Love God but hate Church? That's the way many contemporary spiritual but not religious types might describe their feelings about faith. Such readers will find a trustworthy companion in Enuma Okoro, a purse-shopping, tea drinking postmodern friend of Jesus. But after her father's unexpected death, her grief seems to morph into the panicky feeling that God wants something more from her, like maybe becoming a nun. As she seeks to unravel those feelings, Enuma Okoro takes us back to the places that formed her, from her first years in church at a parish in Queens, to years in West Africa where she collected crucifixes, and to her studies in Europe and the United States.
At turns snarky and luminous, laugh-out loud funny and vulnerably poignant, Reluctant Pilgrim is the no-holdsbarred account of a woman who prays to savor God's goodness and never be satisfied, a daring, insightful and deeply moving field guide for the curious, the confused and the convicted.
Enuma Okoro is a freelance writer, and a retreat and workshop leader. She graduated from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, and previously served as director of the Center for Theological Writing there. She is also co-author, with Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, of Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.
A woman struggles to find her place in the Christian community in this elegant and witty memoir. Okoro is deeply devoted to God--trouble is, she's never felt comfortable in her worship environment. As a woman of Nigerian heritage who was raised both Catholic and Anglican, her personal faith is never fulfilled by worship. She longs to belong to a loving, empowering church, but as she grows in her faith, she also grows more distant from organized religion. Although the author admits that there is nothing remarkable about her life story, she hopes her spiritual journey--and her strengthened relationship to God--will inspire others to never stop searching for their Christian home. Okoro's memoir echoes the pathos, joy, and humor of Elizabeth Gilbert in this theological quest to find meaning in worship and Christian community. The author's clever and poignant writing keeps readers enthralled at her every triumph and personal trial, and it speaks to anyone who's struggled to reconcile faith and ways of worship. (Oct.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.