NEW: Seasons of Prayer by the Rev. Andrew Highway

SEASONS OF PRAYER FRONT COVER

Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of Seasons of Prayer by the Reverend Andrew Highway, an assistant curate with the Diocese of Llandaff, the Church in Wales, and author of the popular devotional Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply. Seasons of Prayer, which is endorsed by the Archbishop of Wales, contains 72 ‘everyday’ prayers through which the natural seasons are explored and it shows how these can relate to the seasons of prayer we experience in our spiritual lives. Each season begins with a short introduction to the natural season and is followed by a reflection on the spiritual season. Within the section are a series of simple prayers that correspond to either the spiritual season or the natural one. There is also a section on the Seven Gateways to Prayer, to help us enter into prayer at those times when we find it difficult. The prayers are very accessible and will appeal to those who would describe themselves as spiritual, but not necessarily religious, as well those who already belong to a church. Seasons of Prayer is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, major booksellers and directly from the publishers.

About the Author

andrew-highway-good-use-thisThe Reverend Andrew Highway is an Anglican assistant curate with the Diocese of Llandaff, the Church in Wales. He grew up in the market town of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds and is the son of a Baptist minister. Highway’s early experience of both traditional and charismatic Baptist worship provided him with basic spiritual formation, but in 2005 he started exploring a more catholic spirituality, leading to a deeper appreciation of the sacraments and the rhythm of daily prayer. After finding his spiritual home to date in the Anglican Church, Highway studied at Saint Michael’s Theological College, United Kingdom, and was ordained by the Archbishop of Wales at Llandaff Cathedral in 2012. During preparation for ordination, Highway felt particularly drawn to the intersection of Anglo Catholic and Celtic spiritualities, whereas his vocational formation was influenced by the liturgy, architecture and values of the Oxford Movement.

As a non-stipendiary minister, Highway works as a Town Center Development Manager with Caerphilly County Borough Council and has enjoyed a varied career, including 10 years as a police officer with the South Wales Police, before moving into local government for a career in place management. Highway has developed an effective Unique Places model of town center management and created the Choose the High Street brand that encourages people to support their local high streets. In his vocational capacity, Highway presently serves in parish ministry with the Diocese of Llandaff in the deanery of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly.

 

 

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NEW: Seasons of Prayer by the Rev. Andrew Highway

NEW AUDIOBOOKS from Hope and Life Press

Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of another three audiobooks narrated by Matt Standley:

  1. Judging Angelsthe award-winning novel by Timothy Capps, Esq., who has also written the newly-released Saint Corbinian’s Bear: Lenten Companion for Bearish Humans together with Kathryn Capps;
  2. The Divine Heart of God the Father in Scripture (Vol. 6 in the HLP Christianity series); and
  3. The Pro-Life Apologetics Manual by the Catholic journalist Angelo Stagnaro.

The audiobooks are available exclusively from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. You can listen to their samples below. The books are also available in paperback and ebook editions from the usual outlets.

 

NEW AUDIOBOOKS from Hope and Life Press

NEW: Saint Corbinian’s Bear – Lenten Companion for Bearish Humans

Bear Lent Book FRONT COVERHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the book Saint Corbinian’s Bear: Lenten Companion for Bearish Humans by Timothy Capps, Esq., and Kathryn Capps. The book is illustrated by Ragan Black.

Maybe you’re not learned. Maybe you’re not holy. Maybe you’re not even entirely human. That’s okay. A 1300-year-old talking Bear is here to be your daily companion during Lent.

In the early 8th century, a Frankish hermit named Corbinian traveled to Rome, to be near the relics of Saint Peter. A pious tale relates that a Bear killed his pack horse as he crossed an Alpine pass. God had plans for him because the Bear was miraculously tamed and served as a replacement beast of burden all the way to Rome. There, Corbinian freed him and the Bear was never seen again. Corbinian was sent to bring true Christianity to the Germans. He founded a Benedictine monastery in Freising, Bavaria, and became known as Saint Corbinian. His Bear survives to this day on the papal coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI, who was ordained in Freising, and as Joseph, Cardinal Ratzinger, served as Archbishop of Munich and Freising.

This Lenten Companion for Bearish Humans imagines that the above story missed one detail. The Bear was granted the ability to talk. The Bear was so intrigued by Saint Corbinian that he followed him all the way to Bavaria where the two became fast friends. Many years later, Saint Corbinian was moved to share Lent with the Bear – perhaps to protect the local pony population. In 40 stories that follow the authors’ own Lenten experiences and rhythms, the sincere, but simple, Bear learns one lesson after another. Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, but always memorable, together they form a grand adventure.

A Bear begins Lent, but what kind of creature shall see its end? Tim and Kathryn Capps draw in part upon their experience as Benedictine oblates to transmit timeless truths for all Christians in this charming story. The tales are told with deceptive simplicity. After each chapter, they ask questions to help you think about the lessons the Bear has learned. They are not always the right ones. Bears sometimes serve best as bad examples. You may be surprised to find much of yourself in the Bear, but that’s okay. If a Bear can make it through Lent and learn a thing or too, so can you.

