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Outspoken : The Life and Work of the Man Behind Those Signs - Rod Bower


The Life and Work of the Man Behind Those Signs

By: Rod Bower

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2018
ISBN: 9780143788409
Number Of Pages: 368

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‘Dear Christians. Some PPL are gay. Get over it. Love God.’

On 24 July 2013, Anglican priest Rod Bower put up these words on the roadside sign of his Gosford parish church. Next he posted them on Facebook, sparking a social media revolution. The post was shared thousands of times – suddenly the one-time butcher was on the public stage. Today Fr Rod has close to 65,000 followers on social media. He uses this platform to raise questions about Australia’s corporate soul, to assert that we are all brothers and sisters – asylum seekers, Muslims, those identifying as LGBTI, Indigenous Australians ... And for such messages, the death threats pour in.

How did a shy adopted kid from the country become this steadfast conscience of our nation, preaching both peace and disruption? Part life story, part love story, part manifesto, Outspoken describes an evolution as surprising as are Fr Rod’s views about Christianity.

Utterly frank, both philosophical and funny, this is a singular book by a singular person. It illuminates the life and work of the man behind those signs.

About the Author

Rod Bower was adopted into a rural Hunter Valley family, then became a butcher at the age of sixteen. On impulse, this lapsed Anglican went to church one Christmas morning. ‘Something captivated me that day,’ he says. Years later, Rod was as surprised as anyone when he emerged from the seminary ready to embark on a career in the priesthood.

By 1999, just married to Kerry and now father of two teenagers, he and the family moved into the rectory in Gosford, one of the largest parishes in his Newcastle Diocese. Appointed Archdeacon of the Central Coast in 2001, Rod’s star was on the rise, only to crash to earth when he was demoted for offering pastoral care to a colleague who had stolen money from the church. Punished for offering counselling rather than seeking retribution, Rod questioned his vocation. Instead of running away, however, he stood his ground.

It is this characteristic people have responded to ever since Fr Rod Bower took to social media. His flair for one-liners and passion for social justice has seen him emerge as one of Australia’s top commentators. Clashes with political figures, like calling Peter Dutton a ‘Sodomite’ for his dehumanising treatment of Manus detainees, is all in a day’s work. His approximately 65,000 social media followers seek out his commentary on subjects such as marriage equality, asylum-seekers and other human rights issues. He has embraced the possibilities of the digital revolution, using his platform to further the sort of conversations priests have been having for centuries.

Would recommend this book


Great read

Port Melbourne




Great to see a clear, well written book by a progressive Christian

Goulburn nsw


A True Father


Our family are privileged to know this man. He has christened us, married us and buried us. What you see is what you get. Shows it does not matter where you start in the race of life but where you finish



I will be circulating this product to friends.


An incredibly thought provoking book written with so much compassion and love. I particularly love Rod's interpretation of the many biblical stories - 5 fishes and 2 loaves of bread - the good Samaritan - are the 2 that come to mind. We need more people like Rod as a voice piece for our country - particularly in the Australian parliament.



Fascinating insight into the life of Father Rod


I knew of Father Rod from Facebook, so was interested to find out what made him tick. I was not expecting such a fascinating, and at times brutally honest book. He is a really wonderful person, who has found his true calling and is a force for good in our society. Thoroughly recommend reading about this great man.



Outspoken.....a prophet SHOULD be: Keep speaking.


To start discussions with people about social justice, ethics, morality, the meaning of suffering and what can happen when a mistreated and rejected person finds their identity in Christ....and finds their voice. The use of a person's testimony can't be argued with. Fr Rod is a prophet to Australia.




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ISBN: 9780143788409
ISBN-10: 014378840X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 3rd September 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.46