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Scandalous Risks by Susan Howatch
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Jun 25, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, fiction, classic, historical-fiction, literature, psychology, religion, theology, worth-reading-over-and-over, 1990s
Read from June 18 to 24, 2010

The titles of the books make them sound like something just a shade below the tabloids. However, if you take into consideration the characters are all clergy and their families, friends, and associates, the extreme nature of the adjectives used will give you a better frame of reference.

The books are about learning to live as God would have us in the world He created as these particular churchmen view that world and their place in it.

The 'scandalous' risks seem tame by contemporary standards. That they aren't to the characters is the redeeming nature of Howatch's writing. Actions are seen in light of the Gospel. However, in this particular book, the Dean's view of the central message of Love is at odds with his old nemesis, and now Bishop, Charles Ashworth.

It's 1963 and a popular book on theology has just been published called, Honest to God and it has set the C of E on its ears. Did St. Augustine real mean it when he wrote that we can love God and do what we will?

It's easy to hear Saint Augustine's remark as: "Love God and do what you will."

It's more appropriate to Augustine's original meaning to put the emphasis on the first two words: "Love God and do what you will."

Howatch gets it right in this story! Superb!
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