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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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Long Story Short – Guest Post from Andy Frost

Long Story Short – Guest Post from Andy Frost

Today I’m delighted to welcome Andy Frost who has recently written a fabulous book called Long Story Short. I have just finished this book and found it incredibly helpful and insightful. Here Andy tells us a little about the themes in the book, and later in the week I will post my own review and giveaway – watch this space. My new book Long Story Short explores the power of story. Stories shape how we see the world, how we…

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Worship – just why?

Worship – just why?

Worship. What’s that all about, then? I wonder if some of you look at some of my writing, tweets and so on and wonder why I’d want to worship God – especially when I am so often in pain. What is it about worship which catches hold of me so? Isn’t a God who requires worship somewhat arrogant, egocentric even? Why would I want to worship a God who loves to be adored? These are questions I’ve been asked and…

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If your summer isn’t Instagram ready…

If your summer isn’t Instagram ready…

My summer is not, and probably never will be, Instagram ready. You know what I mean. You scroll through your feed on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and see all those beautifully filtered pictures of people having the most perfect of times. Families are smiling together and going on an impossible number of days out, all impeccably and stylishly dressed with not a hair out of place, even in this melting heat. They go on holiday together and they don’t argue….

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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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