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I wish I knew of Mark years ago.,
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This review is from: Diary of a Heretic: The Pagan Adventures of a Christian Priest (Paperback)
Well, what a 24 hours this has been.
I received the book yesterday, and finished it fully this afternoon. It really has been a day of revelations and synchronicity in abundance for me as I have read this book.
As someone who spent much time in and working for the Church of England, and even considering the life of a vicar in my more hopeful times, I found Mark's experiences resonate with me page after page.
And it recently that I have realised how much I miss Jesus, as part of my life, and worship. I rather stumbled across paganism and embraced the belief of the Goddess aspect, and it has been that a lot that has sustained me. But I also miss the fellowship, of like minded people, and Mark, from reading this book, and from knowing him a little on Facebook, I can see is a like minded soul. He appreciates and values the earth based religions, and looks for magic all around.
This book is not a wishy washy happy ever after auto biography. There is pain and hurt in the pages, confusion, and often a not knowing where to go or how to be authentic. And all these things I can resonate with and I feel confident now that my belief in the Goddess, and the more pagan aspects of worship, do not need to separate me from the parts of Christianity I did love and have grown up with. He also reminds us how the church is a human construct, and imperfect, and we have been a part of that imperfection if we have been part of the Church of England. But we don't need to remain boxed in and change or hide our beliefs to have a very real relationship with the Creator.
My last part of reading this book was actually spent at the Reading Seat he mentions in the book. It is a beautiful place, and one of inspiration (It is not far from me, so on the spur of the moment I decided to take myself off), and somewhere where it is hard not to appreciate God/dess in all things.
Thank you Mark for coming to the conclusion that you have (which I will not rob prospective readers of). I am glad that there are people out there who believe there is not one clear cut path or belief.