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Publication Date: 2009
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The critically acclaimed author of Crossing Myself tells the next chapter of his personal story as he reflects on issues of discernment, discipleship, and vocation that should matter to everyone.
How can you live faithfully when youre not quite sure where life is taking you? How do you find joy and purpose in the midst of the uncertain, the unfinished, the uneasy? Inspired and comforted by Thomas Mertons famous prayer that begins, "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going," award-winning writer and teacher Greg Garrett looks back at his own recent journey and tells stories from his life that will speak to anyone who has ever felt that sense of being lost along the way. Deeply honest and fully engaging, these reflections on discernment, discipleship, relationship, and vocation will inspire readers to reflect on their own journeys and discover surprising ways that God may be moving in their own lives.
Greg Garrett is the critically-acclaimed author of the novels Free Bird, Cycling, and Shame, the memoir Crossing Myself, and nonfiction books on faith, culture, and narrative including The Gospel according to Hollywood, Holy Superheroes, The Gospel Reloaded (with Chris Seay), Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief, and We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel according to U2. He has written essays, articles, reviews, and lessons for national and regional print and web publications and is a primary writer for the Scripture project The Voice. An award-winning professor of English at Baylor University, Greg is also a frequent speaker, workshop and retreat leader, and media guest, having been featured on NPR, BBC Radio, and Sirius Radios The Bob Edwards Show.
How do you find joy and purpose in the midst of the uncertain, the unfinished, the uneasy? Inspired and comforted by Thomas Merton's famous prayer that begins, "My Lord God, I have no idea where I'm going," award-winning writer and teacher Greg Garrett looks back at his own recent journey and tells stories from his life that will speak to anyone who has ever felt that sense of being lost along the way.
Deeply honest and fully engaging, these reflections on discernment, discipleship, relationship, and vocation will inspire readers to reflect on their own journeys and discover the surprising ways that God may be moving in their own lives.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5September 24, 2009Christy LocksteinNo Idea by Greg Garrett is a striking study on learning to entrust your life to God. Garrett has a moving history of depression and failed marriages, so he has been through the dark nights of the soul. When an author has suffered the way Garrett has says that his life only improved after turning it over to God, it has the kind of power that authors with less colorful lives aren't able of invoking. Through a shortened version of his life story, he gives readers solid evidence and Scripture they can count on to get them through the valleys. I loved Garrett's humorous, mildly self-deprecating voice. It gave the book a certain immediacy and relevance.
Located in: Austin, Texas
Submitted: October 01, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a writer, teacher, preacher, musician, and father who loves God but used to worry a little too much about what was going to happen next.
What was your motivation behind this project? I've had a life that I wouldn't wish on anyone, full of sadness and heartache, as well as joy, but when I reflect on that life, it seems to make it possible for other people to learn from it and to reflect on theirs. So something good can come out of my mistakes and heartbreaks, and God can use my story to touch the brokenness in others.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My big life take-away has been that although I have plans and hopes for the future, all of that is always uncertain. The only thing I can be certain of is God's love, and in relying on that love, I have become certain that if I try to be faithful, God will most certainly be faithful.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? When you retell episodes from your life--particularly things that are painful or that you'd prefer not to think about--it can be emotional. But it's also cathartic, to think, wow, with the help of God and the people of God, I got through even this.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? For this book, the strongest influences were other writers of spiritual autobiography: Anne Lamott, Annie Dillard, Dennis Covington, Barbara Brown Taylor. I was also influenced by the sermons of John Claypool, which use elements of his life to help reveal the gospel.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This book is a sequel to Crossing Myself, my memoir about faith and depression, although it begins after my healing and focuses on the question of what we're supposed to be doing in this life.