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Coming Home for Good: published!

Some of you will know that I previously made a draft of my book available for free as an online pdf. I finally decided it would be sensible and viable to publish it properly after some final, further editing.

So…here’s the blurb for the newly released Coming Home for Good, in which I use my autobiography to comment and reflect on homelessness, spirituality, identity and belonging:

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“Growing up in ‘70s and ‘80s Thatcherite Britain, Roger developed a deep longing to escape from society to live as an itinerant, free from possessions and responsibilities. In Coming Home for Good Roger attributes this early ambition – or lack of – to a combination of broken home, educational difficulties, an apparently purposeless universe, and disillusionment with a capitalist society.

After running away from home twice, Roger started to live the dream by hitch-hiking around the USA at the age of 19. At 21 he returned to the States to continue pursuing a free, hedonistic lifestyle after burning all his boats in England, eventually experiencing life with no possessions but the clothes he was standing in.

Everything changed when he unexpectedly found Christian faith on the streets of America in 1987 and returned to the UK to pursue a career in nursing. He has now been managing a homeless healthcare service since 2004.

Coming Home for Good traces the roots of Roger’s lifestyle choices, the adventures and experiences of life on the roads and streets of America, and lessons learned from working with homeless people. He tells of his ongoing, unfolding sense of identity and self-actualisation, the potential for which he sees in the lives of the homeless people he works with. Recurring themes of hope, empathy and compassion are seen as keys to unlocking this potential.

Coming Home for Good uses examples of personal life experience to discuss ‘physical, psychological and spiritual homelessness’, and to reflect on identity, individuality, addiction and belonging, all of which, while especially pertinent in the context of homelessness, are issues that affect everyone.”

One friend, after reading the book, gave this review:

“[Coming Home for Good] has been of huge help and encouragement to me – nice to know that love, empathy and compassion may be enough in the end.”

Follow this link to buy at Amazon UK

Follow this link to buy at Amazon.com

Also available on Kindle.

Hope you’ll find it interesting!

With love

Roger Nuttall

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You can save me

 

You can save me

(Photo: nicked off BBC website)

 

You can save me, screamed Hastings Pier, in its brittle, crumbling, burnt-out state

to anyone who would listen.

Now wondrous once more, restored to its original-new identity,

Giving pleasure to many,

space to breathe and to think,

Tonight from my house I hear celebrations as Madness play at the grand re-opening

of our people’s pier.

 

 

You can save me, we scream from deep in our crumbling, burnt-out hearts

To anyone who will listen – to God, if he’s there,

Save us from our (self-inflicted) wounds, bring us back to who we are,

Give us space to breathe and think

and give love to many.

Help us find the way to life, as angels celebrate the grand regeneration

of our true identity.

 

 

You can save me, I call from the silence of my healing, hurting, burning soul

To Abba, who is love and listens,

Save me from myself, from my broken thoughts, as you have always done,

Give me space to breathe and think

and bring your love to many.

Thank you for saving me, then and now, always restoring me

to my true but sometimes hidden identity,

with you in love.

 

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(Photo: mine)

 

But most people are not consciously there yet. They are not ‘saved’ from themselves, which is the only thing we really need to be saved from. They do not yet live out their objective, totally given, and unearned identity, ‘hidden with Christ in God’ (Colossians 3:3)…. For most of us, our own deepest identity is still well hidden from us.”

Richard Rohr, Eager to Love (page 66)

 

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(Photo: mine)

 

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Here’s another reflection on Hastings Pier, entitled Inclusion Zone, that I wrote in 2013.

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Please read my About page.

Thanks! Roger N)

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