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4.2 out of 5 stars
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4.2 out of 5 stars
What Clergy Do: Especially When It Looks Like Nothing
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on 26 September 2017
Excellent book. So true to life in ministry!
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on 30 March 2015
Insightful, practical, theological and accessible!
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on 11 November 2014
a very clear book and I enjoyed it.
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on 14 November 2014
The image of the qualities needed in the priesthood being those used by a mother are good, but after the 7th chapter it is yawn breaking. Mothers ARE special and so are vicars - overdone message!
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on 29 July 2014
Ok. This is a not bad book by someone who is clearly very well-intentioned, intelligent and a good writer. It will be useful for some. It will not offend many. But I was disappointed as a LAY person. It is entirely uncritical it seems to me, and meant to be read by sensitive, vulnerable new ordainees taking their first steps, or newly assigned to a parish. It doesn't explain why priests tend to answer a question with another question, or with silence, for instance. It doesn't answer any questions you might have as to why any attempt to think for yourself is often mistaken for a personal attack. Nor does it explain why some priests have led such sheltered lives that they've clearly not knowingly met any gay men or lesbians.
There is some lovely humour in it, and irony about church patriarchy which she says gives 'the impression that lay and clergy are two different species'. But she doesn't admit that that's an easy mistake to make given the way that so many of them behave.
She uses non-patriarchal language, but given that the main thesis of her book is to remind vicars that they are mothers, a lot of men might think it doesn't refer to them, and quite frankly I wish she'd eschew the old political feminine and use the 'he' pronoun for the clergy.
Given the title, I was really hoping for a more lay friendly book.
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on 22 October 2015
Splendid, hits the nail on the head
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