A Wilderness of Mirrors is a relentless exposé of the west's culture of suspicion but also a passionate call to rediscover the radical implications of Jesus’s life and message for a disillusioned world, a world more than ever in need of his trustworthy goodness.
“this book compellingly claims the whole-Bible narrative as providing exactly the sense and confidence to offer a hard-won word of hope in a ‘wilderness of mirrors’... a call to ‘trust again’”
Dr Chris Wright, from the foreword
about the author
Mark Meynell is Associate Director (Europe) for Langham Preaching (a branch of Langham Partnership), and part-time Whitehall Chaplain for HM Treasury, HMRC & the Cabinet Office. For the last 9 years, he was on the senior ministry team of All Souls Langham Place, where he and his family (Rachel, Joshua (17) and Zanna (14) are still members).
Mark was born in London and now lives in London. He is currently Associate Director (Europe) for Langham Preaching (a branch of Langham Partnership), and part-time Whitehall Chaplain for HM Treasury, HMRC & the Cabinet Office. From 2005-2014, he was on the senior ministry team of All Souls Langham Place, where he and his family. But the route to return has been decidedly indirect.
- A few childhood years in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Several more years in East Anglia (Suffolk and then Norfolk)
- Other years in Berkshire, Oxford and Cambridge
- More time in London
- 4 years in local church ministry in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
- 4 years teaching at and leading a theological college in Kampala, Uganda (where he was a lecturer, Academic Dean, and then for a year, Acting Principal)
Married to Rachel,they have 2 children – Joshua (17) and Zanna(14), and are still currently members of All Souls.
He’s crazy about music (from Bach to Bono), art (from Raphael to Rothko), fiction (esp John le Carré & Graham Greene) and movies (from The Third Man to Grand Budapest Hotel). He has even allowed his son to convince him to join him as a Sheffield Wednesday supporter.
He is the author of Cross-Examined (IVP, 1998, 2010), Good Book Guide to Colossians (GBC, 2008), The Resurrection (10ofThose, 2013), What Makes Us Human? (GBC, 2015) He is passionately concerned to cross the bridge between the Bible’s world and the contemporary world, which led to A Wilderness of Mirrors. (Zondervan, 2015)
about the book
Despite our material and technological advances, Western society is experiencing a deep malaise caused by a breakdown of trust. We’ve been misled by authorities and institutions, by businesses and politicians, and even by those who were supposed to care for us. The very cohesion of society seems tenuous at times.
The church is not immune from these trends. Historically, it has a dubious record when it has wielded power; personally, many of its members are as afflicted by our culture’s breakdown as anyone.
In A Wilderness of Mirrors author Mark Meynell explores the roots of the discord and alienation that mark our society, but he also outlines a gospel-based reason for hope. An astute social observer with a pastor’s spiritual sensitivity, Meynell grounds his antidote on four bedrocks of the Christian faith: human nature, Jesus, the church, and the story of God’s action in the world.
Ultimately hopeful, A Wilderness of Mirrors calls Christians to rediscover the radical implications of Jesus’s life and message for a disillusioned world, a world more than ever in need of his trustworthy goodness.
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