Queen Elizabeth II reflects on Jesus’ central role in her life in a new
book ahead of her 90th birthday, calling Christ “the King she serves”
in the title.
“I have been — and remain — very grateful to you for
your prayers and to God for his steadfast love,” the British monarch
writes in the foreword to The Servant Queen and the King She Serves, which is to be released in April.
of churches will reportedly be giving away copies of the book, which is
being published by HOPE, Bible Society and the London Institute for
Contemporary Christianity, according to the Church of England.
I’ve been writing this book and talking about it to friends, to family
who don’t know Jesus, to my Jewish barber, I’ve been struck how very
interested they are to discover more about the Queen’s faith,” said Mark
Greene, executive director of LICC, who is the co-author of the book.
Queen has served us all her adult life, with amazing consistency of
character, concern for others and a clear dependence on Christ. The more
I’ve read what she’s written and talked to people who know her, the
clearer that is,” he added.
The Star Tribune noted
that besides her faith, the queen also talks about the ongoing mass
persecution of Christians in the Middle East in her book, which is a
subject she has touched upon on a number of occasions.
She highlighted the persecution of Christians in her Christmas address of 2015, which Church observers called the “most Christian message yet” of her 60-plus year reign as monarch.
Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester, said at the time that “if
people in this country gave greater heed to what the queen says about
the importance of Christianity in our personal as well as our national
life, then we would be in a better place to confront it.”
that “the queen will also be aware that Christians and others have
faced unprecedented persecution over the last year in parts of the
Middle East, and could even face extinction.”
Director Roy Crowne said that the book on Elizabeth’s birthday, which is
on April 21, will be a chance for Christians “to say thank you to God
and to the Queen for her life and example as a follower of Jesus
Paul Woolley, deputy chief executive at the Bible
Society, added: “In drawing attention to the central role of the Queen’s
faith in her life and reign, The Servant Queen will be a unique 90th
birthday publication. The book will inform, surprise, entertain and
challenge, all at the same time.”