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Publication Date: 20 Jul 2017
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 128
Author: Alan Hargrave
ISBN-13: 9780281078196, 9780281078202

One for Sorrow

By Alan Hargrave
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Summary
One for Sorrow relates the story of the loss of 21-year-old Tom to cancer, and how his family lived through the aftermath. When Alan began writing the memoir, he believed it would be about his son’s illness and death. He soon realized, however, that he was recording his own painful journey through the ‘valley of the shadow’, as a father and as someone responsible for ministering to others in similar situations. His core beliefs were challenged and his perspective on life changed.

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.’
Church Times

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
About the Author
Alan Hargrave was born in Leeds and trained as an engineer before working for ten years with the Anglican Church in South America, first in economic development in Argentina, then church planting in Bolivia. He returned to the UK in 1987 to train as a priest. After eleven years as vicar of a council estate parish in Cambridge, he became Canon Missioner of Ely Cathedral in 2004. An Almighty Passion: Meeting God in ordinary life was published in 2002 (reissued in 2011), and Living Well: Finding a Rule of Life to sustain & revitalize us in 2010.
Press Reviews

[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.

- Life + Work

. . . 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.

- Methodist Recorder

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.

- GoodBookStall

[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.

- Church Times

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?"

- Church of Ireland Gazette

. . . a compact, accessible and, above all, practical guide. If only something like this had been available when I set out on my own search!

- Retreats 2012

he real importance of this book, a fine and fluent piece of writing is the relief that it offers through its very measured conclusion

- The Church Times