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The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, on Tour: Aged Far Too Much to Be Put on the Front Cover of a Book [Paperback]

Adrian Plass
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; New edition edition (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007130465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007130467
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We got our first taste of Adrian Plass's outrageous humour in The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Age 37 and The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Age 45 . With over 2 million copies sold, these beloved bestsellers naturally placed the author's fanciful alter-ego in great demand as an inspirational speaker. And of course, his touring experiences have led to all-new stories to share with his friends. This sequel to the first two books will doubtless secure the Sacred Diarist's reputation as a spiritual authority. It's probably not the reputation he's hoping for, but it's the perfect medium for a bucketful of laughter. So meet the speaker, meet the crew and take a seat. It's time to join Adrian Plass on tour! Anne seems to think it would be a good idea to let people see some of the diary entries I've written in connection with the little seven-day speaking tour that she and I have just done ...On that innocent note, Adrian Plass whisks us along on one of the zaniest tours in his career as a Christian speaker.

Besides his wife, his fictional entourage includes Gerald, his grown son, who is now a wise-cracking vicar; high-strung Leonard Thynn and his talented but surrealistic girlfriend, Angels Twitten; and the tour's Scripture-spouting benefactor, Barry Ingstone. First stop is the church of St. James the Hardly Visible at All, where a dour caretaker is waiting to set the tone for things to come. So hop on board - the tour is leaving, and you don't want to miss a thing.

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3.0 out of 5 stars For enlightening ones spirit 29 Jun 2006
This book is a good read for anyone suffering from nightmares, needing a positive note just before falling asleep. I like Plasses views on religion and his honest (if sometimes repetive) writing style. I've read many of his books and this one is good, allthough nowhere near as good as his previous work.

I recommend this for anyone who has a sense of humour about religion- as Jesus does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Theologically correct or hopelessly wrong? 12 Sep 2009
A bit of light relief from my current diet of Carson and Piper, but amid the laughing, I think Plass gives me just as much to think about. Adrian Plass is On Tour, with the usual characters - his longsuffering and insightful wife Anne, son and now Curate Gerald, mad friend Leonard Thynn (now with dancing girlfriend, Angels), and a new theologically-sound-financial-backer Barry Ingstone.

Touring around the country speaking, they meet un-cooperative caretakers, PA operators who can't, over-optimistic meeting organisers (not exactly 500 people in a theatre, more like 8 in a front room), and lots of people who need Jesus.

Through anecdote and conversation, Adrian Plass addresses important truths but with a knack of rising above theological debate to show you the love of God working through flawed, unwilling servants in a fallen world, to heal and help ordinary people.

Anne sums it up, in her response to Barry theologically-correct-but-hopelessly-wrong Ingstone's objection to using the church simply to help people without preaching to them at the same time.

Barry, in meeting you, I have been brought face to face with a phenomenon that is completely new to me. I have never before known anyone who was so completely and utterly right, and at the same time so totally and unequivocally wrong. Everything you say about the Bible and its teaching is accurate and unarguable. Everything you say about real people and real life and the way God actually is in his dealings with sad, confused human beings was born in some other, distant, cold and unfriendly place, and should never have been allowed to live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but nonetheless a great read 4 Aug 2009
I have always loved the Sacred Diary series and was surprised when I saw this book. I bought it and read it in less than a day. It was a riveting read and I thought the way it treated Leonard was well overdue! Whilst some of the plot was eminently predictable I still found it having an effect on me. I felt that this book was uplifting and helpful for those who are still struggling with the basics of Christianity even after many years (I readily include myself in that group)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and thought-provoking 13 Feb 2014
By Sue
This book follows covers a tour which Adrian makes with his fictional wife Anne, and their son Gerald (now an an ordained minister). Amongst others. It's a local speaking tour in which Adrian - supposedly - writes his diary daily. There are some very amusing moments although we all thought it wasn't as funny as the previous books in the series. On the other hand, there are some very thought-provoking discussions that occur, some of which point out - gently - flaws in some modern evangelical fundamentalist styles of thinking.

This isn't really a book for those outside the church; there are too many 'in' jokes and allusions, too much cynicism to make any sense to someone who thinks Christianity is a load of rubbish anyway. I'm not sure it would even be helpful to those who are absolutely certain of their theology and don't like to hear dissenting voices.

But for those who like to think outside the box, to see things in a slightly different light and who don't mind a sometimes irreverent sense of the ridiculous and a gentle poking fun at well-meaning people within the church, this comes highly recommended. But preferably read the earlier books first - the original Sacred Diary in particular.
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