Liminal Reality and Transformational Power

One of our newly published titles, Liminal Reality and Transformational Power explores transitional periods, those liminal moments of life. For the unintiated, liminality describes a place between, a moment where one thing has ceased to be what it was but has yet to become what it will be. Liminality commonly represents moments of unknowing in the middle of a ritual or transitional period.

Exploring a variety of liminal periods, Timothy Carson draws on a variety of perspectives; anthropological, sociological, theological, neurological and psychological to deepen our understanding of these liminal moments. It is through these explorations that we are able to learn to cope, heal and develop ourselves in these liminal spaces.

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We hope you like the design of the book’s cover, a picture of a tunnel of the medieval castle of Parga in Greece. Chosen here as a physical representation of a liminal space, a location between two realities.

This publication is a new edition, the original was published by the University Press of America. Bringing this thought provoking text to the forefront once more has afforded the chance to create a revised edition.  In this revised edition, Timothy Carson delves into more modern examples of liminality in addition to examining the influence and roles of spiritual leaders and religious professionals in guiding others through liminal space.

The author, Timothy Carson, is an established professional and religious leader himself. Senior Minister at the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri, with a Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Education degrees. Also a certified practitioner of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Timothy Carson has worked long in assisting and guiding communtities. He is also the author of several other works: Your Calling as a Christian, The Square Root of God: Mathematical Metaphors and Spiritual Tangents and Six Doors to the Seventh Dimension.

Liminal Reality and Transformational Power – Revised Edition: Transition, Renewal, & Hope
By Timothy Carson
ISBN: 9780718894016

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Shakespeare’s Henry VIII: Celebrating the Queen at 90

By Emily Jones

Today marks the prestigious event of HRH the Queen’s birthday!  Across Britain, celebrations are underway to mark Her Majesty’s 90th year; with the Prince of Wales recording a special radio broadcast in which he quotes a passage from Shakespeare’s Henry VIII:

“She shall be, to the happiness of England,

An aged princess; many days shall see her,

And yet no day without a deed to crown it.”

(Act V)

In connection with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this Saturday, Prince Charles personally chose this reading, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Greg Doran, to pay tribute to The Queen’s extraordinary ‘life of dedication’.

Shakespeare’s work presents an ever-present icon of the English-speaking culture. His imagery  is endlessly cited and recycled, with language permeating our public ceremonies as we have seen today, through to our private jokes.

Words of Power: Reading Shakespeare and the Bible presents a further exploration into the two titans of British history. Professor Jem Bloomfield investigates the cultural reverberations of these two collections of books, and how each era finds new meanings as they encounter works such as Hamlet or the Gospel of Mark.

Jem Bloomfield is an Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Nottingham. A scholar of Renaissance literature, he studied at Oxford before earning his PhD from the University of Exeter.

In his free time, he blogs about Shakespeare, Christianity, and feminism – and occasionally detective fiction – at quiteirregular.wordpress.com.

 

“This excellent study provides a fresh and intriguing approach to the cultural status of what Jem Bloomfield calls ‘Shakespeare and the Bible’.

Engagingly written and full of surprising insights, Words of Power argues for the overlap between how these texts are approached in both popular and scholarly culture. Bloomfield takes concepts from biblical scholarship and fruitfully explores how they can be used to challenge preconceptions about the way that both Shakespeare and the Bible should be read.”
Beatrice Groves, Research Lecturer in Renaissance Literature, University of Oxford

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“To the high and mighty [Queen] of England, Elizabeth!”

(Henry VIII, Act IV)

 

 

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#Review The Angel Roofs of East Anglia

The Angel Roofs of East Anglia

Unseen masterpieces of the Middle Ages

By Michael Rimmer

ISBN: 9780718893699

“This is a slim volume, packed with heavenly delights – I can’t recommend it enough.”

Lucy Stewart, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Magazine, Spring 2016

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#OnThisDay in history: Dr Johnson’s Dictionary was published in 1755!

By Emily Jones

 

For the English Scholars, dictionary-hoarders and language-enthusiasts amongst you, you might recognise that 1755 was rather an exciting year for the English language, with Samuel Johnson’s key influence in standardising the written word as we know it today.

The Dictionary of the English Language took over eight years to arrange, listing over 40,000 words. Not only was this a lengthy publication, but the dictionary was produced in meticulous detail, with illustrative descriptions and examples following each word.

Whilst famed for making lasting contributions to English Literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer and editor, as a Lexicographer Dr Johnson was the first Englishman to use literary citations as part of his dictionary. With over 114,000 in total, his quotations date back to the 1500s- often referencing ‘the greats’such as Milton and Shakespeare- Johnson’s formatting shaped the way in which future dictionaries have been formed.

The dictionary was a complex scholarly achievement, gaining more research and a larger dedication than any of its predecessors, such as the French Dictionnarre. 

