Beyond the Collar: Confessions of a Vicar by MARK EDWARDS

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ffCategory: Adult: Spirituality /Relationships / Marriage and Family

Can a damaged child become a successful priest? Mark Edwards’ story of life behind the dog collar is an honest, moving and sometimes hilarious account of a man who is determined to be true to God and to his priestly calling, despite a growing conflict between his personal struggle with faith and what he is paid to believe. The past casts a long shadow over Mark’s new life as a parish priest. His first curacy is an unmitigated disaster. A return visit to the children’s home he left under a cloud as a teenager reveals that Mark remains scarred by the rejections and turbulent emotions of his childhood. These insecurities, combined with a serious health problem, lead to misunderstandings with his first training vicar, a siege mentality in the curate’s house and a dramatic outburst in the bishop’s palace. Mark is so disillusioned with the church hierarchy that he gives God three months to turn things around.

PRESS REVIEWS

‘ An irresistible read nakedly candid, forthright and impressive ‘ Quentin Letts Daily Mail

Mark Edwards takes the reader on a personal emotional roller-coaster, while conveying what it’s like to be a vicar in a Northern industrial town ”
The Independent

A powerful and Honest Auto Biography The Telegraph

‘ Courageous and inspiring ‘ The Times

‘ Honest and Revealing ‘ – Independent Television Lorraine Kelly

This is a book that seesaws the reader from fits of giggles on one page to swirling depths of emotion on the next . BBC Television.

” A refreshingly honest and candid insight into the private life of a public figure ”
Northwest Evening Mail Cumbria

” A refreshing down to earth account of the difficulties and challenges facing a Vicar and his family”
( Church of England Newspaper )

‘ Powerful and Revealing..’
Natalie Haynes ( booker prize judge )
The Times

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“A very endearing read”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Mrs. R. J. Wilson

What a great read. I am very impressed by anyone who chooses the right path to take. No one says it’s ever easy, but life is a journey. The support you have is immense.
Well done and carry on with the good work you do.

About the Author

I have been married 30 years and have 4 children. My journey towards healing and wholeness from a child in care, mental health patient and homeless young man has been long and challenging, but its a journey I have had to make in order to move on from being a victim.

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