The Tempest-Tossed Church

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In The Tempest-Tossed Church award-winning writer Gerard Windsor explores what it is to be a Catholic. Starting with how you get religion in the first place, Windsor moves on to the Gospels and the personality of Jesus Christ, and the possibility of any relationship with him. He then grapples with the existence and nature of God, and winds down with the grubby present realities – the factions within current Catholicism, scandal, sexual abuse, argument and bigotry.


Gerard Windsor studied Arts at the Australian National University and Sydney University, before briefly studying medicine. A former Jesuit, he is married and lives in Sydney. He has published ten books, including fiction, compilations of essays, and memoirs. He was awarded the 2005 Pascall Prize for Critical Writing, the same year he was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award for his novel I Have Kissed Your Lips (UQP 2004). His most recent book is All Day Long the Noise of Battle: An Australian Attack in Vietnam (Pier 9 2011).