Unseen Things Above

(Lindchester Chronicles 2)
Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 1910674249
Category: Fiction
Page: 328
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Who will be the next Bishop of Lindchester? That’s what everyone’s been asking since Bishop Paul Henderson resigned in haste and a whiff of scandal. Unseen Things Above rejoins our friends in the diocese as they address themselves to the labyrinthine process of appointing his replacement. When they aren’t arguing about love and marriage, that is. Should Jane renounce her feminist orthodoxy and wed the manly archdeacon? Could Father Ed defy the House of Bishops and marry Neil? And how many hearts will start a-trembling when the gorgeous but volatile Freddie May returns to the Cathedral Close? Come, dear reader, and clamber once again onto the liturgical rollercoaster. Travel from Easter to Advent with bishops, archbishops, and all the company of Lindchester. Hang on to your hat as you’re whirled through ups and downs and twists of plot. There are unseen things above, all right. But if you manage to open your eyes, the view from the top is glorious.

Acts and Omissions


Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 0281072353
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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The Bishop of Lindchester is happily married with four daughters. But does he have a secret? Archdeacon Matt is inclined to think not. That said, it's obvious to him that Bishop Paul's got a pretty big bee in his mitre about the brilliant but troubled Freddie May . . . Welcome to the fictional Diocese of Lindchester, where you will be taken (dear reader) on a yearlong romp in the company of bishops, priests and lay people. Prepare yourself for a bumpy and hilarious ride from the rarefied heights of the Cathedral Close down to the coalface of ordinary urban and rural parishes. Acts and Omissions reveals the Church of England in all its mess and glory. It is a world shot through with grace, but one where even the best intentioned err and stray. And occasionally do those things which they ought not to have done . . .

Realms of Glory

Lindchester Chronicles 3
Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910674215
Category:
Page: 328
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Angels and Men


Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 0281072310
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Parson's daughter Mara Johns arrives as a postgraduate student at a great northern cathedral city. Antagonistic to the church and fiercely independent, she repels all friendly overtures and seeks spiritual answers in her theological research. But when her past involvement in an extreme sect resurfaces, she finds her quest won't stay academic. Nor can she hold out against her persistent would-be friends. Gradually she unbends and laughs with Maddy and May; locks horns with the insufferable 'polecat'—and finds herself torn between the attentions of two suitors. But they are both ordinands, and she's vowed she'll never marry a vicar.

The Benefits of Passion


Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 1910674028
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
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Annie Brown, wrestling with doubts about her faith and a biological clock the size of Big Ben, escapes the stifling kindness of her fellow ordinands and the stifled yelps of her sexuality by writing a raunchy novel. Yet Annie can no more control her characters than she could a congregation. Outrageous Isabella and butter-wouldn’t-melt Barney hurtle unbidden into difficult situations that lead Annie inexorably back to her own repressed upbringing and present predicament. Some of their liberation rubs off on her too, and when she meets brusque outsider Will, Annie plunges into passion as uninhibitedly as Isabella. But Annie’s vocation, like her libido, won’t lie down, and she despairs of finding a happy ending to either of her stories . . .

Realms of Glory


Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 1910674222
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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How will it all end? Come, dear reader, and join with the good and the bad of the Diocese of Lindchester as they navigate their way through the storms of 2016. What does the year hold in this best of times, this worst of times; this season of bake-offs and food banks, of muscular theological hope and hand-wringing theological despair? We will peep through many a stained-glass window in pursuit of answers. Will the new bishop – dubbed Steve-angelical by his detractors – impose the evils of management on the timeless beauty of Anglicanism? Will kind Dean Marion collude with him? Will Archdeacon Matt be the next bishop of Barcup – and what will Jane think of that? And will Freddie – more lovely than a summer’s day, though far less temperate – finally find love and happiness? Times are dark in this, the final volume of the Lindchester Chronicles, but we may yet glimpse a touch of radiance around the grubby edges of our characters. So let us soar as best we can on Anglican wings, towards those unseen Realms of Glory. ‘Catherine Fox's glorious Lindchester series is the twenty-first-century answer to Trollope’s Barchester – but Trollope was never so funny, so fundamentally kind, or so mischievously attentive to grace.’ Francis Spufford, author of Golden Hill

