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Eavesdropping

Learning to pray from those who talked to Jesus

Henry Martin

978 0 232 53389 7
Paperback |240 pp |216 x 135 mm
Price: £12.99

'A classic, simply journeying through Lent to Easter, exploring the motives, asides, nuances, and unsaid words behind the conversations in 49 Gospel scenes. Each imaginative reflection, worthy of a Gerd Theissen or Jonathan Magonet, concludes with “How does this help with prayer?” Faced by Martin’s insightful, earthed, non-judgemental answers, I repeatedly found myself praying. He is blisteringly honest, very perceptive, and has a genuine and original humour.'

David Wilbourne, Church Times


‘Henry has written a thought-provoking, intelligent and heartfelt book from a novel perspective. By listening on in on centuries-old conversations, he breathes new life into familiar quotes. Eavesdropping feels like a key that unlocks old wisdom in a new way, planting us in first century Palestine, but helping us navigate the weight of the modern world. If you’re a pray-er, this book will revolutionise how you pray. If you find it hard to pray, this book may be the answer to your, well, prayers. Congratulations Henry - an endlessly helpful and dynamic read, that’s also a call to action. Highly recommended.’

Paul Kerensa, comedian, writer, and broadcaster


‘The author of Eavesdropping brings his gift of observation as a visual artist, and his long experience as a prison chaplain and parish priest, to the question of how and why to pray. Drawing the reader into stories from the bible and from everyday life, he gives the reader a fresh take on prayer, as well as a kind and expansive vision of God. Highly recommended.’

Maggi Dawn, Professor of Theology and Literature, and Dean of Marquand Chapel, Yale Divinity School

This book of daily readings offers a wonderfully fresh way of deepening the way that we talk to God. Alongside author Henry Martin, we ‘eavesdrop’, or ‘listen in’, on 49 instances of people who actually spoke to Jesus in the Bible, and ask what we can learn from what they said and how he responded. Sometimes his answers brought delight to those who asked him, and sometimes his response was not what they expected or hoped for. In the final section of the book, the conversations listened to took place during Jesus’ final days and bring us closer to him during Holy Week. Eavesdropping can be read in daily sittings at any time of year, and is particularly suitable for Lent.

Henry Martin is an artist, writer and ordained Anglican minister. He has worked in ministry in Dagenham, Salford and most recently for seven years as the Managing Chaplain at HMP Manchester (Strangeways).
ISBNs: 9780232533897 978-0-232-53389-7 Title: eavesdropping