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Finding a Voice
A Lent Course Based on The King’s Speech
by Hilary Brand
Publisher:DLT (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd)
Hilary Brand’s book steps out of the usual mould for a Lent Course, being based on the very popular film The King’s Speech. It sets out to explore, from a Christian perspective, those personal fears and trepidations that dog our lives and can make us at least miserable, at worst withdrawn and uncommunicative. It is designed for groups. However members will need their own copy and at £5.99 it may be considered expensive. There would also need to be a showing of the film.
Each of the five sessions begins with a short ‘To start you thinking’ section that participants read prior to their meeting. The session follows. This is offered as a prescribed conversation of around 80 minutes. Within that a number of short statements are presented for discussion, each being allocated a few minutes. There is then a ‘To take it further’ as homework. The style is direct and personal; it is probably for a group who already trust each other. The aim is not just to gain confidence oneself but to be aware of and able to help those who are similarly hampered. There is a short act of commitment as a sixth session. The combination of the novelty of the subject and the direct style certainly make it worthy of consideration.
Reviewer: Paul Scott (17/03/12)