The wit and wisdom of Adrian Leak
Adrian Leak, the popular former vicar of Withyham and Blackham, who always took a special interest in what was going on in the village, is publishing a
book based on the many ‘letters’ he wrote for the parish magazine.
His inspiration was the wide and colourful experience of life as a country parson, and the wish to share his reflections with non-believers as well as
believers. Nebuchadnezzar’s Marmalade Pot is comprised of mostly edited versions of those letters as well as a few adapted from sermons.
The book is a collection of 80 short pieces, ranging widely over topics briefly related to church occasions and
Christian faith including Easter, Christmas, Pentecost, weddings, funerals, parenthood, prayer, belief, and
hope. Their style is anecdotal, humorous and allusive. Though much of the material was written during
Adrian’s time as a country parson, it is only occasionally auto-biographical.
“Brief, sharp, witty and profound – these reflections are in the best pastoral
tradition of the Church of England – they make us chuckle, help us think and
show us a glimpse of ‘heaven in the ordinary” - Angela Tilby, Columnist in the
Church Times, former Canon of Christ Church, Oxford
“It was George Herbert who noted that the good country parson is ‘a diligent
observer and tracker of God’s ways’, setting up ‘as many encouragements to
goodness’ as possible. There could not be a better description of Adrian
Leak who, in this wise and accessible collection of reflections, holds a
compass that guides us through both the Church’s year and the seasons of
the heart. Celebrating the richness of the ordinary, he helps us appreciate
that, at the end of the day, Christians are called to nurture the human
capacity to look and to love.” - Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St.
Paul’s Cathedral, London.
“Adrian Leak’s brilliantly observed reflections make a fascinating read. They will appeal not only to Anglicans,
including lapsed ones, but also to the large number of people who, while they have not been blessed with the gift of
faith, care deeply for the Church of England. Adrian draws his inspiration initially from apparently superficial
incidents and details, but as he gets drawn in he plumbs the depths and writes most movingly about the spiritual life
and the problems of pursuing it in a largely indifferent and often hostile world. He claims his reflections are merely
random meditations, but in fact they display the workings of a profound and mature intelligence.” - Roger Lockyer,
Reader Emeritus in History at the University of London.
The book is published by Book Guild Publishing and costs just £13.99. To order your copy, click on the link below.