The life of Austin Smith shows how practical Christianity can be at one with the most intense and searching theological and philosophical thought. As a priest working with the dispossessed and disempowered – in particular with the black community of inner-city Liverpool – he has transformed lives. Just as transforming has been the effect this work has had on his understanding and experience of God. Over many years he has put on paper the insights gained and the profound questions posed by the ongoing process of spiritual discovery. These never-before-published writings re-examine every aspect of faith, entering into the realms of mysticism as frequently as they plea for re-engagement with the everyday concerns of humanity. A massively important book for all thinking Christians.