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).

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

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.

 

 

NEW: Seasons of Prayer by the Rev. Andrew Highway

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

NEW: Audiobook – Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply

Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of the audiobook edition of devotional Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply by the assistant curate in the Diocese of Llandaff, the Reverend Andrew Highway. The book has been narrated by Matt Standley. The audiobook can be obtained from Audible, Amazon and iTunes. A sample of the book is provided below. It is also available in paperback / ebook editions from the usual outlets and directly from the publishers.

NEW: Audiobook – Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply

NEWS: LIFE’S COMPLICATED – PRAY SIMPLY now available at Westminster Abbey

LIFE'S COMPLICATED front coverWe are pleased to announce that the devotional book of Christian prayer from the heart Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply by the Reverend Andrew Highway is now available in paperback edition from Westminster Abbey, London. Described as containing “human, heartfelt, concise, simple, tender prayers clearly rooted in the God of love who is in Christ” by the assistant bishop of the Diocese of Llandaff, the Church in Wales, Life’s Complicated is also available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon worldwide, directly from the publishers and major booksellers.

NEWS: LIFE’S COMPLICATED – PRAY SIMPLY now available at Westminster Abbey

Another 5* review for the devotional LIFE’S COMPLICATED: PRAY SIMPLY

LIFE'S COMPLICATED front cover

Great, bite sized and makes an excellent “1 of your 5” a day! Caters for everyone – whoever you are and whatever you do because we are all busy and our lives can become stressful and complicated, whether we are working or retired or seeking a job or looking after our family. It balances so many aspects of everyone’s lives.

(Source: Amazon)

Another 5* review for the devotional LIFE’S COMPLICATED: PRAY SIMPLY

OUT IN MARCH: Life’s Complicated – Pray Simply by the Reverend Andrew Highway

OUT IN MARCH: Life’s Complicated – Pray Simply by the Reverend Andrew Highway

NEWS: Presenting the British Anglican curate and writer Rev. Andrew Highway

andrew-highway-good-use-thisHope and Life Press is pleased to welcome on board the British Anglican assistant curate and writer, the Reverend Andrew Highway, with his book Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply, set to be released early in the Winter 2017 season in paperback and ebook editions. Highway is an Anglican minister with 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. His early experience of both traditional and charismatic Baptist worship provided Highway 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.

NEWS: Presenting the British Anglican curate and writer Rev. Andrew Highway