Cromer man’s new book on spiritual exploration
Journey into Spiritual Spaciousness is the latest book by North Norfolk author and priest Malcolm Nicholas, which is now available on-line and in shops.
What can a prostitute or a womb with a view show us about life? What can the Olympics tell us about heaven? What has dance got to do with the Trinity, a hospital bed to do with gratitude, email to do with prayer, or a carpet to do with communion? With these and other everyday starting points Malcolm Nicholas explores our relationship with the divine, with our neighbour, and with the world.
Whether a keen or occasional reader, a person of deep faith or none, Malcolm invites the reader to climb over artificial boundaries of division, and explore our relationship with the divine, with our neighbour, and with the world. The book includes discussion questions for groups.
Journey into Spiritual Spaciousness is an invitation to risk setting aside the barriers that limit our spiritual vision. It is for any who may find their religion constraining, who long for the space to be self with integrity, to question without condemnation, to journey in exploration rather than mere compliance, and to be excited by God’s love.
Written from a Christian perspective, the book is designed to be accessible to those who enjoy reading, and to those who seldom read more than a magazine article. Its stand-alone chapters in A to Z format make it a helpful book for a special time of reflection, a ‘story at bedtime’, or a mine for discussion-starters with group discussion questions included, as well as traditional reading from cover to cover. Despite its easy style, it is a book to be taken seriously.
Journey into Spiritual Spaciousness seeks to be respectful, accepting and kind to every person, denomination, tradition, and faith, to those who feel their faith is wobbly at best, and to those who feel they have no faith at all. An ordained Anglican priest, the author writes out of wide experience across the ecumenical spectrum. As a longstanding member of the Northumbria Community – a world-wide dispersed monastic community which draws on Celtic insights and contemplative practice - his writing displays a commitment to an integrated spirituality which knows no sacred/secular divide, and a willingness to question inherited assumptions and the false barriers and divisions upon which they too often depend.
Bishop Anthony Foottit, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Norwich, writes: "Malcolm Nicholas . . . writes in a direct and refreshing way with none of the theological in-speak of so much religious literature. [He]breaks down barriers, broadens horizons, and draws us into a greater spiritual spaciousness . . . readily accessible, but not by any means lightweight in substance. I thoroughly recommend this book as much for a seeker looking for signposts to the way, as for surer wayfarers needing some fresh insight in their journey."
Available from High Street and on-line bookshops, including Jarrolds (Cromer), Revelation (Norwich), and Green Pastures Bookshop (Dereham) for around £10.
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