|Publication Date: 20 Jul 2017|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 128|
|Author: Alan Hargrave|
|ISBN-13: 9780281078196, 9780281078202|
One for Sorrow
Now retired, Alan is passionate about the capacity we all have to grow through adversity and, like our crucified God, rise up from pain and death to live and love and laugh again.
Praise for the author’s Living Well:
‘Quick! Go out and buy this book! If you are a vicar, buy a dozen, and give them away. If the Church were served by more books like this, we would all be the better.’
and An Almighty Passion:
‘With strong echoes of the BBC2 series Rev, this work too demonstrates in equal measure the struggles and rewards of faith . . . incredibly moving and authentic.’
Life + Work
The real importance of this book, a fine and fluid piece of writing, is the relief that it offers through its very measured conclusion. What does "getting over" grief mean? . . . It is about being able to live again."
This is a special book . . . written with devastating honesty . . . Alan's language is everyday, often blunt (he originates form Yorkshire) and always intensely readable.
Not a book full of easy answers. Alan is, at all times, honest, even brutal . . . [Recommended] as a way of understanding the grief of others rather than our own . . .
[On An Almighty Passion]: With strong echoes of the BBC2 series Rev, this work too demonstrates in equal measure the struggles and rewards of faith . . . incredibly moving and authentic.
. . . this inspirational work . . . explore(s) the writer’s sense of God making himself known to people in their everyday lives . . . [Brings] complex theological issues (Trinity, Incarnation, Passions and Resurrection) into the experience of walking down the street.
I remember being very struck with this book when it first appeared (2002) . . . Alan tells stories, from ordinary, even unlikely people and situations, some from South America where he lived and worked, some from Barnwell in Cambridge where he served as vicar. The Stories are grouped under those four doctrines of Trinity, Incarnation, Passion and Resurrection. Sometimes they make you laugh, sometimes cry. Sometimes they are about loss or loneliness, sometimes about forgiveness or homecoming. It’s a lovely book. As you read it, be prepared to encounter God.
[On Living Well]: Quick! Go out and buy this book! If you are a vicar, buy a dozen, and give them away. If the Church were served by more books like this, we would all be the better.
One of the great virtues of this book is that it comes from a source that would perhaps not be considered as the most natural : a man from an Evangelical charismatic background who has worked as a missionary in South America and in a new council estate in England. Canon Hargrave’s writing style is clear and eminently approachable and answers the question: “Why?"
. . . a compact, accessible and, above all, practical guide. If only something like this had been available when I set out on my own search!
I recommend this book … as a way of understanding the grief of others, rather than our own, but it might also help someone else going through bereavement.