'In Clarence, Ron Ferguson has created a worthy and wily successor to Rikki Fulton's much-loved I.M.Jolly. His Reluctant Reformation is a little treat: easy to read and great fun too.'
-- Morag Lindsay, Aberdeen Press and Journal
'Clarence -- crabbit, cussed but ultimately compassionate and on the side of the angels -- ... is a consummate creation.'
-- Harry Reid
'The book is offered to us as "an entertainment". But despite all the
clowning, this is also a health warning for the Churches against
adopting the spirit of the age, its fashions and its practices; above all
its obsession with "image".
'Clarence is not always courteous; he is not always sober; he is the
damaged angel. But he has a deep humanity and a profound sense of
humour. That is why, when he comes to retire, he will be genuinely
-- J. W.M. Cameron, Theology in Scotland
'Readers have reported outbreaks of hilarity among friends and family of all ages ... Life & Work is delighted to have spawned such a runaway success.'
-- Lynne Robertson
'Told with a humour which will definitely appeal to those who know the Kirk well ... its gentle humour has a typically Scots feel.'
-- Dumfries and Galloway Standard
'Another joyful reminder of his literary talent. A former leader of the Iona Community, and until recently minister of St Magnus Cathedral in Orkney, Ron is a weekly columnist for the Herald and the Press and Journal. He is also a leading authority on the life and writings of Søren Kierkegaard. Like Kierkegaard, Ron uses satire and larger than life characters, to highlight some of the hypocrisies and absurdities of ecclesiastical life ... a welcome change from the many earnest reports and volumes about church reforms which are being regularly produced. It might even have a greater impact. Perhaps through the mirthquake a still small reforming voice will be heard.'
-- James A. Simpson, Expository Times
'Writing with liveliness and a lightness of touch, Ron Ferguson places his "hero" in some wonderfully funny situations, but always with insights to ponder, offering amusement and deep meaning in equal measure ... I laughed out loud at parts of this book. I worried at the danger-signs Ron exposes through McGonigall's exploits. I cried at the moving accounts of a minister journeying through the joy and pain of Christmas and Easter. I rejoiced at little victories for compassion, sanity and reason.'
-- Tom Gordon, Coracle
'Quite hilarious ... primarily a very entertaining reductio ad absurdum.'
-- Open House