October 19, 2018

‘Have no confidence in your own virtuousness. Do not worry about a thing once it has been done. Control your tongue and your belly.’ 

As a haiku-like summary of how best to live, including dietary advice, this is terse and powerful. It doesn’t come courtesy of a self-he...

January 15, 2018

Karen Armstrong traces across Greek tragedy, Romantic poetry and all faiths the efforts to teach how humans can live with compassion for themselves and for others. She encourages the reader to learn about compassion across different cultures and then root their approac...

December 14, 2017

As a non religious reader, this book’s theological arguments resonate with ethical and logical strength. The case studies show the church struggling to support people in their mental distress. The authors argue that doing so is not an optional add-on but the fundamenta...

November 3, 2017

Brother Mark Barrett from the Benedictine community of Worth Abbey creates an imaginative link between the stages of the day as reflected in the monastic hours and the stages of life. A wonderfully insightful glimpse into the human condition, peppered with lovely liter...

November 3, 2017

Franciscan priest and prolific writer Richard Rohr explores the concept of the ‘two stages’ of life as a framework for spiritual growth. He examines how, in the first half of life, our task is the necessary one of establishing a strong container for personal identity....

November 3, 2017

Rowan Williams introduces us to that oft-forgotten group of 4th century men and women known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers, who headed off into the Egyptian desert to live lives of uncluttered asceticism and spiritual reflection. One of the fruits of this was a wond...

November 3, 2017

This totally readable book takes us on a tour of the again oft-forgotten history of contemplative practice as lived out in the Christian tradition over the last 2000 years. For those who wish to embark on such an inner journey in our day and age, Fr Martin offers a str...

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