Henry writes: A couple of years ago I read and enthused about a book 'A Boy, a Mole, a Fox and a Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy, and gave copies to friends as Christmas presents. This Christmas there was a film version of the story on BBC 1, and an audio version on BBC Sounds. Even if you’ve read the book I commend both the film and the audio.
There was also a documentary on BBC 2 about the author, and the making of both the book and the film that I watched. There was something about Charlie Mackesy that fascinated and intrigued me, while not being able to put a finger on quite what: he somehow felt a tad feral to me.
I looked him up on the internet, and found, slightly to my surprise, that he’s a Christian. I say surprised because he had in no way alluded to that fact in the documentary, although I had sensed that he was a man with a deep spirituality, and that it undergirded his story.
What is more, there was a video of him talking about his faith at Holy Trinity Brompton, and in a way that both delighted me & also challenged my assumptions about HTB.
If you like to see the video, you can find it here.
2/1/2023 03:06:21 pm
At the end of 2021 I received the gift of a book from a couple who came to a contemplative spirituality group that I facilitated. The book was 'The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.' I knew nothing about the book or its author, Charlie Mackesy. The story and its illustrations fascinated me, and some of the phrases spoken by the characters were profound and deeply moving.
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Just wanting to say “yes” to this. You will be speaking for, and to, many. I will certainly be passing this on to others, and will contribute some thoughts myself later.
So, I was delighted to see Feral Spirituality make an appearance. I'd think you could find many wanting to join in