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05 July 2024

This week’s selection: ordinary holiness, looking for the soul in a portrait, and daily contemplative practices

The Holiness of Ordinary People by Madeleine Delbrêl (Ignatius Press, £14.99 (£13.49); 978-1-62164-557-3).

“French poet, social worker, and lay missionary Madeleine Delbrêl knew that Christ’s unspeakable goodness touches the smallest, most forgotten corners of our everyday world: the laundry, the checkout counter, the commute. . . This book gathers together essays and notes written by Delbrêl during her most active years, giving peerless insights into the distinctive lay vocation in the Church.”


Beyond the Face: Looking for the soul in a portrait by Stephen Girling (DLT £14.99 (£13.49); 978-1-915412-69-0).

Our lives are a complex web of relationships with those we most associate with by their face. For some this includes a face of God, imagined or as portrayed by artists. These relationships give us insights about ourselves and others that change how we think or what we believe or value. By focussing on the human face, Beyond the Face explores how portraits can help us relate to other people in an intentional and expectant way.”


The Quiet Path: Contemplative practices for daily life by Andrew Rudd (Canterbury Press, £12.99 (£11.69); 978-1-78622-589-4).

The Quiet Path is a book for the walker, or the armchair traveller, the clear-sighted tourist, or the bewildered wanderer. Blending reflection and poetry, it shows how the simple practice of walking can become a quiet path of wonder, and how a brief pause in a busy day can turn into contemplation.”

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