“A painstakingly detailed history of the Separatist movement.”
– Publishers Weekly
“A dramatic history of religious intolerance and oppression.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Historian Stephen Tomkins, in his meticulously researched book...brings a new understanding to the 400 years of religious change and the necessity for individual religious freedom and tolerance that is still with us today.”
– World Religion News
“The Journey to the Mayflower is a riveting story; it is impeccably researched history but more than this, it is an account that allows us to trace the essential elements of western democracy and liberalism to the key struggle for religious freedom. Stephen Tomkins’s work reminds us that individual liberty as we understand it today would not have been possible without the experience of those who fought for their freedom to believe. Well written, engaging and entertaining, this book serves as reminder of the importance of upholding religious freedom in our current age”
– Tim Farron MP
“Here is a gripping and informed account of the people and pressures that launched the Mayflower. Stephen Tomkins is a capable historian, but never dull, and a respectful yet critical friend of the early puritans. This is an important chapter in England’s Christian story, and America’s too, very well told.”
– John Proctor, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church
"This is a rattling good read. Stephen Tomkins conveys the sweep of Reformation history through the hair-raising, sometimes hilarious and often tragic stories of the men and women who suffered or survived it. There’s a startling sense of déjà vu as the reader is confronted with the dedication and vehemence of those who pursued their dream of a perfect church."
– Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York
"As a Mayflower descendant and a religious leader committed to a fervent faith that seeks new pathways to old truths, I find this book enlightening and delightful. It tells the story of those whose courage rekindled a faith made stale by practices and doctrines more material than spiritual: a reminder that we are always reforming, always keeping pace with a Holy Spirit whose work it is to rescue the Church from its inhibiting complacency and misplaced ambition."
– Rev. Dr John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ
"Accessible and guaranteed to give greater insight to our faith. A recommended read for all."
– Christian Marketplace [praise for Stephen Tomkins]
"The sort of book I wish I’d read fifty years ago. Stephen Tomkins provides a context for so much of Western history over the last two millennia. His book explains a lot."
– Terry Jones, star and cowriter of Monty Python [praise for Stephen Tomkins]
"Learned, lively journalist Tomkins, who could not write a dull sentence if he tried, here capsules the global Christian story into a brilliant page-turner that keeps you reading for hours at a time. It is all brisk and clear, all well digested, all thoroughly serious, and all great fun."
– J. I. Packer, Regent College [praise for Stephen Tomkins]