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A genuine book, asking for thoughts and reflections,
This review is from: Rowan Williams (Paperback)
"From the perspective of the media and wide society and even Anglicans, Rowans legacy is focussed not on new, missional forms of Church but two divisive issues: battles over same sex relationships and the move to allow women Bishops..." (pge 89)
Like him or hate him, admire his position in authority or despise the role and it's very position. It is very difficult not to be affected by the legacy that the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury has left behind. Do not be dis-illusioned by this book, it is not a "cosy" bedtime read, identifying the nicer parts of Rowan Williams' job. Although there are references to the events such as presiding over Royal Weddings etc. the corner stone of this book is very much what Rowan Williams has faced in his 10years as Archbishop of Canterbury, how he dealt with it, how he felt and perhaps more to the point, what has he left as a legacy and passed on to the Rt. Revd Justin Welby, his successor.
Over 15 chapters this book documents clearly the different challenges that have faced the Church. Everything from the continual overthrowing of the decision to allow women Priests to become women Bishops to the affect that Sharia Law, Iraq and the credit crunch.
Rowan Williams: His legacy, appears to have been throughly researched and conversations that Andrew Goddard has had with the ex-Archbishop seem to have been genuinely and objectively relayed in this record.
This isnt a biography and shouldnt be read as one. It is possible to read this book cover to cover and it lends itself to that. But for me, it read more as a book to be read chapter by chapter and then reflected on before moving onto the next stage. What must it have been like to live in the public eye, for many of us, this will not be something that we ever experience. It is hard to know what Rowan Williams has left behind and it remains to be seen with the incoming Justin Welby. But whether Rowan Williams leaves a Church united by strength or divided by disillusioned Christians only the future will tell.
(review also submitted for Newbooks Magazine 3/3/2013)