Book review: Letters to William by Margaret Stevens

I was lent a copy of Margaret Stevens’ book, Letters to William. This book was published in 2022 and is available here.

Cover of Letters to William with text superimposed on a picture of a Victorian postbox mounted in a rural wall.

William is a fictional young adult, who has contacted an older relative to ask her about her faith. She is the only Roman Catholic in his family. Her side of their correspondence, which makes up most of the book, continues for a few years. The letters pick up enough from William’s letters to her for the reader to understand what is going on in his life. We learn about his friends and family, whereas his aunty mainly writes about her little dog. There is an interesting story in the background.

Letters to William is very well written, with warmth and enthusiasm. I found it helpful and informative about the RC Church. It also talks about protestant Churches; both the author and the letter writer have previously been Anglicans. I was interested to learn about why so many Roman Catholic churches are called Sacred Heart, and about how rosaries are used in family prayers.

The author is well-qualified to write about the Roman Catholic faith, having studied for a Diploma with Our Lady’s Catechists.

This is a book for adults interested in learning about the Roman Catholic Church and could also lead to greater understanding between people from various Christian denominations. (Although I am an Anglican, I enjoyed this book.) There are many references to the scriptures which our Churches share, and to the extra books in the Apocrypha, which are included in the Catholic Bible.

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