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14 February 2014

Prayer and spirituality

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A REFLECTION for every day is offered by Bernard Dive, editor, in Through the Year with Newman. The passages that he has chosen concentrate mainly on matters relevant to all Christians rather than on the controversies in which the Cardinal was involved (Burns & Oates, £10.99 (£9.90); 978-0-8264-3919-2).

In Celtic Christian Spirituality, Mary Earle has taken a number of texts from the Celtic tradition, ancient and contemporary, and grouped by subject: creation, prayer, incarnation, daily life and work, soul friends, pilgrimage, social justice, and blessing as a way of life. Alongside each short passage, on the facing page, she has added explanations (SPCK, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-281-06707-7).

Fifteen Days of Prayer with Saint John of the Cross is designed to help readers, if new to prayer, to find a place where it becomes possible, or, if not, to move into a deeper spirituality. Each extract of St John's writings is accompanied with a commentary written by Constant Tonnelier and questions for reflection (New City, £8.95 (£8.05); 978-1-56548-427-6).

Forgiveness gives a short reflection on a Bible passage and a spiritual exercise for every day of four weeks. Joan Mueller aims to meet the needs of those who are struggling to find healing for specific wounds, and of Christians looking to make forgiveness a daily spiritual practice (New City Press, £5.95 (£5.35); 978-1-56548-426-9).

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