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That Amazing Unfair Grace Thing

That Amazing Unfair Grace Thing

Is God unfair? What if the answer is well… yes, kind of, actually… Because of that annoying, amazing, outrageous thing called grace. On a forum the other day, I read a post about how unfair God seemed to be. The poster didn’t think that the concept of forgiveness was a just one, particularly the no-holds-barred reckless forgiveness that we find in the Christian faith. She didn’t think it right that someone who had been bad all their life could simply…

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So who am I?

So who am I?

Last night in our Faith Explored group we were mudging on identity. What does identity mean? How do we form identity, and who on earth are we anyway? It’s a huge question. It’s a question about the very core of us, about what makes us who we are. It’s a scary question, because we don’t always like to look too deep. It’s a liberating question, because we can discover something about who we are that we might not have grasped…

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The words which never hurt?

The words which never hurt?

In my forthcoming book about contentment (being published in November by IVP), I’ve described a little of my experience of bullying at school. It was a difficult and raw section to write, but it felt important. I was including it in a chapter about identity, and how the way we see ourselves can be so dependent on how others treat us, how they reflect us back and interpret who they think we are – or should be. The words others…

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Book Reviews – May 2018

Book Reviews – May 2018

Good afternoon all! I’ve decided to start some regular book reviews on the blog. I read some wonderful books and it always seems a shame to read and forget, so I’d love to share some of them with you. Today I’m reviewing one fiction and one non-fiction, both for the Christian market, which I’ve recently read, and loved 🙂   Diary of a (Trying to be holy) Mum – by Fiona Lloyd I took this on holiday to Mallorca, and…

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I walked on by.

I walked on by.

I walked on by. I was in Birmingham city centre the other day, and it was raining. People rushed by, intent on finding shelter and getting to where they needed to go. I was on my way to the station, in no particular hurry. But I walked on by. He was face down, in a grotty sleeping bag, the rain pounding the thin fabric. He could have been ill. He could have been dead. He was probably hungry, probably thirsty….

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Torn.

Torn.

Torn. A lonely garden draped in a starry night, a soul ripped apart. Yet not my will but yours His spirit shrieks his fear His body trembles overwhelmed with the weight Of us   Torn. Rust-bound nails pierce uncreated flesh, Word of eternity in blood cascading. Arms spread wide in love-drenched agony.   Torn. A mother’s heart shattered into a million pieces, she watches, afraid to turn away. Drowned in the anguish of uncomprehending grief. She recalls a night so…

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Book Review – Clara: A Good Psychopath

Book Review – Clara: A Good Psychopath

I’ve just finished reading Anne E Thompson’s new book, Clara: A Good Psychopath? This is a fascinating story, and beautifully written. In Clara, Anne E Thompson has somehow created a character who is both detestable and admirable at the same time – while you hate much of how she thinks and what she does, something in you is rooting for her and cheering her on. The traits of psychopathy/narcissistic personality disorder are obvious from the start, with Clara being unable…

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Unmasked: Embracing the Broken

Unmasked: Embracing the Broken

‘How do you feel now?’ I stand there, my head bowed, my body stiff as I contain the pain raging inside. What do I say? ‘Are you feeling better?’ I bite down on my lip. ‘A little, yes, thank you.’ But inside I am berating myself. That’s not true, is it? I don’t feel a little better at all. If anything, I feel worse, the pain made somehow more obvious by the prayer. I feel just that bit smaller, that…

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Seen from a Scene

Seen from a Scene

I sleep fitfully, aware of you close by, so new, so needy, so I wake quickly to the sound. A kind of humming, gaining in volume, a resounding harmony of resonance. It tugs at my soul, something deep within, a knowledge I didn’t know of. And then the light. First a chink of light, snaking down the mud-packed wall, a crack in the fabric which makes no sense in the dead of night. I glance around; you are sleeping quietly,…

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A Tale of Beauty from Ashes

A Tale of Beauty from Ashes

Recently, when watching the new version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, I was struck by the themes of restoration running through the story – so I thought I’d put together a little Bible study guide on it. It’s a six session course, for individuals or group study – you just need the DVD to watch certain clips from the film. It’s now available here on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback forms. But the best news is that you can…

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