New Book – Finding Stability in Times of Change
I am beginning to write a book on the theme Finding Stability in Times of Change.
As part of this, I would like to be able to gather real life examples of how people have been affected by times of change and how they may (or may not) have found stability within such times from their faith in God.
I have put together a short questionnaire – and I would be grateful for your thoughts.
The Rule of St Benedict has much to say about faith, work and daily living. In a time when many are seeking space, silence and spiritual depth, the Rule retains relevance in a world where change is often feared, stability can be elusive and busyness interferes with listening to God.
Life with St Benedict provides daily reflections on the Rule as an aid to enabling personal spiritual growth and prayer. Benedictine communities use a well-established pattern of daily readings to enable the entire Rule to be considered over a four-month period. Life with St Benedict follows this pattern.
Everyone has a story to tell. Stories about life and learning. The Bible is full of stories. Jesus was a consummate storyteller and he met thousands of people. Each had a story to tell both before and, without doubt, after they had encountered him.
A Story to Tell considers ten of those stories. People who met Jesus including Nicodemus, the woman from Samaria, Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Judas Iscariot, Mary & Martha and others. They all have stories to tell. There is much to learn from all of them. Containing material for personal reflection and suggestions for group discussion, this book explores a range of issues including healing, wholeness, devotion, doubting, waiting, finding, betrayal and love. There is also a web version of A Story to Tell.
‘Richard Frost’s writing is accessible, practical and encouraging,’ writes Mark Oakley. ‘I was once advised never to listen to any interpretation of the Bible in which you couldn’t hear the love between the lines. Richard helps us hear that love and how it can also be fruitfully read between the lines of the life we live.’
Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2021
Barking Mad, Richard’s first attempt at Flash Fiction, was Highly Commended in this competition. It will be published in an anthology later this year but with the kind permission of Oxford Flash Fiction has been published online by Reflex Press.
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Quiet Days, Workshops, Links etc
Richard offers a Quiet Day for churches and other Christian organisations entitled Finding Stability in Times of Change focussed around Benedictine principles. Rev’d Jane and Richard are happy to facilitate Quiet Days with other themes also. To find out more or to discuss one for your setting, please get in touch.
Listen to a talk about mental health given by Richard at Portsmouth Cathedral.
And for more about Benedictine Spirituality… Timothy Fry OSB has produced a popular English translation of The Rule of St Benedict and, among others, authors such as Esther de Waal and Joan Chittister OSB have written several books about the Rule. Take a look too as this short film by Father Giles OSB at Pluscarden Abbey and an excellent summary of Benedictine Spirituality from Sister Jeana Visel OSB.