A Lenten Journey from Adversity to Maturity
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The art of kintsugi `repairing with gold' not only restores cracked objects but makes them even more beautiful than before. Alone on an 8-day retreat in the Egyptian desert, Justine Allain Chapman experienced first-hand the physical, spiritual and mental struggle many have endured before her. Our own desert experience may involve attending to challenges that come upon us suddenly - such as an illness or bereavement - or to difficult relationships or patterns of thinking that have long been draining us of life and joy. A Lenten pilgrimage is testing. We have to search within ourselves for answers which lie hidden, to draw on each other's strengths, to reflect deeply and to trust that we will be enabled to integrate our many experiences. But there is a `bright flame before us, a guiding star above'. And the God, who always calls us to love beyond ourselves, offers tender healing for our brokenness, longing that we may be consoled and renewed. This vividly written book includes wide ranging prayers and scripture readings, along with guides to using the material with groups and in preaching and worship.
Praise for Resilient Pastors: 'Pragmatic and compassionate ... I wish I had read this book years ago.'', Rt Revd Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham', Church Times;'The subject matter is important, indeed an area of such obvious importance that when addressed so clearly it makes one wonder why it took so long for someone to identify and name it in those terms ... the text is not encumbered with unnecessary jargon but is written in a style that engages the reader.', David Lyall, Practical Theology;'Realistic and compassionate ... an excellent book for those who want to think seriously about real humanity, genuine Christian struggle, authentic pastoral engagement and the dangers of what Bonhoeffer famously called 'cheap grace'.', Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds, https://nickbaines.wordpress.com/tag/justine-allain-chapman/"