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Things He Carried

Author(s): Stephen Cottrell

ISBN13: 9780281060801

ISBN10: 0281060800

Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian

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  • The inspiration for this series of reflections initially came from Tim O Briens collection of short stories reflecting on his time in Vietnam called The Things They Carried . In these stories we dont just hear about the physical things that the soldiers carry, but also their terrors and dreams.The author has taken this idea and applied it to the Passion, focussing on the things that Jesus carried: not just the cross itself, but the crown of thorns he was forced to wear, the seamless robe that was taken from him, the other burdens that we laid upon him, and also the hopes and fears that he carried in his heart and that are reflected in the different passion narratives.The idea was further developed for the 2006 Good Friday Three Hours service at St Pauls Cathedral and it is these reflections that have now been expanded and developed into this book.Suitable for Lenten study, either for groups or individuals, the engagingly written meditations will have a life beyond Lent and will bear repeated reading.

  • Stephen Cottrell


    Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford and was formerly the Bishop of Reading. He has worked in parishes in London and Chichester, as Canon Pastor of Peterborough Cathedral, as Missioner in the Wakefield diocese and as part of Springboard, the Archbishop’s evangelism team.


    He has written widely about evangelism, spirituality and discipleship. Among his recent books are From the Abundance of the Heart: catholic evangelism for all Christians (DLT 2006); Do Nothing to Change your Life; discovering what happens when you stop (CHP 2007); Hit the Ground Kneeling; seeing leadership differently (CHP 2008) and for SPCK a book of Lent and Holy Week meditations The Things He Carried (SPCK 2008) and a follow up of reflections for Easter Day, The Things He Said (SPCK 2009). His most recent Lent book for SPCK is The Nail (2011). He is also one of the authors of the widely used Emmaus programme for evangelism, nurture and discipleship.


    He is married to Rebecca, who is a potter, and they have three boys. When he is not bishoping or writing Stephen enjoys reading, painting, printing and cooking and struggles to bang out a tune on his ukulele banjo.

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