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What I’m Into (January 2016)

I took my lead from the wise and brave Abby Norman, and declared it ‘gentle January’. (I discovered that if you make it into a hashtag, then it becomes a ‘thing’). Here are the latest book and music recommendations plus ideas for Lent

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What I’m Into (December 2015)

On Christmas Day itself I couldn’t really interact, but I was well enough to witness, and as one friend pointed out to me, that’s mainly what Christmas Day is about, anyway – watching the youngest member of the family rip open gifts in excitement.

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The top 10 posts at Thorns and Gold 2015

These were my most popular blog posts for 2015. I’ve done two lists – the first is according to number of retweets, and therefore includes pieces I’ve done elsewhere; the second is the most popular blog posts according to number of reads on this site.

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Best Fiction of 2015

My top five favourite fiction books of 2015 – it’s all about quality, not quantity. Why All the Light You Cannot See really is worth the hype, plus more amazing books by Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto

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Best Christian Books of 2015

For my ‘Best Christian books of 2015’, I have to add a huge caveat: I was particularly looking for books on the particular topics I cover on the blog: the spirituality of suffering, doubt, relating to God in hard times, chronic illness, social justice and others.

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What I’m Into (November 2015)

This month I was published in The Spectator, Liberti Magazine, Magnet Magazine. I made a 30 seconds or less video that was 40 seconds. And I went to the opera. Don’t ask me what the weather was like this month. I don’t think I saw much of it, or much of anyone else.

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Best Advent Resources 2015

Here are some ways you can mark Advent and prepare thoughtfully for Christmas – including Advent Courses, Books, Advent Calendars, Children’s books and Christmas music.

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What I’m Into (October 2015)

I watched rugby! For the first time in my life, I watched rugby and almost understood it. What’s more, I actually enjoyed it. For a spectator, it’s vastly superior to a football match. There’s always something happening – surfing over the line with the ball, or a kick, or wrestling someone to the ground, or a group hug, or a ballet jump. Plus, when there’s a foul, it’s not someone jumping in the air and clinging onto their ankle like a baby. If there’s a foul in rugby, you’re gonna see some actual blood.

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