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Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief [Paperback]

By Greg Garrett (Author)
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This is not a book about the stages of grief, or the 10 steps to overcoming it. In fact, it's more about suffering in general than bereavement in particular. Garrett (The Gospel According to Hollywood) draws on a summer he spent doing clinical pastoral education-a kind of boot camp for hospital chaplains-to discuss age-old theodicy questions. The book challenges certain myths that American Christians have swallowed about God-e.g., that God is a transactional ATM who is obligated to dispense good things to the faithful, or that it's Satan, not God, who makes rotten things happen. Some of these myths are eloquently debunked, while others-such as Americans' persistent faith in consumerism and their ability to "buy" health and happiness-deserve more ink. Garrett scores points with the powerful stories of the hospital patients he prayed alongside as well as his own autobiographical discussions of dealing with severe depression. Christians who are looking for theologically nuanced ways of thinking about suffering can learn much from this brief book.

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Where is God in the midst of suffering? How do people find strength and comfort in times of terrible adversity? Award-winning writer Greg Garrett addresses these questions and others as he helps readers grapple with the question of where God can be found in times of tragedy. He explores the theological themes of biblical stories and American myths and discusses how these stories have shaped our beliefs about God. He further examines what these foundational narratives reveal about our understanding of God, how they inform how we live our lives, and how we experience God's presence in the midst of grief and suffering. This well-written volume is engaging reading for clergy, chaplains, pastoral counselors, and all who must find the courage and faith to support individuals and families in times of suffering and grief.

From Publishers Weekly
This is not a book about the stages of grief, or the 10 steps to overcoming it. In fact, it's more about suffering in general than bereavement in particular. Garrett (The Gospel According to Hollywood) draws on a summer he spent doing clinical pastoral educationa kind of boot camp for hospital chaplainsto discuss age-old theodicy questions. The book challenges certain myths that American Christians have swallowed about Gode.g., that God is a transactional ATM who is obligated to dispense good things to the faithful, or that it's Satan, not God, who makes rotten things happen. Some of these myths are eloquently debunked, while otherssuch as Americans' persistent faith in consumerism and their ability to "buy" health and happinessdeserve more ink. Garrett scores points with the powerful stories of the hospital patients he prayed alongside as well as his own autobiographical discussions of dealing with severe depression. Christians who are looking for theologically nuanced ways of thinking about suffering can learn much from this brief book. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief by Greg Garrett has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 07/07/2008 page 55


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 2, 2008
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664232043  
ISBN13  9780664232047  


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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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Yes, They're "Stories from the Edge" -- But That's Where Faith Truly Matters  Oct 7, 2008
First, if you're considering buying this book, you may already count yourself among Greg's thousands of friends. Through a prolific series of books, Greg has been inviting readers to join him in his journey into a deep faith and, now, into the ordained ministry, as well. He is a gifted writer with wide-ranging interests. I first discovered Greg's work as this eclectic Professor of English at Baylor University was exploring the challenging spiritual themes in comic books ("Holy Superheroes! Revised and Expanded Edition: Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film") and movies ("The Gospel according to Hollywood").

One of the powerful facets in spiritually themed writing is that, ultimately: "It's about the Voice, not the book." And Greg is proof of this principle. You may enjoy his individual books, but it's his Voice, over time, that becomes a powerful, complex affirmation of faith in the midst of daily living.

That's a perfect way to introduce this book and explain its significance. In this book, Greg writes about "the summer of 2006 when I was a seminarian working full time as a chaplain intern at ... a regional trauma center located in my hometown of Austin, Texas." He was on call at other local hospitals, too.

Given everything else that Greg glimpses in the sprawling cosmos of spiritual reflection -- in this book he takes us to the very "edge" of life, where people are suffering and where people are making ultimate decisions about the purpose of their lives.

The one sentence that best captures the feel of this book is actually a line from F. Scott Fitzgerald that Greg offers on his opening page: "Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I'll tell you a story."

I'm a lifelong reader of Frederick Buechner and I sense Buechner's voice echoing in Greg's writing as he warms toward his own vocation in each new book in recent years. If you're a Buechner reader, you can hear the echo in Greg's choice of Fitzgerald's line. And, if you're drawn toward the theme of this new book by Greg, I can guarantee you'll also enjoy reading Buechner's latest, "The Yellow Leaves: A Miscellany."

Greg writes this book as a serious reflection. It reads like one pilgrim's personal dialogue with the writings of Rabbi Harold Kushner, Thomas Merton, Barbara Brown Taylor and many others -- as he discovers the many ways their voices connect with the real-life experiences he is encountering in hospital rooms. He's spinning personal stories for us, but he's also inviting into the circle this chorus of wise voices -- to try to draw out of the circle a useful consensus of wisdom.

There's potent fuel for the spiritual road in this book. You can read it alone. You can discuss it with a small group. But it's also like sitting in a chapel with this creative pilgrim from Texas and having him inspire and challenge you with his latest spiritual adventures.
 

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