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The Rev Diaries Hardcover – 27 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718178394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718178390
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A divine comedy (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Reverend Adam Smallbone is the vicar of St. Saviour in the Marshes in Hackney. Adam lives at the vicarage with his wife, Alex.


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Despite the early parts of this book being entirely lifted from the scripts of early episodes of the fantastic BBC TV series, this 'diary' is a wonderful, poignant, funny, and wholly reverent insight into the life of the fictional London vicar Adam Smallbone. Those who are expecting a vicar's version of James Herriot will need to be aware that the language used is unparliamentary, and the scenarios occasionally crude. However, the tone and content is never less than reverent. It takes seriously the day to day struggles and joys of life as a priest, allowing us to hear the thoughts and prayers of someone who often feels helpless in the midst of his calling. In particular, the 'dark night' feelings are beautifully expressed. This is a better than average TV spin-off (usually a dire genre...) and I loved reading it. Granted, I already loved the TV series (but who doesn't...) and as a Rev myself I must declare a particular interest, but I heartily recommend this book.
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This is a book of two halves. The first half deserves only two stars: the narrative of this book is lifted wholesale from Series 1-2 of 'Rev' and having watched both series, it is easy to spot the storylines (and their inevitable conclusions). This is a real shame as it would have been interesting to have some fresh input into the book, rather than a mere rehash of what we've seen on TV.

The other half brings this book up to the full five stars I have given it. This relates to the inner Fr. Alan revealed in these diaries: his doubts, fears joys and laughter. It also offers an insight into the life and work of a Priest, and how one might live with integrity as a Priest, when faced with the difficulties and intricacies of everyday life. It also speaks more deeply still of the Priestly vocation, of how that is lived out in family and community life and what it means to be 'Ordained'. When thinking back to something his mentor (Spiritual Director)., Rev Roy has said to him, Fr. Adam recalls that Ordination was 'becoming yourself'. (Anyone who has spent time wondering over what the nature of the 'Ontological' change that takes place at Ordination might be will find this a helpful clarification, we are not called to be someone we are not, but to become who God sees us as being.)

As anyone who has spent time in the Church of England's ordination process will know, there are libraries of books on how to be a Priest, written by theologians and retired Prelates. The most famous of these is 'The Christian Priest Today' by Michael Ramsey, onetime Archbishop of Canterbury.
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A great pleasure.

As good as the show but with extra literary polish such as 'There's definitely a touch of the Cardinal Wolsey about Archdeacon Robert. He looks like he's on the point of being amused but then he turns scornful. He's commanding and sly, withering but brilliant, and he has a mesmerising quiff made of very few strands of hair, which looks like a tiny arrow aiming at your head'.

Just what I needed after the intentionally depressing and mystifying The Zone of Interest, an Auschwitz fiction which is literally hopeless.

This is more rewarding, if you prefer to feel good about humanity.
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I found it difficult to put it down. So it was just as well it was so easy to read & it was ideal for several long journeys across the city on public transport. Other passengers listening to their iPods, shouting ceaselessly down their iPhones even shouting at other passengers etc., auto announcements & loud beeping noises when the doors open or get stuck just couldn't disturb my concentration. I was totally bound up in the world of Rev Adam & St Saviour in the Marshes. I was so disappointed when it came to an end. I would certainly recommend it.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2014
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As I do not watch television at all I came to this book without any pre-conceived ideas about it. I enjoyed reading it and it is written in a conversational style in the form of diary entries.

It shows Adam dealing with a new inner city parish after several years in a very rural one and how he came to love some of his parishioners - as well as the Archdeacon - and how his marriage fared under the extra stresses of what seemed liked life in a gold fish bowl.

Much of it is amusing but there are serious issues involved too including homelessness, alcoholism, vandalism and homosexuality within and outside the church. There is violence and kindness and Adam's life and work is a seies of ups and downs which he doesn't survive completely unscathed.

This is an enjoyable read - whether or not you have seen the television series. I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from NetGalley
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By JoRo on 13 Jun. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book, although if you've followed the television series all the stories will be familiar. There is a little more depth which is possible with a written story. I bought it to read on holiday and I got through it very quickly. Luckily I'd taken another book with me. If you've never watched the series then you might enjoy the book even more.
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