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The Gospel in the Willows

Forty Meditations for the Days of Lent
Narrated by: Philip Ormond
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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Join Ratty and Mole on a journey of faith. This beautiful book, which may be used as a daily devotional through Lent or any other period of the year, reopens Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s novel The Wind in the Willows for a new audience.

Combining a daily reading from the literary classic with a gospel passage, a short meditation by Leslie Francis and a prayer, The Gospel in the Willows takes us on a journey through the Christian life, exploring themes such as The Call, Shaking the Dust, Finding Acceptance, Divided Loyalties, Real Repentance, Facing Temptation,The Lost Son and Accepting Release.

The much-loved characters of Mole, Rat and Toad become the perfect allegory for the grand adventure of faith, from our terrifying first steps into and beyond the riverbank, to the challenges, temptations and triumphs that await us as we journey into the world, with Jesus by our side.

©2009 Darton, Longman and Todd (P)2012 Prospero Media

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Brief and simple meditations

Many believe that The Wind in the Willows is something of a fifth gospel, and these brief and accessible meditations attempt to demonstrate that. The listening experience is, unfortunately, embarrassingly and jarringly undermined by the reader’s mispronunciation of “gaoler,” which is the British spelling of “jailer,” as “GOH-ler” instead of “JEI-ler.” Since the word occurs dozens of times in the episodes of Toad’s adventures, the effect is devastating upon an otherwise pleasant reading.

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  • Sandy
  • 03-07-15

Maybe better for children?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I can see that for some people this may be a useful book. I have reached Day 16 and, although there have been some useful insights on occasion, the link between the Gospels and The Wind in the Willows is sometimes tenuous. Also, the repetition of certain words, words, words, is irritating, irritating, irritating, for anyone who is not a child, child, child. I think the narrator does well to lessen the annoying-ness of the repetition and to make the most of the text. As an occasional device, repetition can be useful. When it's in every blooming reading it's just distracting.

Would you be willing to try another book from Leslie J. Francis? Why or why not?

I would not read anything in the vein of 'meditations' again.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not applicable.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Not applicable.

Any additional comments?

Maybe if you were reading The Wind in the Willows with your children you could then use these meditations once a week alongside it?