Book Launch with Jeremy Davies

InSeasonAndOutOfSeason_web2Jeremy Davies will be in Sarum College Bookshop on Tuesday 24 June at 4pm to launch his new book ‘In Season and Out of Season: Crafting Sermons for all Occasions‘.

Preaching is a vital element of pastoral ministry. It is a means by which priests, deacons and Readers engage with the people of God in a given community, whether a regular congregation, or a gathering for unique events such as a wedding, funeral, festival or ceremony of remembrance.

In Season and Out of Season is a wise and practical guide to creating sermons that are appropriate for a wide range of different situations. It offers a rich doctrine of preaching in the Anglican tradition, provides a wealth of helpful advice that will build confidence and develop skills, and is illustrated with a wide variety of sermon texts.

Jeremy Davies served in parish ministry in London’s East End and in university chaplaincy before becoming Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral, a role he held for twenty-six years. He is well known as a liturgist, hymn writer and broadcaster, and is renowned in many countries for his preaching.

Free entry, all welcome, refreshments provided

For more information or to RSVP email or telephone 01722 326899

Bookshop Bestsellers April 2014

182  Sarum College 25thFeb14As one of today’s leading religious writers, it is no surprise that Paula Gooder’s latest publication ‘Journey to the Empty Tomb’ has been incredibly popular.

Not only as April’s Book of the Month, but also as the first in a new series from Paula exploring biblical scholarship. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Revd. Mpho Tutu also have co-written ‘The Book of Forgiving’, which offers a guide to the process of forgiveness.

1. Journey to the Empty Tomb by Paula Gooder, Canterbury Press Norwich £12.99

2. The Book of Forgiving by Desmond and Mpho Tutu, HarperCollins Publishers £14.99

3. Scurry Goes to Salisbury by Richard Morgan, RMM Publications £7.99

4. But is it Real? by Amy Orr-Ewing, Inter-Varsity Press £7.99

5. Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis, Catholic Truth Society £4.95

6. Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, SPCK Publishing £10.99

7. In and Out of Season by Jeremy Davies, Canterbury Press Norwich £19.99

8. Pilgrim: The Beatitudes (Follow 4) by Stephen Cottrell et al, Church House Publishing £5.99

9. Tend my Flock by Kate Litchfield, Canterbury Press Norwich £16.99

10. Enriching Ministry by Michael Paterson and Jessica Rose, SCM Press £25 (on special offer in bookshop for £20 until 31st May)

Book of the Month: May 2014

Help Thanks WowHelp, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott

Help, Thanks, Wow is one of my favourite books on prayer by one of my favourite writers, Anne Lamott.  All of Anne’s books about trying to live a Christian life as a recovering alcoholic and single mother are entertaining, but this one distills her spiritual insights most effectively.  Those of us who have long been told that ‘thank you, sorry and please’ are the three words that ought to shape our prayers, will find it a helpful jolt to think rather of ‘help, thanks and wow’.

‘Help,’ she says, is the first great prayer, because so often life is difficult or heart-breaking.  Help is the way we keep in touch with God when everything around us is broken or seems beyond fixing.

‘Thanks,’ is the short form of the original prayer she used to say for any unexpected grace in her life: ‘Thankyouthankyouthankyou’, the prayer that comes as a rush of relief that we have just dodged a bullet.

And ‘Wow’ is the prayer we gasp at something mesmerizing or miraculous.  Wows cannot be controlled. They can only be felt when they come.  Just when life appears to be boringly normal or depressingly bleak, along comes a wow to astonish us with beauty, or awe, or new hope.

What about ‘sorry’?  All she will say on this is that ‘Help me not to be such an ass’ is the fourth great prayer, ‘which perhaps we will address at another time’.

Summarising these three (or four) prayers does not do Anne’s book justice though.  It is funny and helpful too.  She tells sharp, subversive stories, like a stand-up comedian. She shares things that her friends or her pastor have said.  Most of all, she talks honestly and lovingly about prayer.  And her advice on using a God box is worth the price of the book alone.

Reviewed by David Holgate, Principal of STETS

Special price of £11.50 in the shop (posted out for free) or £9.50 + postage online from from May 1st – 31st. RRP £12.99.