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Book Review:
Saying Yes to Life

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Book Review: Saying Yes to Life

by Shirley Claughton

SAYING YES TO LIFE, The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book for 2020 $19.95

This newly published creative book was commissioned by Justin Welby as a book to lift our focus from everyday concerns to issues that are affecting millions of lives around the world. For many decades, Archbishops of Canterbury have commissioned a Lent book, concentrating on theological or devotional Christian themes around the topic of Lent. Accordingly, when we read the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book, we know we are in good company!

Ruth Valerio is a theologian, environmentalist and social activist. In Saying Yes to Life, she draws on the creation stories from the book of Genesis to illuminate the most vital issues of our times. She relates their themes, including light, water, and the seasons to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern. She will challenge us to do the same this Lent, asking ourselves foundational questions about what it means both to be human and to be a follower of Jesus. Biblical reflection, discussion questions and prayers make this, as the Archbishop of Canterbury said ‘a perfect book for the individual and group to think, reflect, pray and be challenged together’.


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