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The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2020.
Saying Yes to Life lifts our focus from natural, everyday concerns to issues that are having an impact on millions of lives around the world. As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what he has created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good. Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1) as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.
Foundational to Saying Yes to Life is what it means to be human and, in particular, to be a follower of Jesus. Voices from around the world are heard throughout, and each chapter ends with discussion questions and a prayer to aid action and contemplation.
Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund, an environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Ruth holds a doctorate from Kings College London and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral, and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably - practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so - in the South of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle: Christian Living That Doesn’t Cost the Earth and Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism.
"Ruth Valerio’s book is perfect for individuals and groups to think, reflect, pray and be challenged together." (Justin Welby)
"An arresting and thought-provoking book, brilliantly conceived...by turns beautiful and sobering, encouraging and challenging." (Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield)