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Personal Anecdotes and Reflections

Stephen Lawrence

Paperback, 220 pages, $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-921421-39-6

This journal of an extraordinary historic event is a portrait of a time and place of concentrated grace, and it shows us anew the vast richness of personality and gifts in God's people. Steve Lawrence, the director of Evangelization and Catechesis for World Youth Day 2008, gives us his day by day experiences in the year leading up to WYD, and the momentous week when the youth of the world gathered close to the Holy Father and to each other, to learn and to grow.

“This book is a forty day journal of Steve’s reflections of these wonderful and sometimes difficult days. It is deeply personal, reflecting himself and his family life, as he struggles to support the movement of the Breath of the Spirit and identify where and how Providence is working... Certainly it is fascinating reading for WYD participants, but it will be equally useful for all those interested in the struggle between good and evil, between faith and fear in our contemporary society.”
Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, from the Preface to the book.

“These personal reflections on how the Word of God led you during the 30 days of preparation leading up to World Youth Day eloquently reveal the action of the Holy Spirit. I gladly recommend it to others as a means of spiritual preparation for the upcoming World Youth Day in Madrid 2011.”
Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

“Steve Lawrence, one of the key organisers of WYD Sydney, demonstrates that he too is a pilgrim soul and with heart slapping spiritual clarity he shares with us 40 days of his remarkable journey.”
Selina Hasham, Chair, National Committee to WYD 2011 Madrid, Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

“This book is a fascinating account, written with freshness and colour, full of compact stories that reveal the hand of Divine Providence at work in countless ways, in countless lives. No one who attended went home unchanged, and those who were there can relive it through these pages. Those who were unable to attend will taste and enjoy one of the great blessings of God in our times."
Michael D. O'Brien, Canadian novelist, painter and essayist.

"Steve beautifully explores the spiritual richness of WYD08 whilst offering insightful reflections on what WYD08 means for our nation."
Therese Nichols, National Formation Coordinator

"I would highly recommend this spiritual journal. In it you will find the journey of a man of God, Steve Lawrence, as he prayerfully seeks to implement WYD08, and in the process bring a renewal to our Church and a new evangelisation to Australia."
Deacon Matt Ransom, Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Cairns.

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