Potholes and Belly-flops

Book Review by Kate M

Potholes and Belly-flops, Susie Flashman Jarvis, 2013

ISBN 978 0 9559135 8 7

This is an auto-biography written without polish or pretence. As an established Christian Susie tells the story of her transformation from a hedonistic lifestyle in the modelling industry to a life of faith. The later part of the book documents her daily discussions with God and how she practises her faith today.

I enjoyed reading Susie’s story and learning how God has changed her life.


Faith on the Streets

Book Review by Kate M

Faith on the Streets, Les Isaac & Rosalind Davis, 2014 Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN 978 1 444 75009 6

This book was inspirational and tells the story of The Street Pastors movement. Having recently seen a woman wearing a ‘Street Pastor’ T Shirt in Bath I felt called to buy this book when I saw it at a Christian Festival this summer. It didn’t’ disappoint as it explains the birth of this movement, the work Street Pastors do through the eyes of people who have encountered their help on the streets and how they work in community; a book of Christianity at work in our schools and on our streets today. This is something I would like to explore further.


On the Home Front

Have you noticed the abundance of fruit on the bushes and trees this year? Apple,plum and damson, elderberry,sloe and rosehip? Have you been enjoying this explosion of God’s bounty? It is easy to let this season pass us by without doing anything other than deal with the abundance that falls to the ground.

This year as I’ve been making fruit crumbles and jellies, as I plan chutneys and jams I have been thinking about fruit. God desires to see fruit in our lives (Galatians5 v22-23) and as I’ve peeled and chopped I’ve tried to honestly look at my life and see where I’m being fruitful and give thanks for it. Then, with more difficulty, I’ve looked to see where there is a shortage of fruit and ask God to deal with that area so that I can be more like Jesus.
So far so good, an interesting exercise that has made me stop and reflect.The next part took me more by surprise as I peeled and cored and noted the seeds inside. I began to think how the fruit of the Spirit, that God was developing in my life, contained seeds that could in turn bear fruit in someone else’s life. This is what I found exciting because it led me to think about the people and places where I was potentially having an effect/influence and to pray about the seeds contained within my words and behaviour.

Today, every small kindness, every encouraging word, every moment of self control or patience contains a seed that can bring the love and presence of Jesus into someone else’s life! – I said it was exciting!


Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café

Book Review: I absolutely loved this piece of Christian chic-lit! I bought this as a lighter summer read that would still have content to inspire me and that’s exactly what it did. Yet, it seemed to follow on beautifully from the somewhat more intense subject matter of Bill Johnson, Hosting the Presence, that had recently been the subject of our home group.

Chelsea’s marriage has fallen apart and after the death of her mother she returns ‘home’ to run her mother’s café. I can’t help but hope that we might be able to witness some of the delights of this story here at St Katharines: wonderful coffee, lives changing, guardian angels, people communicating directly with God…or maybe this is happening already!!!

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, Max Lucado, 2015

by Kate M