In the book Reasonable Radical? Reading the writings of Martyn Percy, editors Ian Markham and Joshua Daniel present a collection of writings that introduce the reader to Martyn Percy as well as essays from Percy himself. The first half of the book is ‘substantial, critical introduction’ to Martyn Percy’s thought; the second half consists of extracts from some of Percy’s wide-ranging writings. One reviewer noted, “Although there is little that is explicitly about spirituality in this book (the word does not appear in the index), to my mind the book is about spirituality from start to finish
As you read the book, the depth of insight as well as the humility of Percy became apparent in his response to the writers and his interaction with other academic disciplines as one book synopsis amply says, “Percy, the Dean of Christ Church Oxford and a leading voice in the Anglican Communion, is both theologically orthodox, yet deeply unconventional.” Dr. John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, adds in his review, “Percy does so supremely well, making use of a first-rate mind, engaging imaginatively with the Church “as it is,” as well as other disciplines. I believe that his writings will, in due course, be seen to be of lasting significance.” Many things stood out to me and will get to a specific application below, but as I read the book the general or meta-theme I walk away with is the understanding that “intellect” and “spiritual” are not enemies. For a long time in Pentecostal and Charismatic circles, the two were seen as opposed to each other but reading Percy has reaffirmed that they are not we need to hold them in tension were our theological understanding parts ways. This leads me directly into my area of focus and where I turn to next.
One of Percy’s goals to locate within the context of contemporary culture and spirituality, the place of the Church and shows how he believes the Church is shaped by doctrinal statements and creeds but also by the forces of contemporary culture and spirituality. Simply put, as much as we think the Church is only shaped by theological understanding it is also shaped by secular institutions, both for good and bad which ultimately create “the theological construction of reality My driving research question at the moment is; In what ways does a Paracletic Spirit-embodied leadership model based on a Christological and biblical understanding from a Western pentecostal framework serve as a more effective model of leadership for church leaders in a postmodern context? This stems from the position that business or secular leadership models are opposed to a Biblical model. Reading Percy has challenged me to not “throw the baby out with the bathwater”, meaning while I believe there is and the research is showing differences it might also do well to integrate in a more holistic way the secular principles to benefit. The approach seems to fit into Percy’s understanding of contextual theology. He writes, “Contextual theology listens, receives and revises itself in the very acts of speaking and writing: it understands that the circumstances it writes on and in are subject to change I wonder now how to blend will work out in this secular and sacred mix?
(Greek worldview, not mine but I think most of our culture at the moment)
.” Bash, Anthony. “Reasonable Radical? Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy.” Journal for the Study of Spirituality 9, no. 1 (2019): 74.
 “Reasonable Radical? Ebook By.” Rakuten Kobo, www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/reasonable-radical.
 “Reasonable Radical? Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy, Edited by Ian S. Markham and Joshua Daniel.” The Church Times-News, Comment, Features, Book Reviews and More, www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2018/21-september/books-arts/book-reviews/reasonable-radical-reading-the-writings-of-martyn-percy-ian-s-markham-and-joshua-daniel-editors.
 Bash, Reasonable Radical? Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy.” 75.
.” Markham, Ian S., and Daniel, Joshua, eds. 2018. Reasonable Radical?: Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers. Accessed June 6, 2019. ProQuest Ebook Central. 130.
.” Markham, Ian S., and Daniel, Joshua, eds. 2018. Reasonable Radical? : Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy. 349.