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Books in brief

31 January 2014

STEVE MANN's Will You Join Our Crusade? The invitation of the Gospels unlocked by the inspiration of Les Misérables is among the Lent books that arrived too late for inclusion in our main reviews. Perhaps more than with the course by Jonathan Meyer (page 33), a DVD of the recent film is needed. The author is a Methodist minister and broadcaster (Circle Books, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-1-78279-384-7).

(Bishop) Michael Baughen's Centred on Christ is a six-session course for groups which bases worship, reflection, and response on Philippians. The aim is to "get hold of" a whole epistle, and at least one session should be followed by a simple eucharist (CWR, £4.99 (£4.50); 978-1-78259-017-0).

Lindsay Olesberg's Ephesians: Studying with the global Church is a series on DVD with participant's guide (booklet), inspired by the 3rd Lausanne Congress: six sessions by contributors of varied nationality, and background on the epistle (Hendrickson/Alban, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-1-61970-008-6).

In Sacred Space for Lent 2014, the Irish Jesuits provide NRSV readings and notes for individuals' spiritual exercises (Ave Maria Press, £2.99 (£2.70); 978-1-59471-437-5): a compact and inexpensive resource.

In The Risen Dust: Poems and stories of Passion and resurrection, Rachel Mann, Resident Poet at Manchester Cathedral,reflects on traditional themes: "voices" (i.e. characters) from the NT, the 14 Stations (plus one), and the Seven Last Words (Wild Goose, £9.99 (£9.10); 9781-84952-279-3).

God's Dream: Reflections on the Stations of the Cross and selected writings by Adelaide Morley (with a foreword by John Young) includes her poems, meditations, and monologues (£5 plus £2.60 p&p; cheques payable to Adelaide Morley, at Old Rectory, 109-111 Hempland Lane, Heworth, York YO31 1AT). GP

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