In this compelling memoir Anthony Harvey traces the three ways he has felt drawn throughout his life — to a ministry in the Anglican priesthood, to a profession in theological scholarship, and to his marriage and family.
Harvey recounts his clergy training in Canterbury, his time as canon of Westminster Abbey, his teaching and research at the University of Oxford, and his many exciting travels. He also candidly discusses the challenges presented by his marriage to an artist and writer whose spells of mental illness, along with the premature death of their daughter, placed great strain on both his family life and his public responsibilities. Throughout the book Harvey authentically narrates his inner tensions and conflicts, his own spiritual questioning, and his propensity toward a Christian stoicism.
From the foreword:
“This moving and unpretentious memoir charts a journey of education in faith, not least through times of deep challenge in personal life. It shows us a scholar always willing to put the resources of his remarkable learning at the disposal of the Christian community. . . . It has the capacity to rekindle faith in the theological vocation in the fullest sense of the word ‘theological’ and to renew a confidence in the possibility of interweaving human honesty and Christian depth.” — Rowan Williams TENT