Book review of Recital of Love by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt

At the beginning of September I read Recital of Love: Sacred Receivings on my phone as the author Keren Dibbens-Wyatt had sent me a pdf file to review. The book was published as a hardback on 8th September, by which time I had already read and enjoyed it. In fact I was sorry when I reached the end of this unusual book.

I have not met Keren, who is housebound.  We have connected in a Facebook group for Christian Writers.

In Recital of Love Keren’s images of God’s love reflected in the natural world are described in beautiful prose. I found it calming, challenging and exciting. The chapters are short making this an ideal book to dip into perhaps before sleep. It is a book worth reading and rereading.

The content was inspired through contemplative prayer. She does not claim infallibility and refers readers to the Bible.

An excerpt from Recital of Love appears in a guest post Keren wrote.

In the UK it is available from Eden if you do not have a local Christian bookshop.

For an index to all the books I have reviewed online please click here.

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Theme reveal for the 2020 A to Z in April Challenge

For this year’s Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I am looking at the Easter story. The Easter story might be described as the best story about Love ever told. John 10:17-18

The date when Easter is celebrated changes each year. This year Easter Day is 12th April for the western Church and 19th April for the Eastern Orthodox Church. This makes Easter topical during the challenge. (In some years it is celebrated in March.)

The whole story of Easter is told by four different writers in the New Testament of the Bible. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John describe the events from different viewpoints, writing for different readerships. The four accounts in the New Testament are Matthew 26-28, Mark 14-16, Luke 22-24, John 12-16 (Jesus teaching before his trial and execution) and John 17-21. (The central part of the Easter story and evidence for the resurrection)

I hope that you, dear reader, will read these accounts whether or not you are already familiar with them. May you know the Love, peace and joy, which Easter brings.

For each letter I am picking out one or more significant words in the story. Each post will link back to this one for the links to the passages of scripture. All the Bible references are linked to Bible Gateway

Thanks to Arlee Bird for founding the challenge and keeping it going. Also to Jeremy Hawkins for the badges and all the A to Z team.

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The Bicycle

With all the excitement of the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge and some outings, which resulted in posts (and future posts) on Sue’s words and pictures, I missed my target of a post a week here!

I don’t feel inclined to remove my postaweek badge however.  Instead I am posting a piece of writing I did as homework for the writing group.  This is a local group affiliated to the Association of Christian Writers.  The task was “Keep it simple – 300 words”

The bicycle

“Here’s a bicycle,” said Dad.  “You’ll need to practise until you can ride it without falling off.  It will make life more interesting and widen your horizons.  I’ll help you and go with you.”

“Thanks, Dad.  When can we start?”

“As soon as you like.”

“I’m ready.”

Dad pushed the bike to a level playing field.  His son walked beside him.

“I’ll hold the bike, while you get on.  Can you reach the pedals?”

Dad used a toolkit to adjust the saddle and handlebars.

They practised every day.  At first Dad held onto the back of the saddle.  Then he let go. His son was cycling alone without realising it.

“Don’t turn the handlebars!” warned Dad.  “Just lean slightly in the direction you want to turn.”

After a few falls onto the grassy field, the son could ride his bike.  Next he learned to signal. He was ready to go out with his father.

His life became more interesting and his horizons were widened.

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Learning to trust God is like learning to ride a bicycle.  It takes practice.  Each day we need to climb onto God’s bicycle.  If we try to go our own way, we fall off and have to begin again.  Unlike the earthly father, who trains his son to ride independently, God does not let us go.

He has sent his Son to make it possible for each one of us to accept our spiritual bicycle, his Holy Spirit who guides us from within.  The Bible is our Highway Code.

If the earthly son becomes proud of his bicycle-riding prowess he may fall off. Similarly, if we forget our dependence on God and become proud or inattentive we become separated from him.  When this happens we need turn to him for forgiveness and restoration.