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This Stuff Works.

This Stuff Works.

The idea of religious belief can seem a strange old thing, can’t it. We live in a time when we are equipped with so much knowledge about the way the world works and how we’ve evolved to get where we are. Some would say that there’s no room for the God stuff anymore, that it’s been pushed out by science and reason, that anyone who holds on to that kind of thing is doing it out of tradition, or the…

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Song of the Overworld – Book review and giveaway

Song of the Overworld – Book review and giveaway

I love a bit of Young Adult fiction, but increasingly find it somewhat cliched – I know the story from the start, there are no surprises – it’s all just a bit… meh. And I say that as someone who likes to write the stuff, and hopes to get my first novel published at some time in the next year. But when I first read Dawn E James’ Song of the Overworld, I was really blown away. The story captivated…

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An Outstanding Outbreak of Outrageous & Overwhelming Love

An Outstanding Outbreak of Outrageous & Overwhelming Love

Okay, I’ve overdone the alliteration. Sorry about that. My only regret is that I couldn’t find a fitting noun beginning with ‘O’. Sigh… But there’s a reason for the overdone opulence of the title. I was reading Acts 2 this morning, and was struck anew by the outright transformation in the lives of the disciples; a change begun at their realisation that Jesus really was alive and confirmed in their experience of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. This transformation in…

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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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