Insights and thoughts from retired Norfolk vicar
A retired vicar living in Cromer has published a new book revealing insights and reflections relating to his years of ministry. Tony Rothe reports.
Entitled The Vicar’s Secret Wallpaper, the book uses real pastoral situations drawn from almost thirty years in ministry. Each story is accompanied by a theological reflection designed both to inform & to stimulate, the reader’s own thoughts.
It also seeks to give an insight into a minister’s hidden life – its emotions and stresses as well as its own development. Drawing on almost three decades of ministry in varied settings, these pastoral tales reveal the humour, emotions, deep spiritual encounters & sudden surprises that make up the ‘secret wallpaper’ of a minister’s life.
Accessible and informal in style, it is particularly addressed to any who may be feeling a call to ministry, or embarking upon it.
It is particularly recommended for:
* those seeking encouragement & inspiration in their own Christian pilgrimage
* ministers & would-be ministers, of any Christian tradition
* churchwardens and similar officers
* any who would like to understand their clergy/ministers a little better.
Called away from a white-coated scientific career, the author describes happy, sad, surreal & divine encounters in parish life, largely outside the confines of the church. It reflects on experience in hospital, housing estate, commuter belt and rural settings, and tackles current issues, including aggressive atheism, same-sex marriage, and some worrying trends in today’s church.
The book can be obtained in hardback form or as an e-book from the publishers – www.lulu.com.
It is available locally from Jarrolds in Cromer, Revelation bookshop in Norwich, and Cromer Parish Church, as well as Amazon.
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