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A Kangaroo Loose in Shetland [Kindle Edition]

Lachlan Ness
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The Church of Scotland parish of the North Isles of Shetland has been without a full-time minister for over four years; a fact that comes to the attention down in Australia of the Rev Lachlan Ness.
Lachlan decides that here is a challenge fit for his particular talents, and lets it be known that he would be available in Shetland for a time, and would do his best to help the parish obtain a full-time minister. His offer is accepted.
He and his wife Janet travel to Aberdeen, Scotland, from where they cross hundreds of kilometres of wild North Sea and arrive in Shetland in a snow storm in the early spring of 2008, unaware of the many adventures that await them among the warm-hearted folk of the North Isles, Britain’s remotest islands.
Lachlan (described by one reviewer of his first book “A Kangaroo Loose in the Top Paddock” as ‘an Australian James Herriot) once again finds himself caught up in the lives of his parishioners as well as their four-footed companions. There was Angel, the ankle-sized dog that managed to savage Lachlan’s ear, Wee Wee the giant pig and his companion Pooh-Bah the cat, and many others.
Then there was Muckle Malcolm and the mysterious encounter with a mythical trow, and the eccentric Lucy McNere who had her father photographed in a most unusual location, and Doreen the plump femme fatale, and many others, as well as all the gracious folk of the parish of the North Isles who filled Lachlan’s and Janet’s lives with warm and unforgettable memories.
As well, Lachlan and Janet explore just about every corner of the North Isles, which Lachlan describes graphically, so this heart-warming story is a “must read” for those who may want to visit the North Isles and discover for themselves the remarkable beauty that abounds in the ancient islands of Shetland.

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  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: (July 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5HKS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,292 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read March 30, 2014
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Seeing the people and places of the Shetland Islands through the eyes of an "incomer" was interesting and often entertaining. Reading this book made me want to learn more about the Shetlands and has made me consider visiting the islands the next time I visit Scotland.
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More About the Author

Lachlan Ness is an Australian Presbyterian minister who lives with his wife Janet and two "children" Jock the border collie and Tonkie the Tonkinese cat in a small village on the shores of Lake Macquarie New South Wales Australia.
He has served mostly in country parishes and spent sixteen years as a chaplain in the Australian Regular Army. He is currently serving as a part-time police chaplain, and has for the past fifteen years. For five years he was a chaplain in an aged care facility and about once a year serves on P&O ships as a chaplain. His three books to date ("A Kangaroo Loose in the Top Paddock," "A Kangaroo Loose in Shetland" and "One Memorable Summer - A Scottish Adventure" ) take a light-hearted look at life, people in his congregations and out of them, and numerous amusing situations in which he has found himself. His wide experience of life allows for plenty of story material.
Lachlan has also spent time serving in parishes in Shetland and in mainland Scotland. His fourth book, "The Ness Fireside Book of God Ghosts Ghouls and other true stories" is close to publication. In this book Lachlan recounts many strange and inexplicable stories he's heard first-hand from people from all walks of life, during nearly fifty years of ministry, and also recounts some of his own experiences, which few people have ever been told, outside his own family and some close friends.
He looks at these stories from a faith perspective. How do these strange experiences tie in with a belief in a personal God? He challenges you to ponder honestly the unseen and mysterious world around us. Is it real, or are those who recount their experiences simply mistaken, or even delusional? After reading the book, you can decide for yourself. Start looking for it about June this year (2013).
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