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‘Vividly conveys how opening our hearts to Christ can release the transformative power of love … into our broken and needy world.’ Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Book, with course material at the back. Potential 11 sessions e.g.:
Bookshops or order online.
Attractive book cover and nicely set out font.
Clear titles to each chapter
Powerful, entertaining and honest engagement with the big issues of faith and the world. Group notes at the back of the book, with minimal directions but simple format: Way in (Bible passage and introductory questions), Way through (questions engaging with the relevant chapter), Way forward (application), Deeper (Prayer). Room for imagination too. Format may be simple but the questions are tough and challenging engagements with huge issues.
Could be shared around group.
Just the one book – idea being to read the relevant chapter beforehand. Clear titles and subtitles to each chapter. Engaging and lively writing.
A little – suggestions for music, candles, notes, other interactive materials. Reading of chapter.
Question and discussion based. Some suggestions for communal prayer.
Thought-provoking material, based on reading the chapter. Mix of reading, discussion, prayerful response. Some hands-on activities. Unlikely to suit low-literacy groups.
Imaginative, honest and lively but still based on chapter reading, so participants need to be comfortable with this. Unlikely to suit low-literacy groups.
Way forward section encourages a variety of responses to the material, both personal and communal.
Relevant ‘anchor' passage with time for reflection and later pertinent question.
Woven into the theme and always relevant. Many references to biblical sources to support chapter arguments.
Applied to broad theme or to more personal or communal application depending on topic.
Broad Anglican background.
Big picture engagement with the big issues and challenges of faith.
Group material is question-based, encouraging participants to work out implications for themselves.
A particular strength of this book's style and message.
Unflinching engagement with the biggest challenges of life and faith, with open questions to encourage discussion.
Invites discussion about how to do this sensitively.
Big concepts are applied to local and personal situations particularly in the Way forward section.
Head on discussion about major global issues. Truthful and challenging.
Wrestles honestly with the implications of this in relating to those of other faiths, without diluting Jesus' command of Matthew 28:19.
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