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Midnight Jesus: Where Struggle, Faith, and Grace Collide . . . - unabridged audio book on CD
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Jamie Blaine is an unconventional, and actually quite accidental, psychiatric crisis interventionist whose work takes him to "the least of these." A gifted storyteller, Blaine shares heart-wrenching and sometimes hilarious stories of everyday people who need to know God is there in their darkest hours---people dealing with secret shame, doubt, desperation, even suicide. Humans looking for wholeness, looking for Jesus. Painting beauty where it seems none exists, Midnight Jesus helps listeners transcend their own struggles, showing how truth can come from the strangest places.
Unabridged audio CD; approximately 5 hours; 4 CDs.
|Format: Compact disc|
Vendor: Oasis Audio
Publication Date: 2015
It's three A.M. in the side yard of a shack in the worst part of town.
Ive got a dirty-faced baby on my hip and theres a pit bull standing on the septic tank in the next yard over, barking his head off. My patient sits on the hood of her ex-husbands lowrider, smoking a cigarette and dumping her pills into a mud hole by the right front tire. Airbrushed across the hood of the car is a cross-eyed Jesus with open arms. She lays her hand on top of his as the still-hot engine ticks. Through tears she pleads, "Help me, Jesus, please."
The dog is silent. Sirens approach. "Just breathe," I tell her. "Everythings gonna be all right." The baby fidgets, resting her head against me, staring up into my eyes. I raise one finger and she holds it tight. I fumble for the words again. "Just breathe."
Midnight Jesus shares fascinating, bizarre, and sometimes hilarious true-life stories of everyday people looking for hope in their darkest hours. Poignant and unpretentious, Jamie paints beauty where at times it seems none exists from skating rinks and bars, late-night highways and lonely apartments, broken churches and run-down trailer parks, jail cells, bridge rails, ERs, psych wards, and that place over the levee where God laughs and walks through the cool dark night.
Jamie Blaine is a licensed psychotherapist and crisis interventionist who has worked in mental hospitals, megachurches, rehabs, radio stations, and roller rinks. His writing has been featured in such outlets as Salon, OnFaith, Bass Guitar, Drummer UK, The Weeklings, The Nervous Breakdown,and Ultimate Classic Rock.
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