New book mines Shakespeare for caregiving morés

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A professional career in theatre and caregiving offers author a unique perspective.

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This is a fact which postmodern understanding compels us to recognize

Roger Grainger’s “Prospero’s Island: Navigating Pastoral Care” (published by Trafford Publishing) is a compelling study of islands and how they contribute to the quality of concern and caring that human beings have for one another, specifically in Christian ministry work.

“Islands and island places – hospitals, care-homes, prisons and detention centers, residential and day-schools, university campuses – all contain separate communities where members reach out for a wider belonging which is all to undergird the security provided by their group identity: a sense of being surrounded by the Sea of Love.”

“Prospero’s Island” presents a new approach to longstanding human problems. Grainger spent 18 years as the chaplain of a large psychiatric hospital, and now works as a parish minister in Wakefield, England. He uses the characters from William Shakespeare’s final play The Tempest – Prospero and Miranda, Ariel and Caliban, and the shipwrecked courtiers and clowns who were forced ashore by a tempest – in order to demonstrate that pastoral care can be an island for refuge and a resource for those who need to come in from a storm.

“Pastoral care has to be seen from many angles,” Grainger says. “This is a fact which postmodern understanding compels us to recognize.”

“Prospero’s Island” takes an in-depth look at pastoral care as a nurturing process that lives in, and depends on, the quality of personal relationships – just like Prospero did on a deserted island.

About the Author
Roger Grainger was born in Stockport, England, and worked as a professional actor with Theatre Workshop and the London Old Vic Company. After his ordination, he spent 18 years as chaplain of a large psychiatric hospital and now works as a parish minister in Wakefield, England.

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