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A Desert Transformed: Interview and Giveaway!

A Desert Transformed: Interview and Giveaway!

I had endured years of abuse in my childhood and teen years and that, coupled with life struggles caused by my deafness, made me lose all hope. Incredibly, God sought me out… Tracy Williamson I first got to know the lovely Tracy Williamson a year or so ago when I was on the launch team for her amazing book ‘The Father’s Kiss’ (which I thoroughly recommend!) She’s just had a new devotional published, ‘A Desert Transformed’, which I was delighted…

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Why does God let the bad stuff happen?

Why does God let the bad stuff happen?

It’s the question we all ask at some point, isn’t it. Maybe it’s the question we ask every day, because every day is full of pain. We just have to switch on the news to see all the bad stuff. Evil permeates our world, and snakes its way into our lives and the lives of those we love. Senseless stuff happens and we just don’t get it. We’re not alone. The Bible is full of this question, from Job to…

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How to pray with the long-term sick

How to pray with the long-term sick

When you’re ill for a long time, you get a lot of people offering to pray with you and for you. It can be both a privilege and a burden, a blessing and a strain. I don’t want to seem ungrateful. I’m so thankful for people’s desire to help, and I remain fully convinced that God heals today – I’ve experienced it and I’ve seen it in others. And yet it can become so exhausting when I am prayed with…

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Torn – a poem for Good Friday

Torn – a poem for Good Friday

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 long ago…

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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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Book review – The Making of Us by Sheridan Voysey

Book review – The Making of Us by Sheridan Voysey

‘While we may feel like jigsaw puzzles thrown in the air, or wonder who we are and why we’re here, the one who made the heavens and the seas made us by his infinite wisdom too. The same hands that made the galaxies crafted us in the womb, making us as significant as the stars.’ How beautiful is this? I wasn’t sure I would love this book, because I’m not always keen on ‘pilgrimage’ stories, following the writer on a…

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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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