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Tackling Crime & Punishment

16 March 2012

Woohoo! I just love the hour or two first thing in the morning when I get to work on PrayerWalk London. It feels like such a luxury to spend time on something that’s so exciting to me and that I’m so passionate about. I could spend the whole day on it but I usually have to transition to other things like the writing and consulting work that actually pays the bills! 🙂

I’m thankful for bills, though. Sometimes they act as a great motivating factor. I’d be a lot less productive were it not for that added incentive!

So, back to prayerwalking. I’ve set aside 52 days – until April 25 – to make the PrayerWalk London manuscript an absolute priority. If I don’t do that, then too many other “important” things take precedent and PWL gets shoved back farther and farther on the agenda, kind of like those thank you notes I’ve been meaning to write since February.

The chapter I’m currently working on is CRIME & PUNISHMENT. It’s the third chapter in the book and follows CHURCH & STATE and CROWN & GLORY. It tackles the “underworld” of London and takes the reader through the parts of the city related to crime, law and justice:

  • The Tower of London that dates back to the 11th century and has been a royal palace, a prison and a place of execution. It’s also where the Crown Jewels are displayed.
  • The Central Criminal Court nicknamed “Old Bailey” where infamous criminals like Jack the Ripper were tried and held.
  • The site of the former Newgate Prison, written about by Charles Dickens and other writers, and another site of public execution.
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral – to throw in an element of God’s justice versus man’s, along with the aspect of forgiveness and redemption.

London's busy business district

Did You Know? London is divided into two “cities”: the City of Westminster and the City of London.

The first two walks in the book take place within the City of Westminster where you’ll find Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the West End and many other popular places to visit. The City of London is the main financial and business district and can be easily spotted by its glittering skyscrapers and modern buildings. CRIME & PUNISHMENT takes the reader through the heart of the City of London.

The Royal Exchange or "REX"

Take a Break. As you walk from the Tower of London to St. Paul’s Cathedral, take some time to pause at the little park in front of the Royal Exchange, where business has been transacted since the Middle Ages and that they’ve now turned into a commercial establishment selling luxury goods. You’ll see to your left the famous Bank of England, looking like a fortress surrounded by a high windowless wall. Behind you is Mansion House, the residence and office of the Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Okay, so much for the sneak peak. Gotta get back to writing the chapter!