- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Lion Books (22 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745955614
- ISBN-13: 978-0745955612
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Woodbine Willie: An Unsung Hero of World War One Paperback – 22 Mar 2013
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"Woodbine Willie was remarkable. After his years as an army chaplain, he campaigned against a social system that rewarded those returning from the trenches with poverty and indifference. No one is more equipped to recover the memory of this great and complex figure than Bob Holman." -- Richard Holloway, Former Bishop of Edinburgh "This is a fascinating tale of an inspiring figure." --Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, London "Timely and well researched... well written. If you like a good biography with the sniff of cordite, this is not to be missed." Evangelicals Now
About the Author
Bob Holman, described by The Daily Telegraph as 'The Good Man of Glasgow', has made a mission of living alongside the disadvantaged of British society. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian, and the author of several books.
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Bob Holman has researched the book very thoroughly including talking to relatives and people who knew him and the book also forms a fine introduction Stoddert Kennedys writing -still very much worth reading today .
Most of his ministry was in working class parishes of a moderate catholic tradition – ceremonial was to help people to pray, not an end in itself, and the daily mass was established.
And he was popular. He spoke their ‘salty’ language. He converted more men over a pint of beer than most parsons could achieve. He criticised war after his experiences in the trenches but he was no pacifist. He thought that young men would be challenged and become more mature by facing German guns than by consorting to girls of vice. He set up self-help groups for men in thrall to prostitutes and/or drink.
The author is a Christian Socialist but Kennedy was suspicious of the Labour Party, seeing it as copying the rich just as the rich took money from the poor, so it wanted to reverse the process – the poor would take from the rich: We must learn to hate with a bitter lasting hatred the idolatry of wealth... We took it for granted that man was made to make money, that true happiness could be bought... It has spoiled the spirit of our people, weakened our Government, and corrupted our institutions.' Holman sees parallels in New Labour under Blair.
He was a brilliant preacher: One moment he has them in fits of laughter, the next he has hold of their heart-strings, and is drawing those hearts to Christ and all that is good.
He wanted reform of the Prayer Book and lectionary, bishops to live in houses rather than palaces and the abolition of the parsonic voice. He also questioned aspects of the monarchy.Read more ›
Relying on Woodbine Willie's own prose and poetry, previous works of his contemporaries, soldiers, clerics and friends and interviews with previous authors of Studdert Kennedy's life as well as his descendants, Holman has created a very readable and fascinating account of one mans Christian dedication and courage in WW1 and its aftermath.
It is not a book cluttered with details of battles, which the reader needs if needs can find elsewhere, the story is simply about the man, his life and death and his legacy.
A eye opener to the social plight of millions in Britain 100 years ago.
A recommended read for anyone reading around the social history of WW1.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Made me really think about what our 'boys' went through in the 1st W.W.Published 4 months ago by Margaret E. Thorpe
Really interesting story. If you are interested in this period of history it is well worth buying.Published 9 months ago by Pyramid
I spotted this in a church bookshop and was only reminded of it when doing an Internet search for a Christmas stocking present. Read morePublished 9 months ago by BB85
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