Second Edition, with permission of Nicholas Mosley
335 pages, Perfect Bound, Paperback
‘Half Jesuit and half Salvation Army,’ someone said of Father Raynes. An Anglican monk, the late Superior of the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, England, Father Raynes combined personal holiness with a passionate care for people, and intellectual zeal with a life of intense activity. In Johannesburg, South Africa, he founded churches and schools, a work continued by Father Huddleston. In England he challenged the ‘establishment’ in the Church yet stood for tradition.
Nicolas Mosley, who was asked by the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, England to write this biography, was himself an agnostic when he first met Father Raynes. He writes, ‘Father Raynes was a person whom one either had to listen to or to deny; one could not ignore him.’
‘I read Mr. Mosley’s book at a sitting, gripped by its narrative power, its humour and breadth. To me, as a layman, it seems the right book by the right man. It brings back the strong impact of its subject and I felt, having read it, as though I had once more met Father Raynes face to face. I do not like to think of it ever being unobtainable or out of print for it can introduce him vigorously and vividly to those who never had the privilege of knowing him.’
— Sir John Betjeman
Book Review by Ian McCormack of New Directions Publishing
“The Life of Raymond Raynes is one of the classic spiritual biographies of the twentieth century. Frequently romantic in tone and style, occasionally sentimental, it tells the story of the life of a man who, in the words of Nicholas Mosley, one either had to listen to or deny; one could not ignore him.'” Read entire review [pdf].