Living in a Field of Hats

some ramblings and reflections on working with students in Herts and Beds.

A New Name July 20, 2012

It’s not often that I’d ever recommend a book that I’ve not read myself, but I’m about to make an exception. Today marks the publication of ‘A New Name’ by Emma  –  and all I want to say is go buy it! I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy. Through reading Emma’s blog over the last year, and getting to know her just a little bit, I can truly say that her honesty about her struggles with anorexia, and the way in which she points to Jesus in them, is truly amazing and a real testimony to God’s grace. Eating disorders and mental illness are so oftern taboos in the UK church, so even if it’s not something you struggle with, then do go have a read. This review gives a brilliant overview of the book. So have a watch of the promo video then hop over here and buy!



Reading the Bible together January 31, 2011

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I remember when I was a second year student and the church apprentice asked me whether or not I’d like to read the bible with her. I thought it was the most random thing in the world to ask! Now a few years on I am so grateful that she did. Through that relationship with her and the things we read together in the bible and applied to our lives, and other one to one bible studies I’ve since had, God has taught me so much. It really is great to read the bible with someone that bit older with a bit more life experience.

I was talking about this today with a lady from church who I currently meet with and saying that these relationships don’t happen as often as they could. We figured it’s because people are scared of meeting up and opening the bible to study it together. As someone who’s been discipled through these relationships and really benefitted, I say – just do it! And the prep doesn’t need to be awful and scary. We’re currently using these books which are great because they take very little prep (great for me and for a new mum!) and are a great spring board into talking about real issues and life.

So if you get the chance then take it – and not just for the benefit of the other person. One thing I love about my job is the chance I get to do one to one bible studies with students and really see them grow and mature as Christians. And I learn so much from them too – it’s not all one way!