Two books... both about religion in Northern Ireland, both based on a lot of in-depth interviews.
This one with Mary on front is a more polished version of my PhD. Written in the early 2000s, it’s about the strange, as well as the obvious, ways that religion still mattered in Northern Ireland at that time. A lot of it, although not all, probably still applies.
The other, with the preacher on the cover, co-written with Gladys Ganiel, is my favourite. The loose inspiration was my teenage bible club. Why did some of us drift away from faith while others became preachers? Gladys and I asked about 50 born-again Christians, and ex-born-agains, to tell us their stories of religious journey. And we tried to make sense of it all. With mixed success I think. But I still love this book.