The Rev Diaries Hardcover – 27 Mar 2014
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought to supplement DVDs - is a poor accompaniment because it doesn't live up to the TV shows.Published 6 months ago by Patrick W
Funny, sensitive and interesting theological points, well worth a read , even if you watched TV series.Published 6 months ago by Carol Griffiths
Takes a swipe at the usual stiff upper lip, stuffy, snobby church brigade.Published 9 months ago by Kevin Ryan
Unfortunately, these are simply the episodes in diary form. NO NEW MATERIAL. PoorPublished 10 months ago by Fr Nick
I enjoyed this but was slightly disappointed that it was just a version in novel format of the first TV series rather than a work in its own right. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Roe Grave
Excellent. At last a clergy commentary which deals with real issues hilariously!Published 12 months ago by Davis