I Will Arise and Go Now

Reflections on the Meaning of Places and People

Herbert O'Driscoll

Feb/2021, 256 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640653351



“I would like to think that there are things in my own life that might attract the interest of others–even if only to spark in them a recollection of similar escapades and experiences of their own.”
—Herbert O'Driscoll

Beloved preacher and author, Herbert O’Driscoll, offers his life story in his own words. The first section includes memories from his childhood and student years lived mainly in the south of Ireland. The second section tells stories from his years of active ministry in Canada, the United States, and other parts of the world church. The last portion recalls experiences from his retirement years and his facilitation of pilgrimages to the Middle East, Ireland, and Great Britain.

“One could say it has been a relatively unadventurous life, but it is one in which I have been given gifts of love and friendship, and opportunities to learn and grow, far beyond my counting or deserving . . . These pages allow me to revisit in memory the times when, and places where, I was given something of lasting, permanent value—an image, an idea, an insight—and the people who gave them to me or in whose company I shared them.”

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Herbert O’Driscoll is one of the most highly regarded preachers in the Anglican Church. A native of Ireland, educated at Trinity College, Dr. O’Driscoll has been urban Cathedral Dean in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Warden of the College of Preachers, Washington National Cathedral. A hymn writer and author of numerous books on Bible interpretation and the spiritual life, many of which reflect his own Celtic spirituality, he continues to write from active retirement in Victoria, British Columbia, where he and his wife, Paula, live.

“What charm, what a resolute life of love and language fills these pages! Lively storytelling is the way this writer draws us into the joyous river of his own abundant life. Read it, and be beguiled and heartened.”
—Luci Shaw, author, The Generosity and Eye of the Beholder

 “Journeying with this wise and astute guide, and observing how the ordinary as well as the exceptional can, with the eyes of faith, reveal ‘a divinity that shapes our ends,’ we are encouraged to read our own book of experience with renewed attention and a heightened sense of expectation.”
—Frank Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

“Herbert O’Driscoll weaves us into the fabric of his long and inspiring life. Through decades of change and upheaval, he describes how his Irish roots, his family, and the Church have given him a constant sense of home. This is a memoir filled with warm and lucid recollections from a beloved priest and teacher.”
—Bishop Michael Ingham, Anglican Church of Canada

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  • Memoir
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • pilgrimage
  • storytelling

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