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The Secret Life of God: A journey through Britain Paperback – 5 Sep 2015
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‘It’s a really unusual and insightful essay, not asking the conventional questions, but probing to a far more serious level. I was genuinely grateful to have it.’ Rowan Williams
‘I devoured this book in only a couple of sittings. It has a strangely un-put-down-able quality normally attributed to fiction.’
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Alex Klaushofer travels the less-known paths of Britain's spiritual life, finding tentative, patient answers to those questions that never seem to be asked, but which one longs to inquire after. Driven by a restless faith and her own loving curiosity, she takes us on a path of wonder and illumination where her sense of the divine in everyone she meets is equalled by her courage in facing the questions their own lives in turn ask of hers.
Do read this unforgettable, endearing book. Klaushofer is the best kind of guide - a friend and companion for one's own inward discoveries, as much as the chronicler of her own and those of the wise and fascinating people she encounters on her way.
The questing & gentle questioning drives the narrative on, but subtly & lovingly. Anyone with any spiritual sensitivity and the ability to self-reflect at all will find something in this that resonates with their own experiences or desires in the midst of contemporary Brit society.
It is not an unrealistic yearning for an idyllic (rural) past, nor a surrender to the instant & potential overload of the 21st century. Rather it is a wonderful guide into how to recognise & discover God and the deep spiritual longings of the human heart at this present time.
I will be buying copies for friends this Christmas ... from me, there can be no higher recommendation!
What resonate throughout her travels are the conversations she has with the individuals she meets - either in religious establishments, or their own homes. They are incisive and probing, whilst also being gently inquisitive. She holds the people she meets in both positive, and humorous, regard. By the end I felt I had seen into the hearts of individuals engaging, not always easily, with their religious and spiritual paths, and in so doing had looked into my own. As well as being enquiring, it is also - in descriptive episodes of her own life - intensely personal and frank.
I highly recommend this book: it surprised, delighted and informed me.