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For Love Alone For Love Alone

Mother Mary Agnes
ISBN 0281055599 (9780281055593)
SPCK, 2003

Category: Biography

For an altogether different perspective on the Christian life, take a look at For Love Alone by Mother Mary Agnes SOLI. This is the fourth book relating the story of the Society of Our Lady of the Isles, the religious community in Shetland to which my sister belongs. In the past Mother Mary Agnes has been accused of being almost too positive, too enthusiastic, too joyful about their way of life. In this volume she relates honestly the ups and downs, the joys and pains, the challenges which face all those who live the religious life.

The prevailing theme of this moving story is that of love — our journey towards the place of love, our growth into love and, essentially, our growth into God who is Love. In this volume Mother Mary Agnes reflects more deeply on the core of the religious life as she seeks to explain her vision for SOLI: SOLI DEO, for God Alone, for Love Alone.

This fascinating book can be read by itself or after the earlier volumes: A Tide that Sings, The Song of the Lark and Island Song.

Sue Groom, October 2003

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).

Previously published by St Matthew's Church, Yiewsley. Reused here by kind permission.

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