shop and office is located at the Church of St. John the Apostle, Sundon Park Road, Luton. Opening hours 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday .
They have a wide range of spiritual reading, classics and newly published books, including Adult and Teenage formation courses on DVD and books for children. They supply schools with Bibles and resources for all ages. They are happy to source books for customers. They also supply books for various events on sale-or-return and bring and run a bookshop for larger events. They began publishing books in 1996 under the imprint New Life Publishing and continue to issue a steady flow of new titles each year.
To receive information about new and soon to be published titles send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org with” info “as the subject and you will be put into a draw for this month’s recommended book.
(There are also some short micro-reviews here. )
1 . "Do you Love Me?" A practical guide to Catholic Prayer and Spirituality CTS £5.95. Published 2014.
This is a book which is ever old and ever new and has been produced with imagination and much thought. The text of the book was prepared on behalf of the Bishops of England and Wales by a working party of the Spirituality Committee of the Bishop's Conference. Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written a Foreword to the book and in it he says that he hopes the book will be a help to our life of prayer and in our lived relationship with the Blessed Lord.
The illustrations in the book are attractive and the photos have a fresh and inviting appeal and help to clarify the text from John 21 where Peter and we are challenged with the question, "Do you love me?" . Each section of the book follows the same format and ends with a "Pray a Psalm" section. I found this section especially helpful, and also the section called "Putting it all together" which summarises what the Church says.
The book can be used by individuals or by small groups of people. In either case it is intended to be interactive so that the reader is encouraged to reflect and to jot things down in a notebook or in a file on the computer. This seems an excellent idea and it will be interesting to know how many people make use of this idea and how many might subsequently be encouraged to keep a "Journal of a soul" as suggested.
This is a thoughtful and well designed book which gives us ancient Catholic teachings in a new and imaginative way. I am a newish Catholic convert and am greatly encouraged by this publication. My only criticism is that the book lacks an index which I think would be helpful as there are so many quotations from famous writers, saints and philosophers including Augustine, St Ambrose, St. Teresa of Avila and many others. An index would make it much easier to refer back to these quotations.
It is to be hoped that Parish priests will make this helpful book available to all. Margaret I.
This book is also available from Goodnews books, see above.
2. ”Meditations with Icons for Children and the Young of Heart.” Paintings and writing by Sr. Esther (Turvey Abbey) and Nita Ng (International spiritual director and retreat giver)
I thought people (especially those teaching religion etc.) would be interested in this new publication. Sarah Cledwyn M.A. wrote:“In this gorgeous book Nita Ng and Sister Esther provide an opening to deep contemplation, activity, and engagement with icons and through them, with God’s own heart. This book is an opportunity to go deeply into prayer and meditation in communion with God through his Son and Saints. The meditations encourage interaction and the drawing activities give yet another entry point to contemplation and transformation for older children and all who strive to come to God with childlike hearts. This book provides a doorway for all to enter as they are and to find there the guidance and love of the Holy Spirit.” (Sarah Cledwyn is a US spiritual director (non-Catholic - see www.growsoul.com/home)
The quality of the text is excellent for children and “young of heart” – the line drawings give opportunity for children to trace and/or colour them with appropriate coloured icon in the book. Some of the coloured print could be slightly better so we are offering this book at £5.00 per copy (includes postage). Please send £5.00 note (not cheque) to Sister Esther, Turvey Abbey, Turvey, BEDS. MK43 8DE. Sr Esther