Leslie Francis has achieved a most original and enchanting book by drawing out the wisdom embedded in Kenneth Grahame’s classic,The Wind in the Willows, and weaving it into a profoundly Christian pattern which glows with spiritual truths simply expressed.
‘This journey along the river of life with Ratty and Mole is indeed a revelation for Jesus Christ is their fellow-traveller in the meditations and prayers which Professor Francis has so skilfully crafted.To fuse the New Testament with an Edwardian novel in this way is not only to take a magnificently bold creative step but also to illustrate yet again that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
‘Read, savour, enjoy.’
This Gospel in the Willows comprises 40 daily readings and meditations which may be used through Lent or any other period of the year.
Leslie J. Francis is an Anglican priest, chartered psychologist, and Professor of Religions and Education in the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick.