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Strangely Warmed: Reflections on God, Life and Bric-a-Brac: The Mowbray Lent Book 2010 [Paperback]

Andrew Rumsey
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17 Dec 2009
This is a collection of short pieces for daily reading in Lent, taking a wryly humorous look at the world and reflecting on the questions of faith that arise from the everyday. "Strangely Warmed" is a collection of short pieces for each day in Lent, designed to be read in the bathroom or on the train, as one would a magazine column. Each piece takes a wry look at the world and reflects on the questions of faith that arise from the everyday - the advertising slogan, the bus journey, the church jumble sale...Drawing on the ingredients of scripture, theology and philosophy, "Strangely Warmed" aims to make serious doctrinal points with a lightness of touch, offering bite-sized morsels to be enjoyably chewed over, in the hope that this will lead to a deeper reflection on, and appreciation of, Christian faith.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mowbray (17 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441130683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441130686
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Pious claptrap and hand-wringing sanctimonious drivel. If that is what you are expecting you are going to be sadly disappointed. These meditations from a parish priest are witty, erudite, self-deprecating, eloquent and thoughtful. They are even quite short. Strangely Warmed? Yes, actually, I was --Ian Hislop

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Andrew Rumsey is an Anglican parish priest, currently Vicar of Gipsy Hill in South London. A performer and speaker at the Greenbelt Festival for 20 years, he is also a member of the Fulcrum Council of Reference, a former Trustee of and continuing contributor to Third Way magazine, a columnist for and a member of the Advisory Board of Lapido Media (a media organisation promoting religious literacy in world affairs). Previous publications: Homing In: Poems by Andrew Rumsey (Paternoster Press, 1998); Particularity and the call to attention in Beholding the Glory (DLT/Baker Books, 2000); plus numerous articles in Third Way, Theology, Anvil and the satirical website Ship of Fools (where some of the pieces originated).

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4.0 out of 5 stars lent lite 13 Feb 2010
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Very humorous observations by a skilled writer and experienced priest on aspects of the Christian life. It should cause readers to look at their own lives and then both take themselves less seriously and commit to the Faith more authentically. One of the 40 short chapters is designed to be read each day in Lent. This is far from heavy, but not as lightweight as a first glance might suggest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Warmed 20 Feb 2010
I laughed out loud over this book more than once, recognising the scenarios described - and Rumsey writes delightfully. Coming from a clerical family myself, I felt thoroughly at home with his mixture of reverence, thoughtfulness and humour. There are not many Lent books that make me feel I shall want to read them again, but this is different. One thing I value about the Church of England is its willingness to laugh at itself (e.g. the cartoons in the Church Times): humour helps to keep us grounded and sane. So does this book. And I would rather give it to somebody teetering on the edges of faith than many other worthy solemn tomes. The Bishop of Durham calls the author's spirituality 'deep but refreshingly different', which is well put.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Lent! 22 Mar 2010
I read this book all in one go and couldn't save it for every day in Lent. So funny, especially as it's written by a vicar! The next time I'm sitting in a 'churchy' group with the elegantly draped piece of voile on the floor (with obligatory candle, etc) being expected to pour out my soul with the others in the circle, I will think of this and probably not be able to keep a straight face. I used to think it was just me who thought 'What are they going on about?' now I know vicars feel that way sometimes,too! A laugh-out-loud book that's can also be deeply touching. Highly recommended to 'churchys' and 'non-churchys' alike. You'll find yourself 'strangely warmed' somewhere, somehow!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific companion to Lent 1 July 2012
Andrew Rumsey has written a delightful, challenging and enjoyable book to take through Lent. I came to this book a week late into the season and so had to race to catch up, but it was worth it as the author's creativity shines through to give a fresh perspective each day. As the book approaches Holy Week it changes tone skilfully and the reflections become deeper and more challenging. Really worth reading to enrich this important part of the Christian calendar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really wonderful 8 Mar 2011
I love this book. I keep it lying around my flat so I can read a bit in any idle moment. I especially love the story about letting go of things, in his case, several cases of wine. This is supposed to be a lent book, but I enjoy it all year round.
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