Love for the Lost


Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 1910674044
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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Isobel Knox is happy and confident in her new job and likes her single life, free as it is from confusing and complicating entanglements. Supressing her emotions and burying painful memories has become second nature to her, but it seems to work; after all, why should letting it all out necessarily be good for you? But there are two men who could shatter her calm, brittle world: Davy, a young policeman, who, despite Isobel’s distance, falls in love with her, and Johnny Whitaker, a charismatic priest with a troubled marriage. As Isobel’s feelings for Johnny become stronger and deeper, her façade begins to crack, and the memories and emotions of years before come back, overpowering her with feelings she had thought long past and dealt with.

Fight the Good Fight

From Vicar's Wife to Killing Machine
Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446433153
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 240
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Catherine Fox is not your typical martial artist. Her initiation into the sacred rites of judo began not in a dojo in Tokyo but in the Tunnel Cement Works in Pitstone, Buckinghamshire. And her dedication to the sport has been questionable: a thirty-year sabbatical, two children and a life spent writing books does not necessarily prepare one for enlightenment. Determined not to let these details stand in her way, Catherine has set herself a challenge: before she turns forty-five she will become a black belt. After all, how many other opportunities do vicars' wives get to roll around the floor with sweaty blokes? Fight the Good Fight asks what lessons judo can teach you about life. It's touching surprising, gripping (in every sense) - and the funniest take on spiritual struggle since the last Lions vs. Christians fixture.

Towards Mellbreak


Author: Marie-Elsa Bragg
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473546788
Category: Fiction
Page: 224
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After many generations, it is now Harold who runs Ard Farm. Out on the fells, he feels his father’s presence, and there is hope that he, his grandmother and his Uncle Joe will be able to take the farm forward and prosper. But their way of life is under threat: farming is undergoing huge change and increasingly harmful intervention. Towards Mellbreak is a hymn both to the landscape of Cumbria and to a disappearing world. Poetic, beautiful and tragic, it exposes the struggle to preserve traditions and beliefs in the face of change, and an assertion of the power to be found in the rituals we pass down through our families.

Wolf Tide


Author: Catherine Fox
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781490904580
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 248
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17 year-old Anabara Nolio is descended from a long line of warriors. From the Gull People on her father's side has the ability to fly, and from her highborn Galen mother she has access to the world of the privileged elite. She is a also a Private Investigator. When tasked with discovering the truth about the University library's lost books she thinks it's a simple case. But the city isle of Laridy is riddled with dark secrets and ancient magic – a legacy from historic dealings with the realm of the fairy - a world where stained-glass angels can leave their windows to fight, where rooftops and underground passages are guarded by armed statues.

Archbishop


Author: Michele Guinness
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781444753370
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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In a shock move for the Church of England, a female Archbishop of Canterbury is appointed. What happens when the stained glass ceiling is shattered?Five years from now, the Church of England is on its knees. Yet one woman is making a difference, and when she is appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, anything could happen. Vicky Burnham-Woods is a master of diplomacy, and deeply committed to bringing the church back into the heart of community and cultural life—but not everyone wants a woman at the top, and behind the scenes dark forces are moving. Can the first ever female Archbishop of Canterbury last long enough to achieve her mission?

Lazarus is Dead


Author: Richard Beard
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1609458672
Category: Fiction
Page: 228
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Like most successful men in their early thirties, Lazarus has plans that don't involve dying. He is busy organizing his sisters, his business, and his women. Life is mostly good until far away in Galilee, without warning, his childhhod best friend Jesus turns water into wine. Immediatley, Lazarus falls ill. And with each subsequent miracle his health deteriorates: a nasty cough develops into an alarming array of afflictions unresponsive to the usual remedies. His sisters think Jesus can help, but the two men haven't spoken for years. Lazarus is willing to try anything to make himself well, anything, that is, except ask Jesus for help. Lazarus dies. Jesus weeps. Lazarus rises. This part we all know. But Lazarus is about to discover that returning from the dead isn't easy at all. An ingeniously funny and moving novel that disguises itself as biography, Lazarus Is Dead recounts the story of a great friendship lost and regained. Richard Beard's brand of storytelling unabashedly turns convention on its head as he draws on biblical sources, historical detail, art and contemporary literature to throw a spell over his readers that remains unbroken until the final pages of this astonishing story about second chances.

