findingmyselfA spiritually infused, sometimes rain-soaked look at the traditions, quirks, and customs of British life and faith. As Michele Guinness says in the foreword, “There were moments when her honesty and pain choked me, others when she made me laugh out loud. From toilets to tea and tennis, drizzle to driving, reserve to religious observance, sarcasm to self-deprecation, queuing to cricket, not to mention language, class, and vicarage oddities, it’s all there – the British foibles that make other nations think us bizarre… Yet in Amy’s gentle hands it’s a revelation – funny, challenging, surprising, chastening, and cheering.”

“What a joy it peer over Amy’s shoulder and enter into the seasons of life through her eyes. Amy is not just a social commentator, she is a discoverer of life and meaning, and her reflections invite us all to create memories and a place called home – wherever we are.” Cathy Madavan, speaker and author

“Candid, funny, poignant, engaging, and always brilliantly written – Finding Myself in Britain is a marvellous read. This Englishman-in-America loved it.” Os Guinness, author, The Call

“Amy helps us see that through all life’s seasons we are held and kept by the love of a faithful God, that in Him we lose and find ourselves, and in Him we are home.” Jo Saxton, speaker and author

“A delightful and insightful view of life from both sides of the pond. I was especially taken by her through-the-year approach, highlighting each season – an ideal way to capture the beating heart of each country. In a word, I loved it.” Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author, Thorn in My Heart

How to Purchase

Available in the UK from lovely Christian bookshops, or online from Eden and Amazon. Only available Stateside from Amazon.

I’m selling copies of the book, discounting them to £8 each (or two for £15); postage in the UK is £1.50 for one copy and £2.05 for two. For multiple copies, email me for the discount rates. Contact me at [email protected].

Paypal prices listed below include postage to the UK only.


Reviews

My heart pounded when I heard my book would be reviewed in Christianity magazine and the Church Times:

Christianity magazine, January 2016

Christianity magazine, January 2016

Church Times, 6 March 2016

Church Times, 6 March 2016

Blogs

I’m grateful when people take the time to review my book. With this kind of engagement, it becomes a conversation. Here are some of the blogs:

Me-and-Amy-252x300My editor, Jennie Pollock, shares my gaffe of introducing myself in the American way in a British setting, and more in her review.  She reflects,

What struck me as I read, though, that her life story is, as so many of ours are, about being edited by God. He gives us freedom to write our stories, but comes alongside and graciously cuts, trims, tightens and reworks different areas (if we will let Him), to shape our lives to tell His story, not our own. A story recognisably ours, but infinitely better than we could have ever crafted ourselves (yes, I know I sound like I’m comparing myself to God here – well, we are made in His image…!). If Amy had been able to cling to all the things she thought made her who she was, she’d never have found her true self in the One who made her so much more. Finding Myself in Britain will encourage and inspire…

12075052_10101453138690580_983512826593439371_nAmy Robinson is a fellow VW and writer. I appreciate her honest review (she didn’t love the italicized asides, which is fair enough). She says:

Amy’s story of finding herself in Britain – not only transplanted from her American home and culture, but also married to an Anglican priest with all of the culture shock that can entail – is full of humour, faith and insight, not to mention facts about America I never knew, and facts about how the two nations experience each other that should be essential reading for anyone planning to cross the Atlantic.

…What was this book?  A memoir? A devotional? A how-to-live-in-a-vicarage manual? Whatever it was, I didn’t actually want to read the final chapter as I sat there in the garden. Closing the book was like having to say goodbye to a friend after a week’s holiday together. Thankfully, though, you can always turn back to page 1 of a book and start again. And then there’s all those recipes to try.

The Unsubtle Reviewer describes himself as “a post-punk parish priest, dragonfly chasing, steam railway fanatic who loves jam making, Jesus, Joy Division and winding people up. With twenty-five years’ experience as a bookseller the UR has seen many a book rise, remaindered and pulped…” Which makes his review-cum-dialogue all the more humbling. I read his response while on the Tube going to the American Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, increasingly grateful to the tips of my toes. He says:

Finding Myself in Britain is a thoughtful, perceptive, funny, gently probing exploration of the many aspects of life – faith, family, food, friendships, landscape, learning, love – that weave together to create our own uniqueness. But this isn’t a review of the book, it is a response, a dialogue with it if you will. I chose it because it tells of a life very different from mine but is centred on matters that I also find important – knowing and being comfortable with one’s self, knowing God and making sense of the Church. When trying to work out who we think we are we tend to look for the exotic in our lives – the pains, the losses, the career, the great high points, as the elements that define us. However, in Finding Myself in Britain Amy Boucher Pye reminds us to look much closer to the hearth for the keys to our make-up.

Bex Lewis gives a fantastic overview, complete with an accompanying video and pull-out quotes (which is not surprising considering she’s a digital wonderwoman). She says:

Throughout the book, Amy gives a sense of searching, exploring and finding identity, not only in our earthly lives, but in our search for our heavenly future. Where does God want us to be now, and how do we ‘shed a dual approach to life’? How do we deal with the feeling of being a stranger and a foreigner – whether travelling, or living out our lives on earth?

LRAmy-B-PyePopular historical fiction writer Julie Klassen blogged on tea, including my chapter on the nation’s favourite drink:

I’ve also been reading a book by Amy Boucher Pye, who grew up not far from where I live in Minnesota, but is now a London vicar’s wife. Her book is called Finding Myself in Britain. As a lover of all-things-British, I’m enjoying reading about the differences in cultures, traditions, vocabulary, etc. between Americans Brits, and in particular, the chapter devoted to tea. If you are a fellow Anglophile, you’ll want to read Amy’s book for yourself.

Tanya Marlow asks deep and probing questions. I reveal more than I intended in her interview on her blog. Also, a cute photo of me and my sister and brother when we were kids. Gotta love the seventies’ fashions.

Listen in!

Loved being at Premier Christian Radio this morning. Such fun.

Loved being at Premier Christian Radio.

I explore favourite British quirks in an interview on Inspirational Breakfast, 8 October 2015, with John Pantry.

A lovely chat with two well-known Christians: “In Good Company with Jeff Lucas and Ruth Dearnley,” 25 October 2015. Where Jeff reveals he’s a resident alien, but definitely isn’t green.

Finding Myself in Britain from Amy Boucher Pye on Vimeo.