith. This prompts the author to write what was the Lent Book recommended by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2012. We are all amazed at how people come to faith from so many backgrounds, some expected, some so unexpected, and then there are those who give up. Yet that is what the Church hopes in its mission, to support and draw people into that living relation- ship that is faith. Sister Ruth writes from the standpoint of seventy plus years in Carmel. Hers is a realistic unsentimental appreciation of the value of that life lived for the Church and the world.

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The Art of Dying and Living: Lessons from Saints of Our Time

Author: Kerry Walters
ISBN: 978-1-57075-924-6
Date: 2011
Price: ?12.99
Publisher: Orbis Books

In the introduction Kerry Walters describes that many people nowadays have become alienated from the reality of death. Whereas in past times a person typically died at home surrounded by children, grandchildren and friends, nowadays people often die out of sight in hospitals, hospices and care homes. Death is therefore much less witnessed and the lessons that can be learned from people dying a good death are less likely passed around in an unwritten ars morendi.

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Gateway to Resurrection

Author: MMyISAM Boulding OSB
ISBN: 978 1441 14388 4
Date: 2010
Price: ?10.99
Publisher: Burns & Oates

MMyISAM Boulding wrote this book in her last days during a painful terminal illness, responding to a friend's call for her to 'write about the journey'. The journey is framed with that deep resurrection faith that is the heart of Christianity, yet acknowledges through scripture and the life of the Church throughout the ages the constant tension between that hope and our own fallibility.

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