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The Anglican Way: A Guidebook

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The Anglican Way is a guidebook for anyone interested in following Jesus as an Anglican Christian. Written for both the newcomer and the person who wants to go deeper, this book answers hundreds of questions about history, theology, worship, and more. Learn about this ancient but fast-growing branch of the Body of Christ. Let this guide help you as you walk the Anglican Wa ...more
Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published April 4th 2014 by Colony Catherine, Inc. (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For years I have yearned for the reverence and the liturgy missing from most Protestant churches. Living in an area heavily populated by Southern Baptists, learning how to incorporate this into one’s worship of God is hard to do. This book has solved that problem to some degree. While “a guidebook,” as it’s labeled, certainly cannot replace a community of believers that worship in the same way, it has served to alter how I look at my relationship with God and my treatment of that relationship.
Jeremy Gardiner
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantastic introduction to Anglicanism by an Anglican Church in North America pastor.
It was written for the interested layman who knows little of what Anglicanism is all about. I think the audience is geared more towards people from other theological traditions (Baptist, Pentecostal, etc.) but it is written simply enough to be helpful for a new Christian as well.

In part 1 he uses the imagery of the Compass Rose (the flag of the Anglican Communion) to highlight the theological spect
Jeremiah Lorrig
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is helpful for those who have a more Evangelical prospective and want a short book to summarize some of the history, context, theology, and practices of modern (conservative) Anglicans.

The author is no where near unbiased, but he doesn’t let his bias’ push him into unfair characterizations of others. He also over simplifies a lot of complex things, but, like I said, this is a summary, not an authoritative tome.

To my Evangelical friends, you might find this an accessible peak into my
Teri Hannan
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I have listened to the author on Church of the Redeemer Nashville’s podcast and enjoyed his sermons. Until reading this book I had very little understanding of the Anglican Church and I now understand that I held many misperceptions. It was easy to read and I learned a great deal.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting overall but concerning regarding author bias

An interesting book as someone that has come to the Anglican church in the last couple of years. I would like to be able to recommend this book.
However, in certain areas it does not describe the Anglican church I know. For example, in reference to Bishop Gene Robinson. This isn't surprising considering the author is part of the Anglican Church of North America (which is not a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion). What I find odd is
K.J. Ramsey
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is incredibly easy to read, kind, and helpful. As someone who has been, you might say, on the Canterbury trail for many years without belonging to an Anglican Church until this last year, I found that McKenzie’s description of the compass rose well articulated the generous meeting place of the paradoxes central to following Christ that I’ve long been seeking.

I wish this book more robustly interrogated the Anglican Church’s complicity in colonialism and racism. I felt like the version
Anna Morris
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Clear and succinct description of the Anglican faith. Highly recommend for anyone exploring the Anglican tradition or currently engaged and wanting to learn more about our theology.
Chris Lee
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredibly good. I'm normally the world's slowest reader but I burnt through this in... *checks Goodreads*... sixteen days. Thomas McKenzie writes in an incredibly clear and readable manner. And for me, a newcomer to Anglicanism, the content was just so insightful and interesting.

My favorite part of the book was the first section, in which McKenzie explains Anglicanism as encompassing many different facets of Christianity—all godly and good but limited when held in isolation—using t
I would probably really be giving this book 4.5 stars, but I'll round up. I rank it highly because it really impacted me. The book first tackled what is meant by the "Way" of Anglicanism and then dives into Anglican distinctives and philosophy. He uses a compass rose image to show how Anglicans are found on a spectrum of beliefs, but all can be characterized as evangelical, catholic, orthodox, charismatic, activist, contemplative, conservative, and liberal. The tension or seeming contradiction i ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is problematic and hopefully not a representation of the majority of Anglican churches in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). That said, there were some positives, and I would like to highlight those first.

The sections on church calendar were great. The most encouraging part of the book was Part II - Walking the Anglican Way. This is a section they highlights, how those who are looking for a Christian heritage and tradition can find a theologically robust expression and share it wi
Melissa Travis
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully accessible yet detailed guide to the Anglican Church. McKenzie does an excellent job of helping the reader to understand the theological richness and holistic Christian spirituality that the Anglican way offers. I appreciated his very ecumenical attitude. The timelines and reference sections were helpful bonuses. Highly recommended!!
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My review at

The Anglican Way by Thomas McKenzie is an overview of Anglican spirituality, worship, devotion, theology, and practice. Fr Thomas is the first pastor of Church of the Redeemer, Nashville.

