"Copyright 1975, 1982 by Monica Furlong. This a reprint of the edition originally published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1975." -- verso of t.-p.
"I do not see Christian allegiance as a matter of adopting simple answers and I distrust those who thrust them upon others, particularly if they are urging various kinds of heroic behaviour which the speakers are not required to practice themselves -- the heterosexual urging sexual abstinence on the homosexual, celibate priests urging married women not to use contraceptive, or the happily married condemning divorce." "I originally wrote these pieces for the 'Church Times'". -- Preface, pp. 8, 9.
Contents: Preface dated London, 1982 / Monica Furlong --Six Kinds of Loving -- The Seven Deadly Sins -- Seven Christian Words -- Prayer and Pre-Prayer -- Four Last Things -- Seven Uncertainties.
Contents of Six Kinds of Loving section: 1. Love on Oneself -- 2. Love in the Family -- 3. Love in Marriage -- 4. Love of Neighbour -- 5. Love of One's Enemies -- 6. The Love of God.
Contents of The Seven Deadly Sins section: 1. The Seven-Finger Exercise -- 2. Envy -- 3. Gluttony -- 4. Lust -- 5. Sloth -- 6. Avarice -- 7. Anger -- 8. Pride.
Contents of Seven Christian Words section: 1. Conversion -- 2. Sacrament -- 3. Poverty -- 4. Clergy -- 5. Confession -- 6. Fellowship -- 7. Suffering.
Contents of Prayer and Pre-Prayer section: 1. What Do You Mean, Prayer ? -- 2. Letting the Mind Run Down -- 3. Towards Stillness -- 4. Deepening Awareness -- 5. Space for Prayer -- 6. Waiting for God -- 7. Respecting Bodily Needs -- 8. Prayer of Petition -- 9. Prayer of Intercession -- 10. Grumbling at God -- 11. Prayer of Asceticism -- 12. Prayer in the Group -- 13. The Conundrum of Prayer.
Contents of The Four Last Things section: 1. Death -- 2. Judgement -- 3. Hell -- 4. Heaven,
Contents of Seven Uncertainties section: 1. 'Christian Answers' Tend to Oversimplify -- 2. The Problem of Abortion -- 3. The Church's Attitude to Women -- 4. Sex before Marriage -- 5. Marriage and Putting Asunder -- 6. Homosexuality -- 7. Pornography -- 8. Ideals and Idols.
"The idea of 'Clarity and Courage' came to me over time as I watched how other people and I myself handled change. Some people seemed able to embrace what life brought them and move forward. Others seemed stuck and unable to cope. Some, like me, seemed to muddle through. Before my ordination in the Anglican Church of Canada, I had two related careers in broadcasting and corporate communications. My own questions led to several years of indecision. After exploring options, I was ordained and spent a major portion of my life in congregational ministry. .... This book will be particularly useful if you find yourself: wondering what the future holds, seeking a balance between work and life, wondering how to connect your spirit with your work, feeling you are in a transition period in your life, wondering how you could make a contribution to the world, or looking to discern what God is calling you to do and to be". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface -- Suggestions On How to Use This Book -- Part 1: Where the Ideas Come From -- Lost -- Wake-up Calls -- Jazz for Life -- Part 2: The Process of Clarity and Courage -- Names -- Blessings -- Clear -- Courage -- Confidence -- Part 3: Putting It All Together -- Calling -- Action -- Acknowledgements -- About the Author -- End Notes -- Bibliography.
Sison describes a book she discovered, by serendipity, while browsing the library shelves. "Finding the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer" by Episcopalian Heather Lende. Lende writes for the "Chiliwack News". Asking herself, what piece of wisdom she would wish to live by, the answer came: "Find the good". "Writing obituaries of ordinary people who have come and gone in her small, tight-knit community of Haines, Alaska, has taught Lende 'the value of intentionally trying to find the good in people and situations', she writes. It is a task that can be challenging, but it can be practised, she adds. It can also make for a more meaningful life, something she discovers while digging deeper into the lives of the departed she has to cover in her 'beat' -- particularly those who die young, or are lost to suicide, the lonely, the misfit, the eccentric and oft-misunderstood". "Finding the good isn't an attitude one is supposed to summon up just for big, dramatic events -- as it is, daily life can be a tough slog. As Lende, reminds us, 'We are all writing our obituary every day by how we live. The best news is that there's still time for additions and revisions before it goes to press'."
"On a recent visit to the Church in the Province of the West Indies I was inspired by their plans to rekindle the minds and spirit of Anglicans towards intentional discipleship. Their plan of action which aims to focus and renew their faith into practical action in the community is guided by the Five Marks of Mission. .... These Marks of Mission offer a framework for us as we explore what it means to be disciples in all out different cultures and contexts". "As we look towards people coming together from across the Communion for ACC-16 in April and begin to explore what 'intentional discipleship in a world of difference' might mean, I am sure we will be enriched by each others' stories and experiences. My prayer is that the light of Christ will burn more brightly as people's lives are transformed by becoming intentional disciples".
Author is Secretary General of the Anglican Communion.
"Our lives are increasingly controlled, in every aspect, by economic and technological factors. Broadly speaking, culture is so infused with these considerations that it is difficult to see them clearly". "As I look at much of what we say, it seems that we only ask each other to be exceptionally polite and to be as quietly pious as possible, as we succeed by the rules that our broader culture says are non-negotiable -- ignore the poor (some would say blame them), succeed by satisfying greed and measure accomplishment by material acquisition and occupational attainment rather than moral behaviour. We know that isn't the truth and we know that isn't the way to true happiness. We know that Jesus confronts it. I really believe that it is time to preach it and live it again. Only God can save us; only in God are we to find peace".
Author is "national Indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada".