This seems to be a book about everything and nothing. But what on the surface may seem like random ramblings, in fact are observations on life that are real, honest and humble, with plenty of Adrian’s well-known humour. But the subjects carry a poignancy that cuts to the core of a topic.
Adrian has such a charming way of looking at things, bringing real life and honest responses to big life issues, reassuringly demonstrating that we don’t have to have all the answers. That it is OK to be human.
The topics range from growing old, to the church; the retelling of Bible stories to people and their strange but loveable ways. There is also a contemplation of the big issues of life and death. There are numerous anecdotes, mostly humorous, mostly proving how ridiculous people can be, but clearly proving that if we are honest with each other and with God then truth will prevail.
It is presented in a mixture of creative styles – skits, poems and sketches, and of course a return of the well-known diaries. It is a delightfully fun read, packed with an underlying wisdom.
Mostly what comes across to the reader is an approach to faith that is open, honest, obedient and true. A humble stance, without many definitive answers, but it is the very lack of certainty that gives strength to a deep and profound faith.
And the conclusion of it all … well, who knows, but he has learnt through life stay grounded in a mysterious faith and to be much kinder to himself.
I received a complimentary advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley, but was under no pressure to provide a favourable review.