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A highly readable autobiography IF you enjoy reading autobiographies, then Monk in the Market Place by Ray Simpson (DLT, £12.99) may well be for you! Here is a memoir of a most extraordinary person, whose “personality, faith and eclectic nature burst through from the pages of this, his life’s pilgrimage”, writes Bishop Stephen Platten in a commendation. Ray Simpson is a prolific author with 40 books to his name and various online regular blogs and commentaries, available on his own website... He is clearly a pioneer of many ventures, driven by the spirit of God’s promises and possibilities. The establishment of the Community of Aidan and Hilda on the holy island of Lindisfarne is perhaps his most significant achievement. Also, he was an early enthusiast in the promotion of, and commitment to, Local Ecumenical Projects. His description of the challenges, hopes and disappointments of shared denominational work in the village of Bowthorpe, in Norfolk, is a strong reminder of those opportunities once envisioned in the heady days of positive ecumenism firmly supported by the major Ch - urch denominations and the British Council of Churches (later CTBI) – days long dead, it seems. Ray’s experience of work both outside and inside the Church, at a wide variety of locations – from multi-racial London to the Potteries, from Butlin’s holiday camps to rural Norfolk and Lindisfarne – confirms an impression of a person irresistibly driven by the motivating spirit of God. Ray’s autobiographical la - nd scape is peppered by insightful reflections about a wide range of concerns. A di - scussion about the future of the Christian Church in a post-Covid world is especially welcome. There is a strong emphasis upon a renewal of the vital aspects of Celtic spirituality, which frequently refers back to his work with the Community of Aidan and Hilda....

 

BETTER STILL: CELTIC CHRISTIANITY AND CLIMATE CRISIS: twelve criticisms and twelve keys (Sacristy Press)

 

I've just opened Ray's Climate Crisis book and briefly looked through it. It has already cheered me immensely and I think that Ray's is saying something very valuable. He sets out a compelling case. It is indeed a book for our times!

 

Thanks again

 

Ross 

 

 

I've just opened Ray's Climate Crisis book and briefly looked through it. It has already cheered me immensely and I think that Ray's is saying something very valuable. He sets out a compelling case. It is indeed a book for our times!

Thanks again

 Ross Hamilton

 

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