Category Archives: Books

Visit the Intimacy with God bookshop

The Intimacy with God Bookshop has now been built and opened on this site at this location. Visit the bookshop and have a look at the books. There are currently books about intimacy with God, contemplative prayer, Christian mysticism and … Continue reading Continue reading

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John and Paula Sandford

The first time I came across the concept of burden bearing was through the teaching of John and Paula Sandford, who founded Elijah House in 1975 with the mandate to restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and … Continue reading Continue reading

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I’ve started writing a new book – The Long Tail of the Church

My new book has begun. I’m writing The Long Tail of the Church: Why the Future of the Church is in Much More of Less over at www.longtailchurch.com/book. Based on inspiration drawn from Internet marketing books, such as Chris Anderson’s famous … finish reading I’ve started writing a new book – The Long Tail of the Church Continue reading

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A way forward

Last Sunday we met as a church to discuss how we should move forward. It was decided that while our Friday night meetings serve a useful purpose, they do not meet the needs of all involved. This is because there are two different groups of people – the church members and the non-believers. Each group […] Continue reading

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Welcome to The Long Tail of the Church

Welcome to The Long Tail of the Church! If you think that this is a strange title, or even that I’ve made a spelling mistake with the word ‘Tail’, then all will shortly become clear. This website and blog  will … Continue reading Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 6

[The imperfections of spiritual gluttony.] 1. A great deal can be said on spiritual gluttony, the fourth vice. There are hardly any persons among these beginners, no matter how excellent their conduct, who do not fall into some of the … Continue reading Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 5

[The imperfections of the capital vice of anger into which beginners fall.] 1. Because of the strong desire of many beginners for spiritual gratification, they usually have many imperfections of anger. When the delight and satisfaction procured in their spiritual … Continue reading Continue reading

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Mysticism and The Dark Night of the Soul

While it has been important in many religions, the Christian Mysticism tradition has long placed a particular emphasis on the Dark Night of the Soul experience. The 16th century Spanish Carmelite priest St. John of the Cross wrote a poem … Continue reading Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 4

[The imperfections of lust, the third capital vice, usually found in beginners.] 1. A number of these beginners have many more imperfections in each vice than those I am mentioning. But to avoid prolixity, I am omitting them and touching … Continue reading Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 3

[Some imperfections of spiritual avarice commonly found in beginners.] 1. Many beginners also at times possess great spiritual avarice. They hardly ever seem content with the spirit God gives them. They become unhappy and peevish because they don’t find the … Continue reading Continue reading

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