Convergent Hardback
ISBN 978 0 593 19370 9
228 pages

“The act of blessing is the strange and vital work of noticing what is true about God and ourselves.”

The authors remind us that sometimes these blessings concern things that are terrible, like “Blessed are those who mourn”. At other times it celebrates gifts in life that bring us joy. Therefore, what we have here are 100 blessings that enter into the crunchy and the smooth experiences of life.

They arise out of the Everything Happens Project, which came into its own in the lockdowns during the Pandemic, providing a language to use in the best and worst of times.

These blessings cover the whole gamut of human experience, they are fresh, creative, honest expressions of human beings in God and themselves. This book is ideal for having on the coffee table to be picked up and read one day at a time. T

he authors also include two reading plans, one for Advent and one for Lent, helpfully listing the blessings appropriate for those days, including those written specifically for those seasons.

As I read this book, I found so many helpful phrases, which I have passed on to people who are struggling. I felt I could do this because the authors do not come over as experts, who have got life sussed, but as fellow strugglers.

Give me peace.
Give me hope.
Give me people.
And in the meantime,
remind me that lovely moments
are still ahead.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia.