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Publication Date: 15 Nov 2018
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 160
Author: John Pritchard
ISBN-13: 9780281078066, 9780281078073

Five Events That Made Christianity

Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost
By John Pritchard
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‘Jesus was a pest to the Romans and a threat to the religious leadership,
so they hung him out like so much refuse. Little did they realize that it
was like trying to put out a fire with petrol. The whole world exploded.

With characteristic style, John Pritchard takes us on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as he unpacks the five great events that made Christianity – Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. We explore:

‘What happened?’
‘What did it mean?’
‘What does it mean for us?’

Absorbing, immediate and full of stories, this volume offers deeply considered theology, brilliantly communicated to connect with life as we actually experience it.

Praise for John Pritchard

Rowan Williams on God Lost and Found: ‘Unusually honest . . . superbly well focused.’

Justin Welby on Living Faithfully: ‘A very good book by a very exceptional leader . . . takes one back to the face of Christ and the realities of Christian discipleship.’
About the Author
THE RT REVD JOHN PRITCHARD is a retired Bishop of Oxford. He was Bishop of Jarrow and, before that, Archdeacon of Canterbury. He has written many books for SPCK.
Press Reviews

[On Ten] Drawing from a wide range of popular cultural influences, this unmissable work offers not only a range of compelling reasons to have faith, but also a helpful guide to answering some of the big questions that are consistently asked by sceptics.

- Life + Work

[On Living Faithfully] This is a very good book by a very exceptional leader. John Pritchard puts himself into what he writes, and the result is accessible, encouraging and fun, with a steel core that not only makes one think but takes one back to the face of Christ and the realities of Christian discipleship. John is never cheaply comfortable but always reassuringly real. I am very glad to have read Living Faithfully.

- Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Wise, honest and realistic, Living Faithfully joins the dots in a lively and compelling way between the core of Christian teaching and contemporary human experience.

- Christina Rees, broadcaster and writer

[On God Lost and Found] This is an unusually honest book. Its analysis is plain-spoken and compassionate, and what Bishop John has to say about finding ways to live constructively with times of emptiness is superbly well focused. You'll emerge from reading this with – probably – relief that a widespread set of challenges has been so sensitively identified and – certainly – with gratitude for sensible, durable advice on how to go on making friends with the mystery we can never digest or contain.

- Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalen College, Cambridge

Amid church scandals, destructive natural disasters and terrorist atrocities committed in the name of religion, it is not surprising that many have stopped believing in God, lost their faith and go through the physical motions like church-going but with no belief. Pritchard's book is a useful, practical guide for those seeking reconnection with the spiritual aspects of their daily lives.

- The Bookseller

What a courageous book! . . . full of hope and full of God.

- Elaine Storkey

. . . worth its weight in gold.

- Methodist Recorder

. . . a gracious and ultimately encouraging study of why we sometimes find maintaining a relationship with God so difficult, and what we can do to restore it.

- 5* review in Christianity