British Political leaders have revealed their Summer Reading (see the list in comments below) – We believe the church people we’ve asked have come up with a greater variety! Here are our church people’s answers… What will you be reading?
Trish writes: I’m off on a Craft Retreat this summer and I’m taking TS Eliot’s “Four Quartets” – one of those books I’ve been meaning to read for years… for relaxation when I’m not knitting, making lace or quilting!
Sandra is reading a novel: “I am looking forward to reading Mr Weston’s Good Wine, a 1923 novel by T. F. Powys which came with my father’s high recommendation and astonishment that I call myself an Anglican and yet hadn’t read it. It is a Christian allegory set in a Dorset Village.”
The parish assistants are being quite ‘religious’ in their summer choices!
Rosie: I’ve just started The Inclusive God by Steven Shakespeare and Hugh Rayment-Pickard. This takes a fresh look at how the Scriptures and the Church are (or at least, should be) deeply rooted in welcoming one and all: that God isn’t just for ‘a chosen few’. Thought-provoking but easy to read, and fairly short.
John: I’m reading Cranky, Beautiful Faith by Nadia Bolz-Weber – a “tragicomic spiritual memoir” by pastor (and former stand-up comic) in Denver, Colarado. She’s very focused on the church reaching out to marginalised people.
And what about the clergy?
Fr John: For summer holiday reading: Marian Keys novel The brightest star in the sky. she is Irish and a great observer of life. they are all big books but page-turners and she mixes humour in with the serious.
Fr Ian: In my sabbatical period for relaxation I’ve been reading detective stories from the ‘Golden Age of Crime Writing’ the 1930s and 40s… In the summer I will be reading some of Margery Allingham’s Mr Campion series.
PS An earlier blog on the same subject makes interesting reading too: Click here