A debut spiritual study and memoir by a minister who seeks purpose and finds it in God.
Scott writes that, over the course of his life, he had been “an Episcopal priest, an inner city minister, and a headmaster, but [his] life purpose has never varied….Pursue Christ and encourage others.” His memoir relates how he attended high school and Yale University with future government leaders, such as John Kerry and George W. Bush, but several chance encounters with devoted Christians and church groups led him to abandon politics for a life dedicated to Jesus Christ. These encounters are only the first of many moments in which Scott says that he felt God leading him—from the seemingly smallest of decisions to a moment that he simply knew “the issue of marriage was settled” and began a serious relationship with his future wife. After seminary school, he suddenly felt the urge to call an acquaintance from years earlier who offered him his first job as a pastor. With this small flock, Scott saw the power of communication between believers, which contributed to finally answering his questions about the purpose of life. It also affected his decision to home-school his children and shelter them from mainstream popular culture, to found a Christian school, and most fascinatingly, to convert a prison in Atlanta into a center for the homeless. In his chapter on the last, Scott’s prose will have the biggest impact on readers. Throughout his book, he makes practical observations on love, married life, and parenthood that will be constructive and uplifting to Christian readers in difficult family relationships. However, many parts of the book lose momentum during Scott’s philosophizing; he also goes on underdeveloped tangents, such as accounts of his times in South America and East Germany. However, when he applies his scriptural interpretations to a concrete, engaging narrative, such as that of the prison conversion, they feel much more powerful and useful.
An uneven religious autobiography, but one that has some life-affirming stories to offer.