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‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century’, by Yuval Noah Harari

21 November 2019 | by Reg Naulty | 1 comment

Close-up of the book cover. | Courtesy of Jonathan Cape.

This book gives a serious assessment of the challenges facing our world. Its author, Yuval Harari, is a professor of World History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This work consists of twenty-one essays on a wide variety of contemporary topics.

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‘A Word from the Lost’, by David Lewis

21 November 2019 | by Margaret Heathfield

Close-up of the book cover. | Courtesy of Inner Light Books.

This fine book is both scholarly and approachable. The author sets out to explore James Nayler’s thought and theology and reflect on its relevance today, by contrasting it with later Quaker thought as shown in our books of discipline since Nayler’s time. He achieves his aim with aplomb,...

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‘No one is too Small to Make a Difference’, by Greta Thunberg

14 November 2019 | by Frank Regan

Close-up of the book cover. | Penguin Books.

The upcoming Christmas story takes place in obscurity. Bethlehem is the least, the smallest, of villages. Mary and Joseph are among the least of society. The baby is born into physical smallness and social insignificance. I am struck in these times by smallness. This small book (eighty pages) is by...

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‘Bridgebuilding’, by Alastair McKay

07 November 2019 | by Richard Seebohm

Close up of the book cover. | Canterbury Press Norwich.

This book was launched at St Ethelburga’s in the City of London. The church was rebuilt from the ruined shell that was left after the Bishopsgate IRA bomb of 1993. As a centre for reconciliation it claims four striking values: crisis as an opportunity for change; spiritual values into action;...

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‘Into the Depths: A chaplain’s reflections on death, dying and pastoral care’, by Rosie Deedes

31 October 2019 | by Nick Wilde

Close-up of the book cover. | Sacristy Press.

Rosie Deedes works in spiritual care at the Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight. She has also worked as a chaplain in prisons and at a university. She draws on that experience in this book, which, though not an easy read, is very readable.

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‘The Silence Diaries’, by Jennifer Kavanagh

31 October 2019 | by Joseph Jones

Close-up of the book cover. | Roundfire Books

I should begin with an honest disclosure: I was duty-bound to read this short novel. The author had asked me to interview her as part of its launch, so it became a work task. Fortunately, it was no chore. I’m confident I would have read it anyway. Jennifer Kavanagh...

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‘Outgrowing God: A beginner’s guide’ by Richard Dawkins

17 October 2019 | by Reg Naulty | 2 comments

Close up of the book cover. | Penguins Book.

In its early pages, this reads like a book for children. But its author soon gets into his stride, and it becomes vintage Richard Dawkins: clear, vigorous, going in for the kill. Religion has nothing going for it; it is sheer superstition which can be explained.

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‘Can I Tell You About…?’ Four books by Liz Gulliford

03 October 2019 | by Hazel Nelson

Close up of 'Can I Tell You About... Forgiveness?' | Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

This groundbreaking set of books is a welcome addition to the literature on how to overcome negative aspects of children’s behaviour. It focuses specifically on developing children’s psychological strengths and I cannot recommend it too highly for parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone else involved with children developing positive...

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‘Pamphlet 39: The Language of Spirituality’ by Alan York

03 October 2019 | by Kitty Parsons

‘The author goes on to argue that a third experience of the universe...is necessary.' | Mark Rasmuson / Unsplash.

In The Language of Spirituality, Alan York sets out to examine the various ways in which we perceive the world, and the limits upon the language that is available to us to use.

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‘The Kabul Peace House’ by Mark Isaacs

12 September 2019 | by Reg Naulty

Close-up of the book cover. | Hardie Grant Books.

This book tells the story – and tells it well – of a house set up in Kabul, Afghanistan, by a community of volunteers pursuing nonviolence and equality. These volunteers were young; the originator, a medic called Insaan, seems to have been in his thirties. At the house they taught and learned...

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