David Osborne's book The Country Vicar written about such clerics, about such country clergy, and for the parishioners of country vicars. This book offer insight valuable to Archdeacons and Bishops as well, and probably should be on their required reading list.
The book has no foreword, or an introduction, but begins with the story of the"Induction of Peter Fynn." Each chapter of the book concludes with a short fictional story where the country vicar figures prominently, but not always in the best light! These stories bring a delightful humour to the text. Some of these stories will be retold at clergy gatherings and elsewhere.
The word "vicar" in the title presents the perspective that the author takes throughout the book. But notable in this book is Osborne's interpretation of George Herbert's A Priest to the Temple, or the Country Parson.
Most will appreciate a reading of The Country Vicar. Even being an ocean apart - what Osborne writes, the awareness and understanding he offers, are worth the read.
The Country Vicar: reshaping rural ministry.
Osborne, David, 1950-.
London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2004.
ISBN 02325463 (pbk)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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