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 Biographies/Writings: Saints & Notable Christians

For the lives of those we give the title Saint, and other historically noteworthy Christian men and women, written by their contemporaries, their own writings and stories about them painstakingly put together by modern day writers.

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A Life-Giving Way

- A Contemplative Commentray On The Rule Of St Benedict

by Esther De Waal


A new edition of what is probably considered and rightly held by many to be the classic modern commentary on The Rule of St Benedict.

De Waal first wrote this book in 1995, and as with most things written by her it is both insightful, fresh and in depth, yet easy to read and understand—something so very necessary for those newly encountering The Rule of St Benedict.

This edition is a an oversized paperback with the second edition text - sadly this does mean the typescript is somewhat blurry in parts. However, to be fair having an original copy of the second edition it is true to say that this copy of it is in keeping with that!.

That said, it would have been nice, given the oversizing (230mm tall!) of this book, and price, had time been taken to reset it in a slightly larger print instead of leaving 1 inch margins around the edges.

Now I do accept that those margins may be handy for those making a study of The Rule, but I think on the whole a smaller sized book or larger sized print would have been much more helpful.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (29/01/14)
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Paperback
Price: £16.99
Publisher: Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: December 2013
ISBN: 978-1-848-25562-3

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Leaving Alexandria

- A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

by Richard Holloway


Richard Holloway was Bishop for Edinburgh until he stood down in 2000. This is his autobiography. He first left his home town of Alexandria at the age of 14 when he went to Kelham Hall, an Anglican seminary, training him for monastic life. Instead of taking this route to the priesthood he became a parish priest and later bishop. There have been a few ‘Leaving Alexandria’ moments on his journey, the last of which is still to come.
What shines through most in his book is Richard Holloway’s warmth, sensitivity and honesty. Throughout his life he has grappled with trying to be real in the face of people’s expectations of him, and his expectations of himself, when so often in the church there is a sense that we ought to have and promote certainty about what we believe. This account gives the reader, as well as the writer, the permission to acknowledge the truth in the heart of all of us,that we don’t know everything and when it comes to faith in God we don’t know with categorical certainty very much at all.
This is anything but a book about hopelessness. On the contrary, mixed with sadness and disappointments is a great sense of freedom that comes with facing the world and yourself with honesty.
Despite obvious frustrations and at times anger with the church and its attitude towards women and gay marriage in particular, there is still warmth towards the positive aspects of church communities.
Would Richard Holloway do things differently if he was beginning again – I expect he would, but this doesn’t feel like a story of bitterness or regret. I feel humbled, challenged and inspired by having been allowed a glimpse into Richard Holloway’s journey.

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Review by Kathy Bland  (30/04/12)
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Hardback
Price: £17.99
Publisher: Canongate Books from Gardners Books
Published: Spring 2012
ISBN: 978-0-857-86073-6

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Lesslie Newbiggin – Missionary Theologian

- A Reader

Introduced and complied by Paul Weston


This selection of Newbiggin’s writing makes a major contribution in accessible form to the growing body of literature about mission. He is firm and distinctive in his line, ‘Christ as the clue to history’ yet also carefully refutes the popular notion that the Church exists to make more, and more, converts. Newbiggin always digs below the surface understanding with a sharp analysis made more penetrating by its grounding in his personal history. He has explored mission in the crucible of South India and in diverse cultures throughout the world. The result is magisterial and inspiring – if sometimes a little daunting. I paused frequently to digest his arguments and the breadth of his wisdom and would commend this approach to you. The book offers a rich diet, to be reflectively consumed over a period of some time.

Review by Ian Terry  (13/12/06)
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Paperback
Price: £14.99
Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: 17 February 2006
ISBN: 0-281-05793-1

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Letters To London

- Bonhoeffer's Previously Unpublished Correspondence With Ernst Cromwell, 1935-6

by Deitrich Bonhoeffer


Ernest Cromwell, now in his 90's, was a young teenager when his family fled from Nazi Germany—first, briefly, to France and then to England. They settled in London in May 1934. Ernst's mother was keen that he should be confirmed and asked Dietrich Bonhoeffer to prepare him for confirmation.

