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A Seeker After Truths: The Life and Times of G. A. Studdert Kennedy ('Woodbine Willie') 1883-1929
Hardcover – April 19, 2018
by Linda Parker (Author)
Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy became one of the most famous army chaplains of the First World War, earning the nickname ‘Woodbine Willie’ because of his habit of giving out both cigarettes and bibles to the men at the front. During the war he also earned the reputation of an unconventional preacher, who kept men spellbound with his passionate oratory. He believed that the place of the army chaplain in battle was near the action, with his troops, and earned a Military Cross for bravery at the Battle of Messines. It was during the war that he began writing the prose and poetry that were to make him famous.
However, there was much more to the life of this talented and unusual priest than his war service. In his prewar parochial ministry he had a definite bias to the poor, working in parishes with a high proportion of slum areas and poverty-stricken populations. In these parishes he became known for his ability to relate to all kinds of people and provide material and pastoral help, often at the expense of his own material possessions. He also developed a reputation as an excellent preacher, both in churches and at outdoor pitches.
After the war, with a high standing amongst ex-service men and as a bestselling author, he took on preaching and speaking engagements in all parts of the country, becoming in 1921 a full time speaker for the Industrial Christian Fellowship, whilst continuing to write popular books which came honestly to grips with the postwar realities of life in Britain and the difficulties and rewards of the Christian faith in accessible terms.
This book accesses previously unused material to examine Studdert Kennedy’s life in all its aspects, looking at his significance as an army chaplain, priest, theologian, author and public figure and assessing his impact on church life, industry and society before his early death in 1929. His life and achievement are examined in the context of Britain in the first half of the 20th century, assessing his legacy to the church and to society.
“This is a brilliant and moving tribute to a man of the cloth who actually made a difference to people's lives both on and off the battlefield. Inspirational and interesting biography of a man who served his country, his King and his God well.” (Books Monthly)
About the Author
Linda Parker is an independent scholar and author who left teaching to complete her PhD at Birmingham University in 2013. This is her fifth book for Helion & Company - the first being published in 2009 (The Whole Amour of God: Anglican Army Chaplains in the Great War) and the latest in 2015 (A Fool for Thy Feast: The life and times of Tubby Clayton). Her main writing focus is on army chaplaincy in both World Wars, and her main historical interests lie in 20th century military, social and religious history. She enjoys travelling (at home and abroad) to present papers at conferences on a variety of topics related to her writing interests, and her hobbies include walking - preferably in cold places. Her ambition is to go to Antarctica, as she has a keen interest in Polar history. Linda is a member of the Royal Historical Society and the Western Front Association and she lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and dog.