This is a Lenten Companion unlike any other, designed for even the most Bearish Humans. Saint Corbinian’s Bear: Lenten Companion for Bearish Humans is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon, major booksellers and directly from the publishers.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

capps_timothy_photoTimothy Capps was an Arabic linguist with the US Army, where he held top secret clearance in the 101st Airborne. Capps then graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law and became a Navy JAG lawyer. He received the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Military Justice Award for Trial Advocacy, also the Navy Achievement Medal. Capps had two missions to the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, for which he received the Southwest Asia Service Medal. He then became a public defender and also served as prosecutor in the Illinois AG’s Office. Capps set up his criminal defense practice and became well-known for handling death penalty cases with innovation and tenacity. The Illinois Supreme Court invited him to serve on the committee approving lawyers as defense counsel in capital cases. Some of Capps’ high-profile cases appeared in Life Magazine, Oprah Winfrey Show, Nancy Grace, CNN. Capps was recognized as an expert on false confessions and hired by the State to train death penalty defense teams. He also got the Cunningham Award for “distinguished service as a death penalty defense advocate.” In 2011, the abolition of executions bill passed the Illinois legislature, but the Governor deliberated over signing it. Capps wrote a Letter to the Editor arguing against the death penalty from his experience as prosecutor and defense counsel. To the extent his letter was influential, Capps put himself out of a job. His professional legacy includes a perfect record on death penalty cases, a not-guilty verdict by jury where evidence included a videotaped confession, and the development of original tactics still used in murder cases today.

Kathryn CappsKathryn Capps is a veteran radio broadcaster who was a staple of the Illinois airwaves for years. She left broadcasting to work as a legal assistant at her husband’s criminal defense firm. Kathryn is now retired and looks after her chickens and goats on a hobby farm, when she is not plying her skills as a fiber artist with loom or needles. She has written the study questions for this book during the onset of a blizzard of baby goats, sitting at the kitchen table with her laptop all night. Kathryn is a Benedictine oblate along with Tim at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana.

NEW: Saint Corbinian’s Bear – Lenten Companion for Bearish Humans

NEW: Joint (Havana) Declaration by Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

JOINT DECLARATION OF POPE FRANCIS AND PATRIARCH KIRILL OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIAHope and Life Press, in conjunction with the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, is pleased to announce the release of the English language edition of the Joint Declaration by Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, that was given on the occasion of the first meeting in years between the leader of the Catholic Church and the leader of the Moscow Patriarchate. This landmark 30-point declaration contains a joint call by the two church primates for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and to wars in the region, expressing their hope that the meeting might contribute to the re-establishment of Christian unity between the two churches. A range of other issues are mentioned including atheism, secularism, consumerism, migrants and refugees, the importance of marriage and the family, and concerns relating to abortion and euthanasia. The declaration issues a call to Catholics and Orthodox to “work together fraternally in proclaiming the Good News of salvation” and to “give shared witness to the Spirit of truth in these difficult times.” The Joint Declaration is available in ebook edition from Amazon, major booksellers and directly from the publishers.

NEW: Joint (Havana) Declaration by Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

NEWS RELEASE by the Church in Wales about ‘Seasons of Prayer’

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News Release, February 7, 2018.

Curate’s book on prayer praised by Archbishop

A book of prayers for the four seasons of the year, written by an assistant curate, is being endorsed by the Archbishop of Wales. Called Seasons of Prayers, the new book contains 72 original ‘everyday’ prayers for autumn, winter, spring and summer. It explores how the spiritual life passes through four different seasons and the way in which the unique character of each season deepens our faith and strengthens our prayer life.

The book is the work of the Reverend Andrew Highway, a part-time assistant curate in the deanery of Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly. As a non-stipendiary minister, Andrew works as a town centre development manager in Caerphilly. Last year he published another devotional book called Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply.

Andrew, a former police officer who was ordained at Llandaff Cathedral nearly six years ago, says, “In the same way that the natural world follows a pattern of season, so also the spiritual life goes through similar transitions. When we understand this, we can begin to enter into the seasons of prayer with confidence that even after the darkest seasons there is the hope that new life will begin again.

“This book follows those natural seasons and shows how these can also relate to the seasons of prayer we experience in our spiritual lives. Each season begins with a short introduction to the natural season and is followed by a reflection on the spiritual season. Within the section are a series of simple prayers that correspond to either the spiritual season or the natural one.

“The prayers are very accessible and will appeal to those who would describe themselves as spiritual, but not necessarily religious, as well those who already belong to a church.”

The prayers are succinct and cover a wide range of subjects and situations. They include prayers on parenting, refugees, exams and social media. Andrew has also included a short prayer aid at the end of the book. Called ‘Seven Gateways to Prayer’ it is intended to help people get into a regular pattern of prayer time every day.

