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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic Publishing (9 July 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1850788766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850788768
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adrian Plass has written over thirty books in the last twenty years, full of his uniquely wry observations about church and Christianity. As well as his biographical books, he has written novels, short stories, and collections of poems and sketches. His live presentations are often hilarious, often poignant, with a combination of humour, poetry and storytelling, but always warm and welcoming. He also leads BRF Quiet Days with his wife Bridget.


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Thousands of people have been moved to re-examine themselves listening to Adrian Plass perform. His verse always prompts a response as we are led to laugh at ourselves, alter our preconceived ideas, or cry out to God in gratitude for the life he has given to us.
Funny, poignant, challenging and downright hysterical - these poems will delight readers. As Plass himself says, 'To have them all, good, not so good, simple, complicated, light-hearted, funny, serious, sensible and silly collected into one volume is more exciting than I can say'. This is probably a volume best dipped into at random, rather than read from start to finish, as although there is a chronological ordering with pieces grouped in sections from 1985 onwards, each section has a very mixed feel and the contents range from the playful and silly to the deeply serious, from reflective and devotional, to baffled and questioning.

One of Adrian's great gifts is making us smile and wince at the same time. His humour disarms us and then delivers a blow to the solar plexus as our foibles and compromises are exposed. Funny, poignant, challenging and downright hysterical - these poems will delight readers. Some were born from times of incredible personal difficulty. Others have come from his visits to dangerous and poor parts of the world. Others come from his love affair with the Church. All of them reflect the man, his faith, his life and his joy.
Terrific stuff, with my only wish that the detail and delivery were of a better finish from Authentic as publishers.
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Adrian Plass introduced me to the slightly more irreverent side of Christianity, for which I am very much in his debt. The Sacred Diaries of Adrian Plass, which takes a look at the funny side of being a pastor, was the first book I read by the author, and it is very likely that it was the first book you read by Plass as well. However, Silences and Nonsenses isn't the same sort of book. Its a collection of his poetry from the last 25 years. Segmented into 5 year parts, it helpfully allows the attentive reader a glimpse into the development of Plass' thinking on various subjects as well as on the quality of his poetry. The poems fall into four categories: the badly written, Dad jokes, profound and often painful and funny or playful. There are a couple of real duds, but Plass acknowledges this in the back of his book. The Dad humour isn't too bad, and depending on what your taste in humour is, some readers might enjoy it. There are however, a number of very painful poems the implications of which will take some time to work through.

I would say this book is a mixed bag but overall a satisfying toilet read.
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I love this book! A verse to compliment all moods. This is a book to dip into and to return to time and again.
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