We are pleased to announce that the following books releases of Hope and Life Press will start being available at the National and Public Libraries of the Maltese Islands from next month:
The devotional book of prayer Life’s Complicated: Pray Simply by the Reverend Andrew Highway, Anglican curate at the Diocese of Llandaff, the Church in Wales.
Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine by HLP founder / Catholic author Marcelle Bartolo-Abela.
The urban fantasy novel Judging Angels by Illinois death penalty defender / Catholic author Timothy Capps, Esq.
Fantastic book of powerful, relatable prayers organized into four ‘Pray Simply’ sections. A must-have book for everyday prayers.
Useful for home groups or pastoral visits. A really accessible and refreshing approach to prayer. Useful for visits as a way to start discussing and praying about some difficult everyday issues.
Five stars! The prayers in this book offer inspirational thoughts and can be used for personal, meetings and worship groups.
(Source: Amazon UK).
Our British Catholic award-winning theologian and poet, Christopher Villiers, will be giving a readings presentation in July from his book Sonnets From the Spirit at the House of Saint Gregory and Saint Macrina, Oxford, United Kingdom. The presentation is titled Poetry and the Sacred and will be part of the event Sacred and Secular in Life and Art organized by the Ainos Cultural Society, the University of Winchester, and the Fellowship of Saint Alban and Saint Sergius. Participants include Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Aidan Hart, Rebecca White, and Andrew Louth.
Sonnets From the Spirit, released late last year by Hope and Life Press, contains an anthology of 52 icons in poetry from major episodes in Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash and illustrated by great works of sacred art. The book provides readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions from Amazon globally, directly from Hope and Life Press, and major booksellers.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the release of Sonnets From the Spirit, written by the award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet Christopher Villiers. Sonnets From the Spirit is a collection of 52 icons in poetry on major episodes from Sacred Scripture, written according to the ancient practice of midrash. The themes of the sonnets are illustrated by great works of sacred art. This book is intended to provide readers with a little feel for God working through, and sometimes despite, very human people whose strengths and weaknesses greatly resembled those of 21st century humankind. Sonnets From the Spirit is available in paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon globally, and other major booksellers.
“The poems of Villiers continue the ancient practice of midrash, the breaking open of Scripture texts, by entering into the voices of its characters and illuminating new facets of the stories. As such they offer worthy meditations to accompany our sacred reading, inviting us to consider our own lived responses” – Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D., online Abbess at Abbey of the Arts, Pantheos contributor, and author of eight books on monastic spirituality and creativity.
“In this series of sonnets, Villiers takes us from the birth of Eve to the Assumption of the Virgin, the Second Eve. The sonnets are like icons in poetry, each poem a meditation seeking to take us through the biblical text into the mystery of God” – Archpriest Andrew Louth, FBA, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Durham University.
“A new voice in poetry that helps us to find fresh insights into some of the classic passages of Holy Scripture, stimulating reflection and prayer” – Reverend Paul Richardson, Assistant Bishop (ret.) of Newcastle and Reviews Editor of the Church of England Newspaper.
“In Sonnets from the Spirit, the talented poet and theologian Christopher Villiers conveys Bible stories in verse. These rhythmic sonnets do not just tell a story. As you read, you become the central character of each poem, entering the viewpoint of Bible people and the events they encountered then, coming away with an ‘I’ ready to perceive and receive an ongoing relationship with God” – Mary Harwell Sayler, Christian poet and writer.
Hope and Life Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release in 2015 of the book Divine Significance of Church Slavonic Letters by the Russian Orthodox scholar, Larisa Dmitrieva Micallef, Ph.D. Church Slavonic is the language of Saints Cyril and Methodius. It is also the Slavic liturgical language of the Orthodox Church. The book will be released in both the Russian language and the English language, and will be available worldwide in paperback and ebook editions.
Hope & Life Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of a new book of original stained glass window designs and mosaics titled Divine Light: Worshipping the Lord through the art of stained glass by the world-renowned liturgical designer, Villanova University professor of art and bi-ritual priest, Fr Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. To the left is the front cover of Divine Light for your enjoyment.
Fr Cannuli is also the iconographer-author of the book Approaching the Divine: A Primer for Iconography, published in hardback, paperback and ebook editions by Hope & Life Press (2014).
(Source: Helsingin Ortodoksinen Seurakunta)
Here is our photographer-author Juha Roisko (above, extreme right; below, front, seated to the right) with the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö (front and center), and his wife at Uspenski Cathedral. The President attended services at Uspenski on the occasion of the celebration of the independence day of Finland. Roisko welcomed the President to the Cathedral in his official capacity as trustee.
(Source: Helsingin Ortodoksinen Seurakunta)
Below can be seen the majestic interior of Uspenski Cathedral, the largest Orthodox church in Western Europe.
Roisko, a practising Orthodox Christian, is the photographer-author of Life (Hope & Life Press, 2014), a book of 100 full color, artistic photographs which portray the various layers of life and experiences it provides. Life is dedicated to the victims and survivors of abuse and cruelty. It is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions directly from Hope and Life Press, Amazon and other booksellers.