It’s been a couple of months since I’ve shared an end-of-month round-up. It’s taken a while, but I think I’ve finally recovered from the busyness of October’s 31 Days series, so I’m glad to be back, joining in with Heather Gerwing and friends to Share Four Somethings.
One thing I’ve loved this month is having various opportunities to learn and grow along with others.
At the start of the month, I attended a three-day training course on Christian Leadership with the organisation I work for. I had been a little apprehensive about going, but it was a great few days with lots of interesting discussions and time to reflect. Most of the others attending were people I didn’t know well at all, and they work in a wide variety of different roles, but it was fun to get to know them more and to learn from their different perspectives.
I also got to take part (virtually) in Hope Restored, the annual conference run by Journey To Heal Ministries. It’s a wonderful ministry, and, as I hope to begin using their mentoring programme in my church next year, it’s amazing to be able to stay connected, to learn more from them, and to be encouraged. I’m so grateful for the wonder of the internet and the efforts they make to include me from a distance!
Finally, I attended a writers’ day, and again benefitted hugely from the connections with others and from their encouragement. I’ll share something more specific that I learned that day in the Something Learned section below.
Most of my favourite quotes tend to come from children. This month I finished up a series of lessons in two schools where I had been helping children explore the story of the Bible. I gave them feedback forms at the end as it’s always interesting to see what they have learned and enjoyed.
As usual there was a random, and often funny, selection of comments, but one boy wrote my favourite comment of them all.
In response to the question “What is the main thing you have learned?” he wrote, “That the world is not all about yourself.”
Pretty profound for a nine year-old!
At the writing day I attended, I learned about concrete poetry – poetry where the shape or layout of the words conveys something about the meaning.
We got to have a shot at it, and a picture of my attempt is above. I don’t think I’m going to be a poet, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I was able to come up with in the space of about fifteen minutes, and it was fun to try something new!
Statistics say that one in five people in the UK experience some form of abuse during childhood, often resulting in ongoing issues with emotional and mental health. While many turn to the church looking for hope, they are often left disappointed as people, though well-meaning, fail to understand their situation or how they can help.
This book is a much-needed resource, full of valuable information for survivors of abuse and those who long to walk with them on their journey of healing. (And if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll understand just how excited I was to see someone in the UK tackling this issue from a Christian perspective! 🙂 )
Giles D. Lascelle writes from his own experience of childhood abuse as well as sharing insights gained through working as a psychotherapist specialising in childhood trauma. There is lots of useful information around topics like the impact of abuse and trauma, communication, boundaries, and dealing with shame, and the book is full of encouragement and practical advice for survivors of abuse as well as helpful tips for those seeking to support them. It is honest about the severe impact abuse can have, but always points to hope and encourages survivors to keep moving forward.
It is a worthwhile read for anyone involved in ministry or caring for others, as well as for survivors of abuse and their friends and relatives.
I’m grateful to Instant Apostle for access to a complementary digital copy of this book. I only share books here that I genuinely believe will be beneficial to my readers.
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What about you? How has November been for you? Feel free to share a reflection or a highlight in the comments.