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Norwich to Australia link for new Soul Time book 

A Norwich mother and daughter have worked together in an across-the-world collaboration to write a new devotional Christian book about drawing closer to God.

Rachel Mawston who is on staff at Soul Church in Norwich, and her daughter Melody who lives in Australia and is part of the Hillsong church, have co-authored the book despite being separated by the Covid-19 pandemic for the past two years.

In Soul Time, they share personal and practical insights on how to rest, replenish and recharge your soul whether you’re 15 or 50  plus.

Rachel was born in Norwich and lived in Norfolk for many years before making the big decision to move with her husband Steve and family to Australia, where they joined the Hillsong church. Having worked on staff for Hillsong Brisbane for many years, the couple decided to move back to the UK and specifically Norwich in 2018. It was then where they joined up with close friends and Senior Pastors of Soul Church, Jon and Chantel Norman.

SoulTImeCover400Melody is Rachel’s oldest daughter, she lives in Australia and is part of the Hillsong church, where she is currently studying for a theology degree. Mum and daughter have been unable to see each other for almost two years due to pandemic restrictions. They decided to use this time to look after the health of their own souls, draw closer to God and help others to do the same by writing their first book together.
Rachel said: “Over the past 18 months, many of us have experienced loss, trauma, anxiety and decision fatigue. The Covid-19 pandemic has effected all of us in some way. As we embrace in the summer season and many people take time out to refresh and refuel, we are delighted to share with you our new book.”
Rachel was inspired to write her first devotional book during the first lockdown, after a great response from a daily Instagram live called Soul Time. “It seemed to really hit a spot that needed replenishing. As a pastor and coach, many women ask me how to have an effective devotional life and particularly how to apply God’s Word to their daily life,” she said.

“The devotional lasts 30 days and our hope and prayer is that you will have: an increased sense of God’s presence in your life; a personal awareness of what depletes your soul; a renewed ability to replenish your soul; a fresh passion to see your dreams and calling fulfilled; a strong sense of godly confidence for your next season.”
You can purchase a copy of Soul Time for £9.99 by visiting www.steveandrachel.co.uk. If you’d like to connect with Rachel or Melody on social media you can engage with them @rachelmawston & @melodymawston through Instagram.

Pictured above are Rachel and Melody Mawston.


Keith Morris, 09/08/2021

Keith Morris
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