In the name of full disclosure, Thomas writes with me at, and is a friend. He asked me to read the original manuscript version, and we had several conversations about this project as it was in progress. So this will be a friendly review, but I’ve left nothing ou
Good overview of Anglicanism in theory and practice. The author is an American Anglican priest whose church is under the auspices of an African bishop since the schism in the Episcopal Church. A little bit of history, some focus on what makes Anglicanism unique, and a taste of their theology and beliefs. Not all that different from Catholicism, really, with the exception of the whole Pope and Magisterium piece. I walked away from this book knowing more than I did when I started reading it, so th ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
A great introduction to how many within the ACNA view themselves. It is helpful for the uninitiated to understand some of the "spirit" within Anglican circles. However, I personally would not offer this book to explain how Anglicanism "ought" to be. It is descriptive of our current moment, but I do not think it is a good prescriptive book, and the impact of the formulations of Thomas Cranmer during the Edwardian years appears to be left out of the historic evaluation of Anglicanism. I think Angl ...more
Tyler Collins
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
McKenzie gives an excellent introductory overview of Anglicanism in this book. It is the perfect read for any layperson without a theological background looking to understand who Anglicans are, what they believe, and how they worship.

While I would love to dive deeper into the theological and historical background than McKenzie does in "The Anglican Way," this book perfectly meets its target audience and speaks in a conversational and readable manner. It gave me a deeper appreciation for Anglica
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in becoming Anglican, or simply want to understand the beliefs of Anglicans better (which is the 3rd largest Christian denominational affiliation in the world), this is a great go-to book! It's an excellent summary of the Anglican approach to the Christian faith. It's very readable and arranged by topic, which makes it an excellent resource. It even has a handy glossary of terms in the back.

One of the most helpful chapters for me was a description of a typical Anglican wors
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
An ok overview of general Anglican practices. Very light on the history of the church (especially the churches role in colonialism). Very condemning of Episcopal Church and other liberal Anglican churches. It concentrates on American Anglican traditions.. I recommend if you live in any other part of the world, to contact your local Anglican parish or search the website dedicated to your country's Anglican tradition. ...more
David Marshall
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
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What was presented to me as the "beginner's guide to Anglicanism," McKenzie is a great writer who makes Anglicanism understandable and convincing. For example, in coming into the ACNA tradition, I wasn't sure about infant baptism, but after reading his chapter, it made sense other sources seemed to struggle with. To be clear- everything here needs to be prayed about and tested, but if you're interested in Anglicanism, I highly recommend it, especially in tandem with McKenzie's Anglican Way. Both ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
McKenzie seems like a thoughtful, pastoral guy, and he makes the smart decision to say "here are a few different perspectives" on the controversial bits (mostly). Good introduction to the sacraments. Makes a good case that the "via media" of the Anglican tradition is the right balance between Catholicism and the Protestants. ...more
Kelly Smith
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thorough overview

Reverend McKenzie provides a thorough overview of the Anglican Way--from history to core beliefs to what to expect in a service. I not only learned more about the Anglican church, I also found direction for my current exodus from the American evangelical church. He serves as a welcoming tour guide for the Anglican Way.
Chet Duke
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a helpful introduction to basic tenets of Anglican theology, church history, and practices. The author is affiliated with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), and he explains the distinctive features of the ACNA, the Episcopal Church, and other provinces.
Michael Nichols
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A cursory, concise overview of Anglicanism. I’m an intrigued outsider, and this provided some helpful insight. The brief overviews on the theology and the denominational polity of Anglicans were the most helpful.
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Primer

If you are at all interested in what the Anglican community is about this is your best starting point. The Anglican glossary alone is worth the cost of this very readable book.
A thorough and well-written description of Anglican ways, including both historical aspects and modern practices. As someone born into the Anglican tradition and now serving as a priest, he has a good, inside perspective on things.
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent overview of Anglicanism. Chapters to read and chapters to use as a reference. Shows the deep traditional liturgy, the Anglican Way, and some of the complexities of having a communion of diversity centered around a non-negotiable core. Well written and fascinating overview.
Nate Norberg
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've spent my whole life in churches without my formal liturgy, but in the past years I've been increasingly curious about things like the church calendar and more liturgical traditions. This book was a great introduction to a world that seemed unfamiliar to me before. ...more
Heather Purvis
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Hallenbeck
Nicely written with enough detail to help lay people understand exactly what the Anglican Church is about but also beautiful in it's simplicity. I learned a lot. ...more
John Savage
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great summary of the ideals of Anglicanism.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great intro book into what Anglicanism in the US is all about. Really appreciated the read.
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Thomas McKenzie lives in Nashville with his amazing wife and two terrific daughters. He was born and raised near Amarillo, Texas. His Bachelor's degree is from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master's Degree in Divinity is from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

Thomas is a priest of the Anglican Church in North America and the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. He's the

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“Love is the most easily dismissed of God’s commandments and characteristics. Christians sometimes seem to say, “Of course we should love people, we all know that. So now let’s get on with what we really want to do—fight about theology!” But love is the central Christian ethic, it’s the heartbeat of the church. It’s central to us because it’s essential to God. “God is love,” says the Bible (1 John 4:8, NIV). At the core of the Trinity is a love relationship between three Persons. God cannot be separated from love. Love is his nature. Unless the church is actively living out the reality of love, there is little reason to debate theology. And unless the church has a healthy theology we won’t recognize true love when we see it.” 1 likes
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