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Archbishop Rowan Williams

Choose Life

Christmas and Easter Sermons in Canterbury Cathedral

ISBN: 9781 4081 9038 8

Bloomsbury, 2013, 210 pp, £10.99

Here is a book to put beside ‘Tokens of Trust’, delivered at the same august venue and aimed unerringly at the same audience – educated people, maybe enquirers rather than committed believers who are looking to the then archbishop for teaching which does not insult their intelligence.

‘…how do you begin to make the connections between these world-altering mysteries and the questions and crises of contemporary public life and human experience?’ (from the Preface) – that beginning is the underlying theme of a beautifully produced book which, like Tokens of Trust, is illustrated with relevant works of art.

Each sermon is dated between 2002 and 2012 – and yet not dated, in that although contemporary public life and human experience move on, the world altering mysteries are here expressed in a way that cannot date.

This is a gift book – a bequest from a great teaching bishop to his church and beyond, as well as a Christmas gift, or an Easter gift, or a Confirmation gift to a friend with an enquiring mind – as well as a book to read for edification. So, choose ‘Choose Life’.

Anselm SSF