A new book designed to help people explore their spirituality and faith has been launched by the Church of Ireland in Derry.
Bishop of Derry and Raphoe Ken Good says ‘Growing Deeper’, launched yesterday at St Augustine’s Church, aims to “provide people with an easy-to-use pattern of spiritual exercises which anyone can find helpful”.
Taking a central theme of faith as a journey, the book, is designed to be a spiritual companion for people throughout the New Year
“We know we ought to deepen our spiritual roots, but sometimes it can be difficult to find ways to help us make progress,” Bishop Good says.
“Some of us ‘see things’ more artistically, others appreciate music, and there are lots who prefer practical activity to academic learning.
“That is why we have produced a book that will be helpful for all of these approaches. It is certainly not just for ‘bookish’ people’,” he says.
Thousands of copies of Growing Deeper have already been distributed across the diocese and beyond.
“This is often a time for making new resolutions. We look into a new year with a mixture of excitement, anticipation and sometimes with uncertainty.
“Whoever we are and whatever our circumstances Growing Deeper is designed to be a spiritual companion as we move into 2013,” says Rev Judi McGaffin, who chaired the group that produced the book.
The book, priced at £3 is available from every parish in the diocese, or from The Diocesan Office or online at www.derry.anglican.org.