Books of Interest

  • A Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin's Path to God
    by Brennan Manning

    Review
    "'Brennan Manning has led one of the richest and fullest lives of anyone I know. This wise book expresses the theme of that life - a rock-bottom trust Brennan has learnt through the pain and joy, through ecstasy and tragedy.' Philip Yancey 'Manning calls us as Christians to a riskier, scarier, richer experience of trust...trust that Scripture calls us to, but that comes hard to those of us who want easy answers and absolute guarantees. Manning is a storyteller, scholar, preacher, and most of all, a man who strives to understand God's love for us, and what our response to it should be.'"

    Product Description
    Abundantly illustrated with stories, this book investigates how true and radical trust can transform everything in our lives. No matter where we are on our path of discipleship, Manning encourages us to shed the limitations of fear, shame and doubt through complete reliance upon God. The way of Ruthless Trust is not an abstract theory; it is that very practical and demanding path that each of us must follow in response to God's love. 

     
  • Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life
    by Christopher Jamison

    Review
    "...Abbot Christopher Jamison, who became known to viewers when his Benedictine order featured in the BBC TV series The Monastery, has written a guide to finding sanctuary. I will certainly read it because he's fascinating with seeking peace and spirituality in everyday life... very charismatic... generous with his insights, but never self-righteous, smug or preachy... his guidance is spot on. Heaven knows, most of us need all the peace we can get." (RICHARD & JUDY DAILY EXPRESS )

    'Anyone who enjoyed the surprise hit television series The Monastery should be delighted with Christopher Jamison's book.... by the end I was left with the definite impression that the author himself is a sincere and honorable man who sees, in the best aspects of the Rule of Benedict, a genuine solution to the abominable problems of modern living.' (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH )

    "lucid and insightful book... Its gentle, understanding but uncompromising stance should encourage many to revise their estimate of the need for what is her termed "classic religion" and, ultimately, for God." (THE TABLET )

    "A thoughtful, comforting and eminently practical book." (GOOD BOOK GUIDE )

    Product Description
    Have you ever wondered why everybody these days seems so busy? In 'Finding Sanctuary', Father Christopher Jamison, the Abbot from BBC TV's 'The Monastery', offers practical wisdom from the monastic tradition on how to build sanctuary into your life. In 'The Monastery', the Abbot guided five modern men (and three million viewers) into a new approach to life and this book now offers the reader a similar opportunity. No matter how hard you work, being too busy is not inevitable. Silence and contemplation are not just for monks and nuns, they are natural parts of life. Yet to keep hold of this truth in the rush of modern living you need the support of other people and sensible advice from wise guides. By learning to listen in new ways, people's lives can change and the abbot offers some monastic steps that help this transition to a more spiritual life. In the face of many easy assumptions about the irrelevance of religion today, Father Christopher makes religion accessible for those in search of life's meaning and offers a vision of the world's religions working together as a unique source of hope for the 21st century.