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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Morehouse Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
"It s hard to have a God complex when your kids expect you to play garbage truck every night. This is the game where I lie on the floor as the boys stuff trucks, action figures, and plastic dinosaurs into my shirt. When the garbage truck is full to the point of overflowing, I go to the town dump by standing up. This is repeated ad nauseum. On any given day, I might find myself absolving sins in the name of the Church one moment and serving the cause of waste management the next."
Do you believe God can be found in both the miraculous and the mundane? Through 40 insightful and engaging essays, Tim Schenck helps us encounter God through the chaos of everyday life. The divine presence weaves its way into a family room fish tank, a child s probing questions, the town pool, and the drive-thru window of the local fast food chain.
Author: Tim Schenck
Located in: Briarcliff Manor, New York
Submitted: September 22, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. Im an Episcopal priest, writer, husband to Bryna, and dad to Benedict (9) and Zachary (7). Im currently the pastor of All Saints Church in Briarcliff Manor, New York, where we live in the church rectory with our dog Delilah. No stereotypical clergy "stained glass lifestyle" in our house -- just lots of domestic chaos!
What was your motivation behind this project? I got tired of reading books on spirituality that assume you have three hours a day to wander around the woods in silence. For most of us, especially those with kids, thats simply not happening. I wanted to share some of my own experiences to inspire others and so the book was written to help people see that God does indeed exist in the midst of domestic chaos. We just need to open our eyes and keep our sense of humor intact.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The book consists of 40 accessible, humorous, and inspirational essays and I share a lot of my own experiences. So while its highly personal, they are things everyone whos ever had kids can relate to like arguing about stopping for a McDonalds Happy Meal or trudging through an airport feeling like a pack mule or nagging kids to write thank you notes. The idea is that people can gain insights into their own lives through the craziness of my own.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Coffee, my kids, and God. That's pretty much the source of all the inspiration in my life. Which isn't a bad place out of which to write!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: You can learn more about me and my ministry at frtim.com where you can also access my blog, "Clergy Family Confidential."