Published: 28/10/2016
ISBN: 9781785899478
eISBN: 9781785896897
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Born many years ago(1926) in that most beautiful Dutch town Maastricht. He experienced intensely the German occupation.After the liberation he entered the Royal Netherlands Navy and served 30 full yea... read more

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Religion can be Fun
See the difference for yourself
by Huib van Hoeven

Religion Can Be Fun confronts the reader with the idea of religion, an often heavy, serious and untouchable topic, but told with humour to provide a more comfortable approach.

This book is a compilation of reflections, poems and prayers which aims to inspire and lifts the spirits of those who are feeling low. Having spent many years conducting intercessions and leading morning praise services, Huib van Hoeven found that religion is often portrayed in a serious manner that fails to spark the imagination of the younger generation. His own style of worship, exemplified in Religion Can Be Fun, is light-hearted and aims to create a smile in those who wish to learn more about religion.

The themes discussed throughout the book demonstrate the enjoyment that can be found in religion and include every day lessons about love, loss, power and our relationship with God. The book also explores infamous stories from the bible such as the story of Adam & Eve and Paul’s Shipwreck so that the reader can understand the stories in a previously unseen manner.

The reader is challenged to experience the impact of the messages within the book and see the difference in themselves. It aims to give the doubter and the sceptic the opportunity to think again about their views, as well as giving the readers at the end of their tethers a stimulant and a new will to live. Religion Can Be Fun will appeal to anyone who finds religion serious and prescriptive, but it will also widely appeal to younger readers who are looking for a fresh perspective on religion.

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My religious life has been through many different phases: from early upbringing in a rather strict Protestant family; to a rebellion against the dogmatic teaching; to a falling away during most of my navy time; finally, to my introduction to a charismatic vicar of the Anglican church of the Hague; and getting used to a middle of the road church life in Harrogate. Church life in Norfolk for me lacked joy and emotional expression, though as a lay-leader I am able to bring a more light-hearted touch to a service. By compiling a number of my reflections, and combining them with other material, I would like this book to bring hope and joy into our lives, emphasizing that religion is not necessarily heavy and somber but can be fun. I was very pleased when Bishop Jonathan, Bishop of Lynn agreed writing a foreword to my book, giving me a strong support in my efforts to reach out. See what he is saying.

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