- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: Arthur James Limited (19 Dec. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0853054460
- ISBN-13: 978-0853054467
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
For God's Sake Don't Go to Church: Radical Inspiring Challenging Enlightening Paperback – 19 Dec 2013
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About the Author
One of the most controversial clerics of his generation, Jonathan has survived an air emergency, smuggled bibles, escaped tear gas and machine guns, rescued flood victims, carried poor children to hospital from Calcutta's streets, worked barefoot with Mother Teresa, served as an Anglican cleric, led an inter-faith pilgrimage to Auschwitz, raised over £250,000, pioneered independent ministry, baptised on Mount Snowdon, married underwater and given communion to sex workers. Arrested three times, for a peace protest at Westminster, nailing his 95 theses to Canterbury cathedral and taking his children onto a roof, he has always challenged the status quo, writing For God's Sake Don't Go to Church in 1999. He did the first gay wedding on prime time TV in 2001, sued The Daily Mail, was elected Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church in 2006, blessed Jade Goody's marriage in 2009 and was invited to Downing Street in 2013.
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The author, Bishop Blake is a man with a passionate and generous heart. His vision of the Gospel is one that is offered unconditionally to ALL, irrespective of background, sexuality, gender, culture or religious adherence etc. If you're looking for one last book to convince you that there's still some relevance left in the message of Jesus, then go for it. You won't be disappointed.
Mark Townsend (priest)
For anybody who has had unsettling experiences with the church or so called religious people then this book is a must.
Archbishop Jonathan is honest, thought provoking and provides answer to questions that many feel the church does not want to address.
Living with the poor of Calcutta's slums
Being arrested during Gulf war protests
Developing a quarter million pound church building...
The Reverend Jonathan Blake's life had already been unusual.
Then in 1994 he launched a form of ministry pioneering in Britain, working as what `The Independent` called the country's first freelance vicar. Ever since that first newspaper interest, his work has featured regularly on television and radio and in the press.
In this book Jonathan writes to warn ordinary people of the dangers which may face them if they become involved in that seemingly beneficial-or at least harmless-institution, their local church. He presents a refreshing and exciting approach to faith, one which is of use to us all.
His writing poses a great challenge to denominational Christianity: stop protecting your organisation, and start practising the love which is at the heart of faith.
This is a book for all who seek a practical faith which relates to the everyday world.: Taken from back cover.
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