ISBN 978 1 5140 0552 1
Price £14.99
229 pages

It is good to see books that seek to reflect on what was going on in our lives and in our world during the Covid pandemic. The author of this book likens his experience during the pandemic to an x-ray. He writes that: “An x-ray exposes what has been hidden, what we did not know and what we did not see about ourselves. It reveals what is healthy and what is not.”

The author relates how the pandemic exposed what is good, bad and ugly in our lives. The book considers how the ‘pandemic x-ray’ exposed issues in the author’s life and worldview, including, anxiety and stress, politics, digital media, and class and race.

The book reflects the US context in its focal concerns and examples but its attempt to the global impact of the pandemic make it more widely useful. I was challenged by the honesty with which this book has been written. This is not a book by one of those authors that puts everybody else under the microscope but fails to scrutinise themselves.

If you want to think about the impact of Covid on the way we think and live in every area of life, this is a useful place to start.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia.