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Rowan Williams: His legacy by [Goddard, Andrew]
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Here in this wonderful book you are given the opportunity to see a true living saint, scholar, and servant of God. --Canon Andrew White, author of The Vicar of Baghdad

Rowan Williams' tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury provided the scope for considerable intellect and graciousness during a very demanding decade of spiritual leadership. This biography introduces us more closely to the man behind the ministry. --Joel Edwards, international director of Micah Challenge

Andrew Goddard's portrait of Rowan Williams succeeds in being fair, shrewd, lively, and many-sided. In particular, he shows with crystal clarity that Rowan has actually modelled a different, and Christlike, form of 'leadership'. Among his astonishing array of accomplishments, that may be the most important. --Professor Tom Wright, former Bishop of Durham

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Andrew Goddard teaches Ethics at Trinity College, Bristol, and also works closely with the Anglican Communion.

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  • Publisher: Lion Books; 1st New edition edition (2 Jan. 2013)
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The author is not someone I would normally read, coming as he does from Fulcrum, so I was pleasantly surprised at his warm portrait of Rowan.

I shared a lift with Rowan to a quiet day which he was conducting on the Saturday after the Thursday when it had been announced that he was to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury. In the ensuing conversation, I discovered that we had changed our views at almost exactly the same time on both the ordination of women and new labour. I promised him that I would pray for him every day when he was in office and have almost kept that promise so it is interesting to see an overview of those years, during which he was virtually unattainable unless you could get past his minders.

Like many, I had wondered whose side he was really on as many became disappointed at his seeming failure to `give a lead'. Many of us tried to explained that he was in it for the long haul, that he was like a chairperson who, when something controversial was proposed, should, as part of the role, vote for the status quo ante.

When he was still in Monmouth, I had a chaired a meeting at which he was the keynote speaker and I had introduced him as someone we all know because `he's been round the block several times.' This book shows just how many locks he's had to go round, places and concerns that he would not have chosen to deal with, that didn't come naturally to his personality or assumed gifts but to which he bought his contemplative presence and made a difference.

I enjoyed the thought of Rowan asking, `What's the title of this lecture I'm about to give?' as he walked out of the door. It reminds me of an occasion when the archbishop of Vienna asked him to preach as they were processing in - and Rowan did so off the cuff and in German.
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Rowan Williams has long been one of my heroes; each chapter confirmed my view of this exceptional man. Goddard covers both public and more private aspects of Rowan's job as archbishop. He has been criticised for not being more decisive but putting value on an unlikely unity in the Anglican Communion - and here I felt the suffering and extraordinary patience with which Rowan absorbed the divisiveness of the more impatient of our members. Goddard sets the context of sensitivity clearly founded on a life of prayer and commitment to the Kingdom which gives me encouragement to keep hoping (at times even against hope or commonsense!) We have been extraordinarily well served by Rowan; Goddard has drawn what seems to be a true picture. I warmly recommended the book to our priest and local study group. ( I write as a CoE Reader of some 30+ years, one-time General Synod member, always grateful for inspiration coming from our leaders)
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Well written book which portrays a fair appraisal of Rowan Williams' ten years as Archbishop of Canterbury. Often misunderstood and often misquoted, he showed a deep spirituality and a humility sometimes lacking in the hierarchy of the Church. A caring pastor whose ministry with its "ups and downs" was shared by the people of Canterbury (not only churchgoers but the homeless and the vulnerable) as well as the Anglican Communion and the wider world.
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"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.
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