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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Stress Family Robinson - Adrian Plass

Stress Family Robinson
Adrian Plass
Harper Collins
ISBN 9780551029446

The Robinsons are supposed to be a normal Christian family - mom, dad, two teenage boys and the youngest, a girl. But they soon have a friend of the family staying with them and the perfect Christian family may not be so perfect. Elizabeth Reynolds, 'Dip' to her friends, comes to stay with them. Mike Robinson is the patriarch, Kathy is really the boss and is the matriarch. Jack is the oldest, Mike Jr. is next and Felicity is the youngest. This is a look at a life inside a Christian family, an honest look at people who struggle in life and in their faith. It is presented with a keen perceptive and a generous dose of humor.

(As a note there is now a second and third volumes in this series.)

Monday, 31 May 2010

An Alien At St. Wilfred's - Adrian Plass

An Alien At St. Wilfred's
Adrian Plass
Harper Collins
ISBN 9780006276197

This is my favorite Adrian Plass. There is less direct humor, and more serious reflection than other stories. It is the story of David Persimmon, a clergyman in The Church of England. He is a sad pastor. An alien appears to him in the church. He is
small, white and speaks in perfect Book of Prayer English. The Alien says he has come to visit and learn for a while. He has chosen the name Nunc Dumuttus. The alien believes he is where he is supposed to be and that he is to meet with David and some of his friends. The story is moving and touching as the Alien opens up each person to their own inner hurt and teaches them how to be healed and in part how to learn to heal others.

Monday, 17 May 2010

The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn - Adrian Plass

The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn
Adrian Plass
Harper Collins
ISBN 9780551018754

One of the funniest of Plass's books is this story which chronicles the church's attempt to put on a drama for a Christian Drama Festival. Leonard Thynn decides to record the meetings and rehearsals as an archive of the production. And production it does become. With his dry British whit and an abundance of slapstick humor, this book will entertain again and again. You will laugh out loud.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Adrian Plass - Author Profile

Adrian Plass

About a decade ago I was introduced to two UK authors whose main weapon was looking at life, and life in and around the church through humorous eyes. They were Adrian Plass and Fred Secombe. I instantly fell in love with their humour and writings. I have read about a third of Plass' books and almost all of Sacombe's. Over the next few months I plan on re-reading some of my favourites from each but thought I would post an author profile first.

Adrian Plass born in 1948 in Tunbridge Wells, worked with disadvantaged children for several years before a personal breakdown. That breakdown and his recovery have subsequently shaped much of his thinking and reflections on life and life in the church. Because of his intense vulnerability about his own faults, failures and struggles, he has become a beloved author and example to many. For a Christian to admit that he struggles with faith, hope, depression and liking the drink a little too much, is not common and makes him unique in his presentation. His writings, loosely focused around his own and his family's experience, will make you laugh out loud and maybe help you experience some of his struggles so that when you encounter trials you will be better prepared for them. Adrian Plass is an author who writes primarily Christian humour, but also short stories, Bible commentaries and novels with a more serious tone. His most famous book is The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37¾. The title parodies Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole books and is a humorous, fictional satire of his own Christian life, including such moments as trying to move a paperclip by faith and the enthusiastic but not very talented young Christian band, 'Bad News for the Devil'. Plass has developed a wide and devoted following at home in the UK, Australia, Germany and to a smaller extent in Canada. Some of his books are harder to find in North America but are well worth tracking down.

Books By Adrian Plass:
An Alien at St. Wilfred's
And Jesus Will Be Born
Bacon Sandwiches and Salvation
Blind Spots in the Bible
Broken Windows, Broken Lives
Cabbages for the King
Clearing away the Rubbish
Colours of Survival
Father to the Man
The Final Boundary
The Growing-up Pains of Adrian Plass
Jesus - Safe, Tender and Extreme
The Heart of the Family
The Horizontal Epistles of Andromeda Veal
Never Mind the Reversing Ducks
Nothing But the Truth
Philip Illiot, Biography
Plass At Christmas
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass Aged 37 3/4
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, Christian Speaker Aged 45 3/4
The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass, on Tour: Aged Far Too Much to Be Put on the Front Cover of a Book
A Smile on the Face of God
Stress Family Robinson
Stress Family Robinson 2
The Theatrical Tapes of Leonard Thynn
The Unlocking
View from a Bouncy Castle
The Visit
When You Walk
Why I follow Jesus
Words from the Cross
A Year at St. Yorick's
You Say Tomato

Friday, 29 December 2006

The Horizontal Epistles of Andromeda Veal by: Adrian Plass

The Horizontal Epistles of Andromeda Veal
By The Sacred Diarist Adrian Plass
Illustrated by Dan Donovan
ISBN-10: 0551016175
ISBN-13: 9780551016170

If while reading this book you do not laugh out loud, you are missing a sense of humour. This is a series of letters from a friend of the Plass family who has broken her femur and writes with the fervor, passion and spelling of an eight year old. Plass collected her letters and some of the responses she received and published them in this hilarious collection.

Andromeda has written to the Plass's and some of their friends but she also writes to famous people: Mister Gorgeouschops, her MP, Pope John Paul, Cliff Richard ad many more. The humour and wit surrounding this girl as she recovers from her injury will make you laugh and look at any future convalescence you have with very different eyes.

This little book is picked up in my extended family time and time again, and never fails to bring a laugh and smile.