The Parish Church of St George the Martyr, Waterlooville


July marks the passing of 100 years since the beginning of the First World War.  The Bible Society is marking the centenary with an illustrated collection of Psalms, poems and stories to aid reflection about the Great War. I am including this title first of all.

Hear My Cry. Words for when there are no words. Foreword by General The Lord Dannatt. Adaptable to different circumstances, Hear My Cry also contains hymns and prayers that are suitable for religious and civic ceremonies as well as for individual, personal use.  The majority of stories are drawn from original research among families whose ancestors fought or died in WW1.  Many of the soldiers’ Bibles have survived, some with dramatic evidence of the part they played.  Poets such as Wilfred Owen, Eleanor Farjeon and Siegfried Sassoon are represented in the collection, which also includes lesser known poets and settings.

Ref 4509 (Bible Society) 3.49

There are also two other titles, hand-picked by Aslan Christian Books that each, in their different way, reveals the spirituality that arises in and from the horror of war.  I have a catalogue if anyone is interested or look at their website – details at the end.  

Here are a few other suggestions covering various subjects.

Discipleship by David Watson. In his first major book, Watson tackles the challenge of discipleship and what it means to follow Christ today.  ‘Christians in the West’, David claims,  ‘have largely neglected what it means to be a disciple of Christ.  The vast majority of western Christians are church-members, pew-fillers, hymn-singers, sermon-tasters, Bible-readers, but not true disciples of Jesus….  The call to discipleship is a call to God’s promised glory.  This is not a day in which to play religious games.  Time is running out fast….’

Ref 4448 (Hodder & Stoughton) 8.99

Journaling The Bible by Corin Child

The spiritual discipline of journaling has become increasingly popular in recent years.  This book shows how it can fruitfully overlap with creative writing to provide an original way of engaging with the Bible.  It offers forty writing/journaling exercises that have been tested in workshops around the country.

Ref 4485 (Bible Reading Fellowship 6.99

Hilda of Whitby: A Spirituality For Now by Ray Simpson. This is the first non-fiction book to be written about the greatest first millennium woman in the English-speaking world, and an icon for our times.  Hilda was born into a pagan, Anglo- Saxon family in the land to the north of the Humber in 614 AD.  The author unfolds the story of Hilda’s work at Hartlepool and Whitby and each of nine chapters explores nine facets of Hilda’s life and how her spirituality can transform us.  Published to coincide with the 1400th anniversary of the birth of Hilda.  

Ref 4374 (Bible Reading Fellowship) 6.99

Faith On The Streets.  Christians in action through the Street Pastors Movement.  Les Isaac and Rosalind Davies. Street Pastors have touched many lives in the 11 years since the UK launch.  This book collects together some of those people and tells the stories of their connection to Street Pastors.  Since 2003, Street Pastors have been a fixture of the night-time high street; friendly faces and a reassuring presence, defusing tension and helping people get home safely.  These are the Street Pastors: caring, listening helping.  And this is the church in action – taking its faith on to the streets.

Ref 4362 (Hodder & Stoughton) 11.99

All suggestions taken from the July 2014 edition of Aslan Christian Books. 08453 679676 or I can order for you.  

Lynn Winter

Summer Edition 2014

Charles Smith Poaching Memorials, North Baddesley