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Books on Interfaith

    and Spirituality

Christianity: An Explorer's Guide

        

     Christianity: An Explorer’s Guide -

Now with a full Index - offers a comprehensive and compassionate

 

 

over-view of Christianity, pointing to a living experience of God's love

in Jesus. The book is an ideal survey for the enquirer and will give

Christians a deeper understanding of their faith and the fascinating

and varied history of the church. The book describes the life-changing

experience of meeting Jesus. It tells the Gospel story, describes the

history of the Church and outlines its beliefs The book also describes

how in their spiritual and practical life followers of Jesus try to copy his

example of loving service of others. 'I am inspired by this brilliant

book , which will be invaluable to those who wish to know more

about  Christianity. Whilst fascinated, I never once felt I was being

proselytised. A tour de force.' Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger.

 

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The search for peace in society and in the world cannot be separated from the quest for inner peace in the heart. If you wish for a more peaceful world, the first step is to become a more peaceful person yourself. This book will help you do this. This commitment is a lifetime task. This books offers for everyday: an inspiring quotation, a story or reflection, and a suggestion for prayer or practical action. There are seven sections: Peace in Our Hearts; in Our Lives; in Our Homes; in the Community; Between Faiths; in the World; and in the Universe. The book will be an invaluable resource for teachers and preachers 'This beautiful book will inspire readers to travel the path of prayer to inner peace inside and to work for a more peaceful world.' Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize winner. Marcus Braybrooke, draws on his wide knowledge of world religions, his personal friendship with people of other faiths, and his pastoral experience to offer an inspiring mediation for every day.

 

 

 

   

 

 

      Faiths Together for the Future

The Story of the World Congress of Faiths

and the growing global interfaith movement

to heal the world              

Paperback,

261 Pages  with index

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Religions preach peace, but too often they have been hijacked to justify violence.Increasingly,people of all faiths are working together for peace, the protection of human rights, service of the poor and reverence for all life. Widening Vision tells their story. Widening Vision highlights the World Congress of Faiths, founded by Francis Younghusband, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year (2016). It also brings to life the six Parliaments of World Religions and other interfaith initiatives Two interfaith services are printed as appendices; also detailed references and a comprehensive index Marcus Braybrooke is a retired Anglican parish priest. He has been involved in interfaith work for over forty years. He and his wife Mary have participated in many of the events described in this book and have met many of the people mentioned - so this book is a first hand account of dedicated work which gives hope for a happier future. Braybrooke Press ISBN 978-0-244-07377-0

I,000  World Prayers

This treasure store of prayer draws widely on many of the world's great religious and spiritual traditions and focuses on contemporary concerns. It is intended for people seeking to deepen and broaden their spiritual lives and also for those who lead public worship or school assemblies and are searching for material. The prayers are suitable for contemporary events, such as after a divorce or redundancy, and for both everyday and special occasions. There are prayers for times of difficulty, illness and bereavement, and special emphasis on prayers for the needs of the world: for peace and justice, for the hungry, for victims of oppression and for the protection of the environment. There are also prayers to lead the individual into a deeper relationship with the Divine Mystery.

 

  Now available as a Kindle e-book

Beacons of the Light

Today we are inheritors of the wisdom of spiritual teachers of every religion, century and country - thanks to the work of many scholars and translators. Their messages, with significant cross-cultural harmonies, can still inspire us today and help us recognise the oneness of all human beings. "Beacons of Light" introduces 100 of the world's most influential spiritual teachers - some like Jesus, the Buddha or Muhammad are well known; others like Rabia, Manikkavacakar, Guru Arjan Dev or Hildegard deserve to be better known. The story of their lives is clearly set in the historical and religious context of their time. A summary is given of their message and continuing influence. Often inspiring quotations from their prayers or poems are included.

 

                Special price £15.00 post free in UK

from www.marcusbraybrooke.com or www.worldfaiths.org

        or with cheque to M.Braybrooke, 17 Courtiers Green, 

               Clifton Hampden, AbingdonOX143EN

 

         Now available as a Kindle e-book

 

 Christianity: An Explorer's Guide

offers a comprehensive and compassionate over-view of Christianity, pointing to a living experience of God's love in Jesus. The book is an ideal survey for the enquirer and will give Christians a deeper understanding of their faith and the fascinating and varied history of the church. The book describes the life-changing experience of meeting Jesus. It tells the Gospel story, describes the history of the Church and outlines its beliefs The book also describes how in their spiritual and practical life followers of Jesus try to copy his example of loving service of others.

