Becoming Better Grownups

Becoming Better Grownups (book) by Brad Montague
Becoming Better Grownups by Brad Montague

I love this book – and would love everyone to read it.

Its message – about becoming better grownups by being more childlike – is so necessary, so important – yet is communicated with such a lightness of touch.

The book is beautifully produced – like a children’s book (and I mean that as a compliment) – with board covers, and thick pages, and clear type, and colourful illustrations. It’s the perfect format – allowing the message of childlikeness to live within the pages, rather than being drowned beneath a mass of words.

Yet there are words enough to challenge, encourage, inspire and change us. I noted down many (sixty!) short quotations – here are just a couple, from near the start and end of the book:

We become more fully alive when we listen to the child within us.

Brad Montague, Becoming Better Grownups

[Children’s] unassuming honestly, open generosity, and playful curiosity brought me back to the child I once was and the grouwnup I so desperately wanted to become.

Brad Montague, Becoming Better Grownups

There is so much more to this book than I can communicate here – so the best thing I can say now is get hold of a copy and read it yourself!

Here’s the link to the book on Amazon UK (though, of course, other retailers are available!)

I do appreciate that the book is rather expensive – but if you take a look at some of the other reviews, I think you’ll see it’s well worth it. (If you can’t buy it yourself, perhaps ask for it as a present?)

I should say that I have absolutely no link with the author, Brad Montague, or interest in the book – other than it speaks so eloquently on a subject that is very close to my heart.


Live on Phoenix FM!

A guest on Phoenix FM!

A few days ago I had the privilege and pleasure of joining Patrick Sherring on his Phoenix FM show, Friday Night Extra.

(You can find a recording of the show here, along with a brief summary of our chat, plus a playlist.)

Patrick had come across my poem As a Child in a blog post, and on the strength of this kindly invited me to come and chat about my book and what it means to be childlike.

Patrick also gave me the opportunity to select 3 tracks for the show, and to explain why I had chosen them – the nearest I’ll ever get to Desert Island Discs!

I have to admit to being just a tad nervous about appearing on live radio, but Patrick put me at my ease, and I felt quite relaxed whilst on air…

… It was only on my drive home that I began thinking, “What did I say?! Why did I say that?! Why didn’t I say this?! Aaagh!”

(I  wish, for example, that I’d said something about playfulness, and how play helps to foster a childlike approach to life and to faith and to God.)

Those who’ve heard the programme assure me that I have nothing to worry about – but I still can’t bring myself to listen back to the show (just yet, anyway)!

Nonetheless, I’d be very pleased if you could take some time out to listen. You can do so using the Mixcloud player below or,  better still, by following this link to the show page (complete with summary and playlist).

I hope you enjoy the my chat with Patrick and my music choices. Please do share with others and let me know what you think. Thank you!

Phoenix FM is a community radio station for Brentwood, Billericay and the surrounding areas (broadcasting on 98FM) and is also available worldwide via the Internet.


A Childlike Heart

I’ve just finished reading A Childlike Heart by Alan D Wright. I have to say I’m rather pleased that I didn’t read it earlier, as if I had I might never have written my book!

When Jesus speaks of the need for us to become like little children there is, I think, a tendency for us to understand his words as simply an illustration, a metaphor of the need to have a childlike faith and a childlike trust in God.

But to limit their meaning in this way is, I believe, to diminish the all-embracing, life-changing scope of what Jesus is actually asking of us. For the call to be childlike is one that has significance for each and every aspect of our daily lives.

In A Childlike Heart Alan Wright explores the all-embracing nature of this call to childlikeness: Humility, Neediness, Simplicity, Failure, Identity, Trust, Carefreeness, Wonder, Astonishment, Transparency, Candor, Imagination, Forgiveness, Compassion, Celebration, Praise, Priorities (Time & Money), Work, Obedience, Sabbath, and Homesickness.

With a lightness of touch he illustrates the childlike characteristics of key Biblical teachings with tales of little children and opens out just what it means to live as a child of God.

If you have a desire to become more childlike (or even if, as yet, you don’t) I would strongly encourage you to get hold of a copy of A Childlike Heart (you can find suppliers and compare prices with BookButler).

And for all that A Childlike Heart has to offer, I also believe that As a Child has much to add, so please do consider getting hold of a copy of this too. Many thanks.


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I’ve added my poem “As a Child” and the Preface to the book for you to preview here. The poem, written in January 2000 was, in a way, the beginning of the book, whilst the Preface outlines how I came to write the book and what I’m trying to say through it. I hope you enjoy them. Please do let me know what you think.



On Sunday 6th May I was interviewed about As a Child during the service at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Collier Row. You can listen to the interview here.

Being interviewed and speaking about the book was the easy part. After the service came book signing and taking people’s money, which I must say made me feel rather awkward and self-conscious!



As a Child is now published and available from (I hope to have it available from Amazon and other stores, but this will likely take a few weeks.)

It is a book for anyone who wants to grow in their faith. For anyone who wants to enter into all that God has for them. For anyone who wants to live the life God wants them to live. For anyone who wants to be the person God wants them to be. For anyone who is willing to respond to Jesus’ call, and become like a little child.



As a Child - front coverWelcome to the website for my forthcoming book, As a Child: God’s Call to Littleness.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children …” Yet how many of us truly believe that we need to become like little children? And how many of us have begun to take on board the implications of these words for our life and faith?

As a Child explores this call to childlikeness, this call to littleness – a call that I believe is fundamental to us entering into all that God has for us, of living the life that he wants us to live and becoming the people that he wants us to be.

The planned publication date for the book is 18 April 2012. Initially it will be available through, but should be available through other channels at a later date.

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