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A Haven in the Storm 'Here today and gone tomorrow' - a succinct summary of the transient nature of life, but while the con- stant flux of this world is part of its fascination it also brings heartache, so much that we love inevitably plucked from us. Does anything stay the same? For the Christian the answer is a resounding yes, our faith rooted in the changeless God whose loving purpose never alters, his faithfulness having inspired, encouraged, comforted and enthralled generations of believers across the years. The prayer-poems in this book articulate the sense of confusion and loss that change can bring but express also God's promise to be with us come what may. They are designed to speak both for us and to us.

Finding Forgiveness If some Christians can be accused of self-righteousness, the problem for most is the opposite: an all-too-painfulness awareness of their failings. Such an awareness has its place, if it leads to a genuine desire to change, but the last thing God wants is for anyone to struggle through life burdened by a sense of guilt or shame. At heart the gospel is about God's love and mercy, his offer of forgiveness for all through Christ.

The prayer-poems in this book - some general, some more specific - articulate those two aspects: the frustration and sorrow we feel at our repeated faithlessness but also the assurance of God's unfailing grace. They are designed to speak both for us and to us.

Our Broken World Where is God in our world today? News headlines seem to be dominated by stories of evil, sorrow and suffering, and as Christians we struggle as keenly as anyone to make sense of it all. How can we possibly talk of a loving God amid so much that seems to question or deny his presence? The prayer-poems in this book make no pretence to offer easy answers to such conundrums, but attempt rather to articulate our sense of confusion yet also the faith we hold on to despite them. They are designed to speak both for us and to us.

Living with Loss To lose a loved one is one of the most testing experiences we will ever face, bringing a bewildering roller-coaster of emotions: grief, guilt, panic, anger and confusion, to name but some. How do we cope with such feelings? How can we channel them constructively rather than let them eat away within? How can we make sense of death and our own continuing life? For the Christian such questions are as pressing as any. The prayer-poems in this book - each written from personal experience - do not promise easy answers, but attempt to wrestle with the devastating trauma of bereavement while also offering words of hope, comfort and encouragement in the light of God's eternal promises. They are designed to speak both for us and to us.


The unchanging God
Our refuge and our strength
Hope in despair
God with us
The wonder of creation
The cycle of the seasons
faith, come what may
Beneath the surface
A cry for help
The ever-present God
God's awesome devotion
A Haven in the Storm

Counting our blessings
The assurance of faith
Keeping faith
A love like no other
The transforming grace of God
A haven in the storm
Grateful response
A prayer from the heart
Our eternal hope
The constancy of God's love

Finding Forgiveness
Lord, forgive me
Taking stock
Pride goes before a fall
True riches
Celebrating God's goodness
Faith in action
Flawed discipleship
Learning to love
Love divine
Stewardship of creation
Good intentions
God's way not ours
Amazing grace
Giving our all
Renewed commitment
The vital ingredient
Glimpsing God's presence
A faith that shows

Our Broken World
A divided world
Behind the labels
A world in need
Faith in action
Praying for others
Faith and doubt
The riddle of life
One people?
Questions of faith
For those who care enough to show it
When God seems distant
Hope in times of confusion
For the elderly and infirm
The shadow of death
Our eternal home

Living with Loss
The pain of loss
Facing the truth
Letting go
The shadow of death
Honestly remembered
Getting by
New beginnings
Defeat and victory
Faith in things unseen
The price of loving
Thanks for the memories
Thanksgiving for a parent
Comfort those who mourn
The promise of new life
A love that conquers death
We'll meet again

About Nick Fawcett

Brought up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Nick Fawcett served as a Baptist minister for 13 years, and as a chaplain with TocH for 3, before deciding to focus on writing and editing, which he continues with today,

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