By Catherine Stewart

"We came upon something." With those phrases, a Presbyterian minister is thrust right into a clinical drawback: a tumor is urgent on her mind. medical professionals can't supply a well-liked therapy plan: radiation and surgical procedure are both legitimate yet hold drastically various dangers and effects. She herself needs to opt for.

She plunges right into a maze of scientific study, however the analytical mode of Western tradition can't aid her locate peace in her choice. as a substitute, she is unwittingly led alongside an old prayer course 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 choice made, she undergoes therapy. "You should have been terrified," a pal says. that's while the writer realizes that her adventure is rare: she had now not been afraid. easy methods to clarify that? This memoir recounts how her rules of God and self are reshaped as she discovers a spot of deep figuring out and belief. Humbled and shocked, she reviews in her physique the gospel she has preached for years.

“This publication is a decent, looking, reflective account of ways its writer met the obstacle of a life-changing situation, and during the assets of her non secular culture and the aid of pals previous and new, lived that problem with braveness and faith.”
—J. Gerald Janzen, writer of At the odor of Water: the floor of wish within the publication of Job

“This is not only yet one more publication on near-death stories. Pastor Cathy Stewart skillfully writes this e-book exhibiting us the right way to meet God via our personal adventure. The pastoral target isn't to inform an attractive tale, yet to coach us how one can meet and greet our event as a revelatory textual content. the main pleasing instructing embodied during this booklet is at the worth and promise of sustained listening.”
—Mary Margaret Funk, Benedictine Sister, Our girl of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana

“All we have now are stories.” Catherine Stewart’s compelling tale is one among discomfort, vulnerability, honesty, and wish. it's also a narrative of therapeutic and wholeness. Catherine serves as a advisor to aid us ask the all-important query of Who am I? In answering the query, she strikes from depression to integrity thereby gaining in knowledge and compassion and deepening her figuring out of what it skill to be in courting with self, others, and different (the Divine). An inspiring account of a really own trip, with relevance for all of us.”
—David Kuhl, Professor, division of relatives perform, college of medication, college of British Columbia; writer of What death humans wish: sensible 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 girl 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 facing transitions.

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