He takes laying bare your soul to a level I've never come across before by a well-known name.
The book is a simple, unpretentious invitation to kneel alongside someone who has experienced the lows and highs of life, who has grown up through that experience, and has found that a conversational relationship with God is essential to living kindly, thoughtfully and well. Anyone new to faith or for whom prayer has become jaded and routine may well find in it an unconventional yet rich source of encouragement to keep on keeping on
This is a fine, brave book, beautifully expressed. Richard Dawkins had better look to his laurels.
The questions he raises are serious, and central to Christian theology, and he expresses them much more pithily than most professional theologians...This is a fine, brave book, beautifully expressed.
It's far from being a comfortable read, though it never ceases to be amusing and thoughtful.
Skinner's thoughts on religion are far more than just amusing: there is a bold freshness to his voice.
'Skinner's tome also asks some big questions, but is ultimately a prayerbook with a small p. You mightn't hear God laugh at the jokes, but surely He approves.'
Skinner uses the book to open up about his ongoing relationship with God and the Catholic Church - and his words make very compelling reading.
'He makes prayer sound normal and natural, and God the obvious person to talk to... His prayers often contain musings on his favourite Bible passages... which he has clearly thought about in detail.'