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Loss, lockdown and a certain determined light : Luminous Dark

Leanne Clelland on 1st July 2020

As a young man, Alain Emerson tragically lost his wife of two years. In his memoir, ‘Luminous Dark’, he charts his descent into the valley of the shadow of death and his journey out the other side. Steeped in Northern Irish evangelical Christianity, Emerson tries to reconcile his life-long faith with the blackness of his grief. His […]

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Something Has Changed.

Lenna Lidstone on 24th June 2020

The Zoom meeting was scheduled for 4pm and I waited, ready for the call, but one member couldn’t connect. The rest of us agreed to postpone. As I closed my iPad, some chatter from the street outside strayed up the stairs. I was shocked by my reaction. Speedily I made coffee, grabbed a cushion and […]

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To My Body, Turning 50: A Letter of Lament

Jill Weber on 17th June 2020

Dear body,   Oh, I see.Your face fell.Literally.Oh my.Gravity has gotten the better of you my dear.Or shall we just call it gravitas? Resiliently you bear my pain.You hide my wounds,the weight and strainuntilYou dismay me and betray me. See?How easily you tire.How fragile you are.Even with that spare tire (or two). (I’m heartened knowingthatin famine […]

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Speaking Out Of The Silence

Ade Inubile on 11th June 2020

It all started a few weeks ago when I woke up and reached for my phone. I checked Twitter – there’s always something amusing or controversial that gets me going. What I saw shocked me awake. There was a video of a man being chased down by two men in a truck, like a wild […]

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Living in the age of Corona paradoxes

Revd Dr Tom Wilson on 27th May 2020

We live in the age of Corona paradoxes:   I’m bored I’m busy I’m frightened I’ve not got time to think I must stay home to save lives I must leave home to save lives I feel guilty as I sit enjoying the afternoon sun in my garden I feel frustrated as I stare from […]

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Blossoms and Blackbirds

Lenna Lidstone on 20th May 2020

As we experience ‘Lockdown’ because of the Coronavirus, an encouragement has been the blackbirds’ song. The apple tree, resplendent with blossom has filled the view from my bedroom window. There, amongst the branches, blackbirds sing their hearts out. No matter how I feel the blossoms are beautiful and the birds keep singing. Life has slowed […]

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Be My Certainly

Stacy Sagely on 13th May 2020

I don’t think Jesus’ disciples were afraid of the water that day, or even the wind that was so contrary. I believe the fear came when they were unable to recognize the object moving towards them (because it’s the unfamiliar that moves towards you in the familiar that brings the fear.) They knew the water, […]

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Just launched: Lead audiobook

on 23rd April 2020

Muddy Pearl are excited to announce the release our first audiobook this month, and we think it is a timely one. With so much upheaval and uncertainty, the need for good leadership could not be more urgent at a time like this. We are delighted to be releasing Lead by Karl Martin on audio, a deceptively profound, honest and […]

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Keeping Safe

on 25th March 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put in place special measures when packing orders to make sure our staff and customers are safe. We are still making deliveries, but things can change very quickly. So if you would like to order, please do so soon. What we are doing: All of our books are stored in […]

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Book Bundle Survival Packs

on 18th March 2020

Working from home? Self-isolating? Cancelled holiday or trip? It can be fun to have a lie-in at first, but that can soon wear off, boredom and, worse still, loneliness setting in. Rather than falling into a coma in front of daytime TV, or scrolling through endless articles about virus transmission, why not let books keep […]

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