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Overview Edward L. Beck once again uses anecdotes and observations from his work as a Catholic priest to reveal the spiritual dimensions of ordinary life. His stories encompass a wide range of topics, from the September 11 attacks to such ongoing issues and concerns as addiction, adultery, and sexuality. Written in a friendly, conversational style, "Unlikely Ways Home" is a moving, spiritually inspiring book that will appeal to both Catholic audiences and the general reader.Doubleday
Publishers Description Edward L. Beck's first book, "God Underneath," was hailed as "a graceful and gracious work of self-revelation and spiritual wisdom" by the" Los Angeles Times," and a review in the" Dallas Morning News" declared, "Edward Beck is a heck of a writer, and his gem of a book is not to be missed . . . you will not be able to put this book down." In "Unlikely Ways Home," Beck once again uses anecdotes and observations from his work as a Catholic priest to reveal the spiritual dimensions of ordinary life. The stories in "Unlikely Ways Home" encompass a wide range of topics, from the 9/11 attacks to such ongoing issues and concerns as addiction, adultery, and sexuality. Beck shares the poignant reflections of a man who lost his fireman son in the attack on the World Trade Center and describes, with refreshing honesty and compassion, the efforts of a gay couple to find a place for themselves within the Catholic Church. Written in a friendly, conversational style, "Unlikely Ways Home" is a moving, spiritually inspiring book that will appeal to both Catholic audiences and the general reader.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Apr 18, 2006
ISBN 038550859X ISBN13 9780385508599
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More About Edward L. Beck
EDWARD L. BECK, C.P., is a Roman Catholic priest of the Passionist Community. He travels nationally and internationally, preaching and organizing retreats and workshops on spirituality, and will soon be involved in new media projects in television and radio. He lives in New York City. His website is edwardlbeck.com. www.unlikelywayshome.com
Edward L. Beck currently resides in New York, in the state of New York. Edward L. Beck was born in 1959.
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Mary Schmidt should getter better educated! Oct 17, 2005
Mary Cate Schmidt should educate herself better before she goes slamming people like Edward Beck, who has sacrificed alot in his life in order to help others. Maybe she should read his first book, God Underneath, which talks about his own personal struggles including almost losing his mother to a brain tumor. Priests have families, love and issues just like everybody else in this world. Just because they choose a life of service to try to help other people doesn't mean they aren't fully aware, even more so, of the tragedies and injustices of this world. Compassionate people like Edward Beck feel pain just as deeply as anyone. We all have our troubles, some more than others. Anyway, since when does suffering equate to being a better writer and/or a better person...PUH-LEEZ!
Dead End Oct 4, 2005
Anyone who's ever had their heart broken in high school has more depth and feeling than he tries to find in talking to people. It has to come from within or it just doesn't ring true. Being in the audience of life is no position from which to write from. The problem with "unlikely ways home" is he never left it to find out for himself what it's all about.
A profound message for us all in this incredible book! Sep 21, 2005
This is a book about compassion. When you close the book at the end you are left with an overwhelming glowing feeling. You feel a true sense of God's love for ALL of us, a confirmation that we are all safe and protected regardless of the bumpy paths we take in this lifetime. Personally, I am going through an extremely difficult time in my life. I have a beautiful four year old child with a progressive, degenerative, life threatening illness. Reading these stories of how others have overcome challenges in their lives has helped to bring me great comfort. God loves us all no matter who we are, what we do, or what happens to us. I have had plenty of sad moments, but I choose not to be bitter because of my situation. This ordeal has actually brought me closer to God. Now that's an unlikely way home!
Beck Shows He's A Gifted Storyteller And Writer Jun 17, 2005
UNLIKELY WAYS HOME is a follow-up of sorts to Edward Beck's popular memoir/biography GOD UNDERNEATH. While it is not a memoir per se, we do see the ministry of Edward Beck as he tells the stories of people he has encountered as a priest. Each of the stories tells of people who have been alienated or hurt in life in one way or another, whether it is by an unfaithful spouse, sexual abuse, mistakes, death of a loved one, or some other significant loss or life event. Each person in the story also seems to tell us a bit about God by the ways each finds God in life. Perhaps the reason this book strikes the reader as authentic is that there are no "miracle" stories in the book, though God is clearly at work in the lives of the people Beck writes about in the volume. People struggle with actual life situations in a realistic way, which rings true to the reader and often is the only way we find God.
As we read about these unpredictable yet grace filled stories of finding God, we may discover our own "unlikely" paths and see God at work in our own lives too.
A joy to read! Apr 27, 2005
I adore reading a book that grabs me immediately and won't let me put it down. This book is a pleasure, filled with inspirational stories of faith, hope and love - along with all the complexities of the human condition. It is eye opening and heartfelt and well represents the struggles so many of us deal with concerning our religion, faith and spirituality. Through the well told stories of others we see reminders of ourselves in the universal journey of finding whatever it is we perceive God to be. Father Edward is filling a timely void here helping us to realize that on the path to reach the Divine we are not alone and that the roads we take to get there are as individual as we are. Great job!