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Anna Kettle – Sand Between your Toes: Inspirations for a Slower, Simpler, and More Soulful Life

ISBN 978 1 4964 4388 5 Tyndale Living Expressions Collection 206 pages Price £9.99

I love the title and cover of this book. The two chairs facing the ocean, with pink flip flops beside them are a vivid summary of what the book is about:

Slow down, take stock, pay attention and learn to be wise. I can imagine it laying on a porch table overlooking the sea, but it would probably work as well in a one bedroomed flat overlooking a car park!

Here is a book full of brief meditations for life, each based on a biblical text, many from the King James Version. The meditations use the biblical texts as a launchpad for simple reflections on how to live a less complicated life.

Each meditation concludes with a pause and sift section and a short prayer. 

This book would make a nice gift for a young woman, who is struggling to keep all the plates spinning in their lives. The book might be just what is needed in those rare Latte moments in a busy day. 

In fact, one of my daughters took a look at this book in one of those moments; she wrote: “The book gives you a quick, helpful and authentic reflection of the word and an opportunity to pause and pray. Its relevant and relatable. It brings comforting words and reflections that feed the soul and brings your focus back to God.”

She said that each chapter would be just right to use as a starter for one of her study groups.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex

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