A Roomful of Elephants

My First 80 Years in the Church

Patrick Forbes

An entertaining autobiography looking back at an exceptionally varied ministry in the Church of England.
Publication date:
June 2021
Publisher :
Bauhan Publishing
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ISBN : 9780872333420

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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In this entertaining autobiography, the Rev. Patrick Forbes looks back at an exceptionally varied ministry in the Church of England - from being the idiot curate to parish priest, to religious programs producer, to a BBC Radio 2's "Pause For Thought" contributor, to co-founder of the Holy Fools UK, all while asking challenging questions about the future direction of the church. Sometimes known as "Partick Frobes, the well-known clerical error", Forbes often finds and points out the humor and not-so-funny "elephants in the room", after his more than eighty years in the church. He may be the only ordained minister in the Church of England to have been blessed by an Archbishop of Canterbury as the front end of a pantomime horse.

"Imagine just for a moment that most of our discussions in the Church about how we survive into the next generation are starting in the wrong place. Patrick Forbes's irresistibly lively memoir suggests that it wouldn't hurt to stop and open our eyes - not only to a herd of persistently ignored and self-inflicted problems but also to the abundance of gift and newness that he has discovered in his unique pilgrimage." - The Rt. Rev'd. Dr. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury (2002-2012)


...many priests find that it is too difficult to think too hard about the strange, tragic, funny, and exhausting lives that we lead. You get the impression that Forbes has a rather beautiful soul, and that alone makes the book a good read.
Church Times

About The Author

Patrick Forbes is a writer, broadcaster and priest. Along the way he has been a radio officer in the Merchant Navy, served numerous parishes, and over many years contributed to religious broadcasting as producer and presenter. He still contributes regularly to Radio 2's Pause for Thought and has written two books, Gospel of Folly and Clowning Glory about the ministry of clowning. He lives with his wife Annette and his trombone in Hertfordshire.