A View from the Edge: The Autobiography of Leslie Griffiths

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Leslie Griffiths’ story begins in real poverty in South Wales. Thanks to his outstanding intellect and a grammar school education, he became the youngest ever staff member at the University of Wales, before the call to ordained ministry led him, via Cambridge, to Haiti to work with some of the poorest people on earth.      

At the height of the Duvalier dynasty’s power, he experienced Liberation Theology before it had been articulated and was the biographer of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the Roman Catholic priest and Liberation Theologian who became Haiti's President.    

In England, Leslie Griffiths is one of the very few people to have been elected President of the Methodist Conference whilst still a circuit (parish) minister. Tony Blair appointed him a working peer in the House of Lords. Principled and outspoken, he has a high media profile, is an impassioned ambassador for multiculturalism and does not shrink from controversy -- nor from public criticism of contemporary culture and politics.

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Lord Griffiths of Burry Port is Superintendent Minister of Wesley's Chapel in London and a working peer in the House of Lords. A former President of the Methodist Conference, he writes and broadcasts regularly.

He is the author of Letters Home (Methodist Publishing House, 1995); Touching the Pulse: Worship and Our Diverse World (Stainer & Bell, 1998); A HISTORY OF METHODISM IN HAITI (Port-au-Prince, 1991); Voices from the Desert: A Spirituality for Our Times (Canterbury Press, 2002); World without End?: Contours of a Post-terrorism Landscape (Epworth Press, 2007); and The Aristide Factor (Lion Press, 1996), a biography of the Roman Catholic priest who became President of Haiti. He was for 17 years a contributor to Thought for the Day.

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'A refreshingly inspiring and thought-provoking read.' (Pobl Dewi)

'This book is beautifully written, as befits someone whose first job was as a lecturer in English literature.' (The Church Times Books for Christmas Supplement)

'I closed the books last page feeling not that I had read simply a life but actually a genuinely spiritual work. A View from the Edge is a magnificent book that should be on all our shelves.' (Catholic Times)

'A work from which any parent, child, seeker or clergyperson can take consolation and encouragement, as well as one which will no doubt earn many citations in doctorates of the future...Buy a copy for your own encouragement — and another for a friend!' (www.thinkingfaith.org)

This is a story to encourage and inspire, a well-written account of an extra-ordinary journey of faith, a remarkable, fast-moving and exciting story of a life given to God and of allowing Him to lead where He will, and a life that has brought countless blessings to millions. This book is to be highly recommended.

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'A refreshingly inspiring and thought-provoking read.’ (Sanford Lakoff)

'This book is beautifully written, as befits someone whose first job was as a lecturer in English literature.' (Sanford Lakoff)

'I closed the books last page feeling not that I had read simply a life but actually a genuinely spiritual work. A View from the Edge is a magnificent book that should be on all our shelves.' (Sanford Lakoff)

'A work from which any parent, child, seeker or clergyperson can take consolation and encouragement, as well as one which will no doubt earn many citations in doctorates of the future...Buy a copy for your own encouragement – and another for a friend!’ (Sanford Lakoff)

This is a story to encourage and inspire, a well-written account of an extra-ordinary journey of faith, a remarkable, fast-moving and exciting story of a life given to God and of allowing Him to lead where He will, and a life that has brought countless blessings to millions. This book is to be highly recommended.

(Sanford Lakoff)

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