The following is a review from Amazon for 'Seasoned by Seasons'
This is a beautiful and inspirational book encapsulating the different seasons of our lives. For anyone who loves storytelling here is a master storyteller retelling some tales from the bible in the most beguiling way that engages all your senses. You will find characters here you might never have heard of, like Mephibosheth or Hagar and other characters that are well renowned, like Mary and Martha. Yet every one of these stories encompasses emotional or psychological states very familiar to us today.
Often Michael Mitton's turn of phrase is streetwise, cheeky, funny; and often you will be moved by the sheer power of dynamic equivalents. Every story has a message which we can relate to our own lives; maybe the original tale was written many centuries ago, but now you will find it imaginatively expanded in a style which has grace, lyricism and poetry.
With a true story-telling gift, Michael Mitton weaves his spell and beguiles us with insights and metaphors about the dynamics of life. Here you will find a runaway slave girl who was rejected but is now raised up in dignity and worth; there you will find a man with a hideous skin disease who has to beg a hated foreign power for help, and ends up drowning his considerable pride. And then you will find a young woman who resents her sister and is in danger of trapping herself with her own martyr complex...
And when you read the stories here which are from the New Testament, I feel sure you too will, like myself, have a much richer sense on a human level of the person of Jesus: his humour, warmth, compassion; his wisdom, humanity, discernment; his disregard for conventon and rules, his sharpness, wit, mental flexibility, clear vision, and sheer versatility.
Seasoned by Seasons
Like the seasons themselves, our lives are variable and can change in a moment. In Seasoned by Seasons, Michael Mitton acknowledges this and offers Bible reflections for the variety of life's seasons: spring, the season of emerging new life; summer, the season of fruitfulness; autumn, the season of letting go; winter, the season of discovering light in the dark. What can we learn, and how can we be encouraged in each season of our lives? This book will empower you to discover for yourself the truths and messages of scripture, and might well transform the way you view life's changes.
Each reflection was so vivid I couldn't wait to read the next.
I heartily recommend this book to individuals and groups. It is a book of wisdom, compassion and of hope
Simon Taylor, Canon Chancellor, Derby Cathedral
Dreaming of Home
From the back cover: Finding a sense of 'home', a special place of acceptance and belonging is a fundamental human longing. In this powerful and profound book, Michael Mitton shows how it is, in fact, an essential part of both personal development and spiritual renewal. Drawing on his own experience of the homecoming journey, he considers how we can go about finding our true home within God's eternal kingdom, how to identify forces within us that may hinder us from this search, and the importance of churches offering a welcome to all.
Adrian Plass: a warm and welcome book that will comfort, coax and challenge many readers
Pete Hughes (from the foreword) I couldn't recommend this book more highly. It contains critical message for the church today in how to engage with culture, and particularly with those searching for 'home'.
In addition to the main text of the book, there is a fictional story about a Pharisee called Reuben, who overhears the Rabbi from Nazareth telling a most disturbing parable...
Restoring the Woven Cord
This is a book on Celtic Christianity which was first published by DLT in 1995. It has been revised and republished in 2019. It looks at the lives of 15 of the early Celtic saints in Britain and Ireland and I write about how each one has a story that can inspire us today. Such themes as prayer, evangelism, healing and death are covered. In my preface to this new edition I write, 'Nearly 25 years on from when I wrote this book, the Celtic fire shows no signs of abating.' In my introduction to this edition I also look at whether this is just nostalgic wishful thinking and romanticism. I'm inclined to think not! Pete Greig has commended the book with the words, 'Restoring the Woven Cord has changed my life'. See this link on the brf website for more information.
Travellers of the Heart
This book tracks my own spiritual journey as I have drawn from a variety of spiritualities and traditions. I have used the analogy of geographic terrains to describe my experience of these spiritualities. Thus we have Anglican plains, Evangelical home counties, Anglo-Catholic borders, Charismatic streams, Liberal marshlands and Missional coastlands. Each tradition has enriched my journey. The main thing is the willingness to travel and explore to discover all that God has for us.
Jonny Baker: The blend of Michael's own journey and story woven with the different streams of spirituality makes for a lovely way of opening up the gifts of tradition. His posture of openness and generosity is one I aspire to and I particularly like the way the book concludes in the coastland of mission which seems to me to be the most natural way to unite.
A Heart to Listen
I wrote this book in my last year of working with the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation. I headed up the Christian Listening training part of Acorn, and through that work became convinced of the vital importance of learning to listen.I have now revised the book and it is republished in May 2010. Rachel Burgess, reviewing the book in 'Retreats' wrote about the book,'By learning the wisdom of listening, we will be able to build deeper and more caring relationships with God and others, whilst at the same time bring healing to our noisy uncaring world. A must read for us all.'
One reader has written, 'I read your book "a heart to listen" while on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as learning a lot from it! I think one of the comments on the back cover says "you'll find it hard to put it down" and that was certainly my experience.I especially enjoyed the modern parable, which worked really well along side the rest of the book.'
Other books I have written:
Requiem Healing (with Russ Parker) DLT
The Sounds of God Eagle
Wild Beasts and Angels DLT
The Rainbow of Renewal BRF
A Handful of Light BRF
The Wisdom to Listen Grove
The Quick and the Dead Grove
The Heart of Toronto Grove