 

'I am inspired by this brilliant book, which will be invaluable to those who wish to know more about Whilst fascinated, I never once felt I was being proselytised. A tour de force.' Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger.

 

Special price £5.00 post free in UK

from www.marcusbraybrooke.com or www.worldfaiths.org or with cheque to M.Braybrooke, 17 Courtiers Green, 

    Clifton Hampden, AbingdonOX143EN

 

  Also available as an e-book

  

Other books written

 

Together to the Truth 1971

The Undiscovered Christ of Hinduism 1973

Interfaith worship 1974

Time to Meet 1990

Wide Embracing Love 1990

Children of One God: A History of the Council of Christians and Jews 1991

Pilgrimage of Hope: One Hundred Years of Global Interfaith Dialogue 1992

Stepping Stones to a Global Ethic 1992

Be Reconciled 1992

Dialogue with a Difference (Ed with Tony Bayfield), 1992

Faith in a Global Age 1995

How to Understand Judaism 1995

A Wider Vision; a History of the World Congress of Faiths 1996

The Wisdom of Jesus, 1997

The Miracles of Jesus (with James Harpar), 1997

All in Good Faith (Ed with Jean Potter), 1997

The Explorers’ Guide to Christianity 1998

Testing the Global Ethic (Ed with Peggy Morgan), 1998

Christian-Jewish Dialogue: the Next Steps 2000

Learn to Pray 2001

Bridge of Stars (Ed) 2001

What we can learn from Hinduism 2002

What we can learn from Islam 2002

Lifelines (Ed) 2002

One Thousand World Prayers 2003

365 Meditations for a Peaceful Heart and Peaceful World 2004

Sustaining the Common Good (with Kamran Mofid) 2005

A Heart for the World: the Interfaith Alternative 2006

365 Meditations and Inspirations on Love and Peace 2006

Prayers and Blessings (Ed) 2007

Beacons of the Light: 100 holy people 2009

Meeting Jews 2010

Hinduism: A Christian Approach- e-book 2012

Peace in Our Hearts: Peace in Our World.-.e-book 2012

Christians and Jews Building  Bridges  2013

Islam: A Christian Approach  2012

Widening Vision: The World Congress of Faiths and the Growing Interfaith Movement 2013

 

Most of the above books are available from online book sellers or www.worldfaiths.org

Christians and Jews Building Bridges

 

Christian-Jewish relations have improved dramatically since the Council of Christians and Jews was founded in 1942. It is now widely recognised that Jesus was a Jew and that Jews and Christians both seek the coming of the Messianic Age or Kingdom of God.

This book looks back at the issues which have been of most importance in Jewish-Christian relations in the last twenty years. It is a clear and concise survey that everyone who is concerned for understanding and co-operation between the two faith communities will want to have and will often consult

 

The second part is a reminder that dialogue does not take place between religions but between people. It tells the story of some of those active in the life of the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ)    

 

Special price £5.00 post free in UK

from www.marcusbraybrooke.com or www.worldfaiths.org or with cheque to M.Braybrooke, 17 Courtiers Green,     Clifton Hampden, AbingdonOX143EN

 

  Also available as an e-book

 

 

The book is a sequel to Children of One God, which told the story of the first fifty years of CCJ Braybrooke Press 2013 ISBN 978-1-291 37948  £12.50 Discount at www.lulu.com.  E-book £5.99 978-1-291-01339-9 Both books available from on-line bookshops, Amazon, I-bookstore

 

  

Now as a Kindle -e-book

Meeting Jews: Bringing God Down to Earth

Meeting Jews introduces the reader to Jews and to the Jewish world. This wide ranging book explains what it means to be Jewish and tells the story of British Jews. The reader is welcomed into a Jewish home and to a synagogue.
The Holocaust and Israel each have a chapter.
The causes of the Holocaust, Christian responsibility, Stories of Righteous Gentiles and Jewish answers to the question, ‘Where was God?’ are discussed.
The story of Zionism, the creation of the state of Israel, its growth and its struggles, and what Israel means to Jews are told
The final chapter outlines the dramatic change for the better in Christian-Jewish relations. Ashamed of centuries of anti-Semitism, Christians are discovering the true meaning of the Jewish religion and working together with Jews and all people of faith for the healing of the world.

