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Ave Maria Press £9.99
Reviewed by Anne Mauldon

Click here to purchase: Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self

Do you ever have a sense that this book is the one you should buy and read when you browse among the bookshelves, often in search of nothing in particular? This is what happened to me with Joyce Rupp’s Open the Door. I had recently read The Enneagram: A Private Session with the World’s greatest Psychologist by Simon Parke (Lion, £8.99) and it seemed right to read this next.The book is designed as a six week journey deeper into our inner selves with a reflection for each day of the week.

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Give a Boy a Gun: From Killing to Peace-making

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Alistair Little and Ruth Scott
Published 2009 by Darton, Longman and Todd

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Imagine being part of a community that leads you to believe God is on your side and sanctions your path into violence. Imagine having a faith that enables you to justify killing another human being. Imagine sitting in prison, convicted of murder, and slowly coming to question that belief and that faith. How can a man committed to doing the right thing live with the realisation he has done great wrong? How can he come to terms with the devastating impact his actions have had not only upon the family of his victim, but also upon his own beloved family? When he discovers his enemy has a human face, how can he face his own inhumanity?

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An Introduction to Christian Mysticism

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Thomas Merton edited by Patrick O’Connell
Cistercian Publications, ₤19,99
Reviewed by Peter Tyler

Click here to purchase: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism: Initiation into the Monastic Tradition: Bk. 3 (Monastic Wisdom)

Forty years after his death there seems no let up of the tide of posthumous publications from the pen of Thomas Merton, the ‘great communicator’ of the Twentieth Century Cistercian tradition. This latest volume is in the ‘Monastic Wisdom’ series published by Cistercian and is the third in a series of edited notes given to the monks and novices of Gethsemani Monastery in the nineteen fifties and sixties which have been titled ‘Initiation into the Monastic Tradition’.

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Maid in God’s Image: In search of the unruly woman

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Verena Wright.
DLT, £12.95
Reviewed by Nicola Slee

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I enjoyed reading Verena Wright’s lively and intelligent reflection on the feminine in religion and culture. It is not an entirely even book, and most of the theological ideas presented – on notions of the feminine in the Bible and Christianity, purity codes and their connections to gender, Jesus’ subversion of Jewish ideas about pollution, and so on – have been treated more systematically elsewhere.

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Philida

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André Brink
Harvill Secker, August 2012, £14.99
Reviewed by Jill Hinchliff

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The story of the surname-less mixed-race slave Philida, is not a comfortable, easy read. It is set in Cape Town and its surrounds, during the years leading up to and finally culminating in the abolition of slavery in 1834.

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