Here is a little more about some of my books.
It has been a great privilege to be asked to write a retelling of the Bible for older children. The latest edition is
As the title suggests, this retelling is a little different from some in that it is in continuous chapters, rather than broken into shorter separate stories. I have included subheadings to help the reader navigate their way through, but the emphasis is on the big themes, the overarching tale of God’s love for people, reaching through history. I learned so much in the writing of it, and am still learning.
I drew on my experience of telling the stories of the Bible to children in school assemblies, junior church and all age services, and am deeply grateful to youngsters whose responses and questions have made me think so deeply, and who have vividly shown how important story and imagination are to our drawing closer to God. I also spent much time in study and prayer. I read every commentary I could, from many different traditions, and followed that with personal devotion – I spent time in prayer and reflection, seeking to enter into the stories imaginatively and allowing them to speak to me.
This edition is aimed at older children, and young people, who may wish to get a feel for the big sweep, the scope of the Bible narrative. The text has also proved popular in work with the elderly. It is a good size to hold in the hand, and carry with you.
It shares the same text as
The Lion Classic Bible
which is beautifully illustrated by Sophy Williams, and this second book is more likely to appeal to slightly younger children. This book won the Ultimate Christian Library Book award in 2012. You can read a review by Malcolm Guite here.
This book is a companion to The Bible Retold. It, too, is in twelve sections – each one with prayers, poems and verses which sit alongside the stories and themes of the retelling. I imagined the two books being used together, for bedtime or family prayer times perhaps, allowing a little more space for reflection. Together, they could also provide a resource for school assemblies, and all age worship.
My intention is that it should also work a stand alone collection of prayers and reflections ancient and modern, including some of my own.
This is a story I first told my own children when they were small. It has recently been reissued in a sparkly new edition, which makes Lorna Hussey’s illustrations even more delightful.
It is a gentle Christmas fable.
I am so often asked about this book. It is a beautifully illustrated exploration of life as pilgrimage, using quotes as well as my own thoughts. I put together things I found helpful, and it seems to help others, too.
Some wonderful pieces by D H Lawrence, Emily Dickinson, and many others, and a few of my own.
These collections were so enriching to put together.