The Rev Canon Jim Carson, rector of St Paul’s, Lisburn, launched his book Love and Joy and Peace in the Good Book Shop, Belfast, on November 22.
The launch was attended by family, friends and colleagues, and the book was endorsed by Mr Richard Ryan, manager of the Good Book Shop, and Bro David Jardine, SFF, Canon of St Anne’s Cathedral.
Bro Jardine described Love and Joy and Peace as ‘a very good piece of work.’ He said: “Readers get the benefit of 30 years of ministry, 30 years of living the Christian life and all the struggles that entails.”
The publication is a devotional book about the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22–23 –“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self–control. Against such things there is no law.”
In it Canon Carson seeks to give some background on St Paul and the fruit of the Spirit before writing about each in turn in 12 chapters which are followed up with an individual study on each of the fruit of the Spirit.
Bro Jardine told guests at the launch: “More important than the gifts of the spirit are the fruits. If you want to grow in your Christian life and especially in the fruits of the spirit then this book is really helpful.”
Canon Carson said: “I have tried to make a book that is accessible to everyone. In 12 chapters I begin to explore the fruit of the spirit and a short study guide allows people to go deeper.”
The Dean of Connor, the Very Rev John Bond, congratulated Canon Carson on the publication of his book. “Writing a book at any time is an incredible achievement, but in a busy parish it is a remarkable achievement,” he said.
Guests had the opportunity to enjoy lunch while Canon Carson signed copies of Love and Joy and Peace, which is now available at the Good Book Shop priced £8.99.