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Book of the Month: February 2016 (01/02/2016)
4 stars. Do not be caught out by the early start of Lent! Most of us will seek support for our journey towards Easter. This will often take the shape of a trusted writer, guide and book. Patrick Woodhouse offers us an exemplary model of a narrative for Lent. He navigates us into and around these ancient, sometimes very contradictory and confusing texts that lie at the heart of Jewish and Christian worship. Out of his own learning and life experience he digs deeply into the Psalms and offers us 30 reflections for the weekdays in Lent. The particular quality of this book lies in the accessibility of learning, the preparedness to accept the difficulties in reading Scripture and the imaginative bridging of the Psalmody and all that makes up our living, loving and longing for a better world. It’s grounded and real!There is a deeply attractive reflectiveness in this book which will spiritually refresh its reader. However, expect to be changed, by the significant range of challenges that Woodhouse poses for our modern living. In a world dominated by individualism, consumerism and materialism Life in the Psalms will ask you to re-evaluate, renew and refresh your journey. Well-organised, a good price and handy size for pocket or handbag add to the usability of this book. Happy reading!

Canon James Woodward - Salisbury
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