By Steve Doughty,Jane E. Vennard
during this number of non-fiction narratives Steve Doughty bargains an evocative exploration of latest religious looking. The figures in those tales are as different as a Muslim girl and Christian couple assembly at a peace vigil, a minister dazzled through images from the Hubble telescope, a local American stone carver, a miner receiving his final communion, and lawyers risking their lives to protect sufferers of political violence in Colombia. the various major figures survive society's margins. They deal with problems with existence and religion in arenas starting from social justice to technology, prayer, psychological sickness, sexuality, interfaith come upon, and the humdrum of everyday life. the writer notes that the most characters have attracted him as a pastor and seeker simply because "they supply photos to reflect on. photos of genuine humans. photos of the wonderings and affirmations that take form inside our inner most selves. And, eventually, pictures of the residing God at paintings inside us, between us, and during us. as with any such photographs, those problem us at the very least up to they convenience and reassure." An appendix deals questions for private mirrored image, workforce learn, and retreats.
"Steve writes with a fierce intelligence, yet he writes, too, with a compassionate middle. those tales proportion a hushed strength, an appreciation for the wonders in our lives, either nice and small. His writing is so nimble, so seamless, that i discovered myself continuously looping again, asking, 'How did he do that?'"
--Deb Richardson-Moore, writer of The Weight of Mercy
"Steve's tales of genuine humans emerge from his pastor's middle and from an knowing that God usually exhibits up in traditional humans amid the thrill and messes of existence. those tales invite us 'home' to our important name of loving God and neighbor and coming into extra absolutely into the dance of existence. . . . prepare to chortle, cry, be stuffed to the brim, and changed."
--Laurie Hartzell, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Benton Harbor, MI
"Steve is a proficient storyteller and a deep philosopher who makes which means out of daily encounters with the folk he meets. such a lot people be aware of humans like the ones in those tales, yet we leave out the that means. Steve's tales are robust to me simply because they train me to hunt the knowledge that I leave out some distance too frequently in my rush to get to my subsequent commitment."
--Rick Ufford-Chase, Co-Director of Stony aspect heart, Stony element, NY
"In those pages we meet twenty-one unforgettable vignettes of the imago dei. Steve is a storyteller with an acute eye and ear for these info in human lives that remind us of why we're intended for each other in this earth. i discovered myself marveling back at how humans we may possibly meet endure a non secular richness so simply overlooked. those tales display what realizing the holy in human existence is like if we purely pay attention."
--Don E. Saliers, William Cannon amazing Professor of Theology Emeritus, Emory collage, Atlanta, GA
Steve Doughty is a minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA). His writings have seemed in a couple of anthologies, together with The top religious Writing sequence. A graduate of the Shalem Institute's software in non secular assistance, he has served pastorates in manhattan, the Black Hills, an Appalachian area of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and volunteered with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in Colombia, South the US. He and his spouse Jean stay in Greenville, SC.