Reviews: Abraham’s children: Jew, Christian, Muslim - Commonality and conflict & Making Sense of Militant Islam by Anne Davidson

by Alan Wolfe
from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

The three ‘monotheistic’ faiths collectively claim support from 3.6 billion people, 54% of the world population, and 65% of those professing any religion.

Besides all believing there is one and only one Supreme Being, all three base their faith on a book (Old Testament/Tanak, New Testament or Holy Qur’an).

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Review: Archbishop Justin Welby - Risk-Taker & Reconciler by Andrew Atherstone

by Ian Funnell 
from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

This unauthorised but well-researched biography of the marvellous Justin Welby is a re-working of an earlier version rushed out soon after his promotion to Canterbury.

The author’s English style is a little prosaic, and if you seek the aphorisms of Oscar Wilde or A.N. Wilson you will look in vain. However, the book is never dull, and in this Atherstone is helped, of course, by the extraordinary life of his subject.

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Review: Sanctuary - Poems by Martyn Halsall

by Tim Pearce
from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

Coleridge, best known for The Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, also wrote a number of meditative poems which have come to be known as the Conversation poems.

Martin Halsall, a retired journalist, compiled this book of poems after a year as Poet in Residence at Carlisle Cathedral - he says,

Like journalism, they grew from notes, conversations, observations, reflections and experiences, from being there.

Some, like Mirrors, are mainly observations, but he readily turns what he sees into a thought to ponder.

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STOP PRESS: Re-thinking worship by Jan Berry

from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

This latest title in the Together in Hope series has just been published.

The foreword reads:

For many who seek a credible Christian faith in this twenty-first century, participation in public worship can raise challenging questions about the nature of God, the use of language and the very practice and purpose of such acts of worship.

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Student Sunday – 21st February 2016

from Signs of the Times No. 60 - Jan 2016

Our partners the Student Christian Movement have been in touch about this annual event which you may be interested in and able to promote.

The SCM website includes free resources to download and use to mark Student Sunday.

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