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Living ethically when it’s tough

Living ethically when it’s tough

This article was first published in the EA ‘Idea’ magazine, and can be found here. ‘In spite of a long-term progressive disease, I strive to harness the power of God so I can make ethical decisions in my daily life, writes Catching Contentment author, Liz Carter. We live in a big, draughty old vicarage, and the heating bills are rather cumbersome for a vicar and his ill wife. ​“Shop around,” people say to us. ​“This company or that company do it much…

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Finding contentment in chronic illness

Finding contentment in chronic illness

“The other day I was speaking about my new book on a radio show. As part of the session, listeners were invited to call in and ask questions or comment on what they’d heard. I found great resonance in what people were sharing about their own suffering. And then someone called in with the suggestion that I should ‘look into healing ministries’. My heart skipped a beat, because here I was, on the spot, being challenged about my failure to…

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A few radio interviews…

A few radio interviews…

It’s been a completely new, and somewhat daunting experience for me this last few weeks, as I’ve recorded a couple of radio interviews and a Podcast. I’m so thankful that all the presenters were so friendly and easy to talk to, but it was scary nonetheless. I still don’t feel in any way like a ‘speaker’ – I’m much more at home at my keyboard – but it’s been great anyway. I thought I’d collate the interviews here 🙂 Podcast…

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Comparison, Suffering and the Art of Contentment

Comparison, Suffering and the Art of Contentment

Today I’m delighted to welcome Phil Knox, who is head of mission to young adults for the Evangelical Alliance. He’s also a friend I’ve known for many, many years. Phil’s been kind enough to endorse my book, and here he shares some thoughts about contentment and about the book, Catching Contentment. “Childhood is an amazing and beautiful thing.  My wife and I have just had our second child.  To be fair she did most of the work, but Jos has…

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Why Christmas IS for you

Why Christmas IS for you

There is a big deception around Christmas. Everywhere you go, it bombards you. Christmas is for celebration. More precisely, Christmas is for celebration of perfection and a feast of consumerism. Those clever adverts say one thing and mean another; they make out that they’re all about family and peace on earth, when they’re more about brand awareness and subtly selling the message that if you buy this thing from their company you will be more complete. Your Christmas will be…

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Catching Contentment – Giveaway!

Catching Contentment – Giveaway!

It’s almost a week since I came out of hospital, and I’m gaining a little strength every day, though it’s taking much longer than I’d like. There were two things I wanted to do on publication day and couldn’t, so I’m doing them now. Only 3 weeks late 🙂 Both of these things feel quite bittersweet, with the taste of disappointment still so stark, but they are just two small things to celebrate something I was unable to celebrate in…

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Holding

Holding

A few years ago I wrote a blogpost called ‘Leaning’, a reponse to a particularly nasty hospital admission for pneumonia. In that post I explored how I’d come to the edge of myself, how the pain had ruled my days and my nights, and all I could do was lean into God – and I found God there, in the depths. These last few weeks I’ve had to do some leaning, too, but there’s also been a great deal of…

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Catching Contentment – Book Trailer

Catching Contentment – Book Trailer

It’s just over five weeks now until publication, and so much is happening – and so much remains to be done! I’d appreciate prayers over the next few weeks, particularly as I’ve just come out of a fairly nasty infection which laid me flat for 3 weeks or so, so I feel somewhat ill-equipped for everything that needs to be done. Here’s the book trailer video – hope you like it 🙂

Interview with Emily Owen #ThePowerOfSeven

Interview with Emily Owen #ThePowerOfSeven

Until I was 16, I was ‘normal’.  I enjoyed sport, music, school, and was a fairly high achiever.  That all came crashing down when, aged 16, a doctor said to me, ‘you have two (non-malignant) brain tumours, which are so big they’re about to kill you.’ I’m so delighted to host Emily Owen here on the blog today. It’s Publication Day for Emily’s new book The Power of Seven – which, as she tells us below, is nothing to do…

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A Poem from Depths

A Poem from Depths

Crashing into me crushing the bones of me fire snakes through my body unrelenting and unyielding.   Where are you, Lord? Have you deserted me for ever?   Why so downcast, O my soul?   I have nothing left.   Into the depths of deep, the cavernous abyss of incessant and inexorable disease   Where are you, my Lord? Have you deserted me forever?   Yet in the deepest depths is the deepest depth the mystery of who you are…

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