||Richard Farquharson has an uncanny knack
of discerning the sacred amongst the secular. In the course of a year, he
muses on what he sees around him: God at work in His world.
This refreshing book – diary, travelogue, personal jotter – is set
against the background of village life and travels further afield, as we
journey with Richard through a kaleidoscope of English landscapes. It
reflects changes taking place - such as the closure of his village post
office, the departure of the Rector, the enthronement of the new
Archbishop - in a text interwoven with the natural world, the cycle of the
seasons and the Scriptures.
A little like a modern day male Egeria, Richard also gives us tantalising
glimpses into monastic life and has an eye for detail as the liturgical
calendar unfolds throughout the year.
Readers of this book cannot fail to be inspired by the manifestation of
God in the ordinary, as they work with Richard in the garden, travel
alongside him to a variety of interesting destinations or simply join with
his reflections, his observations, his “Musings from Maulden”.
Richard Farquharson lives in the village of Maulden
(hence the book’s title) and is active in his local church. He runs a
website on behalf of the Community of the Resurrection, an Anglican
Religious Community, as well as assisting with the websites of two other
Anglican Religious Communities.
Maulden is a village in Bedfordshire, about 40 miles
north of London. Located in a rural setting between Bedford and Luton, it currently has a
school, a shop, two pubs, two churches (Anglican and Baptist) and a number
of local businesses.
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here to see a review of the book which appeared in the Lady Day 2014 CR
here to see coverage of the book (and a short extract from it) on the
Maulden Village website
here to see coverage of the book in the February 2014 edition
of "See Round" (news from the Church of England in Beds, Herts, Luton
here to see a short article about the book from 23 January 2014
in "Bedford Today" (pdf
version from the "Times and Citizen" here)
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Comments received about "Musings from
- "It is well written" (a CR
- "The book is beautifully written and
it is wonderful for me discovering ... your love of nature, seeing and being
with God in each and every part of your life" (a CR Companion)
book ... so values the often unnoticed by most people and the things around.
The landscape we inhabit helps form who we are and I fear for the young who
are permanently plugged into their electronic gadgets, unaware of their
geographical surroundings and the people therein. Your
musings help remind us that, like Moses, we stand on holy ground every day,
as God is present wherever we are" (a CR Companion)
like this book" (Rector of Maulden and Area Dean)
- "Like 'Word from Wormingford' but
better (a member of the congregation at Maulden church)
- "The book looks like a fascinating
reflection on rural life and given the dynamic changes affecting our
communities is an important insight into what is going on around us. In
terms of spirituality it looks like an important contribution to spiritual
reflection on everyday life. (The Venerable The Archdeacon of Hertford)
- "We are both enjoying your book
immensely and we hope that this is the first in a series!" (a
member of the congregation at Maulden church)
- "I am tending to use the book as an
aid to meditation and find reading an entry invariably sets off a strand of
thought which then turns into a few minutes of prayerful meditation"
(a CR Companion)
- "I am enjoying your Musings from
Maulden and dip into it now and then - a gentle and entertaining read"
(a Church of England Priest)
- "I am writing to say what a delight it
has been reading your lovely book. I live in Luton and worship at the Holy
Cross Marsh Farm so all the places in your book are very familiar to me. It
has been wonderful being allowed to have an insight into your life and share
in the goings on in Maulden throughout the year. I am just about to finish
the book and I am going to go straight to the beginning and read it all
again. I have looked forward to reading a chapter each morning as part of my
devotions. It would be wonderful if you write another one because the first
book will be one I will treasure and read over and over" (a reader
very much enjoyed your musings as I get pleasure from a number of the same
things as you do and love to see God’s hand at work in the small things of
life as well as in the great and mighty" (a reader from
pleased with the book. I know the village well and it comes to life in these
writings. Well done"
through possibly the dullest book ever written: "Musings from Maulden".
Here's a quote: "The last weeding of the year coincided with the last
wedding of the year". Spectacularly dull" (Andrew Watt,
who seems to like calling himself "Mwho
describes himself as "Former radio presenter, television sports pundit
and writer, traveller, PNE supporter, committed sci-fi geek, retired gamer,
podcaster, pie eater, blogger and social media guru")