One of the joys of this book is the transcript of a recent interview with Ernest Cromwell (he changed his name from Ernst to Ernest in 1941) as he reaches back in his memory to those distant days. When asked about his confirmation classes and how he and Bonhoeffer related to each other he said 'Oh, he would just, we would just read the Bible.'

During a recent refurbishment of the family home Ernest's son discovered twelve letters written by Bonhoeffer to Ernst and the family between March 1935 and March 1936. These letters take up less than a quarter of this book but the editors have provided interesting background information and a thought-provoking afterword, as well as the interview with Ernest.

As a Bonhoeffer lover I enjoyed this book and gained some insight into Bonhoeffer's pastoral heart as he tried to nurture the seeds of Christian faith in the young Ernst.



Review by Jackie Rowe  (08/01/14)
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Price: £9.99
Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 978-0-281-06669-8

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Light in the Dark Ages

- The Friendship of Francis and Clare of Assisi

by Jon M. Sweeney


The sixteen chapters of this joint biography raise '....questions that explore the spirituality of Francis and Clare, the origins of their movement, and how belief and practices from eight hundred years ago relate to what we do today. The importance of Clare and Francis, then and now, is that they’ made clear by their lives that being a follower of Christ can sometimes get lost amid the details of being a cultural Christian.' Apparently, they were not organizers. They also were not good administrators...Their leadership was high on charism and low on follow-through.’ The author examines their personal relationship fairly and frankly; it was a chaste one, rich in love and respect. A 'Cast of Characters' provides mini-biographies of those mentioned in the book. There is a 'Chronological Outline of the Early Franciscan Movement' and an equally useful 'Calendar of Important Remembrances' for prayer and worship. There is no formal bibliography; sources and further reading are mentioned in the 'Notes'. There is an adequate 'Index' which includes references to Scriptural books. Portions of Blessed Frederick Ozanam's 'The Franciscan Poets of the Thirteenth Century' are printed alongside the text. It is a pity that the ten illustrations are in black and white - the expense of colour would have improved the book, especially when used on a retreat or for meditation. This is a very good introduction to Saints Francis and Clare, and to the history of the early Franciscans and Poor Clares.

Review by J.Nicholas Latham  (19/12/07)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: 20 September 2007
ISBN: 978-0-281-05976-8

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Lion Treasury of Saints

- From the Time of Jesus to the Present Day

by David Self


Originally reviewed on publication in 2003, I am delighted to say that responding to popular demand Lion have re-printed and re-issued this book exactly as it was before, and I have felt no need to change my review.

Aimed at children aged 7 – 14 years, I was loathe to put this into the Children’s or Young People’s category where it might be missed. This is a quality production as we would expect from Lion, and I am sure will appeal to a wider age range than the target group. Each saint has a double page spread, and the author has in mind the usefulness of this book to those teaching at Key Stage 2. Here is an introduction to the lives of over a hundred saints and remarkable Christian lives, beautifully illustrated and a joy to read.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (08/03/10)
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Price: £14.99
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Published: March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-745-94471-5

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Living at the Edge

- The Autobiography of David Pytches

by David Pytches

ISBN: 0-863-47549-3
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Published: Spring 2004
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Living With Wisdom

- A Life of Thomas Merton: Revised edition

by Jim Forrest

ISBN: 978-1-570-75754-9
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Published: 2008
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Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of Grace



by Iain Murray

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Luther and Calvin: Religious Revolutionaries



by Charlotte Methuen

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Published: 18 November 2011
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The Life and Times of Charles Henry Mackintosh



by Edwin Cross

ISBN: 978-1-853-07246-8
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Published: Spring 2011
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The Life of John Milne of Perth



by Horatius Bonar

ISBN: 978-0-851-51961-6
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Published: 10 October 2010
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The Lindisfarne Icon

- St Cuthbert and the 21st Century Christian

by Helen Julian CSF

ISBN: 1-841-01322-6
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Published: 20 August 2004
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The Love of Christ

- Puritan Paperbacks

by Richard Sibbes

ISBN: 978-1-848-71144-0
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Published: October 2011
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