The Four Vision Quests of Jesus


Author: Steven Charleston
Publisher: CPG
ISBN: 0819231746
Category: Religion
Page: 176
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A Choctaw Indian Christian bishop explores the teachings of the Bible through the lens of Native American tradition. Steven Charleston—an Episcopal bishop and Choctaw native—takes a unique and provocative look into the “vision quests” of Jesus, and considers Christian biblical interpretation from the perspective of Native American theology. In these inspiring parallels he finds an enlightening spiritual harmony between North American indigenous communities and four specific experiences of Jesus as portrayed in the synoptic gospels. From Jesus’s time in the wilderness, to the Transfiguration, to Gethsemane, and finally, to Golgotha, these quests offer insight into such topics as the need to enter the “we” rather than the “I” and the pursuit of freedom through discipline and concern for justice, compassion, and human dignity. The Four Vision Quests of Jesus reveals the values that are primary to the foundation of Native tradition and integral to Christian thought—the principles that lie at the very heart of what unites us all.

Extreme Anglicanism

A Liturgical Guide to the Sporting Year
Author: Catherine Fox,Bridget Gillespie
Publisher: Monarch Books
ISBN: 9781854246882
Category: Humor
Page: 192
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In this book, Catherine Fox suggests a completely new liturgical year, starting with the Season of Football (colour: black and white stripes), then passing through Rugby (blood), Cricket (white with grass stains) and Wimbledon (clergy, white; laity, purple and bottle green). High days include the Feast of the Blessed Jonny Wilkinson, and, for our friends Down Under, Billabong Sunday with its unique liturgy ("yeah, with you too, awesome priest dude"). She also identifies several biblical sporting heroes, such as Jonah, who took swimming with dolphins a whole step further. As the author's elder son observes, there are three kinds of people, those who can count, and those who can't. 'Extreme Anglicanism' will help you score in the Great Game of Life.

The Little Book of Vicarage Wisdom


Author: Catherine Fox,Bridget Gillespie
Publisher: Monarch Books
ISBN: 9781854246035
Category: Humor
Page: 157
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Intended as a spoof on The Little Book of Calm and its successors, here are Catherine Fox's hard-won tips for living well, if not admirably, wrung from her years on the vicarage front lines. When you are stressed, seek out the company of calm, wise people. There is always a chance you will wind them up too. Her observations may not bring you to a state of grace—if someone is annoying you, why not make a soothing anagram out of their name? (Archdeacon = acned roach). However, her grasp of the practical will keep you out of trouble.

Golden Hill

A Novel of Old New York
Author: Francis Spufford
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501163876
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Originally published: Great Britain: Faber & Faber, 2016.

Whatever Happened to Billy Shears?


Author: Steve Goddard
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 1910674435
Category: Religion
Page: 328
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One handstand. That’s all it took. And Lucy Pitcher spun William Shearwater’s world upside down. Fifty years on, ‘Shears’ is a squeaky-clean Anglican chaplain, nursing memories of a lost and secret love. He has never met English teacher Sophie Daggert, recently bereaved and on a quest to trace her natural parents. But through a mesmerizing series of twists and turns, Sophie and Shears are brought together in a shocking journey of self-discovery – with 1967’s Summer of Love at the heart of it all. ‘Witty, tragic and emotional. If there’s a better-observed comic novel about the 1960s, I’ll eat my kaftan.’ Cindy Kent MBE, (ex-The Settlers) ‘Goddard’s knowledge of popular culture is extraordinary, and the way he weaves it into a believable range of characters makes this book utterly compelling. A splendid read is guaranteed for all.’ Don Maclean, former presenter of BBC TV’s Crackerjack!