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Overview In New Mercies I See, Stan Purdum does for the ministry what James Herriot did for veterinary medicine in All Creatures Great and Small. Set in rural Ohio churches, Stan's stories are humorous, poignant, thought-provoking, pathos-filled, and heartwarming. But above all, they are hopeful. Whether it's sudden rain falling on a pain-wracked young man clinging to his brother's coffin, the guilty woman whose love for an abused baby brings resurrection to them both, or the overly enthusiastic pastor who has to serve communion with walnut juice freckling his face, these accounts recognize that the persistent grace of God is never far from any one of us.
Publishers Description In "New Mercies I See," Stan Purdum does for the ministry what James Herriot did for veterinary medicine in" All Creatures Great and Small." Set in rural Ohio churches, Stan's stories are humorous, poignant, thought-provoking, pathos-filled, and heartwarming. But above all, they are hopeful. Whether it's sudden rain falling on a pain-wracked young man clinging to his brother's coffin, the guilty woman whose love for an abused baby brings resurrection to them both, or the overly enthusiastic pastor who has to serve communion with walnut juice freckling his face, these accounts recognize that the persistent grace of God is never far from any one of us. "I began to read New Mercies I See because I lived the pastorate for nearly forty years and have loved it all my life, but as the stories unfolded I found I was enjoying the book because I love God, love life, and love people, and these stories were increasing that love." J. Ellsworth Kalas Professor of Homiletics, Asbury Theological Seminary Author of" New Testament Stories from the Back Side" "New Mercies I See is a wonderful book, easy to read and hard to put down. Stan Purdum writes with a simplicity and honesty that is matched by the characters he develops in story after story. In a culture that reeks with cynicism and despair, Purdum pulls back the curtain to show not a simpler age long past but contemporary vignettes which remind us that at the core of things, people are very human, struggling to make the right decisions, and some of them are fortunate to have a hard-working pastor, a person of integrity and good will, to help them along the way. You'll laugh, cry, and smile as you follow Rev. Tom Payton, the shepherd of various Ohio congregations, minister to, cope with, and comfort the lost, fallen, and sometimes bleating sheep of his United Methodist flocks. Enjoy " Timothy Merrill Senior Editor, "Homiletics" Stan Purdum, pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church in Waynesburg, Ohio, is also a writer, editor, and journalist who has written for both the religious and secular press. His published works include material as varied as a study of the Gospel of John, a how-to manual for newsletter editors, direct-mail campaigns, adult Sunday school curriculum, short stories, family humor columns, and bicycle travel-narratives. In addition, he is the editor of the preaching journal "Emphasis."
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Studio: CSS Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.28" Weight: 0.34 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher CSS Publishing Company
ISBN 0788019589 ISBN13 9780788019586
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More About Stan Purdum
Stan Purdum was a parish minister in Ohio for several years. He currently works as a freelance writer and editor. He writes curriculum for Cokesbury and edits Emphasis and Proclaim, both nationally circulated preaching journals. He formerly was executive editor of Homiletics, the most widely used preaching resource in America. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University Theological School. Stan and his wife, Jeanine, live in North Canton, Ohio.
Stan Purdum currently resides in Canton, in the state of Ohio. Stan Purdum was born in 1945.
Reviews - What do customers think about New Mercies I See?
Stan's Journeys Aug 8, 2006
I have read all of Stan's books. What I find different about this book is the angle to which he has taken. The other books were glimpes into a particular journey. This book was a glimpse at a lifetime of experience.
Truthful and touching Aug 6, 2006
If you are a fan of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon stories, you will love Stan Purdum's tales of a pastor and his parishioners in rural Ohio. These stories of greasy but heroic mechanics, sin-haunted bachelors, panicky brides, and emotionally-damaged foster children are both truthful and touching. Whether you are a member of a congregation, or simply an experienced people-watcher, you will appreciate Purdum's ability to capture the humor, heartache, and hope that is found in communities everywhere.
New Mercies I See Jul 31, 2006
Stan Purdum, our pastor and friend, has given us a glimpse into his life in the church in New Mercies I See. A very gifted writer, his short stories cover a wide range of experiences as he has led his flock through a variety of situations. The stories offer humor, pathos and hope, and we highly recommend this book.
Solid and Sincere... Jul 28, 2006
New Mercies I See is a solid and sincere work by a gifted writer. The book reflects the spirituality and mind power of Stan Purdum, a pastor/writer I have known for a quarter of a century. The reader will find food for the spirit and insights to ponder in its pages. I heartily recommend this thoughtful book for anyone who enjoys a helpful exercise for the mind and spirit.--Dr. Charles Ferrell, retired pastor, Mesa, AZ
Individually crafted with humor & touching insight Jun 21, 2003
New Mercies I See is an anthology of twenty very brief Christian short stories by Stan Purdum drawn from his 25 years as a church pastor. Individually crafted with humor, touching insight, grace, and reverence for God and His work, New Mercies I See is commended to a Christian readership as being an especially moving and deeply inspirational anthology, one that resonates with the heart and comforts the spirit.