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40 short pieces (one for each day of Lent) of c.800 words each.; Examples include:; Evandalism; Aunty Nostalgia; I'm loathin' it; Not praying but sleeping; Enjoy God responsibly; The last enemy to be destroyed is bric-a-brac; The Mild Man of Borneo; The pigeon of peace; Pious Claptrap; The Other End of the Telescope.
Andrew Rumsey is an Anglican parish priest, currently Vicar of Gipsy Hill in South London. A performer and speaker at the Greenbelt Festival for 20 years, he is also a member of the Fulcrum Council of Reference, a former Trustee of and continuing contributor to Third Way magazine, a columnist for www.ship-of-fools.com and a member of the Advisory Board of Lapido Media (a media organisation promoting religious literacy in world affairs). Previous publications: Homing In: Poems by Andrew Rumsey (Paternoster Press, 1998); Particularity and the call to attention in Beholding the Glory (DLT/Baker Books, 2000); plus numerous articles in Third Way, Theology, Anvil and the satirical website Ship of Fools (where some of the pieces originated).
'Pious claptrap and hand-wringing sanctimonious drivel. If that is what you are expecting you are going to be sadly disappointed. These meditations from a parish priest are witty, erudite, self-deprecating, eloquent and thoughtful. They are even quite short. Strangely Warmed? Yes, actually, I was.' "Ian Hislop" 'Andrew Rumsey's meditations break the mould of Lent books. His eye for the ridiculous, his ear for the telling, resonating phrase, and his deep but refreshingly different spirituality merge effortlessly. Think Spike Milligan doing "Thought for the Day". You will laugh out loud one minute and want to pray out loud the next. Many Christians suffer from an irony deficiency. Rumsey might just be the cure.' "Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham" "Passion shines through in this excellent, thoughtful book." Canon SImon Butler, The Bridge, March 2010 "I love his perception, grace and irony." The Rev Rosemary Lain-Priestley, The Times, February 2010. 'It's so good that I've emailed all my friends, urging them to buy a copy when it comes out!' "Nick Fawcett (Copy Editor)" "Andrew Rumsey's book of reflections sets the bar very high." Chrisitanity, April 2010