All Saints: The Surprising Story of How Refugees From Burma Brought Life to a Dying Church
Michael Spurlock was assigned the task of closing down and selling off a run-down rural church with a dozen members. But when the church welcomed Karen refugees from Burma, Michael felt called to an improbable new mission. Now adapted for...
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Michael Spurlock was assigned the task of closing down and selling off a run-down rural church with a dozen members. But when the church welcomed Karen refugees from Burma, Michael felt called to an improbable new mission. Now adapted for a feature film!
:The True Story Behind the Powerful Upcoming Film ALL SAINTS
This nonfiction book will tell the story behind the upcoming film ALL SAINTS. The movie is inspired by the true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Michael's first assignment as their new pastor is to close down All Saints, a dilapidated country church with a dozen devoted members and a mortgage well beyond its means. But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen refugees from Burma--former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America--Michael feels called to an improbable new mission.
Jeopardizing his family's future by ignoring his superiors, Michael must choose between completing what he was assigned to do--close the church and sell the property--or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community.
This nonfiction book will tell the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers can coordinate their efforts to help those in need.
The Reverend Michael Spurlock is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He served All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee, for three years beginning in 2007. He is currently on the clergy staff at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. Michael, his wife, Aimee, and their two children live in New York City.
As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, which are now guerrilla hot zones. Described as a "top notch storyteller" by "Publishers Weekly", Jeanette's detailed writing is so realistic and carefully researched that government agencies have questioned her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Jeanette has lived in six countries and has traveled extensively on five continents. She has fifteen books in print, including the p