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Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2015
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I had a vision of a faith community where people could have a wider understanding of God and our relationship to him/her. I wanted to create a place where people could state what they believe and what they struggle withfreely. I wanted a community of people who know we dont all have to agree on everything.
Jerry Herships, former altar boy who had dreamed of making it big in show biz, tended bar to make ends meet as he worked gigs in comedy and game shows, looking for his big break. After giving up the dream and leaving Los Angeles, he found his way back to the church and discovered God calling him to ministrybut not just any ministry. Now he leads AfterHours Denver, a bar church where people worship with a whiskey in their hand and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to serve Denvers homeless. Last Call is a story of having and giving up on dreams, finding yourself, and finding how God can use you in unexpected ways.
Jerry Herships is the leader of AfterHours Denver, a thriving faith community that meets in bars and pubs. Originally a comedian and bartender, Herships was drawn into ministry after realizing that the connections and conversations he was having with his customers at the bar were deeper and more real than anything hed ever experienced in a church.
"Jerry Herships reflects his own call to ministry: twisted, hilarious and amazing. . . . Most of us do church in the tidy, comfortable confines of a church building. Not Jerry Herships. He's handing out the goods to drunks in bars and among the homeless in the park. Basically, my friend Jerry Pastors in the exact places I'm pretty sure Jesus would be hanging out today. Let The Churchcapital T, capital Ctake note."
Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastor and author of Pastrix and Accidental Saints
"Drilling to the core of the Gospel, Herships envisions a church as a collection of flawed individuals who nonetheless are actively working as disciples of Jesus, bringing food, compassion, and grace to the poor and homeless thus restoring their dignity and sense of worth. The church he describes has nothing to do with beliefs, budgets, or buildings; it is about doing the Gospel. Herships is nothing less than a prophetic voice for our time."
Jerry D. Campbell, President Emeritus, Claremont Lincoln University
"Jerry Herships is a gift to the many people he serves in his life as a mentor and pastor and teacher, and in Last Call he shares his gift with the rest of us. And for that I am so grateful. Last Call is more than a memoir; it is a manifesto. A manifesto of hope for those of us who have felt left out and left behind. It is not simply the story of Jerrys life from comedian to bartender to ministerit is a picture of what we are all called toan unashamed, unrestrained, unrestricted expression of the life and love of God."
Doug Pagitt, Pastor and author of Flipped
"Deeply personal and theologically timely. A moving memoir of personal transformation that illuminates the dignity of often forgotten lives while raising essential questions about what the Church sees as important."
Thomas V. Wolfe, President and CEO, Iliff School of Theology
ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Last CallJuly 31, 2017ksnapierLima, OHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jerry Herships has had a calling on his heart for many years. He serves bag lunches and communion to those in need. This is his story where he shows each step along the way to here. He first left home for Los Angeles to become a stand-up comic and is now a minister. I loved the way that he brings some of his humor into the writing of this book. It made it a book that is open to all. Whether a comedian, working in a pub or serving those in need, his voice comes through in this book. He shows that we may not always see what God has planned for us and there may be some discomfort when the plan is laid before us, but when we listen the rewards are plentiful. They may not be earthly but you still know they are there.
This is a wonderful book, but don't be surprised if, during the book, you begin to think about God's plan for your life and be prepared to follow.
I was given this book by NetGalley and Westminster Knox Press in exchange for my honest review.
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