If you want a book that is alive with possibilities, that revels in the grace of God and wants to see faith in action in the lives of real people, then you'll love this book.
He is very likeable and generous and loves people of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds.(Christian Today)
Guardian coverage of Dave Tomlinson taking the funeral of Ronnie Biggs:
Tomlinson, who had conducted the funeral of Biggs's fellow robber Bruce Reynolds last year, said he had received many anonymous emails asking him how he could justify taking the funeral.
"Jesus didn't hang out with hoity-toity, holier-than-thou religious people," he told the congregation in the standing-room-only chapel.
"He seemed much more at home with the sinners. At the end of the day, we are all sinners."
He anticipated that Biggs's arrival at a metaphorical pearly gate "will create a bit of a stir".(The Guardian)
Dave Tomlinson's How to be a Bad Christian is a heartening, life-affirming volume about how to get the most out of your existence...
Atheists and rationalists will also find aspects to enjoy, taking away some insights into how to live a good life; and Tomlinson's friendly treatise may persuade those generally repulsed by religion that can also present itself in a palatable form.(Greg Jameson Entertainment Focus)
Church Times piece on the funeral of Ronnie Biggs:
After the Biggs funeral, many of us piled into a pub around the corner, where I had a stream of conversations with people whom many would classify as "sinners". Yet what I discovered was a great deal of goodness, love, and openness towards this particular man of the cloth's talking about Jesus.
They represented the hordes of people who know that their lives are a bit screwed up, who make no claim to being squeaky-clean Christians, but whose hearts are open to God, in all sorts of ways.
The Revd Dave Tomlinson is the Vicar of St Luke's, West Holloway, in London. His latest book is How to Be a Bad Christian - And a Better Human Being (Hodder & Stoughton, 2013).(The Church Times)
The Daily Mail reporting on Dave Tomlinson's involvement in Ronnie Bigg's funeral:
Was the floral V-sign on Ronnie Biggs's coffin evidence that the career criminal went to his grave unrepentant at the start of this month?
Some people thought so, but the trendy vicar who took the funeral insists it is none of our business and that Biggs and his fellow villains are the essence of Christianity.
The Rev Dave Tomlinson asserts that it is 'arrogant judgmentalism' to deplore Biggs's apparent lack of contrition. 'Constantly I hear people refer to Ronnie Biggs as unrepentant,' he writes in the Church Times. 'But how are we to know? That is God's call.'
Tomlinson, who also conducted the funeral of another Great Train robber, Bruce Reynolds, says he would be happy to be known as 'the villains' priest'.
After the funeral Tomlinson 'piled into a pub round the corner' with several of Biggs's mates.
He adds: 'What I discovered was a great deal of goodness, love and openness.'(The Daily Mail)
The Independent ran a two page spread on Dave taking the funeral of Ronnie Biggs:
"He was criticised for burying Ronnie Biggs but passing judgement is not Rev Dave Tomlinson's style. Tomlinson, author of a book 'How to be a Bad Christian', has embarked upon a mission to sweep up the disaffected hordes who would never set foot in a church by urging them to ditch religion ...in favour of a creed based on generosity and compassion. '(Adam Sherwin The Independent)
Dave Tomlinson is always so good and I just love his writing. Well worth getting.Published 5 days ago by Ann Weatherly
‘How to be a bad Christian’ is about following Jesus, and reflecting God’s love without knowing Christian jargon, or understanding complex creeds. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue
I love the fact that Dave Tomlinson is a vicar. But not like any vicar I know. Refreshing to read a book by a man with a dog collar and bags and bags of compassion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs Anderson
Wonderfully inspirational book, beautifully written. A joy to read, and very thought provoking.Published 2 months ago by diamond master
I got this book from the library and i'm about to buy the next on my kindle. I cant recommend it enough. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julie
Original copy sent to me by my daughter from Australia, where every Anglican priest has one in the house. Have bought many copies since for friends, should be in every 21st. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jacqueline Kemp
If books provide us with anything it has to include moments when you come across an author who both encapsulates how you feel about the world but also prods you further to explore... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richnsoul
Adventurous Christian reading ....... if your faith needs a kick-start - give Dave Tomlinson a chance to help you with that.Published 3 months ago by Happily Retired