Johnny Townsend earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from Louisiana State University. He has published stories and essays in Newsday, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Progressive, The ... Read full author bio >
"an irreverent, honest look at life outside the mainstream Mormon Church....Throughout his musings on sin and forgiveness, Townsend beautifully demonstrates his characters' internal, perhaps irreconcilable struggles....Rather than anger and disdain, he offers an honest portrayal of people searching for meaning and community in their lives, regardless of their life choices or secrets."
Rev. Margaret Vredeveld is an ordained United Church of Christ pastor who served her congregation in Clare, Michigan for fourteen years.
Before serving as a pastor she worked as a ... Read full author bio >
"With kindness, some humor and an exceptionally warm voice, the author takes readers from the shores of Lake Michigan and sightings of her beloved blue herons to the hospital rooms and bedsides of the sick and dying. Yet this is a book brimming with hope. Grief is only one of the topics, which sometimes include discussions of the broader culture. The author calls gossip 'a form of character assassination: and verbal abuse 'a form of identity theft.' In a chapter titled 'Hurry Up and Wait,' she offers original thoughts on something as quotidian as waiting for a technician to show up at her house. It's refreshing to read someone who so values positive thinking--'Be less interested in what bugs you about people than I what you appreciate about them'--and her trust in God, appreciation for life and love of nature are frequent themes."
C.C. Campbell is a noted mystic, sharing her message and spiritual guidance to all who have crossed her path.
She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Studies and ... Read full author bio >
"Campbell... shows how the Bible was written with the intention of dictating and limiting the scope and power of women... the author presents this information in a way that is accessible to laypeople. The author ably and fascinatingly contextualizes her experience and religious background, presenting the emotional experience of moving from devout Christianity to a larger, all-encompassing faith... and a bibliography full of recommended reading provides an excellent jumping-off point for readers wishing to undertake their own research.
A thorough, readable and passionate exploration of an inclusive faith."
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