Of course, Dr Samuel Johnson retains a reputation for high academic achievement, but have you ever considered him within any other context? Like Johnson, author Julia Allen possess the multi-fasceted role of teacher, librarian, translator, lexicographer and copy-editor and, in  2009, curated the Cambridge University Library exhibition jointly commemorating the University’s 800th anniversary and the 300th anniversary of  Dr Johnson’s birth.

 

In her book Swimming with Dr Johnson and Mrs Thrale, Allen takes a sideways look at sport, health and exercise in the eighteenth century, and in so doing reveals unfamiliar sides of the eponymous characters she uses as guides and commentators. Samuel Johnson does battle with the rough breakers at Brighton as energetically as he did with any of his verbal opponents; and Hester Thrale – herself ‘a good waterspaniel’– provides wry observations, notably on what men decided women might decently be allowed to do in that foreign country that is the past.

Julia Allen starts with the medical theories underpinning notions about exercise, the role of the physician and the surgeon, the conditions in which exercise was taken, its place in child-rearing and education, and its efficacy as a remedy for depression. Chapters on the various sports and forms of exercise associated with Johnson and Mrs Thrale follow, from boxing and swimming to dancing and coach travel, including biographies of the star performers, and eye-witness accounts of the events they took part in. This book offers a wealth of research for anyone interested in peering into some of the obscurer recesses of eighteenth-century life.

The work has received glowing reviews, such as with Kate Chisholm from The Times Literary Supplement:

“… probably just the sort of book that Johnson would have employed in his compilation of the Dictionary. … Inspired by her knowledge of lexicography and a desire to rescue Johnson from caricature as a ‘stout, elderly-looking man in a wig’, Allen reproduces a collection of curious gobbets to illustrate the physical activities enjoyed by Johnson and his contemporaries.”

For more reviews, author information and where to collect your copy, click below:

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The Big Questions: I discuss Shakespeare and the Bible on TV

Happy Monday Everyone!
Why not sit back, relax, and catch up with little of BBC One’s The Big Questions!

For more information on the #1 bestselling title in Theology and Christian literature on Amazon, click through here: http://tinyurl.com/gpvdwmz

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This Sunday I found myself on the outskirts of York, recording a TV show. This was a slightly unexpected situation for me, which began a few weeks earlier when I had an email from a producer looking to put together a panel to discuss Shakespeare and the Bible.  Since this year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the BBC One show The Big Questions thought it’d be interesting to discuss the poet’s moral and cultural importance alongside that of the Bible.

A few phone calls back and forth resulted, as the producers sounded me out on various aspects of the topic and what I might respond to particular questions. Then a call to confirm they wanted me on the show, and an intricate logistical system kicked into operation.  There were train tickets in advance, a driver would be waiting for me, receipts for dinner were mentioned (it really…

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Happy World Health Day. Here’s one way to celebrate..!

As part of global health awareness day, why not kick back with some vitality-bringing titles from all of us at The Lutterworth Press!

Whilst World Health Day is set to promote knowledge of a range of conditions,  this year the World Health Organisation is working to stem the spread of diabetes worldwide. WHO has even designed a range of ‘Stay Super’ posters, featuring familiar looking comic characters in order to advance this worthwhile campaign.

For more information on World Health Day and WHO’s keen incentive to stop diabetes it in its tracks, click here: http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2016/en/

 

 

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Shakespeare and the Bible: stimulating reading

The book is also now available to preorder on The Lutterworth Press website: http://tinyurl.com/z57vfls

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wordsofpowerThe Bible and Shakespeare have each had quite the trajectory within our culture. There have been times when possession of an English Bible could get you burned at the stake, while Shakespeare spent his career working in a London theatrical scene which was reviled by the respectable as a danger to morality and social order; and yet “the Bible and Shakespeare” (especially when bracketed together in this way) have come to be regarded as the twin peaks of English literature.

It is this shared status, and what reading “the Bible and Shakespeare” can tell us about the relationships between texts and wider culture and society, that Jem Bloomfield discusses in his forthcoming book Words of Power: Reading Shakespeare and the Bible. Jem’s book is due to be published by the Lutterworth Press on 26 May 2016, but I had the pleasure of getting to read a copy of the proofs.

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#Review of The Collar

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The Collar
Reading Christian Ministry in Fiction, Television, and Film
By Sue Sorensen
ISBN: 9780718893644

An engaging analysis of the portrayal of members of the Christian clergy in literature, cinema and television, and how such cultural perceptions can shape popular expectations and understanding of the Christian ministry.

 

“Sorenson writes well: clearly and crisply. Her analysis of the literature, and film, is for the most-part even-handed; and she is not blind to a work’s weaknesses even while appreciating the portrayal of ministry offered. Her observations, both theological and literary, provide material to ponder.”

