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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (18 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281057087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281057085
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'occasionally you read something so refreshingly sane and intelligent that you find yourself thinking that there's life in the old Church yet. John Pritchard...has written just such a handbook....' (On Beginning again). '...an excellent book on the mystifying subject of prayer...very enjoyable and profound...' (On How to Pray)."

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The Rt Revd John Pritchard is Bishop of Jarrow. He was Archdeacon of Canterbury and , before that, Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham. He has written several books for SPCK, including the bestselling Intercessions Handbook (1997, over 15000 copies sold to date) and its follow up The Second Intercessions Handbook (Nov 2004, over 2700 copies sold); Beginning Again (2000, 3275 sold); Living the Gospel Stories Today (2001, 2426 sold). His latest title, Living Easter through the Year (Sept 2005) has already sold over 700 copies.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alastair Q on 7 Aug. 2007
Format: Paperback
I have used and enjoyed John Pritchard, Bishop of Jarrow and soon to be Bishop of Oxford's several excellent books on prayer and was slightly suspicious that this was just a pot boiler to keep the publishers happy. But it is his best to date - with dual use as he himself explains: It can be used by Christians as a very stimulating summary of what many people in conversations say they find odd, naff or incredible about faith in today's society. He uses a stimulating range of suggestions and wide ranging quotes and illustrations of possible ways to respond, and to "explain your faith". But it is also an excellent book for those who are discovering faith,or asking questions about faith in mid life. It can be used to give to someone like that to help them explore faith - and what it might mean for them, offer them and ask from them. Honest, approachable and fun. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. D. Westerman on 21 Jun. 2011
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I read this a chapter a day. It is in a very approachable format and language. I think it is very suitable for committed Christians who want to organise their beliefs and be able to answer searching questions posed by non-believers. It would also be excellent as a brief exposition of Christianity for a newcomer to the faith or someone who is just curious. It has the clearest chapter on the problem of suffering that I have ever read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 2 May 2008
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I have recently returned to my faith after a break of 15 years. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for people who may be in the same situation. I bought this book in the hope it would offer some help in explaining, in particular to my Wife, why suddenly I've taken up my faith again. Just how do you explain that longing feeling that comes from way deep down that urges us to walk with God? However far from achieving this original intention I have finished this book and more importantly it has allowed me to justify my whole commitment to faith to myself. This is I now realise the most important thing because unless you know what it is that you yourself follow how can you begin to justify it to anyone else?
It worked best for me to read a chapter a day and then contemplate what I'd read - I hope this helps others, it's been great for me, and here's a final tip - don't just read, listen to the text as well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Girl Kojak on 4 Nov. 2007
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As Revd Alistair, I have read and loved several of John Pritchard's books. However, unlike him I felt somewhat disappointed with 'How to Explain Your Faith'. I did find some facts surprising, and indeed found it reinforced my own faith, however I felt that anyone determined to do so would easily find arguments against the reasoning presented.

Perhaps I was expecting the impossible or setting my sights unreasonably high after reading Pritchards other texts, but I think there is somewhat more to explaining your faith than is presented here. That said, it is beautifully and sensitively written, and I do feel better equipped than previously for dealing with these tricky discussions. As such this book must be worth a read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lauralee on 15 Dec. 2009
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well written and clear to understand and read. a good standby if asking difficult questions re christian faith. can be read with no theology background and is not heavy in language
arrived quickly and in excellent condition.
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