Contact
Streaming
Map
 
Enriching lives

Sheppard Book Verdict

Home » News » Sheppard Book Verdict
AMC David Sheppard

Andrew Bradstock's authorised biography of David Sheppard, the England cricketer, and Anglican Bishop (1929-2005) gave the Good Faith Book Club an insight into the man, his faith, character, passions, and achievements. Whilst the book is meticulously researched, there was some disappointment that Bradstock never met and did not know Sheppard personally but relied on interviews with people who did, plus Sheppard's archived private papers. Some also felt that the book was too long (over 300 pages of small type), too detailed (especially for non-cricket lovers) and too dry, lacking warmth. Yet, having said that, we found much to discuss.
Whilst some of us grew up knowing about Sheppard, others were unaware of his privileged upbringing in a world of nursery, maid, private school, and Cambridge, yet, though not of the poor, choosing to spend his ministerial life working for the poor. Excelling at cricket as a batter and fielder, he went on to captain Sussex and England and make it into a cricket commentator's 'dream team' of England's best. Following his conversion at Cambridge to a 'personal knowledge of Jesus Christ', he used his cricketing fame as a platform to share his faith and open doors to 'top tables' where he could champion communities, causes and policies he supported and to where the poor themselves were unlikely to gain access.
We concluded that David Sheppard was a man of presence, leadership and deep faith and raised in 'comfortable Britain', He batted with distinction for his country and with equal distinction for the poor of 'the other Britain'.
To read the full discussion review, click here.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Thought For
Rev. Richard Atkinson: Wed 16 Jun 5:00am

Richard explains why he finds the ten commandments and Deuteronomy 5:1-21 to be about justice and holiness.The Ten Commandments1 Moses summoned all Israel and said: Hear, Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them. 2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us at Horeb. 3 It was not with our ancestors that the LORD made this covenant, but...

Thought For
Frankie Fisher: Tue 15 Jun 5:00am

Frankie continues the Sabbath theme with this reading from Exodus 31:12-17 and 'becoming holy'.The Sabbath12 Then the LORD said to Moses, 13 "Say to the Israelites, 'You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. 14 " 'Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to...

Thought For
Arthur Sara: Mon 14 Jun 5:00am

The Sabbath is the theme for this week's Thought For The Day videos. Arthur begins with 'crown of creation' and Genesis 1:1-2:4a.1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was...