This book is about one man’s journey of clarifying and coming to terms with his changing religious beliefs (or lack of them), and his spirituality. His inquiry takes in the arts, mental health, counselling, philosophy and religion. The book spans the 1970s to the present day when, in 2019, he decided to visit as many churches, temples, synagogues and mosques as he could in the space of a year. His journey was interrupted by COVID-19. Undeterred, he continued his mission during the pandemic lockdown and beyond, discovering that it enabled a deeper inquiry into his past experiences and learning. This is not just a book about visiting places of worship, it is also the story of a spiritual journey through life.
Theo Stickley trained as a mental health nurse and counsellor. He taught at the University of Nottingham for nearly twenty years. Theo grew up in the Congregational Church in a small town in Hertfordshire, becoming a lay preacher as a teenager. After an unsatisfactory time at Bible College, he became the pastor of a rural church in Warwickshire for three years. Soon after, he became disillusioned with the Church in general. It was only when he retired from lecturing, thirty years later, that he began to reflect upon the significance of religion and spirituality in his life
I received the book yesterday and finished this morning. Thoroughly
enjoyed... It really appealed to my curiosity about the spiritual journey
in life. Thank you for being so open and honest. I can relate to so many
things you shared. C. W., Nottingham
This is a great read. P.A., Derbyshire
I just finished your book. I have had various thoughts and reflections
but I think reading it has gone some way to restoring my faith in life.
I just finished your book; it was an interesting and enlightening read.
I really enjoyed your book. Beautifully written and a refreshing read, so thank you for taking the time to write it. F.A. , Nottingham
I really enjoyed Short Strolls to Destiny. I loved the honesty and openness.
This is often a complex life and we all face many hurdles and crossroads but
your positive view and reinforcing the role of love, (not trying to stereotype)
from a man’s point of view is very refreshing and much needed.
It's a fab read. Lots to think about and ideal for those who are asking
questions about Self and meaning. Stephanie, Nottingham
I found the book really interesting and easy to read.. I found it fascinating about your experiences across all the different places of worship. It's weird that we don't explore these places and instead we stick to what we know and never understand each other! Thanks for writing the book and hope you continue enjoying your strolling and exploring.
A. W. – Nottingham