Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My Journey So Far- Canon Andrew White


Lion Hudson,  December 1st 2015 
Hardcover, 224 Pages 
Andrew White is something of a legend: a man of great charm and energy, whose personal suffering has not deflected him from his important ministry of reconciliation. Andrew grew up in London, the son of strongly religious parents: by the age of five he could repeat the five points of Calvinism. 
As a child and young man he was frequently ill, but his considerable intelligence meant that his studies did not suffer. 

He set his heart on becoming an anaesthetist, an ambition he achieved, only to be redirected by God to Anglican ministry. Since ordination he has had a considerable role in the work of reconciliation, both between Christian and Jew and between Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim.
Often in danger, and always in pain, he has nevertheless been able to mediate between opposing extremes. A man of God, he is trusted by those who trust very few.
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I had never read anything by Canon Andrew White before, although I have seen him on television, heard of his work and admire him greatly. The book was by turn hilarious and thought-provoking. It’s the subject is a truly amazing person who, despite wresting with ill-health for most of his life, is a man of incredible faith, courage and compassion.

Many people of modern Western churches and denominations may be of the opinion that Anglicans are not ‘proper Christians’, even Canon White himself believed this at first, but his story helps challenge such preconceptions. For me, there was no doubt that the Canon truly knows God, is saved, and is faithful in following God’s leading on his life- even though this has sent him to some of the most dangerous places and situations on earth.

Some may question his friendship with figures such as Yasser Arafat and Tariq Aziz, but his love for the people of the Middle East, and motive to help foster peace and reconciliation are undeniably real. A great story of an Amazing man, which some valuable messages about loving, judging and trusting in seemingly impossible situations. A great edition to anyone's inspirational collection.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher, Lion Hudon for the purposes of review. I was not required to write a positive one and all opinions expressed are my own.

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