When you dig a bit below the surface, you are likely to discover that many of us who attend church regularly feel we have lost touch with a living experience of God. Indeed, we may find we no longer believe in God at all.
The reasons why faith breaks down are multi-layered and complex, and this sympathetic volume has been written for those who aren’t satisfied with pious answers to real questions and disappointments.
John Pritchard draws deeply on his own experience of dark times in order to shed light on what we may be going through ourselves. He then offers starting points from which we might rediscover and re-imagine a more realistic faith in the God who, despite appearances, is ever present with us, whether apprehended or not.
John Pritchard is Bishop of Oxford and was formerly Bishop of Jarrow. He was archdeacon of Canterbury and, before that, Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham. He has served in parishes in Birmingham and Taunton, and has been Diocesan Youth Officer for Bath and Wells Diocese.
Books by John include The Intercessions Handbook, The Second Intercessions Handbook, Beginning Again, How to Pray, Living Easter Through the Year, How to Explain your Faith, The Life and Work of a Priest and Going to Church: A user’s guide. He is married to Wendy and has two married daughters.