From the Gift Books section

Notice: This site is no longer being updated. It will continue to be available as an archive, at least until the end of March 2019. If you rely on it for review links, please adjust them before then.

The project has disseminated reviews and other information about Christian books since the start of the Millennium. We regret that it is no longer possible to sustain it.

Calm the Soul

A Book of Simple Wisdom and Prayer

by The Poor Clares, Galway


Price: £14.99
Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton imprint of Hachette UK Ltd
Published:September 2012
This is an incredibly beautiful book, lovely in its outlook, style and presence from dust cover to interior print and to the words and heart of the works on the page. The beautiful little illustrations and a repeating bindweed flower motif throughout just add to its gentle spirit.

A perfect gift book for a Catholic woman, though to be fair there are many not Catholic who would likely enjoy it just as much think Women's Institute or Mothers Union and you are aiming at the right general market.

A lovely blend of prayers, backgrounds and insights abound in the book, many based around references to Ireland and St Clare, but these are gentle and indeed the book as a whole is calming in tone and style.

Covering Lectio Divina as well as prayers, it is a treasure and some of the prayers are not what you would expect as they cover a range of topical subjects as well as the traditional, for instance the "Prayer for People with Suicidal Thoughts" and "The Grace of Work and Dealing with Unemployment" are just two of the very excellent resources in this book.

Listen to this review

Reviewer: Melanie Carroll   (25/03/13)

The book has its own website >>

Scripture Union
Church House Bookshop
Candle Books
Aslan Christian Books
The Third Target - Joel Rosenberg
CLC Christian Bookshops
Together Magazine
Ritchie Christian Media
Gospel for Asia UK