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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281070245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281070244
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Emma Percy has written the most creative book on parish ministry that I have ever read. Taking the maternal metaphor, she writes in engaging ways about the demands of ministry. Packed full of insights on every page, touches of humour and a highly original argument, this is a vitally important book that anyone involved in ministry should read.' --Dr Ian Markham, Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria

'As the Church looks for new images and patterns to describe parish ministry, the wisdom of Emma Percy s approach in this timely book deserves to be explored, inhabited and enjoyed. The result is sure to be both surprising and liberating.' --John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford

'This is an exceptionally wise book. Emma Percy uses the metaphor of mothering to explore and name the skills needed in ministry. She introduces the key concept of a priest simply being good enough for a parish to thrive into maturity. Her wisdom is practical, warm and forgiving. Every priest and ordinand should have a well-thumbed copy.' --Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, Vicar of Belmont and Pittington and author of Being a Chaplain

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Revd Dr Emma Percy is Chaplain, Welfare Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.

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The image of the qualities needed in the priesthood being those used by a mother are good, but after the 7th chapter it is yawn breaking. Mothers ARE special and so are vicars - overdone message!
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By Ian Worsfold on 30 Mar. 2015
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Insightful, practical, theological and accessible!
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By V. Pyper on 11 Nov. 2014
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a very clear book and I enjoyed it.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PR on 29 July 2014
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Ok. This is a not bad book by someone who is clearly very well-intentioned, intelligent and a good writer. It will be useful for some. It will not offend many. But I was disappointed as a LAY person. It is entirely uncritical it seems to me, and meant to be read by sensitive, vulnerable new ordainees taking their first steps, or newly assigned to a parish. It doesn't explain why priests tend to answer a question with another question, or with silence, for instance. It doesn't answer any questions you might have as to why any attempt to think for yourself is often mistaken for a personal attack. Nor does it explain why some priests have led such sheltered lives that they've clearly not knowingly met any gay men or lesbians.
There is some lovely humour in it, and irony about church patriarchy which she says gives 'the impression that lay and clergy are two different species'. But she doesn't admit that that's an easy mistake to make given the way that so many of them behave.
She uses non-patriarchal language, but given that the main thesis of her book is to remind vicars that they are mothers, a lot of men might think it doesn't refer to them, and quite frankly I wish she'd eschew the old political feminine and use the 'he' pronoun for the clergy.
Given the title, I was really hoping for a more lay friendly book.
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Five Stars 3 Oct. 2014
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Still reading this, but loving its fresh take on ministry and the integrated life.
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