Friends, Foes and Families: Lenten Meditations on Bible Characters and Relationships
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Friends, Foes and Families: Lenten Meditations on Bible Characters and Relationships  -     By: Judith Dimond

Friends, Foes and Families: Lenten Meditations on Bible Characters and Relationships

SPCK Publishing / 2012 / Paperback

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The Bible is full of stories about people in very human relationships. Some relationships are good, some are bad; some are healthy and fulfilling, others broken, dysfunctional and destructive. But they all have something in them that can help us to view our own relationships in a clearer light: to explore what they really mean to us, and think about what might happen if they are nurtured or left to decay.

In this captivating Lent book, Judith Dimond paints vivid pen portraits of Bible characters whose relationships reflect common predicaments and emotions: love, friendship, rivalry, conflict, trust, hatred and fear, to name a few. Through all these relationships the author traces a repeated pattern of wilderness, death and resurrection, and in each daily meditation she explores one or other element of this threefold pattern.

With beautifully crafted prayers interspersed throughout, Friends, Foes and Families will help you to reflect on significant moments of decision in your life, and surprise you into fresh ways of understanding and valuing those around you.

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Title: Friends, Foes and Families: Lenten Meditations on Bible Characters and Relationships
By: Judith Dimond
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: SPCK Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.81 X 5.06 X 0.35 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 0281064563
ISBN-13: 9780281064564
Stock No: WW064562

Publisher's Description

This Lent book will explore biblical stories and characters that exemplify a whole range of relationships, in good times and bad. Relationships will be defined very widely, to include even people who don't see themselves in relationship. The stories will be related to common emotions - love, friendship, rivalry, conflict, trust, hatred, fear - and linked with 21st-century attitudes, culture and moral dilemmas. The book will cover OT stories as well as NT, and explore dysfunctional as well as functional relationships to make clear how experiences of loss and failure - which culminated, for Jesus, in the Cross - are inevitably part of our relationships, but can be healed by the Resurrection. The making of choices is pivotal in our life journey and these meditations will focus on key moments of decision, and their consequences. This will often involve reflection on the power of temptation: the ways in which biblical characters respond to it, and their varying success in withstanding it. The reflections will range widely, but will start with Jesus' temptations and conclude with stories from Holy Week and Easter, so that the relevance to Lent is maintained.

Author Bio

Judith Dimond is a published poet who has been shortlisted for the Canterbury Festival. She is a lay member of St Martin's and St Paul's Church in Canterbury and is a Ministerial Reviewer and a member of the Discernment Panel.

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