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Overview An author and religion columnist examines the relationship between culture and grace, sharing her experiences with grace in her travels, personal life, and conversations with people from around the world.
Publishers Description Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. And grace is getting what you absolutely don't deserve.Award-winning author and columnist Cathleen Falsani says, 'People regularly ask me why I believe in God. The simple answer ... is grace.' In Sin Boldly: A Field Guide to Grace, Falsani explores the meaning and experience of grace through story and song, quotes and photos.Falsani says, 'Grace makes no sense to our human minds. We're hardwired to seek justice, or our limited idea of what that means, and occasionally dole out mercy. Grace is another story.' Sin Boldly is an uplifting, multifaceted, and thought-provoking look at what makes grace so amazing.
From Publishers Weekly Ranging from Chicago to Kenya, New Orleans to Maine, Big Sky to Graceland, Falsani dons her investigative cap and scouts for grace. This religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times is a charming guide to places and people who reveal "grace when and where it happens." Eschewing technical theological definitions, Falsani opts instead to tell how she has experienced grace. And we are vicarious travelers, seeing grace"audacious, unwarranted, and unlimited"through Falsani's eyes. She marvels at the devotion of young people who crowd to the pope's funeral and at the astoundingly independent women of Asembo Bay in Kenya. She wrestles with anger at a misogynist Tanzanian tour guide and anger at God when her mother and beloved cat face cancer. We traipse along with the author and eavesdrop on her conversations, both external and internal. The result is a pastiche of images meant collectively to reveal God's grace. Though some may find the premise contrived, only a fierce cynic could fail to be drawn into Falsani's tales and candid reflections. (Sept.)
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Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning journalist and author. Currently a columnist for Religion News Service and an editor for Sojourners in Washington, D.C., she is best known for her personal interview profiles of Barack Obama, Bono of U2, Elie Wiesel, Anne Rice, Studs Terkel, Annie Lennox and many other notables. She is the author of three critically acclaimed books and was the religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times from 2000-2010. She and her husband live in Laguna Beach, California, with their son.
Cathleen Falsani currently resides in Laguna Beach, in the state of California. Cathleen Falsani was born in 1970.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sin Boldly?
Eye Opener Nov 23, 2009
This quick but powerful read will give you new eyes to God at work ... in the ordinary and in the extraordinary. Powerful stuff and well written.
Amazing Grace Sep 19, 2009
This is a remarkable book, very well written and important. Cathleen Falsani is a seasoned journalist with a very enjoyable style. Each chapter is a stand-alone story of some aspect of God's grace. It's not in-your-face religious; in fact, I believe that most of my non-Christian friends will enjoy the book. One thing I especially enjoyed was the idea of "gracespotting" -- looking for example of grace ("unmerited favor") in daily life. If you pay attention, they are everywhere. I think what really stands out to me, besides the joy and amazing nature of grace itself, is Falsani's humility. She regularly pokes fun at herself as we watch her learn about grace from unexpected sources. A friend loaned me this book and told me "read chapter 8." After reading the whole book, I bought 3 copies -- one for me and two to give away. I'll probably buy more.
A collection of stories Sep 16, 2009
I wasn't crazy about this book. I was excited to read it, thinking all the wonderful things I would learn about grace. As a minister, I've heard a lot about grace, and agree strongly that it is everywhere, in everything. God covers us with grace, thanks be to God.
But I felt like that almost made this book too easy. Reading it felt like reading a loose collection of stories rather than a well put together book. I don't read many collections because I like books to have continuity. I didn't find that in this book. Each chapter was a new beginning.
It feels weird saying something bad about a book concerning grace, but I just felt like this book told a bunch of stories and then labeled the grace within them afterward. Maybe it's something we need to be doing in all of our lives, identifying the grace that covers us all, but I didn't think it made for compelling reading. It read more like a travelogue covering the authors journeys on safari in Africa, where seeing elephants is a gracious moment, than it did a book delving into a theology of grace.
Way above my expectations after hearing her talk about it on the radio. Aug 28, 2009
I know what grace is. But I had never applied it to ordinary things. After my consciousness raising experience with Cathleen, I see that I live with grace daily, e.g. a parking space unexpected turns up, when I need to get home to make supper. Also, she quotes one of Rumi's poems that blew me away. As a maker of books myself, it is beautifully designed and I enjoyed the color of the print. I sent my copy to one of favorite friends when I finished it. After all, books are meant to be passed on, especially the good ones.
A rewakening Jun 18, 2009
Like grace itself, I wasn't looking for a book like this. In fact, until recently, I've avoided most books on religion. Yet this delightful, soulful and penetrating work must've known I was looking for it. It enthralled me with the stories of her mother's breast cancer, the boy in Malawi with the hole in his heart and the brave women of Kenya. This book transcended religion by exploring the role that grace plays in our lives. How can we be reshaped by grace in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the poverty and AIDS catastrophe of sub-Saharan Africa or daily travails? Unlike a host of religious writers, Ms. Falsani guides by example, gently and without a sermon. That is the living grace of her message. John F. Wasik, author "The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome" and "The Merchant of Power"