Books written by Bishop Stephen Cottrell

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  • Walking Backwards to Christmas
  • Walking Backwards to Christmas

    Using the brilliant, deceptively simple device of telling the Christmas story backwards, Bishop Stephen helps us encounter Christmas as if for the first time. He introduces us to the faithful, yet strong-willed young Mary, whose delight in God foreshadows the light of life that will be kindled inside her.

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  • Do Nothing to Change Your Life: Discovering What Happens When You Stop
  • Do Nothing to Change Your Life: Discovering What Happens When You Stop

    In this generous, life-affirming book, full of practical wisdom, Stephen Cottrell invites us to slow down and stop…and breathe

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  • Do Nothing… Christmas is Coming: An Advent Calendar with a Difference
  • Do Nothing… Christmas is Coming: An Advent Calendar with a Difference

    In 2007, “Do Nothing to Change Your Life” encouraged us to nurture our inner slob. Now “Do Nothing…Christmas is Coming” turns to what, for many, is the busiest time of year.

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  • Come and See
  • Come and See

    Features 28 readings offering lessons for growing Christians from the story of the apostle Peter. Helping readers to develop a pattern of Bible reading, reflection and prayer, this title includes questions for personal response, which can also be used for group discussion.

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  • The Nail
  • The Nail

    The Nail offers imaginative reflections on Christ’s crucifixion, which could be used during Lent. Each of the seven chapters is focused on a different key character, who describes his or her experience of the Passion. The nails used to crucify Christ are used as a jumping off point for their reflections, with each character considering the questions, ‘who killed Christ?’ and ‘who was responsible?’ There is a Biblical passage, a meditative hymn and a reflection from the point of view of the character.

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  • How to pray - alone, with others, at any time in any place
  • How to pray - alone, with others, at any time in any place

    HOW TO PRAY is a basic primer on prayer. It will get us started, keep us going and uses every stage of life and its varied events to renew and expand our understanding of being alive to God through prayer. Completely honest about the struggles and difficulties everyone encounters, it will help us discover how natural prayer is, even when we least feel like it.

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  • Christ in the Wilderness
  • Christ in the Wilderness

    Christ in the Wilderness

    In this attractive illustrated book, Stephen Cottrell reflects on five of the Christ in the Wilderness paintings, and reveals them to be a rich source of spiritual wisdom and nourishment. He invites us to slow down and enter into the stillness of Stanley Spencer’s vision. By dwelling in the wilderness of these evocative portraits, Stephen Cottrell encourages us to refine our own discipleship and learn again what it means to follow Christ.

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