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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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