Heart in My Head: A Biography of Richard Harries by John S. Peart-Binns (Hardback, 2007)
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- DescriptionI think it is fair to say that, in Richard, the 20th Century Church of England - and the 21st Century Church of England for that matter - has had one of its truly great and memorable figures . - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Whether as broadcaster, writer, campaigner, or, above all, as Bishop, Richard Harries has established a solid reputation in public life. But, paradoxically, few people really kw the person behind this very public expression. After a rather bleak childhood, Harries was heading for a career in the army when he realised he had a vocation to the ordained ministry of the Church of England. He emerged as a forthright liberal thinker whose heart beats firmly on the left. Yet he has conservative instincts and is theologically orthodox. From his 'golden years' as a parish priest and ever expanding horizons as Dean of Kings College London and through his nineteen years as Bishop of Oxford, Harries developed a distinctive style of leadership. 'Being a bishop' though was t a complete life, and he gave his energy to issues such as nuclear disarmament, peace, justice, art, business morality, stem cell research, and interfaith dialogue. He wasn't averse to controversy: he took the Church Commissioners to the High Court, and appointed an openly-gay priest to the bishopric of Reading. Appointed a life peer on his retirement, Harries continues to pursue compelling contemporary issues on the cross-benches. John S. Peart-Binns has climbed a mountain of personal material and enjoyed probing conversations and correspondence with his subject. He draws from a wide range of material and on the insights of those who have kwn and worked with Harries to produce an unexpected and intriguing portrait. A Heart in My Head will surprise and inform both admirers and critics of Richard Harries.
- Author BiographyJohn S. Peart-Binns is a Yorkshireman, who has lived in the Pennines for the past 26 years. He is author of thirteen biographies whose episcopal subjects include Hugh Montefiore, Graham Leonard and John Habgood.
- Author(s)John S. Peart-Binns
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication06/03/2007
- SubjectBiography: Religious & Spiritual
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintContinuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
- Content Note10 illustrations (b & w)
- Weight603 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine26 mm
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