Outlook Issue 19 Spring 2015
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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14     Good  Read     In God’s hands by  Archbishop  Desmond  Tutu  (Bloomsbury,  2014)    £9.99     Desmond  Tutu's  In  God's  Hands  is  the  Archbishop  of  Canterbury's   Lent  Book  this  year  –  but  a  cracking  good  read  at  any  time!  In  his   foreword,  Archbishop  Justin  writes  that  here  we  may  see  the  love   for  Christ,  the  generosity  of  spirit,  the  immense  vision  and   courage,  and  the  extraordinary  virtues  which  have  set  the  course   of  Tutu's  life  to  date.     This  book  is  different,  demanding  and  dramatic  –  because  it  holds  us  to  God’s  call.   You  will  not  look  back.  You  will  find  something  of  the  bubbly  joy  and  incredible  love   which  is  Desmond  Tutu.  He  believes  that  every  human  being  is  created  in  God's   image.  All  are  God-­‐carriers,  worthy  of  our  respect  and  love.  We  cannot  ignore  the   plight  of  those  who  suffer  injustice  or  oppression.  What  a  different  world  if  we  really   took  this  seriously!  Tutu  also  develops  the  idea  that  God  is  biased,  biased  in  favour  of   the  poor,  the  weak  and  the  lowly,  and  that  we  are  loved  by  God  not  because  we  are   lovable  or  have  done  anything  to  please  him,  but  just  because  that  is  the  way  he  is.   Reading  this  book  is  risky,  challenging  …  so?     Tony Waller     Suffolk 1775-1845: Conflict and Co-operation by  Michael  Stone  (EAH  Press,  2015)    £12.95     Legacies  change  lives,  and  always  have  done,  as  is  apparent  in  a   fascinating  account  of  life  in  East  Suffolk  between  1775  and  1845.   Local  author  Michael  Stone,  who  has  lived  in  the  area  for  over  50   years,  tells  the  story  of  John  Longe,  a  country  parson,  land-­‐owner   and  magistrate,  who  inherited  through  his  wife’s  family  and   became  vicar  of  Coddenham-­‐cum-­‐Crowfield  in  a  period   punctuated  by  war  with  France  and  the  slave  trade,  to  name  but  two  issues  which   impinge  on  the  book  of  life  in  rural  Suffolk.     If  you  enjoy  history  with  a  human  touch,  then  this  is  a  book  for  you  –  formal  in  tone,   but  full  of  eye-­‐opening  snippets  of  detail.  Just  imagine  walking  between  Woodbridge   and  Coddenham  for  some  family  TLC;  taking  one  of  two  coaches  a  day  from  Ipswich   to  London  on  business;  and  catering  for  more  than  5,000  soldiers  based  in  the  area.   John  Longe  saw  it  all  and  Michael  Stone  provides  the  reader  with  a  faithful  account  of   what  he  saw.     A  bonus  which  comes  with  the  book  is  a  short  supplement  on  the  social  life  of  the   Revd  John  Longe  from  1826  –  think  travel  arrangements  and  dining  –  and  the   Woodbridge  Barracks  during  the  Napoleonic  Wars.                                                                                                          NC