A Stranger's Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places  -     By: Tom Hallman
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A Stranger's Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places

Simon & Schuster / 2012 / Paperback

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Tom Hallman's unexpected journey toward faith began with a routine assignment to write a feature peice for The Oregonian newspaper. He begrudgingly found himself in an African American church on a Sunday morning--out of place, uncomfortanble, and ready to leave from the moment he got there. But he accidentally found something he wasn't looking for: he saw faith and prayer in action. And that seeing stirred a curious hunger in him that he'd never known before.
Compelled by this initial experience, Hallman began to seek out men and women across the country who believed. And these people--whom he call his "faith teachers"--became characters in thirteen stories of exploration. In this book, readers will meet ordinary people and be drawn into conversations that ask probing, almost intrusive questions--from the ache of a mother who watched her baby die after only twenty days of struggling for life to the peaceful strength of a man working with those whose present situations mirror his past. As the book and stories progress, two narratives unfold: Hallman's story and exploration of faith, and the stories of the people he met.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1451668619
ISBN-13: 9781451668612

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From a Pulitzer Prize-winning author: thirteen beautiful stories that gently guide readers into the hallways of faith—openly asking questions, exploring scenarios, and finally coming to the beginnings of faith.

True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places

 In this very personal, welcoming book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tom Hallman, Jr., shares his journey of faith from indifferent agnostic to growing believer. Faith, Hallman tells us, is looking in the mirror in the morning and wondering why. It’s about doubt and hope. It’s catching a glimpse of a beacon piercing the fog of life and walking toward it, never knowing if you’re headed in the right direction, but pressing onward.

You’ll meet ordinary people like the mother who watched her baby die after only twenty days of struggling for life, and you’ll see the peaceful strength of a man working with those whose present situations mirror his past. Within these pages, you’ll find real and honest accounts of everyday people whose discoveries of faith will inspire and comfort you on your own journey.

Author Bio

Tom Hallman, Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his series of articles about a boy named Sam whose face was severely disfigured. Other stories by Hallman have appeared in Esquire, Men’s Health, Readers Digest, Writers Digest, and other magazines. He has won every major feature-writing award in the nation. Born and raised in Portland, Hallman graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1977. He now writes for The Oregorian in Portland.

Author Info

Tom Hallman, Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his series of articles about a boy named Sam whose face was severely disfigured. Other stories by Hallman have appeared in Esquire, Men's Health, Reader's Digest, Writers Digest, and other magazines. He has won every major feature-writing award in the nation. Born and raised in Portland, Hallman graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1977. He now writes for The Oregonian in Portland.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A book "Doubting Thomas" would delight in
    March 20, 2012
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I picked up this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Was I about to read a book that would hold my interest, or one that would just come across as preachy? Would I find myself able to relate to the people portrayed in it's pages? The answer to both questions is that Tom Hallman has written a book that is utterly engaging, sure to capture your attention from start to finish, and one that is filled with everyday people whose lives reflect the uncertainty and doubt and moments of discovery that we all experience. What I enjoyed most of all is that the author recognizes that God is perfectly fine with our doubts in life, doubts like those expressed by Jesus' disciple Thomas after he was raised from the dead, or doubts you and I struggle with when mired in difficult circumstances. Hallman perfectly captures the fact that we are on a journey, with "one step forward, two steps back". I was struck by Hallman's comment that "In the years to come, I hope that my children remember not what I did for a living, but how I lived". Reading this book will undoubtedly help us grow closer to that goal of living a life of worth and significance.

    Crafted with skilled writing, and sure to entertain with inspirational stories while also making you ponder your own faith journey, A Stranger's Gift is a treasure indeed. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

    A copy of the book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
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