A review by Canon John Twisleton

‘God never came from an oxygen cylinder. God for Geoffrey was the air he breathed always and everywhere. Whether the air was cloudy with incense smoke or tobacco smoke, it made no difference. Everywhere was the house of God and the gate of heaven’. So wrote Harry Williams of his fellow Community of the Resurrection (CR) monk Geoffrey Beaumont (d1970) in one of 31 short obituaries capturing the character and depth of ‘the long and the short and the tall’ in that community. Musician Fr Beaumont made fame through his popular hymns. People think monks escape life but I found reading these obituaries life affirming. Awakening to God in all things seems a subtheme of this book as is the genius of CR to combine catholic and evangelical within Anglican obedience.

Published by Mirfield Publications and available from Mirfield Bookshop for £5.