Reviews of 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster, Hot Milk by Deborah Levy, Wedding Jitters by Poppy Parkes
Reviewing seven books I read in May-June 2017, including: Amy Young – Love, Amy; Simon P. Stocks – Songs of Suffering; Nell Goddard – Musings of a Clergy Child; Esther Emery – Twenty Tiny Stories from the Woods; Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own; Julie Rehmeyer – Through the Shadowlands
Ed Cyzewski – Flee, Be Silent, Pray. Get it for $2.53 from Amazon.com, £1.99 Amazon.co.uk or £8.52 Wordery.com (free shipping worldwide).
Through the Shadowlands is a fascinating memoir, with a compelling story, nuggets of wisdom, and a thorough survey of the scientific research around ME and mould- based illnesses. It is a science-writer’s personal story of contracting ME – (myalgic encephalomyelitis, labelled as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the US), and how she made a good, though not full, recovery via extreme mould avoidance and psychological ‘brain retraining’.
This is how we come to God, as children, as needy people, hands open, on our knees. It is not a posture we take very often; we wish to be seen as capable, strong, independent. But it is the only way to receive blessing – to have both hands out in surrender to catch it.
Welcome to the third and final broadcast on this short series on prayer, for Premier Christian Radio – this time on ‘Why Pray for Healing?’
The first 3-4 minute segment was for Rick Easter’s The Worship Hour show, on ‘Why Pray?’ and the second segment was for the same show the next day, this time on ‘Praying When You Feel Empty. This third session was broadcast on the Woman to Woman show, on Friday 2 June.
Welcome to the second in this short series on prayer – this time on ‘Praying when you feel empty’.
This week, Premier Christian Radio invited me to give three short broadcasts on the topic of prayer, as they marked, with prayer, the transition from Ascension to Pentecost, supporting the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative.
The first 3-4 minute segment was for Rick Easter’s The Worship Hour show, on ‘Why Pray?’ This week, Premier Christian Radio invited me to give three short broadcasts on the topic of prayer, as they marked, with prayer, the transition from Easter to Pentecost.
I’m excited to be talking at The Mudroom today about two things I love – God, and fairytales