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Notice board: prayer and spirituality

04 November 2016

LUCINDA VARDEY has translated (with Françoise Reuter) The Twelve Degrees of Silence by the 19th- century Carmelite Sister Marie-Aimée de Jésus, and added an intro­duction and guided reflections for each section. This is a short intro­duction to silent prayer (BRF, £5.99 (£5.40); 978-0-85746-407-1).

The Pray Now Group’s People of the Way provides a chapter for each week of the year, with a Bible verse and meditation, morning and even­ing prayers, two suggested scripture readings, and a blessing. The main themes are journey and pilgrimage, the inner journey, relating to God and each other, and the transcend­ent God. The book also suggests 12 prayer activities (St Andrew Press, £9.99 (£9); 978-0-86153-992-5).

Eugene McCaffrey has written a short introduction to Teresa of Ávila’s Interior Castle, Journey of Love (Teresian Press, £4; 978-0-947916-18-3).

Moments to Remember: Ignatian wisdom for aging is a very practical book, with many questions for reflection by its readers. Carol Ann Smith and Eugene Merz use scrip­ture and quotations from a wide range of figures to be of help in making sense of life. The print size is fairly large (New City, £10.95 (£9.85); 978-1-56548-574-7).

Don Maclean presented Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday for 15 years. His Knocking on Heaven’s Door offers prayers for each day of the year (and extra ones for Sundays) on a wide range of themes, from the pro­gramme (Watermead Publish­ing, £4.95; 978-1-907721-04-5).

Corin Child’s Journalling the Bible: 40 writing exercises is designed for those who want to try this out, or further their experience of it. The material, for individual or group use, has been tested in journalling workshops (BRF, £7.99 (£7.20); 978-1-84101-736-5).

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