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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a really useful, practical, 11 Nov. 2014
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This is a really useful, practical, slim volume about the mechanics rather than the theology of the Anglican Church. Tony Meakin writes clearly and concisely, His book gives definitions of the language of the church, explains its governance and administration, ecclesiastical dress, the contents of churches, the Church's year, with plenty more to explain the workings of the Church. I suspect many a vicar, perhaps many a bishop, likes to have a copy close to hand. For lay people, it is invaluable.

My first copy I passed on to my mother-in-law, whose church had an interregnum, and it seems to have helped her and the rest of them involved with keeping that church going until the next incumbent was installed. I frequently refer to my replacement copy. Could it be more comprehensive? The clue is in the name. It is thorough at the basic level and it is hard to spot any significant omissions. For it to try to be more comprehensive it would have to be much fatter, and far less convenient for quick and easy reference.

This book makes a good confirmation present, though unfortunately it is only available in paperback format - none the less, substance triumphs over format (although I would happily pay more for a "dignified" format outwardly suitable for such an occasion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Basic Church Dictionary, 30 April 2009
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I was so pleased with my copy of this dictionary that I've bought another two to give as gifts. It has simple descriptions of all the average person needs to know about churches, contents etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good All Rounder, 8 Oct. 2011
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I loved this book - it was so informative. Such as what is that thing the Vicar is wearing? It gives you the answers to the questions you were too afraid to ask the Vicar! Short, sweet and zappy. A very enjoyable reference book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much appreciated gift, 13 Dec. 2013
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This was a Christmas gift for a friend who has found the dictionary very informative and useful. I hope to borrow it sometime!
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