I almost said no

To think, I almost said no. My wife and daughter were off to a local park in order to take some photos of deer for my daughter’s art project. Was I coming? And I almost said no. And the thing is, there really was nothing else that I had to do. A few months ago, at […]

Seeing Space

Does your life feel so full of ‘things that need to be done’ that there is just no time or space to do them all – let alone find a little time for yourself and for the things that are less pressing but often more valuable? My life certainly does. Last week I took part […]

Word Clouds

If you’re interested in knowing what As a Child: God’s Call to Littleness is all about, take a look at these word clouds. These give an at-a-glance summary of the content of the whole book (as shown here), and also each individual chapter. And if the word clouds take your interest, please do read the book itself.

Quiet Spaces

I am honoured and excited that BRF have chosen to include an extract from As a Child in the new-look Quiet Spaces (May – August 2013 edition available now). Published three times a year, each issue of Quiet Spaces provides four months’ worth of inspiration for your quiet times. presented in fortnightly sections. This material can be […]


In late November last year I went on a day’s Advent retreat led by Brian Draper at St. Mark’s College, Saffron Walden, in the Essex countryside. In the hour or so before lunch Brian encouraged us all to spend some quiet time alone, ideally outside (despite the chill Autumn weather!) I took a short walk outside […]

Welcoming littleness

Today (6th January) is the Feast of Epiphany, when the Western Church celebrates the visit of the Magi (wise men or kings) to the infant Jesus. As such, it seemed a good time to reproduce this short extract from As a Child: God’s Call to Littleness on the subject of Welcome:   When we meet and speak […]

New Year’s resolutions

Are you one of those people who make New Year’s resolutions? That moment, when the old year draws to a close and the new year stands open before us, can seem a particularly appropriate time to take stock of our lives, and resolve that things will be different from now on. Many, feeling the effects […]

A Childlike Heart

I’ve just finished reading A Childlike Heart by Alan D Wright. I have to say I’m rather pleased that I didn’t read it earlier, as if I had I might never have written my book! When Jesus speaks of the need for us to become like little children there is, I think, a tendency for […]


Jessica toddled up to me and proudly passed me her picture. To be quite honest, I wasn’t at all sure what it was supposed to be – it looked nothing more than a scribble – but I readied myself to make suitably enthusiastic and encouraging noises. “Red!” said Jessica, pointing happily to one of the scribbled lines. […]

Dot-to-Dot (revisited)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have bought myself a dot-to-dot book (read the post to find out why!) At the start of the book there is the following advice: When connecting dots that seem a vast distance apart, try this helpful hint. 1. Put your writing implement on the starting dot. 2. […]

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