Revered by the leaders of the civil rights movement for his mysticism, not his activism, and for his pastoral presence, not his political strategy, theologian Howard Thurman is to many people a somewhat perplexing figure in American religious life. A man committed above all to prayer and spiritual discipline, he was a key inspirational figure for Martin Luther King Jr.
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Susan's Book Recommendation: Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices
This is a fabulous read & reference for every Episcopalian. I highly encourage you to get it! For the second year in a row, this is the book we will use for the “Back to the Basics" class during our August - October Faith Forums. We will order 10 copies for people who want to purchase them from the church at a reduced rate of $15. This is a wonderful guide for newcomers and longtime members, alike.
The thing I like about this book, is that it's not just the facts around the subjects of the sacraments, prayer or liturgy - but rather it offers real spiritual grist and encouragement for those of us who long to be in closer relationship with the TriuneGod, who loves us so! For parents, grandparents or God-parents, this is a book to know about as you encourage your beloved to "Walk in Love!"
Nick's Book Recommendation: Galore, by Michael Crumey
On our trip to Newfoundland Teresa and I took the chance to visit the Anglican Cathedral for evening prayer when we first arrived. There, we met a young postulant who gave us a fantastic brief of things we should see while we were in town and more to the point, books we should read as well. Among them was this one, Galore, by Michael Crumey - himself a native Newfoundlander.
I couldn't resist this intro: "When a whale beaches itself on the shore of the remote coastal town of Paradise Deep, the last thing any of the townspeople expect to find inside it is a man, silent and reeking of fish, but remarkably alive. The discovery of this mysterious person, soon christened Judah, sets the town scrambling for answers as its most prominent citizens weigh in on whether he is man or beast, blessing or curse, miracle or demon."
One thinks of Jonah, yes? Sprawling and intimate, stark and fantastical, Galore is a novel about the power of stories and how they ultimately shape and sustain us.