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"Semple's gripping story shows us how he starts as a clergyman who begins to reject the basic doctrines of Christianity, until he finds new and compelling insights to offset them in the teachings of modern astrophysics." -- Irish Voice "Irish Voice"

About the Author

Patrick Semple was born in Wexford and was ordained by the Church of Ireland in 1967. He went on to serve in Belfast, Co Laois and Co Wicklow before moving to Dublin, where he served as chaplain at Mountjoy Prison, the Mater and Temple Street hospitals. He was also involved in The Adult Education Department of the Church of Ireland. He retired from the church in 1996 and now dedicates his time to writing. His first volume of memoir, Believe It or Not was published in 2002. He has contributed to a number of literary journals and has also published short stories and some of these have been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM. His first collection of poetry The Rectory Dog was published in 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing recollection of an unusual life 21 April 2012
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I don't often enjoy memoirs, so I was surprised to find myself wanting to read this book after hearing its author interviewed. I was not, however, sorry that I did.

While somewhat short, this book is an interesting and touching recollection of a former rector for the Church of Ireland, growing up and handling his duties for his parishioners as a minority Protestant in the heavily Catholic Republic of Ireland. His journey goes through his time as a child only vaguely aware of religious differences, to his brief secular career, to seminary and positions as a rector in both rural and urban parishes. The stories he relates are delivered with just the right amount of dry wit, and are often poignantly touching in the way the reader will be nodding along, recognizing a similar situation from his or her own life.

While the rector ultimately loses faith in church doctrine (don't worry, not a spoiler, it's on the back cover and rather inevitable from reading the book), his abiding faith in humanity shines throughout the book. This is a worthwhile read for someone of any religion, or like myself, of none.
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