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The Roundup – Episode 23

A collective of ideas to inspire you, each and every week.

At Newbold, we believe in the power of Monday motivation.

‘Every man dies, but not every man really lives.’ If you’ve seen the classic blockbuster “Braveheart” then you may recognise this powerful quote. Living, meaning. These are two words we might not consider in our day-to-day life as we plough through our studies, work, or any other element of life. There is so much more to life that sheer ‘survival’, but how much do we consider that?

Here at Newbold, we have a wonderful learning community and we believe that part of the educational process, is personal discovery of one’s calling, meaning, and purpose in life. Those that may have found their purpose might feel that they have been reborn. However, there are many of us still searching for the answer, and it can be an unsettling time – and sometimes, it can take a while to get there.

There aren’t any shortcuts to get to this point, because even though it’s clear from the Bible that God has a plan for us, the discovery of our personal purpose is for us to find ourselves.

Don’t panic though, there are plenty of great resources that can help along the way, in many forms.


Book: 'A Confession' - Leo Tolstoy

'A Confession' is a powerful essay by Leo Tolstoy on his religious thoughts, working through a process of looking for answers to the profound questions: "What will come of my life?" and "What is the meaning of life?". Honest, deep and meaningful, it's a must read.

Book two of the Week:

'The Purpose Driven Life' - Rick Warren

‘A #1 New York Times bestseller, “The Purpose Driven Life” will help you understand why you are alive and reveal God’s amazing plan for you both here and now, and for eternity.’

Published in 2002, Rick Warren guides you through a personal forty-day spiritual journey with the aim to transform your answer to life’s most critical question: “What on earth am I here for”

This journey aims to help reduce your stress, simplify your decision-making, give meaning to your life and prepare you for eternity.

Music of the week:


‘Resonance’ is a collaborative music project made up of members from the Newbold community – across Newbold Church, some of our colleagues at the College and our very own students!

They have their own YouTube channel complete with several songs that offer a fresh interpretation of classic hymns and traditional songs that are sure to put a smile on your face even on these dark January days of lockdown.

Our favourite may just be ‘Let’s Take This Road’, an original track written by Kärt Lazić, Tihomir Lazić and Peter Manners-Smith – the lyrics can be found below the video, which we’ve linked below.

For another uplifting number, check out their cover of Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend”, it’s delightful!

Cooking 101: salad

A salad can be described in many ways - 'boring' shouldn't be one of them. To liven up your salad, check the link below!