In a foreword to the book the Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, writes, “Andrew Highway takes us through the natural year’s four seasons in which are experienced change, waiting, hope and flourishing. The Christian journey can be reflective of such seasonal experiences: there are times when change has to come, times when the journey is barren, cold and hard, times when there is re-awakening and, most blessedly, times when the journey is filled with the flourishing of service of the Kingdom. I hope that your use of these prayers will find you reflecting on what God is saying to you through their words, what he is asking of you and what he is promising you, rather than you leaving it all to him. May his Kingdom come through what he has to say to you through them.”

Seasons of Prayers is published by Hope and Life Press and is available on Amazon (£15.99) and on Kindle (£9.99).

NEWS RELEASE by the Church in Wales about ‘Seasons of Prayer’

EARLY REVIEW: Seasons of Prayer by the Rev. Andrew Highway

SEASONS OF PRAYER FRONT COVER

Review by the Most Reverend John D. E. Davies, Archbishop of Wales

Too easily prayers, especially those of intercession, are mere words arranged in a form, sometimes a liturgical form, which tick all the necessary boxes and cover all the necessary bases. At  worst they can be thought of as an abdication of personal responsibility and handing it over to God – the presentation to Him of either a shopping list of things we would rather like to happen or of a series of reminders of any number of things, which perhaps He may have forgotten.

To understand prayer at its best, I believe that we can do no better than to return to the prayer given to the disciples by Jesus himself, the Lord’s Prayer, which focuses every Christian’s attention on bringing about the Father’s Kingdom through the doing of His Will, sustained by daily bread, Jesus Himself. The ‘doing’ is for us to undertake, because as the Prophet Micah reminded his people, the Lord has shown you what He requires, He has revealed His Will and we are called upon to do it, not demand that He do it remotely, from afar.

This is not to suggest that other prayers cease to have meaning or place, but it does perhaps suggest to us that the words of our carefully crafted prayers should be not an abdication of responsibility, but a reminder to us of what the Lord requires of us. What is the point of offering fervent prayers for peace in the world, when you cannot get on with people among whom you live and work day-by-day? The prayer Peace be with you is sometimes “Peace, on my terms, be with you!”

In this anthology of prayer, the Reverend Andrew Highway takes us through the natural year’s four seasons in which are experienced change, waiting, hope, and flourishing. The Christian journey can be reflective of such seasonal experiences: there are times when change has to come, times when the journey is barren, cold and hard; times when there is reawakening, and most blessedly, times when the journey is filled with the flourishing of service of the Kingdom. I hope that your use of these prayers will find you reflecting on what God is saying to you through their words, what He is asking of you and what He is promising you, rather than you leaving it all to Him. May His Kingdom come through what He has to say to you through them.”

EARLY REVIEW: Seasons of Prayer by the Rev. Andrew Highway

NEWS: Books on relics of Jesus Christ, the Theotokos, and the saints

Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release this winter season of two full-color books: (1) Relics of the Saints of the Orthodox Church, and (2) Relics of Jesus Christ and the Theotokos. The books will be released throughout Lent in preparation for Holy Week and Easter. They shall be available in paperback and ebook editions.

NEWS: Books on relics of Jesus Christ, the Theotokos, and the saints

NEW AUDIOBOOK: What is the Magisterium of the Catholic Church?

Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of another audiobook titled What is the Magisterium of the Catholic Church? This book is Volume 5 in HLP’s Christianity Series and it has been narrated by Michael Goldsmith. A sample of it can be heard below. The audiobook is available from Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. The book is also available in ebook edition from the usual outlets and directly from the publishers.

NEW AUDIOBOOK: What is the Magisterium of the Catholic Church?

NEW: The Divine Heart of God the Father in Scripture

The Divine Heart of God the Father in ScriptureHope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the sixth ebook titled The Divine Heart of God the Father in Scripture in our new Christianity Book Series. 

God the Father is a divine spirit. Unlike His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who became the God-Man through the Incarnation, the Heavenly Father cannot be said to have a heart in the human sense of the term. Yet, throughout Scripture, the Father has often referred to His Heart within the context of His relationship with humanity. This book provides a factual overview of the 28 references that can be found in Sacred Scripture about the Divine Heart of God the Father, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. These references are derived from and presented in a side-by-side comparison from three major Scripture sources, namely the Latin Vulgate, the Septuagint (LXX), and the Masoretic Text (Yahwist Source).

The Hope and Life Press Christianity Series ebooks are available directly from the publishers and the usual book outlets including Amazon.

NEW: The Divine Heart of God the Father in Scripture

Another 5* REVIEW for ‘Petals of Vision’

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A few years ago I began to see posts on Christopher Villiers’ Facebook page. The way he deeply and thoughtfully describes characters and stories from the Bible inspired me to read more of his work. I anxiously await each Facebook post!

It didn’t take me long to get my hands on a copy of his book Petals of Vision. It is full of poems about life. As we begin this New Year, what better way than to read Christopher Villiers’ book Petals of Vision. The very first poem New Year …… “I shed the old year, Letting its skin slip from me. A pale freshness shines, possibilities glowing, a lit path to somewhere new.” I wish many glowing possibilities to Christopher who has lit a path to somewhere new for me with his book.

(Source: Amazon).

Another 5* REVIEW for ‘Petals of Vision’