David Hope is the leader of the Catholic wing of the Church of England. He is the son of a builder from Wakefield, Yorkshire who was appointed to the highest office in the Church of England because of his profound spiritual authority (he is a man of great personal holiness) and because of his practical, common sense approach to day-to-day problems in the Church. Underneath the charm, the humour and the holiness is a very tough, down-to-earth Yorkshireman. These great qualities are exemplified in this collection of Hope's sermons and addresses. Whether he is addressing the congregation of a fashionable Episcopal Church in New York, or a conference of tough-minded businessmen at the Institute of Management, his ability to touch the hearts and minds of his audience is outstanding. 'Within the space of one week', writes David Hope 'I can find myself at the Great Yorkshire Show, at the York Races, addressing a group of business executives on the subject of business ethics, presenting awards to apprentices on an engineering course and visiting the classes in a primary school in a deprived urban area'.
It is the application of the Catholic gospel to such a variety of circumstances and people's lives that has made David Hope the outstanding Christian leader that he is. At all times, he points the way to existential openness and to transcendence. His qualities are evident for all to read in this compelling new book.
Author David Hope is Archbishop of York and Primate of the Northern Province of the Church of England.