Laura Thompson A teacher-to-teacher resource for Catholic school teachers or religious education catechists. This handbook discusses how to use literature to enrich Catholic catechesis. Four books are analyzed--Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, The Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux, The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander, and Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way by Pope John Paul II. This resource also This resource also includes a select bibliography and a list of alternative assessments.
Laura Thompson Poetry is a form of literature that eludes definition. It is an art form that emerges from the pure human need to express oneself. Poetry that is used for healing and personal growth may be traced back to primitive man who used it in religious rites in which shamans chanted poetic prayers or incantations for the well-being of the group or individual. Ancient poems have been found on Sumerian wax tablets and Egyptian papyrus. The poetic music of a shepherd boy named David date to 1030 BC. It is of interest to note that the first hospital in the United States, Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Benjamin Franklin, employed treatments for their patients which included reading, writing and publishing their poems. Doctor Benjamin Rush, the father of American Psychiatry, included music and poetry as part of his treatments.
Poetry is a powerful therapeutic tool; unique in its use of metaphor, imagery, rhythm and other devices. Freud and Jung among other great figures of medicine recognize the role of literature, like poetry, in the art of healing. By reading and reflecting on literature, such as poetry, the reader identifies and empathizes with the writer. The shared experience is similar to that of a group therapy situation. After all, there is nothing new under the sun.
Laura Thompson This prayer book is presented as a guide to those seeking healing through prayer and meditation. Its format is based on the Roman Catholic tradition of the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours is the prayer of the Church. The Liturgy of the Hours follows a set pattern of antiphons, psalms and readings. This prayer aid is modeled on that pattern. The selected psalms and readings would correspond with steps and traditions of most 12-step groups. The scripture passages are from the New Living Translation. The steps and traditions contained here are those of CoDA – Co-Dependents Anonymous. Other parts are adapted from various books of Christian prayer in the spirit of the Liturgy of the Hours. This small guide is humbly submitted for those seeking a loving Higher Power and spiritual support in the 12-step journey to healthy and loving relationships.
Laura Thompson This booklet contains a series of meditation exercises. The goal is to introduce middle school and junior high students to the method of prayer known as LECTIO DIVINA. There are sufficient exercises to last one school year doing one exercise a week. I found it beneficial to give students a regularly scheduled meditation time. I often chose the same day we had Eucharistic adoration. The exercises meditate on passages from the Old Testament and the New Testament.
It's important that if you have students do the exercises in writing that they know that you, as teacher, will read their reflections. You do this because journal writing should never be unsupervised if required by the teacher. In other words, do not ask students to journal than ignore what you've required them do. They are not writing their reflections to you, but for the examination of their conscience and their relationship with God and others. In our everyday lives, we can forget to develop our friendship with God. In these prayer times we will focus on these ordinary times in order to see God in the day-to-day lives we lead.
Laura Thompson For thousands and thousands of years our Jewish brothers and sisters have celebrated Passover. This holiday commemorates their Exodus from slavery. These miraculous events changed misery to peace, slavery to freedom, sin to grace. One of the last things Jesus did with his disciples was to celebrate Passover and retell the story to them. It's no coincidence Jesus chose the Passover meal for what the Church now celebrates as the Mass and Eucharist. God gave us the Passover celebration as a foreshadowing of the redemption Jesus would bring. He used the same celebration to teach us even more about His love. God cared for His people, our ancestors, long ago and He cares for His children today. Haggadah means, “telling.” This will be a parallel telling of the traditional Seder as conducted by our Jewish brothers and sisters since the days of Moses as well as the significance and fulfillment of these signs and wonders in the Messiah, Jesus. Traditionally the leader of the Passover meal is the oldest male in the household. Some parts are lead be the oldest female such as the lighting of the candles and the serving of the meal. The four questions are asked by the youngest male. I composed this resource for use in the middle school classroom to explain the origin of our Catholic liturgy and give children a sense of the connective continuity between Judaism and Christianity--to illustrate how we will be able to see, hear, and taste the great love God has for us!
