Praise for Pontius Pilate
"A splendid biography…meticulous and eloquent. In the course of this account, the reader discovers in a new way that evil and good are often deeply and mysteriously complementary."
"In writing about Pilate, the decisions he made and the responsibility he has since had to bear, Wroe is also writing about the nature of guilt, human uncertainty, and solitariness. It is a book which will take root inside your head and grow there."
"Ann Wroe demonstrates, with a wide range of examples and reading, how men and women dip into this story and use it as a way of understanding themselves. Wroe is a creative, even a beautiful, writer. It is a wonderfully enjoyable, rich, generous book."
—A. N. Wilson
"Ann Wroe’s text crackles with millennia of moral meaning. We are made to feel for the figure who, from the balcony of his palace, may have seen Christ preach, and it is this Pilate to whom she dedicates her erudition. A remarkable book. It is an inspiration."
"Any petty ambitions of Pontius Pilate to leave some trace of his contributions to Roman imperial history as governor of Judaea were overwhelmed by his supporting role in the foundation of the Christian religion….There are far too many ‘spiritual’ books around which are problem-raising or problem-solving. Far too few are aware of the need to find a poetry and imagination to equip us for the spiritual quest. This book has some of that rare quality. It is free from moralizing clichés about wishy-washy leadership and understands that our need is not so much to solve as to deepen the mysteries of faith."
—Robert Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury
"The trial of Jesus has absorbed the imagination of writers and theologians throughout the last two thousand years. The most human way to read the story is through the eyes of Pilate—who can thus take the place of Everyman, not just Everyruler….There are pages here that have the touch of a master novelist. This is a book that will make you think and feel in a new way about an old story which many of us think we know, but which few have ever explored so imaginatively."