There was a review of If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him: Radically Re-thinking Priestly Ministry in the Church Times two weeks ago (which has now emerged from behind the CT’s subscriber cordon— read it here). Not a wholly flattering account, but it’s never a good idea to review the reviews (!).
The review drew out a letter to the editor in the following week’s edition, of which the only thing I will say is never let actually reading a book interfere with your opinion of its contents.
In the meantime, I have been receiving some unsolicted comments from those clergy who, foolishly according the CT, have put the book at No. 2 in the CT’s best-seller list.
A priest of Coventry diocese:
Congratulations and many thanks for your brilliant book & title. Your book makes what I do seem legitimate.
A (retired) priest of Bradford diocese:
I felt I must write and say after just a brief examination of your If you meet Geo Herbert on the road … it’s a book I have been waiting for all my ministry.
A priest of Peterborough diocese:
I just emailed you to tell you how good I thought your book ”If you meet George Herbert …” I too am very fond of G Herbert, sometimes quote him, but I think that your book is excellent, honest and an accurate portrayal of the way things are for so many of us, including me.
A dean of a cathedral:
It’s a fascinating analysis…1
A priest of London diocese:
I have a couple of chapters left and have so far found it encouraging, challenging and funny!
A priest of Birmingham diocese:
Thank you for your book. It’s helping me get through a hard time in my ministry.
A priest of Bury St Edmunds diocese:
I am really enjoying your book. It says so many things I have thought for years.
A priest of Derby diocese:
… I particularly found the idea of the “Cult of Nice” to be a very powerful way of understanding parish life…
- And yes, I realise that this can be interpreted in all sorts of ways! [↩]