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The Power of Imperfection

by Ruth Scott

The Power of Imperfection Synopsis

Emboldens us to acknowledge and accept the messiness of being human by blowing open the myth that people who seem 'together' have life under control, and revealing the creative potential of real, risky living. Written by a British woman priest in the spirit of Richard Rohr's Falling Upward and Immortal Diamond. Rowan Williams has been Ruth's 'reader over my shoulder'. Focuses on 'this is how it is' rather than 'this is how it ought to be' so that readers feel accepted and accompanied as they work out ways of moving forward for themselves. Reveals that what we wrestle with could be what enables us to take wing. Increases our respect and compassion for ourselves and others. Immediately engaging writing - the author is a frequent speaker on Radio 2's 'Pause for Thought' and an occasional broadcaster on Radio 4. The book recognizes that there is a gap between what is publicly acknowledged to be the nature of human experience and the private reality many of us live. As a result, we can be afraid to talk about the struggles and questions we have for fear of judgement and rejection, and may feel unnecessarily alone or abnormal. Ruth Scott does not attempt to give simple answers to complex issues, but encourages us to believe that when we are able to own and work creatively with our complexity we can find within it great resources. The book is very helpfully illustrated with stories from the author's own personal history and from the experiences of people she has worked with over the years, along with poems, art and international news accounts.

The Power of Imperfection Press Reviews

- Ruth has an engaging and compelling style, revealing her own weaknesses to make us consider our own. She is brave enough to challenge the central tenets of human fallibility, the meaning of community and the way in which we can recognize our own imperfections and yet gain strength from them.', Clare Balding

Book Information

ISBN: 9780281073078
Publication date: 20th November 2014
Author: Ruth Scott
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 168 pages
Categories: Christian spirituality & religious experience, Christian life & practice,

About Ruth Scott

The Revd Ruth Scott works freelance as a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and mediator whose disparate areas of work are united by the theme of storytelling. She was among the first women to be ordained priest in the Church of England in 1994, and is now a member of the Quakers. She has written drama and reflective programmes for the BBC World Service and Radio 4, and presented 'Pause for Thought' on Radio 2's 'Wake up to Wogan' for 15 years until Sir Terry Wogan's retirement. She has continued to present since Chris Evans took over, and is a regular faith guest on Radio 2...

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