Review: The Tempest-Tossed Church: Being a Catholic today

The Tempest-Tossed Church : Being a Catholic todayThe Tempest-Tossed Church : Being a Catholic today by Gerard Windsor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was decidedly not what I was expecting when I purchased it and started to read it. Rather than an examination of all the woes confronting the Catholic Church in contemporary Australia, I was presented with an intensely personal, and therefore powerfully persuasive, attempt on the part of the author to explain his own stance as a Catholic.

In seeking to explain his own belief and stance, Windsor examines much that lies at the heart of Christian belief, particularly in the Catholic expression of Christianity, and how he has grappled with and learnt to come to some degree of peace with them, even when they are difficult to grasp. Nor does Windsor seek to steer away from the pressing issues facing the Church today – pedophilia, cover-ups, declining numbers, etc – addressing them in the same quiet, reflective way with which he approaches the more central tenets of faith and belief.

His book is punctuated by a series of ‘portraits’, stories of real people he has met or come across and real situations and experiences he has encountered. These momentary snapshots highlight and illustrate the real and considered faith that Windsor holds and expresses in the remaining pages of this book.

This book was a pleasure to read and it was a privilege to be granted access to Windsor’s story and journey of faith.

Very highly recommended.

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