"Joyful Christianity "
Written by Cally Hammond
Often our Christian lives lack the real, deep joy of God. We frequently fail to grasp the jubilant essence of the Bible. This is never truer than as we approach Advent.
Caught up in our pre-Christmas stress, we just don’t appreciate the depths of meaning in a story that we’ve heard thousands of times before. It is all too easy to gloss over the nativity and what it means.
Cally Hammond, Dean of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, is anxious that we take another – fresher – look. In her book, Joyful Christianity, she takes us on a journey to experience afresh the events of the nativity as found in the Gospel of Luke. It is her hope that as we take time to look again at Jesus’ birth, we will develop a deeper commitment to our faith. From this we can begin to live life with the joy of our Christianity shining out for all to see.
This is a devotional book which is enriched both by Cally Hammond's theological grip and verve and by her engaging honesty about her own spiritual journey. Her considerable scholarship is worn lightly and the writing is highly accessible - a rich feast for anyone hoping to deepen their appreciation of the joyful heart of Christian faith.
Review by: The Revd Angela Tilby
Vicar of St Bene't's Church, Cambridge and regular broadcaster.
Click here to read the Bishop of Huntingdon's blog entry on Cally's book.
About The Author
The Revd Dr Cally Hammond is the Dean of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. She previously worked in rural parishes in the Diocese of Ely and is the author of Passionate Christianity (SPCK 2007).