Rowan Williams has served as Archbishop of Canterbury through one of the most turbulent periods in the history of global Anglicanism. He has also faced numerous challenges within the Church of England. How has he coped with the huge issues of a divided church and a rapidly changing world? What has he done as archbishop when parts of the church are campaigning for an 'inclusive church' with gay-partnered clergy and women bishops, while others are determined to resist these developments? How has he related to other Christian traditions and those of other faiths? What has he said about the Iraq war, the financial crash, Sharia Law? In this fascinating assessment, Andrew Goddard surveys Archbishop Rowan's time in office. Goddard draws on Williams- speeches and writings, as well as interviews and comments from those who have worked with him. This book shows the pressures faced by an academic scholar who only took on this demanding role because he believed it to be God's call. What sort of leader has he been, and what sort of legacy does he leave for his successor, Justin Welby?
"Andrew Goddard's portrait of Rowan Williams succeeds in being fair, shrewd, lively, and many-sided. In particular, he shows with crystal clarity that Rowan has actually modelled a different, and Christlike, form of 'leadership'. Among his astonishing array of accomplishments, that may be the most important." -- Professor Tom Wright, former Bishop of Durham "Here in this wonderful book you are given the opportunity to see a true living saint, scholar, and servant of God." -- Canon Andrew White, author of The Vicar of Baghdad "Early assessments are risky, but this one takes that risk with a commitment to fairness, and to affirmation as much as critique. Future commentary on this remarkable archbishop will be able to build on this picture, but this is a very helpful beginning to our understanding of the gifts we have received from Rowan Williams." -- Peter Selby, former Bishop of Worcester "Andrew is highly skilled as a writer and a theologian, which makes him an excellent person to paint this clear and fascinating portrait of Rowan Williams. It's a timely book for anyone wanting a deeper look at Rowan's legacy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to you." -- Vicky Beeching, theologian, ethicist, writer, and broadcaster "Frank and perceptive, Goddard draws together a wealth of reflections on Rowan Williams, as well as a remarkable collection of the archbishop's own writings and comments, giving us a deep and fresh insight into Williams' humanity and theology." -- Christina Rees, member of the General Synod, a broadcaster and writer "Rowan Williams' tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury provided the scope for considerable intellect and graciousness during a very demanding decade of spiritual leadership. This biography introduces us more closely to the man behind the ministry." -- Joel Edwards, international director of Micah Challenge "...a clear and honest reflection on [the] character, desires and achievements of Rowan Williams." -- Across the See (Diocese of Norwich) The author offers some lovely peeks into his integrity, wit and the challenges he faced. -- Christianity Christianity 20130523 This book makes the reader aware of many human attributes, mercy being one. -- Jean Davies The Lance 20130601 "This is an excellent and well balanced summary of the Archbishop's legacy and can be warmly recommended..." -- The Reader The Reader 2131201
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