Some days of the year are special. Not just Christmas and Easter, but other occasions, Christian or otherwise, capture the imagination and call for a response. We feel at such times that our prayers should reflect their significance, but were not always able to articulate our thoughts as we would wish or to relate the occasion in question to daily life.
This book offers a hundred simple prayers rooted in everyday experience, the commonplace offering a springboard to personal devotion. Included are prayers for Advent and Christmas, the Old and New Year, Epiphany, Mothers Day, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Fathers Day, Harvest Thanksgiving, All Saints Day and Remembrance Day. Through items as mundane as turkey leftovers, a discarded diary, a fruit bowl or saucepan of milk, prayer is brought down to earth, the ordinary time and again suggesting ways in which those special days of the year are touched by Gods hand.
What difference does being a Christian make to your life and what difference should it make?In Spot the Difference, Nick Fawcett considers five ways in which commitment should manifest itself: in a quality of love, a spontaneity of witness, a disposition of joy, a generosity of spirit and a vibrant inner faith.The five sessions in this group study course for Lent are: Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A love that shows
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ An allegiance that shows
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A joy that shows
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A concern that shows
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ A faith that showsEach session contains: Setting the scene, Exploring the Scriptures, Activities, Enlarging the picture, and Food for thought.ABOUT THE AUTHORDespite wrestling with a speech impediment throughout his formative years, Nick Fawcett responded to the call to ministry, studying at Bristol and Oxford universities before spending thirteen happy years in the Baptist ministry, first in Leigh, Lancashire and then in Cheltenham, after which he went on to serve for three years as a chaplain with the national charity Toc H.While few would have dreamt he had ever struggled with speech, for Nick it was still an issue beneath the surface, prompting him eventually to explore a new form of ministry: that of the written word. He has been writing now for six years, during which time he has published numerous books reaching an audience many hundred time greater than was possible while in the pastoral ministry; this, in his own words, testimony to the way God so often moves in mysterious ways.Alongside his writing, Nick works for a variety of publishers as a freelance editor, proofreader and indexer. He lives in Wellington, Somerset, with his wife Deborah and two children, Samuel aged eleven and Kate aged five.