Every year, some 175,000 children and adults are baptised or confirmed in the Church of England. Jesus himself was baptised and from its very beginning, the sacrament of baptism was the point of entry into the Church. It is the starting point of an adventurous journey through life with God, living as God's person in the world. Here, the bestselling author Richard Giles reflects with wisdom and humour on what that sort of life will look like.
Written with characteristic simplicity and directness, he spells out what it will mean to live out the vows we make at baptism. It is not for the faint-hearted or the half-hearted and if we mean business, the journey will almost certainly take us where we never imagined we might go.
Drawing on the shape, the words and the dramatic imagery of the service - washing, clothing, being signed with the cross, anointing, being sent out to be lights in the world - Richard paints an invigorating, compelling picture of the dedicated Christian life.
RICHARD GILES is best known for his pioneering work in creating worship that is truly transformative and life-changing and has written numerous bestselling books on that theme. Formerly the Dean of Philadelphia and now retired from parish ministry, he lives near Newcastle.