Derek Tovey, Stimulus: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice, Vol. 22 Issue 2, 2015

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Art Education: Get the Picture

By Heshani G. Arachchige

This year, March has been claimed by the arts as National Crafts Month. The celebration of crafts unites all ages and encourages us to use our hands to create something; it is a joyful concept, but also encourages reusing and recycling (egg carton roses, anyone?) without spending much.

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More than anything, art is a creative outlet that is accessible to everyone; after all, you do not need to know your way around a paintbrush to create something. As modern technology continues to advance, online sharing makes it clearer that talented artists lace our society; however, when you ask someone about their desired profession, not often is your question met with ‘an artist’. Many talented individuals claim that they ‘wish’ they could be artists, but counter this through the belief that it is an unrealistic hope – why? After all, artists contribute hugely to society through the written word, through architecture and through entertainment.

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Certainly, education plays a large part. In today’s age, a career is built through experience as well as talent, and a degree relating to art builds a path to a profession in the field. However, a degree is now not just about skill but about other factors too, the biggest being financial capability. Anna Coatman observes the difference between art schools from the past and art schools now in a nostalgic article addressing the future the education of art. Coatman addresses discouraged art students’ ‘fear of leaving [art school] with huge debt and uncertain career prospects’ being countered by the necessity of having a solid background of experience and knowledge as a foundation for their careers.

However, the survival of an art student is tough either way, since a qualification from an art school is no guarantee of a career despite there being more opportunities (and funding for institutions) than ever. Schools prioritize other subjects and, when feeling financial strains, art courses feel them the most. However, many institutions are very much aware of these issues and seek to help.

This National Craft Month,  while enjoying some carefree arts and crafts time, (there’s a shocking amount of things you can actually make with an egg carton,) consider the development of the education of art with the Lutterworth Press by checking out the following titles…

 

Creative

Creative Licence:
From Leeds College of Art to Leeds Polytechnic, 1963-1973
By James Charnely

Both a celebration and a meticulously researched history, this is a study of the early days of the Leeds College of Art and the radical creativity of its approach to art education.

Creative License is an important book for anyone interested in British art education. It is not of purely historical interest but also pertinent to understanding the current state of art in Britain. The radical experimentation in art pedagogy that took place at Leeds from 1956 through to the 1970s and the innovatory cultural producers who span out from it underpin the twenty-first century vision of Britain as a creative world centre, such as that promoted during the Olympic Games ceremonies of 2012. It is a must-read for any student of art wishing to understand their place in history.”
Professor John Hyatt, Director of the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design

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A Century of Art and Design Education:
From Arts and Crafts to Conceptual Art
By Stuart MacDonald

A ground-breaking study of the development of education in art and design in Britain from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day.

“Stuart Macdonald is the founding father of the study of the history of art education in this country. He has now followed up his classic work The History and Philosophy of Art Education with a lively and interesting narrative of key moments in the development of art education from William Morris right through to Herbert Read, with a postscript on the rise of conceptual art. The book is enjoyable to read and very stimulating, and it raises issues which are still highly relevant today – perhaps more than ever.”
Sir Christopher Frayling

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The History

The History and Philosophy of Art Education
By Stuart MacDonald

An investigation of the development of art and design education in Italy, France, Britain, Germany, and the United States.

“This is a very welcome reprint, and, just for once, the publishers’ blurb is spot-on. When this book first hit the stands it was unique, and assuredly its contents have been the launch pad for several later studies. Macdonald’s style remains highly readable and his narrative just as fascinating as it was at first. Anyone studying the subject, or training to teach, will find the subject essential. ”
Julian Freeman, Sussex Downs College, in The Art Book

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Monthly Special Offers!

There’s only a few days left of March so hurry and check out our monthly special offers, one title 20% off and three more at 10% off!

March’s monthly offers are:

Why Resurrection?
An Introduction to the Belief in the Afterlife in Judaism and Christianity

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By Carlos Blanco

Was £15.50, now £13.18
Book of the Month: 20% Discount
A theological and philosophical study of how Judaeo-Christian concepts of the resurrection of the dead developed as an eschatological response to the problem of evil.

Hidden in Plain Sight
Esther and a Marginalised Hermeneutic

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By Robert P. Debelak Jr

Was £16.00, now £14.40
Special Offer: 10% Discount
Taking as its focus the Old Testament Book of Esther, this exploration of biblical narrative develops a reading and study method that engages directly with the text.

The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church
and the Causes Which Hinder it

Spontaneous Expansion 9780718891718

By Roland Allen

Was £16.50, now £14.85
Special Offer: 10% Discount
Although first published in 1927, this challenging study still dares today’s reader to re-assess common and erroneous assumptions about the relation between churches and missions.

Unclean
Meditations of Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality

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By Richard Beck

Was £20.00, now £18.00
Special Offer: 10% Discount
An insightful and engaging combination of psychology and theology that explores the tensions between the exclusivity of a holiness based on notions of purity and the inclusivity of mercy.

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