07 Nov 2018 Remembrance Day and First World War Centenary

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This Sunday, November 11, is Remembrance Day, and Lion Hudson would like to remember the wars of the past and later conflicts, and honour those brave servicemen and women who sacrificed themselves for our freedom and continue to do so.

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on the same day as 100th anniversary of the First World War, and remembrance events will take place across the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

"The National Service of Remembrance, held at The Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday, ensures that no-one is forgotten as the nation unites to honour all who have suffered or died in war." - The Royal British Legion

For more information and how to get involved in Remembrance Sunday please visit The Royal British Legion’s website here.

Lion Hudson would like to take this opportunity to remember and ask for a moment of silence for Mark Hale, the husband of Lion Books author Brenda Hale, who was tragically taken from her while serving in Afghanistan. Brenda tells her deeply moving and true story in I Married a Soldier. In the midst of the grief, distress, and financial confusion caused by Mark's death, Brenda became determined to fight for the rights of her two daughters and their futures. Her campaigning to support bereaved forces families eventually led her into politics, where she rose to be a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly. This is the powerful story of how one woman found a way through an event that threatened to crush her, by drawing on her faith in God and on a personal strength she didn't know she had. Buy your copy here.

You can read more about Brenda’s remarkable fortitude, courage and tremendous faith, along with the news of her recent OBE award here.

Interested in reading inspiring titles on World War One? Take a look some of our poignant and fascinating titles below.

Walter's War: A rediscovered memoir of the Great War 1914-18

The voices of those who actually lived through the hell of blood and pain during the Great War have fallen silent. But every now and then a treasure is unearthed — a secret memoir. Walter's War is one such book. Written without his family's knowledge and not discovered until after his death, this is the gripping account of an ordinary soldier, Walter Young, who battled through Ypres, Loos, and many of the key engagements, and was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry at Bullecourt. Although he never talked about the war, his writings vividly capture the mixture of boredom and terror that were so familiar to the soldiers on both sides. No one knew that he had captured his experiences so accurately but this book gives us an extraordinary and moving insight into what life in the trenches was really like. Buy your copy here.

Woodbine Willie: An Unsung Hero of World War One

Woodbine Willie was the affectionate nickname of the Reverend Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, an Anglican priest who volunteered as a chaplain on the Western Front during the First World War. Renowned for offering both spiritual support and cigarettes to injured and dying soldiers, he won the Military Cross for his reckless courage, running into No Man's Land to help the wounded in the middle of an attack. After the war, Kennedy was involved in the Industrial Christian Fellowship, and he wrote widely. This superb biography is based on original interviews with those who knew and loved him. A deep and real concern for his fellow men drove him relentlessly, and this book shows how vital was the role he played, on the battlefields of the trenches and then the slums.
Buy your copy here.

Edward Hicks: Pacifist Bishop at War —The diaries of a World War One Bishop

The story of outspoken pacifist bishop Edward Hicks throws new light on the problems of conscience created by World War One. Edward Hicks, Bishop of Lincoln, was already regarded as a maverick for his stance on the education of women, teetotalism, social justice, and votes for everyone. He came from a different class to that of most bishops. When war came, he was a rare dissenting voice amidst the Church's vocal support for its morality. Acclaimed author G. R. Evans draws upon Hicks's detailed diaries to reveal Edward Hicks as a man battling with his own conscience and principles, not least at seeing his sons go off to fight — one never to return. This is a fascinating glimpse into the impact the War had on an individual and those around him, who waited at home — and tried to hold onto their humanity. Buy your copy here.

The Great and Holy War: How World War I Changed Religion For Ever

The war was fought by the world's leading Christian nations, who presented the conflict as a holy war. A steady stream of patriotic and militaristic rhetoric was served to an unprecedented audience, using language that spoke of holy war and crusade, of apocalypse and Armageddon. But this rhetoric was not mere state propaganda. Philip Jenkins reveals how the widespread belief in angels, apparitions, and the supernatural, was a driving force throughout the war and shaped all three of the Abrahamic religions - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - paving the way for modern views of religion and violence. The disappointed hopes and moral compromises that followed the war also shaped the political climate of the rest of the century, giving rise to such phenomena as Nazism, totalitarianism, and communism. Connecting remarkable incidents and characters -—from Karl Barth to Carl Jung, the Christmas Truce to the Armenian Genocide — Jenkins creates a powerful and persuasive narrative that brings together global politics, history, and spiritual crisis. We cannot understand our present religious, political, and cultural climate without understanding the dramatic changes initiated by the First World War. The war created the world's religious map as we know it today.
Buy your copy here.