Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
October, nearly November, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, as Keats put it... and two very specific, very special titles from Living Faith this month pick up both these ideas. (My acer tree is still looking lovely. Thank you for asking.)
Helen Paynter's The Bible Doesn't Tell Me So is a wake-up call, an attempt to clear away the cobwebs and shine light on the dark, hidden issue of domestic abuse and coercive control within our churches. Writing for women experiencing domestic abuse, and for those who seek to support them, Helen shows how certain Bible passages are misused by abusive partners to validate their behaviour, and reclaims the truth that the Bible is a text of love and liberation.
Tony Horsfall's Mentoring Conversations, meanwhile, drives towards 'mellow fruitfulness' and has enormous potential for churches and individuals who may be finding it hard to move forward in their spiritual lives, particularly at this time. Offering 30 short chapters structured around six key topic areas (Foundations; Steps to growth; Living out your faith; Going deeper; Staying strong; and Living with mystery), it provides the perfect starting point for fruitful mentoring conversations.
Head of Content Creation and Living Faith Lead