Rob Parsons – From the Heart: An honest look at life and faith
Hodder and Stoughton
It was lovely to have a chat with Rob Parsons about his new book. From the Heart is a collection of articles, mostly written for Christianity magazine, that range around a wide variety of topics from Disappointment with God to The Wisdom of a Postman (about Rob’s Dad).
The articles seem effortless, yet have involved some hard work. Rob says that some of them went through 20 drafts to get them right. It is clear that capturing the right and timely word to connect to mind and heart is a priority in these pieces.
Rob says that he has been told that he is an observer of life, with the ability to get things, and then make pertinent use of them in his speaking and writing.
Rob spoke about how as a young man he began to recognise the power of storytelling. He speaks about the influence of the Parable of the Prodigal Son: “The greatest short story of all time!” The author skilfully marshals this storytelling skill in these brief but penetrating articles.
The book is full of people that have been part of the author’s life, including Ronnie, who was part of the Parsons family for almost 45 years.
This book shows that the author retains the common touch, that allows him to communicate well to people of every walk of life. I particularly appreciated Rob’s ability to connect with those who are struggling with life, those who are confused, hurting and vulnerable. Providing words of hope in such situation is like getting a gulp of water on a burning hot day.
I commend this collection of articles to you. They contain wise and timely words on many vital matters. They are delivered from the heart and are designed to reach our hearts, and to promote reflection, resolve and action.
John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia