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The long awaited return of Adrian's trademark blend of wit and down to earth wisdom. Humour, insight and encouragement reliably delivered in this brand new sideways look at the lighter side of church life.
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Here’s the secret diary we’ve all been waiting for. With all the funny, frustrating, inspirational and downright irritating characters of the original ‘Sacred Diaries’ this latest release sees the harassed Adrian Plass doing his best to organise an away weekend for his church in conjunction with another church. A difficult job for any church activist to carry off smoothly – but near impossible when your church includes the likes of Leonard Thynn and his wife (never on time), and the other is run by your vicar son and his wife (who tells you a secret you simply cannot and must not share).
Surely no one in their right mind would choose to take on the job. Well, Adrian didn’t; he was volunteered. Now there’s confusion from the start with an argument with sat-nav lady, through mixed up sleeping accommodation to a simple conversation about birdlife that ends in accusations of harassment.
Through laughter and tears, Adrian Plass lets the truth slip in by the back door and make itself at home. And for all the mayhem and mishaps, this new instalment of the Sacred Diary series shows, once again, just how good is God at caring for this mixed bag of people we call 'the Church'.
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass: Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend by Adrian Plass was published by Hodder & Stoughton in April 2013 and is our 14270th best seller. The ISBN for The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass: Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend is 9781444745443.
I read the first Sacred Diary when it came out 26 years ago and found it side-splittingly funny. This one, for me, doesn't quite rise to the same levels of hilarity. It occasionally made me smile and even chuckle but for the most part it didn't have me laughing out loud. Adrian certainly says some stuff that I found helpful e.g. that "God... is not looking for wonderful Christians, but for inadequate followers with a willingness to be obedient". He brings out the truth that in all things God works for the good of those who love him in a conversation he has with a character called Polly. When she asks, "...do you think God sometimes uses these disastery sort of things to make something good happen?", Adrian replies, "There's not much hope for me if he doesn't...". For readers going on holiday and looking for something light-hearted, entertaining and easy-to-read, and who don't mind the sacred being made the subject of humour, this might be a good choice of book to take.
"Repeated re-readings over many years continue to yield a handful of belly-laughs at some of the absurdities in Adrian's life. And as a Pastor, I frequently use old copies of the book as 'laughter prescriptions' to hand to well loved friends who have been battered or exhausted by church expectations or responsibilities, or to anyone whose day might simply be lifted by a good laugh."- Other Retailer's Reviewer.
"Mr Plass has a genius for using humour to expose the raw edges of life, the things we'd all prefer not to have to think about - the hurts, the hypocrisy, the depression, the sad things that happen - and somehow to make them better, to make some sense of them. If you're discouraged this book - and its two equally effective sequels - really are the ultimate pick-me-up; and if you're not, they'll warm your heart at the same time as really getting you thinking."- Other Retailer's Reviewer.
"A truly great book, bought mine years ago and have read it and lent it out soo many times.. It never fails to pick me up when I'm feeling blue and helps remind me that I'm not the only one who notices how daft people are sometimes - myself included..." - Other Retailer's Reviewer.
Yes it really is 26 years since Britain's most popular Christian humorist, Adrian Plass, released the intimate and revealing contents of his ‘Sacred Diaries’. It’s not often that a Christian writer parodies the secular world – it’s more often the other way around and rarely executed with the gentle satirical humour of what remains the 65 year old author and speaker’s most popular of his 45 published works.
Following in the wake of Sue Townsend’s best selling Adrian Mole diaries, 'The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37¾' (1987) presented a humorous, fictional satire of Christian life that captured the mood and aspirations of a Church besieged by the forces of change and aware of its own poor, public perception.
Adrian allowed the Church and Christians of every brand to laugh at their own absurdities without feelings of guilt, shame and failure. This helped congregations acknowledge their own weaknesses and appreciate just how hard it was getting to live and act as Christians in the late twentieth century. What they would do about it... that, as now, would be up to them.
Adrian followed the success of his diaries with spin-offs dedicated to some of the more colourful and problematical characters: 'The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn' (1993) and 'The Horizontal Epistles of Andromeda Veal' (1994). In 1997 he created the long awaited sequel, 'The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Christian Speaker Aged 45¾', in which the writer, now a prominent Christian speaker, tours Australia with his fictional wife Anne and son Gerald. Third in the series, 'The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, on Tour: Aged Far Too Much to Be Put on the Front Cover of a Book' was published in 2004. By the following year, the series had sold over a million copies worldwide.
This latest addition takes the writer into his sixties and is certain to prove another popular bestseller among Christian audiences who follow Adrian’s writings and his speaking tours in partnership with fellow witty wiseman, Jeff Lucas.
In some ways, this book returns to the roots of the original. The diarist is once again a harassed activist in a community of well meaning misfits struggling to get along together and build Christ’s kingdom despite their own flaws and failings. Their well intentioned efforts are constantly undermined by their own very human ambitions and limitations – just like any community of Christ’s followers now, in the past and probably until his return.
As the previous three diaries, this one seems to draw on the writer’s experieneces and encounters; first in local church life and then on the Christians speaker circuit, then as a 'celebrity' author so this one seems to gain inspiration from the latest stage of the author’s Christian journey as writer in residence at the Christian retreat centre at Scargill near Kettlwell in the Yorkshire dales.
Just as the fans of the first diary doubtlessly saw people they knew refelceted in its pages, so we - returning and new readers, will certainly see our fellow worshippers reflected in this. But will we see ourselves? Will Adrian help us find not just the quirks and qualities of other servants of Christ – how ever sympathetically, buit also our own? The answer is: yes he will – just as he shows his own weaknesses in his other books. The real question is will we see our faults and will we make the allowances for them in others that we make for ourselves. I hope so. Then we can work together in love for the day when all diaries come to their last page and we find Christian perfection is finally ours… and theirs.
The Sacred Diary series:
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37¾ (1987)
The Horizontal Epistles of Andromeda Veal (1988)
The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn (1989)
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Christian Speaker Aged 45¾ (1994)
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, On Tour (2004)
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend (March 2013)
|Author / Artist||Adrian Plass|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (April 2013)|
|Number of Pages||208|
|Page last updated||2nd March 2017|