Synopsis of Desire of Nations
Desire of Nations endeavours to immerse us in the extraordinary and dangerous journey, physical and spiritual, that the Magi undertake. It is a Journey to the King which they discover to be a place of reverence, worship and self-offering. And of transformation as they return home by another way . The moment of worship and self-offering is not the end of the story, as it is often told but the catalyst for a new journey, the Journey of the King . This, the beginning of the Christ Child s ministry, is not accompanied by trumpets and adulation, but by desperate flight as the Holy Family flee a dangerous and bloodthirsty tyrant, joining the millions through history who have fled for their lives to foreign lands. Even more disturbing, perhaps, is the collateral damage caused back in Bethlehem by the Magi visit, the massacre of perhaps 20 young boys by Herod s troops. This is indeed a staggering, costly venture. We need to hear it afresh in order to align ourselves with its truth and challenges. Desire of Nations will include illustrations and a cycle of poems (by Bishop Graham Kings) helping us explore the themes of each chapter.
About Andrew Wheeler, author of Desire of Nations
Andrew Wheeler is an experienced author, having published extensively in the areas of African Church History and autobiography. He and his wife Sue worked as CMS (Church Mission Society) mission partners in Sudan, Egypt and Kenya for more than 20 years. He has been involved in theological education and ministry training, in distance and adult learning, and in research and writing. He is currently on the staff of St Saviour s Church in Guildford where he serves as Mission Pastor, and is extensively involved in ecumenical and mission outreach in the town centre.