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Into the Foothills of Transformation, by Donald Eadie, and Through the Year with Charles Wesley, by Stephen J. Poxon

03 January 2020

DONALD EADIE, a former chairman of the Birmingham district of the Methodist Church, who, suffering from a degenerative disc disease, retired after three serious spinal operations, was accompanied on his journey inwards, and away from busyness, by the Jesuit Gerard Hughes; and he has not been alone, despite the limitations imposed on him, as new companions have come into his life, fellow pilgrims in the “borderlands”, about whom he writes. His reflections, journal, letters, prayers, and poems reveal a persistent wonder and gratitude rooted in his Christian faith, in Into the Foothills of Transformation (Wild Goose, £9.99 (£9); 978-1-84952-647-0).

Stephen J. Poxon has edited Through the Year with Charles Wesley: 365 readings from Charles Wesley (Monarch, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-0-85721-928-2), which provides a daily hymn from this 18th-century cleric’s prolific output, and accompanies it with a text and a prayer. On Christmas Day, the choice is “Hark! The herald”, adulterated Wesley — but the original follows it on St Stephen’s Day. Space is provided at the back for notes, but an alphabetical index of the hymns included would have given the book an additional appeal to hymn-lovers. GP


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