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Learning to Breathe – Review and Giveaway

Learning to Breathe – Review and Giveaway

‘It’s hard to describe how depression feels. It’s unending grief and terror, blackness and a sense that you are experiencing the world through a dirty lens – everything is dimmer and murkier. The overwhelming experience of depression for me is one of exhaustion. Sleep is never enough to lift the tiredness that seeps into every cell in my body, making every step feel as though I’m trudging through lead.’ –Learning to Breathe, Rachael Newham, p24 In a time when we…

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I Thought There Would Be Cake… Giveaway!

I Thought There Would Be Cake… Giveaway!

This was first posted on the SPCK blog. See the post here.   Being the daughter of a clergyman is a challenging task at the best of times. You feel like you must always be on your best behaviour; that your life should be an exemplary model of goodness, holiness and being generally perfect. I know that – I am one and I have one 🙂 And then – well, you fail. I can only imagine that being the daughter…

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Long Story Short by Andy Frost – Book Review and Giveaway

Long Story Short by Andy Frost – Book Review and Giveaway

Andy Frost’s book is centred around the idea that every life tells a story and that we are all searching for an underlying narrative in our lives. He says that we are ‘shaped by the wider stories we find ourselves in’. He outlines three stories which often seem to underpin how we experience life and how we react to our circumstances: Happiness, safety and significance. The ‘happiness’ narrative is all about pursuing things which make us feel good and enjoying…

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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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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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Those who Wait…

Those who Wait…

So many of us live in a time of waiting. Waiting through a short time or a longer term. Waiting for something to get better in our lives – for healing of our broken bodies, for freedom from depression, for relationships to mend. For God to just turn up and do something. I’ve waited all my life. I’ve been sick since I was a tiny baby, born pale and skinny and floppy, known as ‘the sickly child.’ The one who…

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Love Wins, and all that

Love Wins, and all that

So, I’ve read the new Rob Bell book, ‘Love Wins’. Whispers round the tinterweb about it verge from refreshing and thought provoking to cries of heresy and outrage. Hmmm. What did I think? Well. The thing that always strikes me about Rob Bell, and no less than usual in this latest book, is his passion for Jesus. He totally bigs Him up. Again and again. Whatever else you say, you can’t pretend that Rob doesn’t love Jesus. I love how…

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