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5.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes are allowed - relief at last!, 30 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Ministry of a Messy House (Paperback)
I think this book has been written especially for me and my family and I suspect my Church family would agree!

As a Reader in a benefice, whose Ministry Action Plan is to encourage new people into our Church this book is such a relief. Church for many non-Church goers is seen to be a perfectionist state, one where only saints and the would-be angels are allowed to venture - how wrong can they be! But trying to explain that to people is very difficult.

Made up of 10 chapters (inclusive of some really useful appendices) with hints and tips dotted through for the reader, this book guides the reader safely through the muddle of mess that can happen within a Church service. With coping tips and comforting points that the mistakes that are made during a service by either the technology being used, the clergy/laity who are leading the service or even those in the pews are not "...a surprise to God who says he will build his Church" (pge 84)

This is comforting to the Reader who, at the end of the Crib Service in December found people leaving the service - albeit very happy - before the service had actually finished!

Initially my heart sank at this apparently "perfect" self-help book. A book written by someone who is in the idyllic Church where everyone is friendly and all the children silent in the correct places...and the examples of errors, used to beat the reader over the head with. How wrong was I? It manages to achieve humour, wisdom and reassurance of Gods love when everything else is falling apart. I love the story of the Vicar who dashes into his home before the Church service begins to grab some bread before the service begins, only to get to the point of consecration to find that those two particular slices of bread have been buttered.

A must for everyones bedside table (forget the bookshelf) and buy copies for your clergy, Churchwardens, Sunday school teachers and simply anyone else you can think of!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ministry of a messy house, 27 April 2014
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5 star. Very practical and encouraging with a good sense of humour. I have taken as away lots of ideas to share with my household.
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4.0 out of 5 stars bought as a present, 1 April 2014
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Sorry, bought this as a present for someone else so did not really read it - just flicked through it
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