By Catherine Stewart

ISBN-10: 149820919X

ISBN-13: 9781498209199

ISBN-10: 1498209211

ISBN-13: 9781498209212

"We came upon something." With those phrases, a Presbyterian minister is thrust right into a scientific main issue: a tumor is urgent on her mind. medical professionals can't provide a well-liked remedy plan: radiation and surgical procedure are both legitimate yet hold greatly diversified dangers and outcomes. She herself needs to select.

She plunges right into a maze of clinical examine, however the analytical mode of Western tradition can't aid her locate peace in her determination. as an alternative, she is unwittingly led alongside an historical prayer direction known as Lectio Divina, and remodeled through inexplicable and repeated encounters with goodness. nonetheless a community's shepherd in religion, she shoulders the query they too ask: "Can God be chanced on here?" The maze turns into a labyrinth: a religious trip that brings her to a middle that holds.

Her selection made, she undergoes therapy. "You should have been terrified," a chum says. that's whilst the writer realizes that her event is rare: she had now not been afraid. how you can clarify that? This memoir recounts how her principles of God and self are reshaped as she discovers a spot of deep realizing and belief. Humbled and shocked, she reports in her physique the gospel she has preached for years.

“This publication is a good, looking, reflective account of the way its writer met the main issue of a life-changing situation, and during the assets of her spiritual culture and the aid of buddies previous and new, lived that main issue with braveness and faith.”
—J. Gerald Janzen, writer of At the smell of Water: the floor of wish within the publication of Job

“This isn't just yet one more publication on near-death reviews. Pastor Cathy Stewart skillfully writes this booklet displaying us how one can meet God via our personal event. The pastoral objective isn't to inform a fascinating tale, yet to coach us how one can meet and greet our adventure as a revelatory textual content. the main pleasing educating embodied during this ebook is at the price and promise of sustained listening.”
—Mary Margaret Funk, Benedictine Sister, Our girl of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana

“All now we have are stories.” Catherine Stewart’s compelling tale is one in every of discomfort, vulnerability, honesty, and wish. it's also a narrative of therapeutic and wholeness. Catherine serves as a advisor to assist us ask the all-important query of Who am I? In answering the query, she strikes from melancholy to integrity thereby gaining in knowledge and compassion and deepening her figuring out of what it skill to be in dating with self, others, and different (the Divine). An inspiring account of a truly own trip, with relevance for all of us.”
—David Kuhl, Professor, division of relations perform, school of drugs, collage of British Columbia; writer of What death humans wish: useful knowledge for the top of Life

Catherine Stewart has served as an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church in Canada for twenty-five years. A graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago), she can be a Benedictine oblate (Our woman of Grace Monastery, Indiana). to reply to a seven-year-old's query, "Why did Jesus need to die?", she authored the ebook God Laughed (2011). She teaches a sort of listening prayer referred to as Lectio Divina, and shepherds congregations dealing with transitions.

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