Weaving earthy realism about topics like addiction, divorce, and death with lyrical meditations about Gods profound wish for closeness with human beings seems like a high-risk approach to Christian spirituality, but Paul (The Twenty-Piece Shuffle) makes it work. A pastor in the Toronto-based Sanctuary community, he has spent decades working among the homeless and doesnt shrink from drawing narratives from his experiences to illustrate his perspective on Gods love. He sees it revealing itself in dire circumstancesaddicts who gather around a dying friend, a mother who shows a gritty bravery at a memorial service for her son, the writers long estrangement from his own family over church-related conflict. Rich in stories of family and friends, the book moves from the beginning of the scriptural story of creation, through Adam and Eves disobedience and expulsion from Eden, to redemption and consummation, assuring readers that in every circumstance, no matter how terrible, they are still part of a divine mosaic and purpose. (Oct.)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
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