It was entirely serendipitous that this book happened to reach the top of my ‘to read’ pile at the time it did – it was, and is, a book that I needed to read right now.
Drawing on fifty years of ordained ministry in any number of settings, Donald Cozzens is almost brutally honest in his appraisal of the contemporary Church, and the way in which he feels the need to almost ‘go underground’ in order to maintain his sense of belonging. Cozzens remains clear that the Church needs to be prepared to examine itself – and hold itself to the same standards that it preaches to the wider world – if it wishes to maintain its relevancy in the world.
There are lots of gems to be found in this book, key and keen insights that make you want to shout “Yes!”. There are also many passages that cause you to groan on the inside because of the implications that they raise.
This book, well written, conversational and easily accessible, is a must read for any member of the Church who struggles…and yet wants to remain within that ‘blessed communion’