Dear Nicholas...: A Father's Letter to His Newly Ordained Son

by , Stephen Cottrell (foreword), and Nicholas Henshall (editor)

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Rating: ★★★★

Format: Paperback (102 pages)

Publisher: Sacristy Press

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ISBN: 978-1-78959-064-7

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The perfect gift for anyone in or training for ministry

Foreword by Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York.

Dear Nicholas... was originally a private letter from Bishop Michael Henshall to his newly ordained son, Nicholas. Later published for a wider audience it provided encouragement and challenge to many approaching ordination. It is once again available to all who are about to be ordained, and indeed all who wish to pause and consider their life as a priest in the Church today.

This new edition features an epilogue by the original recipient of the letter, Nicholas Henshall, who is now Dean of Chelmsford.

Listen to Nicholas Henshall on BBC Essex talking about Dear Nicholas...

I began reading this book thinking it would open an interesting window on how the Church of England saw ministry forty years ago. I expected much of it to feel dated. I finished the book reinvigorated and surprised: not only had it focused on a set of insights into ordained ministry that are timeless, I felt refreshed in my own calling. The book's beguiling simplicity, and the fact that it is an actual letter from a father to a much-loved son, and not a treatise on ministry that the author ever expected to be read more widely, gives it an immediacy and a freshness. We eavesdrop on their conversation. There are references to people and events we can't know about. But we are better for it. We are drawn into the orbit of their exchange and their love. It also makes the book distinctively different from most of the other more worthy offerings in this overcrowded genre of good advice for others. No wonder several bishops have, for years, been distributing pirate copies of this text to those they ordain. 

​From the Foreword by Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York (and former Bishop of Chelmsford)

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