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 +====== Different Way of Looking at God ======
 +**by Fr Geoff**\\ ​
 +I was in a shop recently when a friend of mine from the Christian Fellowship gave me a book and suggested I read it, but he cautioned me to stick with it as the opening two or three chapters were a bit difficult. ​  I took the book, persevered and really loved it.   It is called “The Shack” by Wm Paul Young and is about a father who looses his daughter and his relationship with God …… I know, it sounds awful doesn’t it!!!   But once the story gets into its stride it’s really good and I couldn’t put it down – I read it in two days.
 +I’m not going to go into too much detail in case I spoil it for you, but basically ​ Paul Young deals with the “hero’s” relationship with God by challenging all our conceptions about who we think God is, what we want from him and why we want it.   What he doesn’t do is give lots of nice easy answers and he doesn’t tell the reader “don’t worry everything will be alright”. ​ All the way through we are challenged to think about God in our lives – and vice versa – and our lives with other people.
 +Well worth the time to read – but remember to persevere past the first few chapters!!!!!
 +“The Shack” by Wm Paul Young published by Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 978 0 340 97949 5
 +Just a thought: If I am grateful to God for all he has given me, beginning with the gift of life itself - if I am conscious of the good that surrounds me, if I am consciously looking for what is good and grateful for it, then I am praying constantly. ​   And this is perfectly possible for anyone.  ​
 +Of course it means a change of heart if my attitude to life has been one of constant complaint, if I have the habit of looking only for what is wrong with the world, with the school, with the Church, with my family, with my friends. ​ If I decide to look for a moment only at what is wrong with myself, something positive, something creative, something holy can begin to happen. ​  (Sent in by a friend)
 +===== Zimbabwe =====
 +Newspapers are now reporting that the average life expectancy in Zimbabwe has dropped to 43 years. ​  ​Strange,​ but that’s about  what it was in medieval England!
 +===== Thefts from Churches =====
 +THEFTS FROM CHURCHES - A VERY REAL THREAT If anyone is “working” on the building they are probably stealing… ​  call the Police on 999.    Please be vigilant around our little churches. ​ There is no work being done on any of our churches in January
 +===== From the Registers =====
 +  * 22nd Nov Andrew Margrett & Abigail Hubbard, joined in Holy Matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.
 +  * 25th Nov Graeme Ashford, funeral and burial at Shepton Beauchamp.
 +  * 06th Nov Leah Mae Curtis, Holy Baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.
 +===== From the Neighbourhood Watch Organization =====
 +At the beginning of December Police arrested three people, Eastern European males, who had been knocking on doors across the district, purporting to be 'deaf and dumb' and asking for money with hand written notes and offering pictures for sale. This had caused fear and intimidation to some of those visited.
 +Please report all such callers immediately to the police: remember the opportunity for crime with cold callers to the door.  Police ‘phone number: 0845 456 7000 for non urgent calls; 999 if there is an emergency.
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