What have you enjoyed reading recently?

Marc Cortez has a nice post up simply asking readers what they are currently reading.

At the moment I’m reading Sister Wendy on Prayer by Sister Wendy Beckett. A straightforward, no nonsense guide to the simplicity of prayer, nicked from my wife.

I’m really excited as the The Royal College of Psychiatrists are sending me through a review copy of Spirituality and Psychiatry.

Here’s the gumpf:

Spirituality is a crucial but sometimes overlooked aspect of mental well-being and psychiatric care. This book explores the nature of spirituality, its relationship to religion, and the reasons for its importance in clinical practice.

In this evidence-based text, the authors discuss the prevention and management of illness, as well as the maintenance of recovery. Different chapters focus on the key subspecialties of psychiatry, including psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychiatry, intellectual disability psychiatry, substance misuse psychiatry and old age psychiatry. It contains references to up-to-date research and provides a comprehensive review of the relevant academic literature. The book is, at least in part, a response to the questions posed by researchers, service users and clinicians, concerning the importance of spirituality in mental healthcare.

Contributors include psychiatrists, psychotherapists, mental healthcare chaplains and a social worker. They discuss aspects of experience often omitted from psychiatry and present both clinician and service user perspectives.

This book is edited by Professor Andrew Sims whose work on the intersection of faith and spirituality with psychiatry I’ve long admired.

I’m planning on reviewing the book here and may well tackle it chapter by chapter, we’ll see.

What are you reading at the moment, or what have you enjoyed reading recently? Any genre permitted.


5 Responses to “What have you enjoyed reading recently?”

  1. Tim Says:

    OK, you asked so here goes…

    ‘Guide To Christian Apologetics’ by Doug Powell. Not really a deep book, but I love that subject and can never get enough of it, especially the historical and archaeological angle.

    ‘The Misunderstood God’ by Darin Hufford. Very interesting and different approach to understanding Him, especially as it chimes in a great deal with some of my own personal experiences with Him.

    ‘God’s Undertaker’ by John Lennox. Science, logic, and reason. Says it all.

    ‘Who made God?’ by Edgar Andrews. Described as an effective riposte to the New Atheism of Richard Dawkins.

    ‘Hallmarks of Design’ by Stuart Burgess. Just out of curiosity, and as Complexity Theory has long held a fascination to me, I wanted to compare ideas.

    ‘The Secret Things of God’ by Dr Henry Cloud. He’s a clinical psychologist and I have found some of his words and explanations quite comforting.

    ‘The Fathers of the Church Expanded Edition’ by Mike Aquilina. Wanted to read this more for the Apostolic and Anti-Nicene Fathers, as I have no complete editions of all their works, just various books with parts of their works in and wish to add to their number.

    ‘Noddy Goes to Toytown…no, lol, that’s just a joke. But his stories were a childhood favourite of mine.

  2. webmaster Says:

    :lol: Noddy Goes to Toytown :lol:

    Really made me laugh, thanks.

    Gosh you’ve got a few books on the go!

  3. Tim Says:

    I know, lol. People tell me I shouldn’t do that, and should just concentrate on one book at a time, but I don’t know why.

  4. webmaster Says:

    I don’t agree with that advise. You have to do what works best for you.

  5. Lisa Graas Says:

    I am fortunate enough to have an advance copy of Henry Kissinger’s new book “On China”….so I’m reading that and will post a review on May 18.


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