Books

The Path to Your Door: Approaches to Christian Spirituality (Continuum: London and New York, 2011)

Written in response to a need expressed by Spiritual Directors, Retreat Leaders and teachers on introductory courses to Christian spirituality for an engaging and readable introduction to the subject, The Path to Your Door provides an accessible and well-researched introduction to themes within the Christian spiritual tradition.

In a highly readable fashion it introduces the reader to some of the key themes in classic and contemporary Christian experience and allows them to engage with the material for themselves through the use of varied spiritual exercises. The Path to Your Door is an invitation to an on-going journey of spiritual exploration, grounded in the Christian tradition but encouraging each reader to find their own path and discover their own unique language of prayer.

Reviews

An article on the book can be found in the June 14th 2012 edition of the Anglican Journal

This book will challenge and feed the mind, and stretch and nourish the soul.
It is a must both for those sensing that they are already on a spiritual journey
and for those who want to deepen their practice. A treasure-house of
prayer and possibility.
(Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco and Honorary Canon of Chartres Cathedral )
This is an excellent book for all spiritual seekers, especially those who want to live and pray with the insights of great Christian teachers as well as acquiring knowledge about them.
(Angela Ashwin, Author of ‘Faith in the Fool: Risk and Delight in the Christian Adventure‘ )

Theology by Heart: God, Women and the Church
(Epworth Press: Peterborough, 2004)
Too often the experiences of the women and men in the pews of our churches have been ignored by Church leaders and academic theologians. Ellen Clark-King has listened to the religious experiences of Roman Catholic, Anglican and Methodist working class women in Newcastle upon Tyne and brought their voices into the theological arena. They speak in vivid and moving language of their understanding of God and Church and prayer, and what it means for them to be Christian. Taking these insights seriously, this book constructs a new theology for the Church – a ‘choral theology’ where the voices of many different Christians are given the opportunity to be heard together.

Reviews
Ellen Clark-King is one of a pioneering new generation of theologians who are bringing theology into dialogue with experience by listening to what ‘people in the pew’ have to say. Her remarkable conversations with working-class women uncover a profound clash between their actual faith (in a male God and saviour and a better life to come), and what many feminist theologians think they should believe. The book offers no easy answers, but it highlights a profound culture-clash at the heart of contemporary Christianity with serious implications for the churches and theology.
(Linda Woodhead, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University)
Ellen Clark-King has succeeded in introducing ordinary women’s experiences and voices into the debate about the future of feminism and the church, as she traces the complex interactions between gender, culture, class and religion which characterize the lives of women from four congregations in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her research continues the eminent tradition of participant-observation research into the study of religion first established by the likes of Fulkerson, Burdick and Griffith and in the process she brings a freshness and immediacy to wide debates about the nature of God, understandings of authority and power in the church and the future of feminist theology. Her critical and constructive approach to the renewal of religious language, spirituality and ecclesiology provides stimulus for a whole new generation of practical and contextual theology.
(Elaine L. Graham, Samuel Ferguson Professor of Social and Pastoral Theology, Manchester University)
One place to find both books is on Amazon

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