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Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved / KATE BOWLER / SPCK £14.99, TABLET PRICE, £13.49 / Honest, irreverent reflections from a 35-year-old theology professor diagnosed with cancer.

Everything Happens for a Reason

Thirty-five year-old Kate Bowler, a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, guzzled antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. As Kate navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, she pulls the reader into her life and her history - affectionately filled with a colourful retinue of friends, mega-church preachers, parents, and doctors - and shares her irreverent, laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. She wonders why suffering makes her feel like a loser and explores the burden of positivity. Trying to relish the time she still has with her son and husband, she realizes she must cure her habit of `skipping to the end' and planning the next move. An historian of the American Prosperity Gospel (the creed of the megachurches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough) Kate finds that she craves these same 'outrageous certainties'. Why is it so hard to surrender when she knows there are no spiritual guarantees? Currently the experimental immunology treatment she is undergoing is working, and studies suggest Kate has at least another year to live.


My Kind of Carol
You voted for your favourite carols. We recorded them for you.

For many of us, hearing the first carols during Advent brings the realisation that Christmas is coming. That was certainly the feeling of Tablet readers who nominated and voted for their favourite carols last year.

We are now pleased to bring you this beautiful CD featuring the award-winning Exmoor Singers of London singing Tablet readers' Top 10 carols, some that didn't quite make that list plus a selection of more unusual ones, including At the Nativity and Peaceful Was the Night which, as far as we know, have not been commercially recorded before.

The CD covers the whole Advent season right through to Epiphany, and is accompanied by a booklet containing all the lyrics for the carols.

Full CD track listing
1. Of the Father's Love Begotten
2. A Spotless Rose
3. Gabriel's Message (The Angel Gabriel)
4. Bethlehem Down
5. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Veni, Veni, Emmanuel)
6. In the Bleak Midwinter
7. Christe, Redemptor Omnium
8. O Little Town of Bethlehem
9. Peaceful Was The Night
10. Once in Royal David's City
11. O Little One Sweet, O Little One Mild
12. O Holy Night (Cantique de Noël/Christmas Song)
13. Stille Nacht (Silent Night)
14. Candlelight Carol
15. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
16. At the Nativity (Gloomy Night)
17. Good King Wenceslas
18. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
19. Coventry Carol
20. The Three Kings
21. Sans Day Carol

Total timing: 76'23

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2005-2013 Indexes are now available!

Useful for quick reference to past articles, these can be kept with your copies in the binders and list past articles under section heading, past letters and arts reviews. Cross referencing can also be undertaken with the list of contributors. Church in the world pieces are listed by country. Also invaluable for those wishing to undertake research, the indexes are available for the following prices:

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Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth

Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth, published by Paul Holberton, £45

Accompanying the exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, this catalogue explores one of the most important artists of the Renaissance. Fra Angelico (about 1395–1455) transformed Western art with pioneering images, rethinking popular compositions and investing traditional Christian subjects with new meaning. His altarpieces and frescoes set new standards for quality and ingenuity, securing his place in history. With the intellect of a Dominican theologian, the technical facility of Florence’s finest craftsmen and the business acumen of its shrewdest merchants, he forged the future of painting in Italy and beyond. The exhibition reunites for the first time Fra Angelico’s four reliquaries for Santa Maria Novella (1424-34; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museo di San Marco, Florence). Together they cover key episodes in the life of the Virgin Mary and capture in miniature some of his most important compositional innovations. Assembled at the Gardner with exceptional examples of Angelico’s narrative paintings from collections in Europe and the United States, Heaven on Earth explores his celebrated talents as a storyteller and the artistic contributions that shaped a new ideal of painting in Florence.


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