Canon John Twisleton

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John Twisleton
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 9,030 - Total Helpful Votes: 273 of 304
Archbishop Justin Welby: Risk-taker and Reconciler by Andrew Atherstone
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This is an easy book about an easy man with no easy job. I say easy in that he seems hard to faze and we learn he was appointed among other reasons because he was easy in his own skin which seems rare among clerics. The lack of ease of the job is well chronicled so that his predecessor as Archbishop talked of needing ‘the constitution of an ox and the skin of a rhinoceros’. A year into the job he has quite a track record in the establishing of a settlement for women bishops, charting a way forward re same sex unions and setting forth an agenda for prayer, monasticism, church growth and kingdom-oriented social engagement that sees the Pope as partner.

Andrew Atherstone is easy… Read more
Forgetful Heart by Lucy Mills
Forgetful Heart by Lucy Mills
‘It’s not just an age thing. Not for everyone. From my teens I’ve been climbing the stairs and then wondering why I went up in the first place.’ This first sentence of Lucy Mills captures, as she goes on to say, the consequences of a creative albeit cluttered mind. Forgetfulness additionally has moral and spiritual elements and the writer weaves her book skilfully around these.

Like the seedlings in Jesus’ parable that got choked by thorny ground the distractions we encounter crowd in, entangle and ‘choke out our abilities to grow in our faith and remember what we have learned about God’. Worry, stress and fear link to this spiritual forgetfulness. So does our need to seek… Read more
Silent Melody: An Experience of Contemporary Spiri&hellip by Shirley du Boulay
This personal memoir of spiritual formation stretching back to the 1960s served for me as aide memoire so I found something of a reflection of my own soul in its mirror. The last half century has seen the decline of Christianity in our land, greater sense of the other faiths it stands alongside and the rise of many movements in spirituality. Through her production of religious programmes for the BBC Shirley du Boulay has chronicled much of this, notably through encounter with the Beatles when they met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, through her own struggle to be a Roman Catholic and the commitment to inter faith engagement that has served her spiritual development.

I valued her story… Read more