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Stephen Cotterell – Dear England: Finding hope, taking heart and changing the world

Hodder and Stoughton

ISBN 978 1 528 36096 7

Price £9.99

184 pages

At first sight the idea of writing a letter to England might appear to be a bit pretentious; unless of course you are the Archbishop of York, one of whose titles is: Primate of England. 

Bishops are supposed to offer prophetic and pastoral leadership; that is exactly what is given here. Dear England is a letter that arises out of a question thrown at the author by a young woman in a Caffè Nero at Paddington Station: “What made you become a priest?”

This book is a straightforward and simple retelling of the heart of the gospel of Jesus, and why it matters for every aspect of life today. This is done under three headings: Finding Hope, Taking Heart, Changing the World.

This brief book carries a lot of helpful advice to the reader: As Russell Brand says in his commendation: “Stephen Cottrell writes about Christ as if He were here now.”

It is the personal aspect of this letter that make it so compelling an offer of life in relationship with Jesus. The author affirms that Jesus is: “a companion, not a map. Let us see what life looks like if we walk with him”.

If people take up this invitation, England might well be a better place!

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

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