David_Suchet WikipediaRegular readers know that I often emphasise the importance of reading the Bible, particularly the New Testament.

To paraphrase the 17th century Bible scholar Matthew Henry, the New Testament is the key which unlocks the Old Testament. Everything in the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ.

In the past, I have recommended that those wanting to know more about Christ begin by reading the Gospels of Sts John and Mark.

Other Protestants are quite keen on encouraging potential converts to read the letters of St Paul.

On this note, I read the following quote from David ‘Poirot’ Suchet (pron. ‘soo-shay’) in a recent edition of the Radio Times (15-21 June 2013, p. 157):

… my conversion to Christianity began after reading St Paul’s letters in 1986.

Suchet recently won the magazine’s Readers’ Award for religious broadcasting for presenting David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul which aired on BBC1. This award was part of the Sandford St Martin Trust Awards for religious broadcasting held on Monday, June 3, 2013, at Lambeth Palace in London.

I have not seen the programme. So many British series on Christianity are revisionist. However, if this is rerun, I shall try to view it.

Suchet and his other brothers Peter and John, the latter a television presenter and former newsreader, are the sons of a Jewish gynecologist and a nominally Anglican actress. The boys were raised with no religion.


On 22 November 2012, the British Bible Society announced the appointment of David Suchet and Dr. Paula Gooder as new vice-presidents. They joined the existing vice-presidents: John Sentamu (Archbishop of York), Vincent Nichols (Archbishop of Westminster), Barry Morgan (Archbishop of Wales), David Ford (Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge), Joel Edwards (International Director of Micah Challenge) and Lord Alton of Liverpool.[24]

David Suchet became a practising Anglican in 1986 and was confirmed in the faith in 2006.

He came to Christianity by reading Romans 8 whilst staying in a hotel.

This is further proof that hotels should continue to accept Gideon Bibles; some no longer do.

Although I always read the Bible when staying in a hotel, it is always a pleasure to discover that I am not alone.

One can indeed come to faith and find solace by reading the oft-ignored volume in the bedside stand drawer.