BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Fruehwirth, Robert, the drawing of this Love – Growing in faith with Julian of Norwich, London, Canterbury Press, 2016.
The writer (a priest, former monk and Director of the Julian Centre in Norwich) draws on insights he found in Julia’s book, ‘Revelations of Divine Love, to shine a light on aspects of compassion.  Robert has led many retreats on the writings of Julian.

Gilbert, Paul, The Compassionate Mind, London, Constable, 2009.
This is a best-selling book about developing ways of compassionate living written by the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Director of the Mental Health Research Unit, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust.  It offers everyday wisdom when competitiveness, materialism and narcissism are rampant.  The book is down to earth and very accessible.

Nouwen, Henri, Compassion: A Reflection in the Christian Life, Image, Revised ed. 2006.
Henri Nouwen shared the writing of this book with two others, Donald P. McNeill and Douglas A Morrison.  Together they explore what they speak of as this ‘least understood virtue’ and challenge themselves and us with these questions: Where do we place compassion in our lives? Is it enough to live a life in which we hurt one another as little as possible? Is our guiding ideal a life of maximum pleasure and minimum pain? Compassion answers no.