Durham Cathedral Shop hosted the launch of two books for Lent.Â One of the books launched on Sunday 2nd February was Barefoot Prayers: A meditation a day for Lent and Easter by Canon Stephen Cherry, a residentiary Canon at the Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Development for the Durham Diocese.
His latest book is a beautifully crafted sequence of prayer-meditations, providing simple yet profound spiritual nourishment for the Lenten season. The book gives an engaging introduction to the different ways that prayer can work in the lives of the busiest of Christians. Barefoot Prayers is ideal for people who may have little time for sitting and reading but more time for thinking and reflecting. Stephen said: â€œâ€œI am delighted that the book has come out in print. It started with me taking a notebook and jotting down some spiritual meditations when I was away. â€œI kept collecting them and received some good feedback from people, saying they were very accessible and moving. â€œThe idea is that people can take the book with them on the Lenten journey and it will be spiritually stretching.â€ Also launched was Jesus – His Home, His Journey, His Challenge By Dr David Bryan, Director of Studies with Lindisfarne LTP, a joint venture between the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle. In this book, Dr Bryan draws on his extensive knowledge of Jesus studies, his experience of present-day Israel/Palestine and his own life and ministry to offer a picture of the historical Jesus that is at once engaging, insightful and challenging. He presents insights from New Testament scholarship clearly and accessibly, weaving them skilfully together with experiences of life in Jesusâ€™ homeland today to raise searching questions for the readerâ€™s faith and understanding. Philip Law, of publisher SPCK, said: â€œSPCK certainly is proud to be publishing these two very different but brilliant new books by authors based in the North East. In this case, itâ€™s a happy coincidence that both are being promoted at the same time as Lent books but it a reflects the creative links that we have built up with a range of great writers from that part of the world â€“ both long-established and brand new.â€ A video interview with the Revd Canon Dr Stephen Cherry author of Barefoot Prayers is available on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMqYg3nscdc&width=600