… and by the man who wrote the blurb on the back of the book, no less!
…in this calm summer time one of the good things which happens to me is that I get sent new books from church publishers for review or even with the invitation to write commending comments on the back cover.
One such recently was called ‘If you meet George Herbert on the way – be sure to assassinate him’. George Herbert was a courtier, priest and poet in the Seventeenth Century who wrote a classic handbook for the local pastorally-minded clergyperson called ‘A priest to the temple’. We need to revisit priesthood but I did not take to this book and wrote a few grudging lines for the back page full of double meaning for the reader to interpret. The publishers just edited them so that they read like a glowing commendation! Just like the theatre billboards which read Astonishing, Ground breaking or Sensational – but which could equally be code for Challenging, Awful or Unbelievable.
I really have made it. I’m being denounced from pulpits.1
<stewie griffin voice>How thrilling!</stewie griffin voice>
- and did you like the endearing way he forgot the title of the book, to boot! [↩]