As J. R. R. Tolkien once said, the best children’s books, aren’t written for children; they are enjoyed by children, but they speak to our deepest longings and fears, and thus enchant readers of all ages.
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, published in 1976, falls into that category.
The next couple of blogs are generated because of this book.
The Rev’d Dr. Anna Wallis – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church
8th March 2015
The Reverend Richard Coles is a priest in Northamptonshire and a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number 1 hit single: the Communards’ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. Fathomless Riches is his memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs to a life devoted to God & Christianity.
At times disturbing in its frankness and self-centred drawing in of faith. A challenging read that can place ourselves within the kingdom’s call.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
20th February 2015
Reflections inspired by the book, “Love Wins” by Rob Bell.
It has long been held by most evangelical Christians, that unless a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ, and so accesses God’s grace, they are condemned to an eternity in hell. Rob Bell, an evangelical himself, wrote a book saying that the traditional view of salvation is not biblical, which stirred up lots of emotive argument.
He says that the bible is predominantly about God’s love and redemption; that ultimately all people will be saved, because God wills it. What our loving God wants, our loving God gets.
The doctrine that all people will be saved is called universalism, and has been around for as long as Christianity, but has largely not been in the evangelical sphere.
Love Wins, a very readable book, puts an argument for universalism right where many leaders of conservative churches don’t want it: in public view.
The Rev’d Simon Crook – Assistant Curate – Huddersfield Parish Church