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Holy dreams to feed the soul: a book of prayers & meditations

Author: Garth Hewitt, with photographs by Wilf Whitty
Published By: SPCK (London)
Pages: 96
Price: £12.99
ISBN: 978 0 281 05964

Reviewed by Luke Penkett.

This is the second book from Hewitt and Whitty, following on from their highly successful Making Holy Dreams Come True.

Hewitt has that wonderful gift of writing personally and inclusively, openly and vulnerably, so that we all can make the prayers our own. Chapter One consists of daily prayers for a week. Chapter Two, “deserts and healing fountains”, includes prayers written during the illness of Garth’s son and will be helpful for others experiencing wilderness times. Chapter Three has prayers from around the world, in particular Nicaragua and South Africa (where Hewitt’s Amos Trust has partners) and also from the East End of London (where the pray-er lives), and prayers for pilgrims.

Each of the prayers is accompanied by a poignant and absorbing photo, a perfect match, drawing us towards particular people and places and times. It is not surprising to read that Whitty also works for the Amos Trust - his photography has a deep empathy with Hewitt’s writing.

Although the prayers and meditations are primarily for personal use, some could be suitable for communal worship, enabling us all to remove those barriers that isolate and destroy.

Luke Penkett

Monk and Priest working with L'Arche Community

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