Christopher Cocksworth & Rosalind Brown, Being a Priest Today: Exploring Priestly Identity

(Canterbury Pres; UK, 2nd Ed 2006)

I read this book quickly while searching for an Ordination gift for a friend.  I am definitely going to have to buy another copy and take it away on retreat sometime to ponder and pray over!  The authors cover the root, shape and fruit of priestly life and, as the title suggests, launches from the ‘being’ aspects of ministry to explore the ‘doing’.  Returning to the basics in this way increased my capacity to explore how I might imaginatively and genuinely express my calling to anglican priesthood in the time and place which I live.   It’s a book which is theologically sophisticated – drawing extensively from the bible, church fathers (east and west) and christian wisdom from diverse traditions.  Yet it reads like devotional literature and I found myself inspired, spiritually nurtured and excited about being me.

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