Laura Thompson This prayer book is presented as a guide to those seeking healing through prayer and meditation. Its format is based on the Roman Catholic tradition of the Liturgy of the Hours. The Liturgy of the Hours is the prayer of the Church. The Liturgy of the Hours follows a set pattern of antiphons, psalms and readings. This prayer aid is modeled on that pattern. The selected psalms and readings would correspond with steps and traditions of most 12-step groups. The scripture passages are from the New Living Translation. The steps and traditions contained here are those of SIA – Survivors of Incest. Other parts are adapted from various books of Christian prayer in the spirit of the Liturgy of the Hours. This small guide is humbly submitted for those seeking a loving Higher Power and spiritual support in the 12-step journey to healthy and courageous living.
Laura Thompson AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Riveting. The Six captures all the wayward magnetism and levity that have enchanted countless writers without neglecting the tragic darkness of many of the sisters’ life choices and the savage sociopolitical currents that fueled them.” – Tina Brown, The New York Times Book Review
The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by John Betjeman; the third was a fascist who married Oswald Mosley; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire.
They were the Mitford sisters: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as “bright young things” in the high society of interwar London. Then, as the shadows crept over 1930s Europe, the stark—and very public—differences in their outlooks came to symbolize the political polarities of a dangerous decade.
The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives—recounted in masterly fashion by Laura Thompson—hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after WWII. The Six was previously published as Take Six Girls.
Laura Thompson As an adolescent, I was not very interested in going to mass on Sundays. I attended the local Catholic school and had my fill of “that kind of thing” during the week. But I was interested in spiritual things. I was haunted by life’s big questions, most of which started with “why.” I sought a purpose for my life and leaned on God for my sanity during a turbulent adolescence.
Many years later, I am now a Catholic school teacher. I strive to take my students deeper into the faith—beyond the mostly superficial information in textbooks. When it comes to teaching religion, it is more than a subject—it is a way of life! This book is written for teachers who are seeking to delve deeper into catechesis than most religion textbooks guiding young disciples by creating an active learning environment.
Laura Thompson The author of the Somerset Maugham award-winning The Dogs: A Personal History of Greyhound Racing, and the brilliant biography Life In A Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford, Laura Thompson turns her highly acclaimed biographical skills to arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Agatha Christie.
'Laura Thompson's outstanding biography . . . is a pretty much perfect capturing of a life' Kate Mosse, Book of the Year 2007
It has been 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. In this biography, Laura Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she had, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the mysteries still surrounding Christie's life - including her disappearance in 1926.
Agatha Christie is a mystery and writing about her is a detection job in itself. But, with access to all of Christie's letters, papers and writing notebooks, as well as interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.
Praise for Laura Thompson
'Laura Thompson has certainly written the last word on Agatha Christie. Her book is a superb piece of biography' Literary Review
'Affectionate, admiring, perceptive and absolutely convincing' Sunday Telegraph
'This splendid account of [Christie's] life and work is unlikely to be bettered' Evening Standard
'A triumphant success' Daily Mail
'This book is a gem: fresh, intelligent and assured' Sunday Times
'Laura Thompson is a fine writer . . . and one can't help admire the way she breathes new life into an intriguing tale' London Review of Books
'Laura Thompson delivers the goods: a compelling narrative' The Times
Laura Thompson The author of the New York Times bestselling The Six now turns her formidable biographical skills to the greatest crime writer in the world, Agatha Christie.
It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. A brilliant and award winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie's books still sell over four million copies each year—more than thirty years after her death—and it shows no signs of slowing.
But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? Thompson reveals the Edwardian world in which Christie grew up, explores her relationships, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the many mysteries still surrounding Christie's life, most notably, her eleven-day disappearance in 1926.
Agatha Christie is as mysterious as the stories she penned, and writing about her is a detection job in itself. With unprecedented access to all of Christie's letters, papers, and notebooks, as well as fresh and insightful interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind this mysterious woman.
Laura Thompson "Mosaic of Love" is a playful, wise and poignant book of poems about love and the mystery of life. With a unique perspective and distinct voice, Laura Thompson explores the meaning of love beginning with family, progressing to the garden of flowering lovers and culminating on the mystical note of universal love. Be a traveler on this pilgrimage of poems and seek for yourself the way of love.