I have been recommending books for holiday reading, which you can obtain from the Abbey Shop in the Close. I now want to commend to you a very different book, about failure, loss, grief, disappointment and various kinds of suffering. It is entitled Disappointment, Doubt and other Spiritual Gifts and is by Mark Yaconelli, who lives in Oregon, USA. It is, therefore, a very American book. But it deals with themes common to all of humanity. It is accessible, honest and written by a master-storyteller. Everyone would benefit from reading it. Copies are available, or can be ordered, at the Abbey Shop, priced £7.95.