A vicar from Warnham has written a history book highlighting the unlikely saints who have influenced the church over the past 2,000 years.
The Rev Christopher Loveless, who leads St Margaret’s Church, has penned Strange Eventful History: Story of the Saints of the Church of England - narrating the history of the church while focusing on some less well-known heroes of the Christian faith.
“I’ve always loved stories and the Church of England has a calendar of saints,” he said. “There are all those names, but who are they all? There are plenty of books out there, but in my book I was trying to show the people who we don’t hear much about.”
In the busy life of a parish priest, some might wonder how he fitted in writing a 505-page history book.
He said: “You can always find time to do something you’re passionate about.
“I was given a sabbatical by the church about three years ago. It’s taken five years to put together.’’
He added: “It’s been quite exciting finding out about all these people.”
He covers every era from Christ’s birth through the apostles, martyrs, those who brought Christianity to England and have helped shape the church right up to the 21st century.
Some of the people he brings into the history are John Bosco who set up a school in the 19th century and Irish nun Harriet Monsell who reinvented nunneries in England during Queen Victoria’s reign.
Rev Peter Francis, curate and St Mary’s, Horsham, writes in his review in the parish magazine: “If you are interested in what happened between the Bible and the present day, in the biographies of great Christians or if you just want to see 248 different ways of what it means to follow Jesus, this is a book worth reading. “
The book is on sale at www.lulu.com priced at £15.