So this week has seen me having a change of plan. I abandoned my plans to participate in the retreats by Simon Small and Tony Horsfall in order to give myself time and space to pro-actively pursue publishing options. And I would now value your prayers.
I have approached three publishers with proposals:
BRF - to publish 'A Deeper Love', a new book of meditations aimed at leading people into contemplative stillness.
Wild Goose Publications - to publish 'The Saviour in the Straw', a new book of meditations for Advent.
Darton, Longman & Todd - to take over, print & market my existing three titles.
Please pray for a successful outcome to these publishing negotiations.
I find the leg-work and paperwork associated with getting things into print far harder than the original creative writing and my ministry has kept me very busy since Christmas, so I'm now really looking forward to some quality sabbath time in the Holy Island area in a couple of weeks time. Please pray for much needed rest, relaxation and renewal. And please pray for my hosts, Clare & Jan.
As always, thank you for your on-going prayer support, which underpins all I do. The Presteigne event went very well and Holy Week was an amazingly creative and powerful time: you can read some of my new Easter writing here.
And a huge thank you to those of you who have supported me financially this year: my year-end accounts revealed that your giving has almost exactly met my ministry shortfall. When the figures match up so closely you just know that God's got a hand in it somewhere ... Thank you.
My application for study time in New Zealand is now with the people who've agreed to write references. Please pray for them as they do this.
May God bless you all - I so value your friendship and support.