Summer Reading 

Looking for some summer reading? Something to help you relax whilst deepening your Christian journey? St. Mary's have found a few books that have encouraged us recently: All are available on Kindle and other ebook platforms. Audiobooks are available also. 

Andrew recommends...

How To Pray - Pete Greig

'No one is born knowing how to pray. 
Jesus’ disciples, people who followed his every step and word, still had to ask for help. Imagine that. They asked the son of God how to pray. Asking how to pray can be intimidating. Strike that. Asking for help in any circumstance is scary. 
Assuming no prior knowledge, this new book is a Prayer 101. How to Pray guides you through prayer with confidence and clarity. No jargon, no nonsense, no difficulty. 
Just a simple guide to prayer in normal, everyday language.'

For reviews visit: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44008436-how-to-pray

To purchase visit: https://www.eden.co.uk/how-to-pray-pete-greig/

Sabbath Rest - Mark Scarlata

'Scarlata offers a clear scriptural and historical overview laying out the complexity of interpretation. It is well-pitched for a wide readership. We are reminded that living out the sabbath is subversive; recognising God’s gift of sacred time is an act of resistance against the onslaught of digital slavery which, he suggests, can be as oppressive as captivity in Egypt.

The importance of being stopped in our tracks by beauty so that we might be drawn more closely to God’s image is revealed here without pestering us to be peaceful. We already know that we need to do less and simply be more, but Scarlata’s approach may inspire and invite us to experience sabbath and enter into deeper rhythms of time with glad obedience.'

For reviews visit: https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2019/26-july/books-arts/book-reviews/sabbath-rest-the-beauty-of-god-s-rhythm-for-a-digital-age-by-mark-scarlata-and-sabbath-the-hidden-heartbeat-of-our-lives-by-nicola-slee

To purchase visit: https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/sabbath-rest-4957150.html

Charlie recommends...

Finding Your Hidden Treasure -


'The most important journey in life is the journey inward--to the depths of our own being. It is a journey we are all invited to make. It takes us beyond words and images into silence. The silence allows the restless mind to become still and in the stillness we enter a new world. We return to our hearts. Here we find our true selves. We discover an ancient way of finding God that has almost become lost. Slowly, we realize that we are in union with the source of life and love itself. Our whole life changes. Our goal now is to take God's love to others in our everyday lives.'

For reviews visit: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12069331-finding-your-hidden-treasure?ac=1&from_search=true

To purchase visit: https://www.eden.co.uk/shop/finding-our-hidden-treasure-3496576.html
 

Charlie Wheeler, 23/07/2019