Wounds Are Where Light Enters
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"Wangerin's intelligence is so rich he could become a lasting voice in American letters,"---Christianity Today. Wangerin won the 1978 American Book Award for his adult fantasy, Book of the Dun Cow, while his imaginative rendering of the Bible, The Book of God, was chosen 1997 Book of the Year by Christianity Today. How is God's grace actually manifested? 176 pages, hardcover. Zondervan.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310240050
ISBN-13: 9780310240051

Publisher's Description

Many know the acclaimed author Walter Wangerin Jr., the storyteller who gave us the national bestseller The Book of the Duncow.

In Wounds Are Where Light Enters, you’ll see how God’s love breaks into our lonely moments in unexplainable ways. Wangerin tells the stories of memorable characters facing the same struggles we all face as we try to trust in God’s faithfulness.

Wounds Are Where Light Enters is a collection of stories that are warm, sometimes funny, sometimes not, but always taking unexpected turns to find the care of God in all the pathways of life.  In them we find the grace that enables us to live with the answers we see and the answers we don’t see.  In this collection we meet Arthur Bias, the retired black police officer who loves those who hate, Agnes Brill, the shrill piano teacher of patience, Junie Piper, precious of the homeless, Melvin, who honors his aging mother by honoring the little girl she has become, Lucian, the lover of thieves, and Blue Jack, the hammer of God. 

Readers will discover in these stories a powerful display of God’s working in the lives of all of us.  They’ll find a place where he works even in the dark, even in the struggles, even in the wounds.  This is the place where God’s light enters.

Author Bio

Walter Wangerin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Known for his bestselling Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin’s writing voice is immediately recognizable, and his fans number in the millions. The author of over forty books including The Book of God, Wangerin has won the National Book Award and the New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year Award. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University.

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  1. NicholasV
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Pain and Suffering Can Illuminate God More Clearly
    November 16, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Wounds are Where Lights Enter: Stories of Gods Intrusive Grace by Walter Wangerin, Jr. (Zondervan Publishing; 2017)

    Walter Wangerin is a well-known Christian writer who uses his unique for storytelling and the use of dramatic and fictional elements (like his work THE BOOK OF GOD, a retelling of Gods redemption woven throughout the Bible as one story). This book, however, is more of anthology of short stories many autobiographical with the theme of the little (and sometimes big) ways that God can intervene in our daily lives. Stories such as Wangerin taking his small daughter to the largest cathedral in New York City,and using the appearance of a slovenly homeless man to teach a valuable lesson on how man makes many poor choices, but God is always watching over us and reminding that redemption is always possible. For readers who enjoy authors such as Max Lucado and his storytelling expertise to teach spiritual lessons, Wounds are Where Lighta Enter is a worthwhile read. 3 stars.
  2. Helianthus
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful collection of memoir stories with cultural relevance
    November 14, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Do you like short stories? Do you like memoir? I adore both formats, and Walt Wangerin combines them masterfully in this unique book on faith.

    Walt was a pastor in the Chicago area and spent much of his career ministering to poor inner city residents, but I think he'd say they ministered more to him. He also adopted one mixed-race daughter and one African-American son. The stories he shares of his life and the lives of those around him are powerful, beautiful glimpses of God's work in all kinds of people, and how his healing shines through their painful wounds. The stories are a truth-in-love balm for our current cultural wars, spoken in an inimitable style and seasoned with decades of godly wisdom.

    This book brought me to tears for several reasons. One, tears of repentance over my own blindness and prejudice I didn't realize I hold onto so tightly. Two, tears of compassion for so many broken people. Three, in awe of God's blazing displays of power in so many ordinary stories. I love the self-effacing insights, the unique glimpses of Jesus, the dramatic dialects, and the colorful characters.

    Here's a taste of his style, describing the scene after he chased down a boy who had stolen from the church parsonage:

    "Know what I just did?" I said. I was a head shorter than Lucian, nor ever athletic. You can imagine the pride with which I told him everything that had happened, describing in detail my defeated adversary.

    For the first time that evening, Lucian spoke. He said, "I know him."

    "Know who?"

    "That boy. His mama named him Centurion. We call him One Cent. Now his mama calls him Five Dollah, because he the onliest one left to look after her. They poor. Cain't buy medicines for her. She need her medicines."

    If you enjoyed reading American literature in high school or college, this book will remind you of the stories you loved then. The best part is, it's all about faith, and it has a surprisingly contemporary feel, even though most of the stories are from the mid- to late 20th century. It's a book that doesn't quite fit into one category over another, and I like it for that very reason. I like it most because it's softening my heart toward people who aren't just like me.

    I received a free review copy of Wounds are Where Light Enters from the BookLook Blogger Program.
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