Ed Hird´s latest book is “unputtabledownable”. “Restoring health, body, mind spirit”, a meditation on Titus, is racy, deep, funny, wise, sober, radical, illustrative of today´s dilemas and pertinent as to Christian answers to them. The fact he and his wife went to Crete, studied “the pirates” as he calls them, unveils and illustrates to us from the very locus the social, political, religious and historic settings out of which Titus is written grips and enlightens us on every page.
Ed cleverly weaves Crete´s real people of that time with today´s people, the modern world, modern church, and in so doing unmasks our hypocrisies, our weaknesses, our dangerous “tepid” walk, lets us know we will lose the battle if we don’t “beat the pirate within us”.
His basic call for the training of radical Christian leaders today, based on Paul´s ageless counsel to his leader-disciple, moves me to my knees again and to that very action he proposes we need to take.