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Crossing Myself: A Story of Spiritual Rebirth [Paperback]

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In this faith-affirming, literary and spiritual journey, Greg Garrett details his life's series of starts and stops, dead ends, and loopholes to illustrate the power of God's transformative involvement in our lives.

This old Spanish saying captures the tortuous path Greg Garrett took through intense depression and a suicide attempt?into the grace that brought him sanity and a life of service to those he wanted to leavebehind.

An edgy and engaging spiritual autobiography, Crossing Myself chronicles one man?s dramatic transformation from despairing depressive to joyful servant. An award-winning author and English professor, Greg Garrett crosses himself?in symbolic gesture as well as profound psychological and spiritual reversal?to reveal a redemptive faith.

Follow the author?s stirring personal story and discover his stunning insights on this winding road toward spiritual rebirth.

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In this faith-affirming, literary and spiritual journey, Greg Garrett details his life's series of starts and stops, dead ends, and loopholes to illustrate the power of God's transformative involvement in our lives.

God writes straight with crooked lines.

This old Spanish saying captures the tortuous path Greg Garrett took through intense depression and a suicide attempt--into the grace that brought him sanity and a life of service to those he wanted to leave behind.

An edgy and engaging spiritual autobiography, Crossing Myself chronicles one man's dramatic transformation from despairing depressive to joyful servant. An award-winning author and English professor, Greg Garrett crosses himself--in symbolic gesture as well as profound psychological and spiritual reversal--to reveal a redemptive faith.

Follow the author's stirring personal story and discover his stunning insights on this winding road toward spiritual rebirth.
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Studio: NavPress
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2006
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
Grade Level  High School  
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
ISBN  1576838560  
ISBN13  9781576838563  


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More About Greg Garrett


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Greg Garrett is the critically-acclaimed author of over twenty books, including the novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. He teaches fiction- and screenwriting, film, and literature at Baylor University, and lives with his wife Jeanie and their family in Austin, Texas.

Greg Garrett currently resides in Austin, in the state of Texas. Greg Garrett has an academic affiliation as follows - Baylor University.

Greg Garrett has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ragamuffin Stories


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Reviews - What do customers think about Crossing Myself: A Story of Spiritual Rebirth?

Honest sharing  Oct 2, 2007
I love Greg Garrett's willingness to share his questions about his faith in God and religion, and then showing the reader the outcome of this exploration. I already enjoyed his other works and this makes me appreciate him more as a Christian.
 
Simply Honest and Amazing  Feb 8, 2007
I am a pastor in the same tradition that Greg has spent so much time trying to recover from.Yet I totally resonated with Greg's journey. The church has offered little help to those who are suffering from depression other than a scolding for a lack of faith. Greg's honesty pierces the heart and his writing style is so amazing that you feel like your sitting down with him over a cup of coffee as he tells you his story. I hated to read the last page because I know that it will be a long time before another book like this comes along.
 
Our reading club reviews  Nov 9, 2006
I have read everything Greg Garrett has had published. For those who would be interested in reading Greg's other works, I would recommend his first novel Free Bird, and especially his novel Cycling. But far and away the best thing I have ever read from him is this book. He gives voice to the two things that Christians typically WILL NOT speak about -- depression and doubt. In a painfully honest and poignant way, Greg shares how he navigated the path that leads through the valley of the shadow of death back into the light and life of living. In so doing, he appears to hold nothing back (another refreshing viewpoint from a Christian). I believe that ANYONE who desires to live a spiritual life will be heavily influenced by Greg's gripping testimony. I mean, who can't learn from a guy that teaches at a conservative Baptist university but is also studying to be an Episcopal priest?
-- Ryan G.

As a person who has suffered from depression Greg Garrett's pure honesty in this book is comforting. I loved hearing how God spoke to him even in his deepest darkest moments. I believe God saved Greg in his deep pit of depression to speak to those like me who have felt the same way. Greg is candid about the ups and downs and struggles in his Walk with Christ and that is being Real, a trait greatly needed in American Christianity today.
-- Anne S.

One of the best books of honest Christianity since Blue Like Jazz. Greg Garrett's testimony encourages and re-energizes the struggling and downtrodden spiritual soul.
-- Joshua J.

As someone who is also pursuing the goal of becoming an Episcopal Priest as I emigrate from evangelical Christianity, Greg's is a voice crying out to me in the wilderness. As someone who also struggles with depression, there are large sections of this book that echo the very situations of my own life. I can't recommend this book enough!
-- Brian P.
 
A journey from faith to faith  Nov 1, 2006
This very readable book takes the reader on a journey from faith to faith. Though Greg grew up in a church which he calls toxic for himself, he demonstrates a never-ending faith in God - even when he himself didn't know that he was a man of faith. His struggle with depression for most of his life is very real and his joy in once again knowing that he is a man of faith is inspiring.
 
A Book for Recovering Fundamentalists and those looking for a gracious God  Oct 26, 2006
I knew Greg from seminary and never knew all of his story except that he was a great writer and I always enjoyed his sermons and lectures but this book is
a godsend. I was raised in a similar dysfunctional religious background and know what he is talking about. There are also people I know that struggle with depression and are afraid to share their story especially with those who call themselves Christians. I highly recommend this book for people who are struggling, hurting and are looking for a gracious God that accepts people unconditionally. God's grace is everywhere even in the suffering of everyday life.
 

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