Jonathan Falwell – 1000 Days: The Ministry of Christ

I’m in two minds on this book. On one hand, I feel like when I was reading it, I did find myself nodding in agreement with things that were said. But on the other hand, I started reading this book in July last year and have only just finished it. Usually if I really get into a book, I read it pretty quickly, especially one like this that wasn’t very long. The book professes to take us on a journey through the roughly 1000 days of...

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Paul Williams & Barry Cooper – If You Could Ask God One Question

I’ve had this book on my Amazon wishlist for ages, and my lovely sister bought it for me for Christmas. It’s something that I’ve been asked a few times this year on the various courses I’ve done at Church – If you could ask God one question, what would it be? I always struggle with this to find a question that doesn’t sound stupid, but a lot of the questions I think of are included in this book. The questions...

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Raechel Myers & Amanda Bible Williams – She Reads Truth

The anticipation for this book was immense. I heard about the book when it was first announced on the She Reads Truth website, I eventually got around to pre-ordering it a month before it came out, but Amazon made me wait until an entire month after the release date before I actually got my hands on it! I don’t know why it took so long, but when it arrived I was dying to read it!! And like the She Reads Truth reading plans I’ve been...

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Steve Ross – Marked

I recently went on our Church Parish Weekend, and had the pleasure of helping out with one of the youth groups for the weekend. One of the resources given to each of the children during the weekend was a copy of Marked by Steve Ross. It’s a graphic novel representation of the Gospel of Mark, something I would never have even though of reading. But like some of the kids, I went back to my hotel room the first night we’d been given it...

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Confirmation and First Communion

Today was my confirmation at Church. Since coming back into my faith last year and starting attending Pudsey Parish Church, I’ve done lots of things that have made my life so much better, I’ve started going to a weekly Cell group, I’ve been through the Alpha Course, and I’ve met loads of wonderful people. So at the end of the Alpha Course when the Vicar said he’d be running weekly sessions at the Vicarage to prepare...

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In all things, PRAY!

Our Church service on Sunday was about how we shouldn’t just turn to God as a last resort, he should be our first port of call. And not just when we’re in trouble or need help, but when things are going good and we’re happy too. So rather than saying ‘God, I’ve tried everything else and I really need your help’, we should be saying ‘God, thank you for the things that are going well right now’. So...

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The Creed

When I previously went to a Methodist Church, the services never followed a particular plan, and we never really did prayers or recited text as a whole church, except for the Lord’s Prayer. But since going to Pudsey Parish, it’s been quite different. One of the things that is said nearly every week is the Nicene Creed. I’d never even heard it two months ago, but I love the practice of saying it, and I’m looking...

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Walking through the Old Testament

At the weekend, I went to an event at Pudsey Parish Church called Walk Through The Bible. This particular one was the Old Testament version, but they also run a New Testament version too. Ever since I started going back to Church last month, I’ve been feeling so much happier in myself. Apart from being in contact with God again and feeling my spirit renewed, I’ve met so many wonderfully friendly people – not a service goes by...

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Perfect way to start the day!

Started my day with a walk around Yeadon Tarn, with a stop half way around for a rest to enjoy the view and read. Perfect way to thank God for the beauty of nature and that we get to enjoy it so freely. Verse of the day: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 5:13, KJV)

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Feeling very inspired right now…

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a post from Pudsey Parish Church on Facebook about the start of their Believe in Pudsey week, which was kicking off with ‘An Evening with John Sentamu’. It sounded interesting and it was only £4, so I booked tickets to go with my boyfriend and my best friend. It turns out that it was exactly what I needed right now, and I left the room with an overwhelming sense of inspiration and feeling completely...

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A. J. Jacobs – The Year of Living Biblically

I decided to read this book as a bit of an impulse. When I joined the library, I was looking around to see what kind of books they had, and I took a look at their religious section. This one kind of jumped out at me, it looked like an interesting concept: a guy decides that he’s going to spend an entire year living to the rules in the Bible. I couldn’t help but pick it up and see what it was all about! Obviously some rules are easier...

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Michael Mayne – A Year Lost and Found

Sometimes, a book comes into your life at just the right time, and this was so perfectly timed it’s untrue. I only picked it up by a random choice when I was browsing the religion section at the library. It stuck out to me for some reason so I checked it out. And it turned out to be completely perfect for what is going on in my life right now. Michael Mayne was a priest struck down with a seemingly mysterious illness. The doctors...

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Good Friday

I can’t quite believe that it’s Easter already, this year has gone by so quickly. I have managed to stick to giving up chocolate for Lent though, even if it did mean that I couldn’t eat the gorgeous smelling dinner that my sister cooked earlier this week (who puts chocolate with Turkey?!). I’ve also mostly managed to stick to the two books that I started reading for Lent. I’m not at the end of them yet, but...

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John 14:27

I’ve had this in my head the last couple of days, I’m finding it quite comforting. It’s also reminded me that I’m a bit behind on my two Lent reading books, I’m really enjoying those, particularly The Purpose Driven Life, so I need to get back into them again. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

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Review: Rob Lacey – The Liberator

As I have already read this book a few times, I knew it was going to be great, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Every time I read it I get something different out of it, and this time I finished the book feeling more connected than I have in a long time. If you don’t know, The Liberator is a re-telling of the life of Jesus, but the language in the book is brought completely up to date, Lacey was definitely not afraid to change it...

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Lent Reading: Rick Warren – The Purpose Driven Life & John Piper – The Passion of Jesus Christ

For lent this year (as well as giving up chocolate again), I’ve decided to re-read two books that I’ve read and loved in the past. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. This book is handily split into 40 sections/days (although I’ve started a bit late so I’ll have to double up for a while, or finish a bit late). I’ve read it in the past, the first time was when I was part of the youth group at City Church Leeds...

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Now Reading: Rob Lacey – The Liberator

I’ve read this book a few times in the past (as you can probably tell from the tatty edges of the cover), and it’s one of my favourites. I’ve not read it for a while, and I found myself really wanting to read it last night. It’s a telling of the life of Jesus as you’ve never read it before, the language used is completely modern and relatable (and sometimes a little surprising). Throughout the book, there’s...

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Happy New Year (or should I say Prospero Año Nuevo?)

Happy New Year everyone – I can’t quite believe it’s 2012 already! I know everybody says this, but I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be a good one! I have a few resolutions for this year, which I thought I would share with you all, hopefully it’ll make me more likely to actually stick to them. Although saying that, my resolution from last year came true, so I’m hopeful for this year too! First up, I want...

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Merry Christmas!

It’s a bit late in the day now, but wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a great day. Mine was surrounded by family; chatting, laughing and opening presents – and eating turkey of course! The only thing missing was Cameron! I got some really cool stuff, including books, DVDs, music, make up and charms for my bracelet. I wanted to share this picture that someone posted on Twitter, it really made me laugh: I...

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