A time to play

On Saturday my wife and I went round to see friends for an evening of Strictly Come Dancing for the ‘girls’ and racing simulator games for the ‘boys’. (Yes, I know that sounds like terrible gender stereotyping, but there it is.) Truth be told, I am not a great fan of computer and video games. I… Continue reading A time to play

A little note to the grown-ups…

This little note appeared on a board outside a playground at the local park I visited the other day (see previous post): Life is full of challenges and we want to help  children grow into strong, healthy and confident adults. This play equipment has lots of opportunities to teach children how to take measured risks… Continue reading A little note to the grown-ups…

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… Continue reading I almost said no

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… Continue reading Seeing Space

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… Continue reading Quiet Spaces


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… Continue reading Reflections

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… Continue reading Welcoming littleness

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… Continue reading New Year’s resolutions

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… Continue reading A Childlike Heart