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Book Reviews

Book Review: Faith, Hope and Mischief (Tiny Acts of Rebellion) by Andrew Graystone

Posted on July 17th 2023

I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Graystone at a Lent Zoom session I had organised for St George’s Stockport. Andrew was our speaker one evening and was a hugely engaging presenter with an array of stories demonstrating how he had helped others in simple and not-so-simple ways.


Book Review: Cosmic Chemistry by John C Lennox

Posted on November 2nd 2022

In John Lennox’s latest book, Cosmic Chemistry, he carefully presents the theistic worldview in the light of new scientific developments. Both a Christian and a mathematician, he presents in a very detailed way, the workings of creation from the aspects of genetics, physics, chemistry, quantum mechanics and systems biology, to name but a few! A comprehensive read, there is no doubt that it will be an easier read for those with a scientific background. Although the book builds on arguments in an earlier book, “God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?” it is not essential to have read that book before tackling this one.


Book Review: Bringing Back the Beaver by Derek Gow

Posted on October 27th 2022

As a priest, I am passionate about caring for our planet and our wonderful creation. I was delighted to come across this book by farmer and nature conservationist, Derek Gow, who has played a key role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver to the UK.


Book Review: The Still Small by Neil Paynter

Posted on October 13th 2022

This book, written by Neil Paynter, of the Iona Community, is a perfect antidote to our busy lives. Filled with daily short reflections, blessings, short prayers and one or two sentences of stillness, you will never again be able to use the excuse of “I don’t have time” to do some quiet contemplation.


Book Review: Murder Before Evensong by The Reverend Richard Coles

Posted on September 12th 2022

This is the first fiction book written by Richard Coles, and I had the great pleasure of hearing Revd Richard being interviewed at the Chester Storyhouse Theatre, and even got myself a signed copy!


Book Review: Shane, Sheba and Sky by Paul Viner

Posted on April 19th 2022

Not for the fainthearted, this is an uplifting book about the author’s struggle approaching mid-life and his own mental health issues which were overcome and helped by his relationship with three special dogs.


Book Review: Rhythms of Grace: A Journey into Rest by Kate Waterman

Posted on April 5th 2022

Kate Waterman has produced a delightful, easy-to-read, book for journaling through ways to rest and overcome life’s general anxieties and stresses.


Book Review: Black, Gay, and Queer by the Reverend Jarel Robinson-Brown

Posted on December 14th 2021

As a white, straight, female, middle-class curate in the Church of England in an unusual “secular” role, I feel that I’ve had a disproportionate misunderstanding of my own Church of England (CoE) ministry. However, in "Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer", the author, Jarel, highlights the massive misunderstanding faced not just by the Christian LGBTQ+ community but, specifically, the Black and Christian LGBTQ+ community.


Book Review: Pets in Poetry and Prose

Posted on September 7th 2021

Celebrating 25 years of PACT Animal Sanctuary - This is a beautiful selection of poems, stories, illustrations and memories to mark the anniversary of 25 years of the PACT Animal Sanctuary based in Norfolk.


Book Review: The Madness of Grief by the Reverend Richard Coles

Posted on August 10th 2021

We all experience loss, and Richard Coles provides an open account of his grief and how he travelled (and is travelling) through this long journey of grief. An excellent book to help others, which shows that priests are not immune to the intense anger and loss of a bereavement.


Book Review: How To Love Animals by Henry Mance

Posted on June 27th 2021

An extremely thought-provoking book which has challenged some of my long-standing views. Henry Mance’s well thought-through arguments have convinced me to eat less meat and explore veganism.


Book Review: Outgrowing Dawkins by Rupert Shortt

Posted on May 24th 2021

As a Reverend and a scientist working in an intensely secular and post-modern environment, I was eagerly awaiting Rupert Shortt’s new book. Rupert Shortt’s latest book, is, like his name, short! If you’re looking for a succinct reminder on why the arguments of atheists such as Richard Dawkins fall down on several levels, then this may be the book for you.


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