Lent books to in­spire your spir­i­tual jour­ney

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Lent is an im­por­tant time for all Chris­tian pub­lish­ers as we seek to bring you our most in­spir­ing re­sources for re­flec­tion and dis­cus­sion.

At SPCK, we are proud to of­fer a new trio of dis­tinct ti­tles to chal­lenge, de­light and en­rich our read­ers as they ex­plore and deepen their faith.

Bare­foot Prayers by Stephen Cherry, the highly ac­claimed au­thor of Bare­foot Dis­ci­ple, is a se­quence of beau­ti­fully crafted prayer-med­i­ta­tions, pro­vid­ing sim­ple yet pro­found spir­i­tual nour­ish­ment for the Len­ten sea­son. The book gives an en­gag­ing in­tro­duc­tion to the dif­fer­ent ways that prayer can work in the lives of even the busiest of Chris­tians, and is also the selected ti­tle for The Big Read 2014. Visit The Big Bi­ble web­site for FREE house-group re­sources and to par­tic­i­pate in daily ac­tiv­i­ties, or join dis­cus­sions through Face­book and Twit­ter.

Bare­foot Prayers is about be­ing as real as one can be in prayer. It is a won­der­ful re­source. Stephen Cherry ex­presses suc­cinctly and pro­foundly ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ences and de­sires. He sets the ball rolling for us with his open­ness and hon­esty, rhythm and cadence, thereby en­abling us to en­gage in our own prayer at a deeper level.’ Caro­line Welby, Lambeth Palace Andrew D Mayes’ new book, Be­yond the Edge, is for those who wish to go deeply into the spir­i­tual life, for spir­i­tual di­rec­tors, and those who walk with oth­ers on their prayer jour­ney. Je­sus calls his dis­ci­ples to fol­low him, but where does he lead us? Re­spond­ing to Je­sus’ sum­mons, we find our­selves leav­ing fa­mil­iar cer­tain­ties and se­cu­ri­ties be­hind as we step out boldly in faith. Old bound­aries dis­solve as we are led into ex­hil­a­rat­ing sit­u­a­tions, new places of dis­cov­ery and rad­i­cal spir­i­tual growth. In such ex­pe­ri­ences Christ re­veals him­self to us anew. The place of risk is the thresh­old of the divine.

‘This book is a wel­come com­pan­ion for any­one who is se­ri­ous about the ven­ture of Chris­tian faith.’ Martin Warner, Bishop of Chich­ester All SPCK Lent books are avail­able now and can be pur­chased on­line or at your lo­cal book­shop.

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