Rabbi Tony Bayfield has said of Marcus Braybrooke that ‘he is a man of quite remarkable insight and sensitivity…who has helped to make true partnership possible.’
Sir Sigmund Sternberg writes , ‘As one would expect from a veteran in the challenging and sensitive field of relations between faiths, Marcus Braybrooke has written a perceptive assessment and explanation of what Jews and Judaism are about… In an age in which mass population movements frequently lead to fear and insecurity, this book is a valuable pointer to how prejudice can be defeated by truth .’
Barbara Butler of Christians Aware says, ‘Marcus has given us an invaluable insight into the Jewish world in a way which will hopefully lead us beyond understanding to trust, friendship and shared work for a just and peaceful world for people of all faiths and of good will.’
This is an ideal book for all who want to get to know more about Jews and Judaism – it especially helpful for those engaged in religious studies and for anyone marrying a Jew. It will also give Christians, for whom the Hebrew Bible is scripture, new insights into their own faith and an appreciation of the spiritual riches of Judaism.
The book has detailed notes and an extensive bibliography
The book is available as a paperback from Christians Aware, price £12.50
Christians Aware is an international and interdenominational charity working to develop multi-cultural and interfaith understanding and friendship locally, nationally and internationally. Its aim is to work for justice, peace and development.
Christians Aware, 2 Saxby Street, Leicester LE2 0ND www.christiansaware.co.uk

​  A review in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Marcus Braybrooke, Meeting Jews: The Struggle to Bring God Down to Earth. Leicester, U.K.: Christians Aware, 2010. Pp. 234. £12,50, paper.

 

Braybrooke, for his capture of Jewish learning, might be the contemporary avatar of England’s seventeenth-century Christian Hebraist, John Selden. He is even more the disciple of James Parkes, like him an Anglican priest and ardent champion of rabbinic Judaism as a living tradition not made obsolete by the coming of Jesus. It is this that brings him into full I-Thou-level encounter with Jews and fits him to offer this literary companion for dialogue.

The book is, effectively, a miniature Encyclopedia Judaica. In its brief space, Braybrooke provides a compendious vade mecum for the dialogue participant. There are chapters that cover the range of Jewish history, observance, relations with non-Jews, and motivations for engaging in dialogue with them. Many paragraphs contain the compressed wisdom of several shelf-feet of books. Each chapter is leavened with carefully sourced “side-bars”—poetry, quotations, extracts from larger works—that enhance the impact of the text without weighing it down.

“Handbook” is a good description of this work, though it does not capture the added value of the charm of the author’s voice. Braybrooke takes the non-Jew by the hand and guides him or her into a Jewish home and then into a synagogue, describing the people, actions, and objects the visitor might meet. While he does this with a distinctly English accent and a special chapter on British Jews, he does not neglect America’s special contributions to Jewish life. He has a catholic grasp of the variety of Jewish identity, which embraces a bewildering range of stances from secular to faith-oriented postures. He contrasts the motivations that bring Jews to dialogue with those of their Christian partners, making explicit that fear and mistrust are the great barriers to mutual understanding. He exemplifies the teaching of his mentor and sponsor, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, that “Prejudice can be defeated by truth.”

There are the minor quibbles one could make about nuances or missing bits, but they are few. A more active editor would have dumped the inadequate glossary, caught the many typos and odd capitalizations, and picked a more communicative image for the cover. However, appendices, which include a summary of “Milestones in Recent Catholic-Jewish Relations” and a “Timeline of Jewish History,” among others, are very welcome.

The value of this book is above rubies. I straightaway wondered if Braybrooke could be as helpful when it came to interpreting other faiths and have decided that this volume is just the first on my shelf of books by him.

 

Sue Frank, Philadelphia, PA

 

 

      

                     Islam: A Christian Approach

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Hostility and Prejudice between Muslims and Christians is still a threat to peace. This book shows what Christians can learn from the Qur'an and from the Prophet Muhammad. It makes clear that Muslims highly respect 'Isa' Jesus - but also tries to explain why Muslims have often misunderstood Christian teaching. On subjects such as wealth, poverty, and forgiveness. Muslims and Christians can lean from each other. Instead of a Clash of Civilizations, a 'Partnership of Faiths' is required to promote peace and justice, protection of human rights, an adequate standard of living for all people and care and respect for the natural world.

 

Special price £5.00 post free in UK

from www.marcusbraybrooke.com or

www.worldfaiths.org or

with cheque to M.Braybrooke,17 Courtiers Green, 

    Clifton Hampden, AbingdonOX143EN

 

Also as e-book