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" Friendship is a sheltering tree "

Coleridge

The Pagan Adventures of a Christian Priest

September 27th, 2013

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Out today! Mark Townsend’s latest book:

In June 2007 Rev. Mark Townsend resigned from his ministry as a priest after his decision to share his story of brokenness and failure with the hierarchy. This book is the irreverent and whimsical, yet honest and gut-wrenching, story of his struggle to hold on to a faith within a world that seemed to be against him. It is a story that brings hope to all those who feel the established Western religious path has lost sight of compassion, grace and the one who could easily have been called Friend of Failures. As the author gradually digs himself out of the consequential gutter the reader will discover that all such failures can be redeemed and may even produce glittering nuggets of gold. More importantly, the reader will begin to see that his or her own failure can also lead to real moments of magic – so long as it is not repressed but accepted. A major underlying theme of the whole diary is the notion that real magic does exist, and that the magical traditions such as Druidry can be a major blessing for those who crave for something more.

The book is endorsed by the legendary Angie Bowie who says: “Mark is a fresh breeze across the desert of conformity and usual religious voices. His provocative curiosity compares the banal, the inconsequential, the valuable, the profound and the essential that compose the planet’s banquet of religious mythology.”

Click on the image to go to the book at Amazon UK. Click here to go to an interview with Mark on Druidcast.

6 Responses to “The Pagan Adventures of a Christian Priest”

  1. Interesting, and what sounds like a courageous journey overall! (& I’ll never forget the ‘more-than-horrified’ expressions(s) and ensuing ‘fallout ‘in certain quarters when I made a similar shift; the price can be high, so, here’s to greater inter-spiritual tolerance and mutual international understanding all around). This book will undoubtedly contribute a lot in that way, too, so hope it does well

  2. Excellent, inspiring interview on Druidcast. Looking forward to reading this book . Something that I hope I will relate to with my disillusionment of church hierarchy. Brave man Mr Townsend.

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