When newly ordained Episcopal priest Calvin Harper arrives in his West Virginia parish, he has a lot to learn. Seminary never taught him that detachment is the bane of ministry or that deep grief originates from deep love. Thankfully, elderly church pillar Ruby Redding takes him under her wing. Will he embrace the lessons she teaches? 304 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
When the newly ordained Episcopal priest Rev. Calvin Harper arrives in Victory, West Virginia, to be the pastor at an ailing parish, he has no idea how much he still has to learn about being a priest. Thankfully, Ruby Redding takes the young man under her wing and teaches him everything she has learned throughout her long, storied life. Seminary never taught Calvin that the only true way to be a witness to Gods presence in this world is to remain in relationships with people no matter what life throws at them. His studies never taught him that detachment is the bane of ministry. He never learned that deep grief comes only from deep love. But in his first year in Victory, Calvin learns all this and more from Ruby, a woman so full of Gods light that it cant help but spill onto the people around her.
Adam Thomas was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 2008 at the age of 25, making him one of the first priests from the millennial generation. His unique voice in the faith community emanates from a combination of his youth, honesty, humor, and tech-savvy nature. Adam is a nerd and a gamer and a preacher and a follower of Christ. He serves God as the pastor of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Mystic, CT, writes the blog Where the Wind
, and lives a hectic but beautiful life with his wife Leah and their one-year-old twins. His Abingdon Press resources include Unusual Gospel for Unusual People Series
, Coverage: Who is Jesus
, Letters from Ruby
, and Digital Disciple