Eleanor Watkins is the author of thirty nine books, mostly fiction for children and young people, published by firms such as Lion, Scripture Union and Kevin Mayhew. The last title is the second in the Beech Bank Girls series; Beech Bank Girls 2: Making a Difference, chick-lit for 10-14 year old girls, published by Dernier Publishing.
Eleanor lives in a farmhouse near Hay-on-Wye (the Book Town) on the Welsh borders, and her interests include reading, gardening, the countryside and natural world, helping to run a bookshop/coffee shop in Hay, visiting new places and meeting new people (as well as old friends!) She is married with four adult children, four grandchildren and a ginger cat.
Suffer the Children
Author - Andrew White – ‘The Vicar of Baghdad’
Paperback (June 2010)
Publisher: Continuum - A Bloomsbury Company
Suffer the Children - Dispatches To and From the Front Line
Canon Andrew White, the 'Vicar of Baghdad,' lives a hectic, exhausting , sacrificial and often dangerous life in his ministry with Iraq's only remaining Anglican church, St George's. Despite all too frequent bombings, killings and threats, the church flourishes, with a congregation so large that services are needed on Saturdays as well as Sundays. Himself suffering from MS, Andrew travels everywhere under heavily armed guard and his life is constantly under threat. When asked what keeps him going, he simply replies "The children. The children keep me going.'
This book tells a little of Andrew's own childhood. He says that in some ways he has had a 'back to front' experience; after a rather solitary childhood with few friends, he now finds that his chief joy is the many children in his life, to whom he is 'Abuna(Father)Andrew, or more often, simply 'Daddy.' The children respond to his compassion, love, and practical care in a way that gives him strength to carry on. The book contains contributions from some of the children themselves; from his own two sons in the UK, his adopted Iraqui son, and children in Bethlehem, Baghdad and from a small town in the USA, together with beautiful paintings by a very talented young girl, one of the children who mean so much to Canon White.
Some of the stories are heartbreaking, but the whole thing is heartwarming in a way that brings gleams of hope into a dark world.
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