Author Archives: Ben Bennetts

Falling Upward

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr My rating: 4 of 5 stars Any book that quotes Gerard Manley Hopkins and T.S. Eliot in its first few pages is going to speak to me … Continue reading

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Taking responsibility for our words

Someone in the NHS ought to be feeling very embarrassed this week. As The Independent reported on Thursday, there has been a major public outcry over this poster, which dates from 2005-07 but has recently been seen on NHS premises … Continue reading

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A larger identity

Every now and then my inbox feeds me something unexpected that changes the way I see things. This week it was Matthew Taylor’s RSA Chief Executive’s lecture, The Power to Create: It came at the right time. Having been made … Continue reading

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A city set on a hill

Berlin bookended my formative years.  I first visited at the age of seven, though I have little memory of the long, hot trek through the flatlands of East Germany in my parents’ camper van. I returned seven years later, in … Continue reading

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“…that thing indoors each one dwells”

You had to be there, they said. And I was. Last Sunday night I was at the Royal Festival Hall, listening to forty women–poets and performers–reading Sylvia Plath’s Ariel. It is not an experience I will forget in a hurry: … Continue reading

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Never assume you know why…

Last Sunday night my daughters were singing in a performance of Fauré’s Requiem. Quite right too. Nothing unusual or alarming in that. Except that the concert blew my mind. Fair enough. The Fauré Requiem is a moving piece. But the … Continue reading

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Lives less ordinary

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Every once in a while you read a book that passes straight into your bloodstream, and you are hardly aware of how it happened. When God … Continue reading

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