Prayer & Spirituality
Christian Spirituality is based on the central teachings of Christianity and describes the way it is practised in everyday life. Essentially, it is about how we care for our 'soul' or 'spirit' and the means by which we maintain and develop our relationship with God.
From Tony Horsfall in Rhythms of Grace
In the Prayer & Spirituality section you will find encouragement and teaching on prayer, explorations of different approaches to prayer and spirituality to help keep your prayer life fresh and vibrant, as well as recommendations for Quiet Day reading and our Prayer & Spirituality journal: Quiet Spaces.
Do also have a look at our Events & Quiet Days.
In Experiencing Christ's Love, well-known writer John Twisleton reminds us of Jesus' gracious challenge to love God with heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbour and ourselves. Against the backdrop of the message of God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ, the author delivers a wake-up call to the basic Christian patterns of worship, prayer, study, service and reflection. These, he claims, serve to take God's hand in ours, leading us into his divine possibilities.More info Add to basket
The life stories of the Celtic saints are inspirational. They demonstrate great and unassuming faith, often in the face of insurmountable difficulties. In 40 Days with the Celtic Saints David Cole draws us to relate our own life journey and developing relationship with God into the life story of the Celtic saint of the day. A corresponding biblical text and blessing encourages and motivates us to transform our lives for today's world in the light of such historic faith.More info Add to basket
The book will examine twelve key New Testament texts which speak of the Christian's calling. In days when much is spoken about vocation, this draws us back to see how the Bible speaks about the nature of Christian vocation. Each chapter will end with reflections and discussion material.More info Add to basket
A journey with the prophet Jonah that explores ambition, vocation, spirituality, mission, leadership and personal growth. Written by a fellow pioneer missionary, the book finds powerful connections between the call and mission of Jonah and the mission context of our time. The journey takes us to a place of grace where the work of God in shaping who we are finds space alongside what we feel called to do.More info Add to basket
Surveying the life and times of Aidan of Lindisfarne, this book draws insights into missional approaches to inspire both outreach and discipleship for today's Church. As in his previous BRF book, Hilda of Whitby, Ray Simpson shows that such figures from past centuries can provide models for Christian life and witness today. An author and speaker on Celtic spirituality with a worldwide reputation, he combines historical fact with spiritual lessons in a highly accessible style, with an appeal to a wide audience.More info Add to basket
Prayer is not a complicated set of methods or exercises, but as simple as living life, being ourselves, and bringing God into our daily routine. Because we are all created in God's image, each of us is the privileged and sacred place of prayer.More info Add to basket
From desolation to celebration, loneliness to love, Moments of Grace offers a wealth of pithy and thought-provoking reflections on themes connecting God, faith and the journey of life. Poetic meditations are linked with questions for further pondering, to help the reader make links between head and heart, between what they believe, what they wrestle with believing and what they experience day by day.More info Add to basket
Rhythms of Grace emerges from a personal exploration of contemplative spirituality. This book shows how contemplative spirituality, with its emphasis on realising our identity as God's beloved children and on being rather than doing, has vital lessons for us about discovering intimacy with God. It also provides essential insights about building a ministry that is both enjoyable and sustainable.More info Add to basket
Transformed by the Beloved invites us to reflect on different aspects of the Christian journey, all of which John considered crucial for growth in faith and depth of spirituality. John's own experience showed this journey to be at times full of longing, because of an experience of God's absence, and at other times full of the most wonderful shouts of joy, because of a profound encounter with Christ. Each chapter ends with suggestions for personal reflection and prayer, with many links to John's poems, new translations of which are included in the book.More info Add to basket
This book is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, to help you to embark on a life-transforming journey toward Christlikeness. For nearly 500 years, the Exercises have been a tool for spiritual formation. During those years their popularity has ebbed and flowed, but they are now experiencing something of a revival across the breadth of the Church. This is not a book about the methods or techniques of Christian formation but one that enables you to come before God through the Gospel narratives in order to encounter Jesus afresh.More info Add to basket
Finding a sense of 'home', a special place of acceptance and belonging, is a fundamental human longing. In this powerful and profound book, Michael Mitton shows how it is in fact an essential part of both personal development and spiritual renewal. Drawing on his own experience of the 'homecoming' journey, he considers how we can go about finding our true home within God's eternal kingdom, how to identify the forces within us that may hinder this search, and the importance of churches offering a welcoming home to all.More info Add to basket
When they discover Celtic spirituality, many Christians feel that in some sense they have come home. As they begin to explore the people and places significant in the early centuries of Christianity in the British Isles, they find an expression of faith that weaves together strands of being and belonging, worship and witness in a unique and powerful way.More info
An accessible guide to one of the best-known and loved icons.More info
In the dark and turbulent centuries after the Roman occupation of Britain, and during the Anglo-Saxon colonisation, the light of heaven still shone through the work and witness of the monastic communities, 'villages of God', which dotted the land. One of the most remarkable figures of those times was Hilda of Whitby. Born and reared amid warring pagan tribes, through the influence of Celtic saints and scholars she became a dominant figure in the development of the British Church, above all at the famous Synod where Celtic and Roman Churches came together. Until recently, though, the story of this extraordinary woman has not received much attention.More info Add to basket