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Locating God

Posted by Simon Parke, 2 Mar 2021

In locating God, we may need something other than the traditional grammar of success.

So, we’ll not locate God in statistics of religious attendance, up or down; for it is well known Hitler could draw a good crowd. And Buddha and Jesus died almost alone.

Neither will we locate God in the public utterances of religious leaders…

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Posted by Simon Parke, 1 Mar 2021


No need to run away. Most of the fear we feel is an out of date response, a memory of former times

Observe carefully what is going on inside yourself. Truthful observation is key to growth

The path is kind, always kind. We will be given what we need…

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Making anxiety speechless

Posted by Simon Parke, 23 Feb 2021

When anxiety arrives at night, do not deal with it.

Your defences are down, it will have all the best lines; lines enough to keep your body in its grip.

So instead, look away from anxiety’s pressing breath and find your little self in the dark; the child from whom you grew.

And once found, greet and hug, greet and hug…

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This inevitable beauty

Posted by Simon Parke, 22 Feb 2021

When considering an extension, there is only one sign of success when the architect and builders have gone.


If an extension has worked, whether it’s in the loft or stuck on the side, it must look like it has always been there.

It must somehow look inevitable; and it’s the same with music…

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I step out now

Posted by Simon Parke, 17 Feb 2021

There is my multiple life

And then the heart beat beneath it all

I listen now

There is dawn breaking

Then brighter than any sun, the long back-thread of light, the glistening glint and gleam of my origins

I see now…

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Cover of Gospel: Rumours of Love

‘Meet Jesus unplugged,’ writes former Fleet Street editor, Richard Addis, after reading Simon’s latest novel, Gospel: Rumours of Love. ‘In a stunning act of imagination, Simon Parke shatters every stained glass window in your mind.’

Cover of Solitude

In Solitude: Recovering the power of alone, Simon describes solitude as the active path to inner silence and takes us on an enthralling journey there. In a world of haste and distraction, he commends the way of stillness and withdrawal where we can ‘recover the power of alone’.

Cover of The Secret Testament of Julian

Julian of Norwich, contemporary of both Chaucer and Langland, was the first woman to write a book in English. Yet remarkably, she disappeared from view for 600 years, before her rediscovery in the 20th century. My new novel is Julian’s own telling of her life.


I was interviewed recently for the Church Times podcast about my new novel, Gospel: Rumours of Love. Listen above.


Based loosely on my recent novel, Gospel, Rumours of Love, here is a retreat around our perception of, and relationship with, Jesus. Is this your moment, in a safe space, to behold the man afresh?

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