Book Review – Heaven on Earth by Simon Porter

From the back cover

‘Heaven on Earth’ is a layman’s guide to a deeper and more mystical relationship with the one whom some describe as the Ground of all Being. The book starts with a clear explanation of the personality and character of the one we call God; a personality of total self-giving love. It then goes on to explain how this can be seen in all of life around us if we were but to learn to recognise it. The author draws from his own practical experiences of encountering this loving entity within nature and daily life by using his own poetry and stories while quoting from sacred writings. He presents a God who is attractive, trustworthy and is wanting loving union with all people on earth. This book is both comforting and challenging and provides regular interludes for the reader to stop and learn to engage with this Divine Presence for themselves. If you read this book openly and honestly you will not be the same person when you finish. It is inspiring, will help to answer some of our deepest questions and can be life changing.

My thoughts

This is a book to relax with and enjoy, though I couldn’t help but race through it on the first reading. My copy has now become dog-eared with smears of jam and tea stains on its pages through further readings.

The main focus of the book is the personality of God and the relationship that God longs to have with each and every one of us. It speaks of God’s passion and love for us and how He longs for us to gather close to Him. Simon writes with humility about his own experience of God, especially the assurance of His love and he wants us to know that we can share this too.

One of the aspects of the book I especially enjoyed is how Simon finds God in His creation which is all around us. He says:

“The trees now seem to blaze with intensity,

As though each competing to reveal their God,

All wanting to shout the great glad news,

That Christ can be found within each leaf.

The prose is beautiful – the poetry is beautiful. I recently learned that the root of the word ‘enthusiasm’ is ‘en theos’, which means ‘in God’ and I found that Simon’s writing is infused with enthusiasm. This comes across in the personal experiences that he writes about, such as the lessons he learned with his fellow walkers on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain. No spoilers here! One of my favourite sections in the book is where Simon describes the woodland as ‘My Cathedral’ :

“The understory of the wood is like thousands of worshippers filling this arena, all with one intent, which is to glorify God. I sense his immediacy as though he is in every tree, bush and twig and is calling out for me to walk further and deeper with him. But then of course he is in every substance of what he has created, so I should not be surprised!”

Heaven on Earth’ is a book in which you will read about God’s unconditional love for you, expressed in the person of Christ and His creation – and that means you too. I will close with the author’s words:

“Come alive with seeing God present in all around you and fall in love with him afresh. Allow your divinity to touch and change this world.”

Simon’s blog: https://simonportersblog.wordpress.com/

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A MESSAGE FOR YOUR HEART👆

A wonderful message for us all! ☺

The Godly Chic Diaries

For We do not have a high priest who is unable to emphasize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — He did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Are you walking through a time in your life where you feel so ALONE, like no one could possibly understand the burdens you are carrying? Often in these moments of isolation, we believe, “No one would understand” or “No one would help me so why even bother being open about my struggles…” Friends, you are not alone. Jesus understands!

Even in the twist and turns of life, God’s in control. Never stop trusting GOD and his plans. That’s what faith is all about. He has been covering…

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No arms, no legs – no worries!

Nick Vujicic may have no limbs, but his whole spirit, his smile, compassion and sense of humour allows God to speak through him and to reach out to inspire all those who need to hear his voice. He speaks in schools, orphanages, hospitals, prisons, stadiums and face-to-face encounters to tell people just how precious and how loved by God they are. I can’t say anything else to describe how wonderful he is – watch this short film (4 minutes) to see for yourself.

Nick Vujicic – evangelist and inspirational speaker

CCA Joins Coalition to Demand a Better Deal for Animals After Brexit

Please sign this petition to ensure that animals are given the consideration they deserve post-brexit. Thank you.

Sentience Event

CCA were one of 36 animal welfare organisations attending a Parliamentary Reception on 27th February to call on the government for a better deal for animals after Brexit.

Please sign the petition

Michael Gove today addressed a Parliamentary reception calling for a #BetterDealForAnimals after Brexit but failed to introduce legislation despite over 50 MPs and Peers and 36 animal protection organisations pushing for action at the event.
As it stands, deal or no deal, animals will lose vital legal protections post-Brexit, unless Michael Gove introduces protections before departure from the EU. Alesha Dixon and animal welfare campaigners have launched a petition calling for immediate action.

Thirty-six welfare organisations [listed in Appendix 1 below] have come together to call for a law that will create a duty for all Ministers in the UK to fully regard animal welfare in policy-making and ensure that animal sentience laws are not weakened once we…

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The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

On the rocky shore of a Northern Isle

I huddled round glowing embers

while the wind caressed me

whispering echoes of a Celtic prayer,

the voices of Aidan and Cuthbert.

Salt water from the great North Sea,

ebbing and flowing

swept over the pebbles,

accompanying sounds of sacred devotion.

Fire blazed and crackled

throwing sparks into the night sky

and warmth bathed me

in the love of those hallowed saints.

L.M.D.

‘Bye for Now

Dear Blogging Friends,

Just to let you know that our family is moving home tomorrow (7th February) so until we get reasonably settled and internet up and in action again, I’ll probably be absent.

I’m hoping not to be away for too long because you bloggers really give me such a lift through your stories, poems, prayers and artwork and I pray, that in some way, I can be a blessing too.

We’re not only looking forward to our new home, but celebrating our daughter achieving a place at university. It’s such a special time for us because Charlotte underwent bullying at secondary school, which the headmaster did his best to address, to no avail. I began to home study her myself until she decided to go to college. She worked hard and got all the qualifications she needed to get on to her university course (Criminology with Psychology).

What I am most thankful for is that my daughter’s horrible experience at school did not change her permanently. She did go through deep unhappiness and, later, confessed to us that she’d had suicidal feelings. Presently she is a happy and friendly person and harbours no feelings of resentment to those involved at her old school.

Charlotte and myself … taken quite some time ago! 🙂

February Days to Celebrate

Wow, February is a great month … so much to celebrate! ❤

e-Quips

For a short month, February has more than it’s share of holidays and other days to celebrate.

Ground hogThe month kicks off with Ground Hog Day on February 2.  Also known as Imbolc: Summoning of the Flame.  Is Winter on it’s way out?  Will Spring arrive early?  Only the Ground Hog may know for sure.

blackhistorymonthcivilrightsFebruary is also Black History Month and Library Lover’s Month. Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in the U.S., is an annual observance in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Library Lover’s Month “is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books.”  It’s not all free and on the Internet.

If you have a garden and a…

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WHO AM I?

This is a wonderful, heart-warming post from someone who is gifted, full of love, compassion and humour. It’s Lorraine … with knobs on! 😀

“There’s life before cancer, and there’s life after cancer.”

So said my friend the other day.

It’s true. You are not the same person after as you were before. Or are you?

I look back a lot. I look back to the Lorraine that was, before cancer. Lorraine was a bright, confident, outgoing person. Friendly and giving. She lectured. She mentored. She climbed mountains, walked the hills, cycled many miles, swam thirty lengths a day. She lived doing photography, birdwatching, And so much more. Nature was her life. Seeing it, hearing it, dancing with it.

Cancer took away all of that. It made her blind and unable to walk, with lungs that do not work properly, and little feeling in her hands and feet. She is in constant pain. Now, she is totally dependent upon others, for even the tiniest of things. She has lost all control of her life.

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As swimmers dare …

The Avowal

by Denise Levertov

As swimmers dare

to lie face to the sky

and water bears them.

As hawks rest upon air

and air sustains them,

so would I learn to attain freefall,

and float into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace

knowing no effort earns that all-surrounding grace.

❤ ❤ ❤

This little Sea Otter is doing it too. 🙂