“Just when we think all the ladders between heaven and earth have fallen down we discover that our own heart, after all, has been the source of our greatest insights. That’s where all ladders start.”
A re-examination of the state of Christianity from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Waiting for the Last Bus and Leaving Alexandria
In this passionate and heartfelt book, Richard Holloway interrogates the traditional ways of understanding the Bible. In doing so he demonstrates the power of the great Christian stories as they apply today, away from their sometimes antiquated settings, providing a blueprint which takes the core teachings of the Christian past and invigorates them with renewed power for today’s world.
“A sensitive, brave and inspiring book”
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“I don’t know when I have been more impressed, indeed, excited, by a work … It answers the seemingly tormenting questions in a completely satisfying way”
“A thoughtful, playful, courageous and deeply altruistic book … a fine companion for anyone who wishes to live a life of any depth”
“It will appeal to all of us who continue to be interested in the moral challenge of our time”
“This is an exhilarating book. It is not every day that you encounter a person of Richard Holloway’s experience wrestling with the very foundations of his chosen way of life. This in itself gives the book a tone of urgency”
Richard Holloway was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. A former Gresham Professor of Divinity and Chairman of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Leaving Alexandria won the PEN/Ackerley Prize and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. Holloway has written for many newspapers in Britain, including The Times, Guardian, Observer, Herald and Scotsman. He has also presented many series for BBC television and radio; Waiting for the Last Bus originated as a five-part series on Radio 4 in 2016.