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Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints

Paperback|Apr 2018
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With untested ideals and a thirst for adventure, Christiana Peterson and her family moved to an intentional Christian farming community in the rural Midwest. It sounded like a simple and faithful way to follow Jesus, not to mention a great...


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With untested ideals and a thirst for adventure, Christiana Peterson and her family moved to an intentional Christian farming community in the rural Midwest. It sounded like a simple and faithful way to follow Jesus, not to mention a great place to raise kids. In Mystics and Misfits, Peterson discovers that community life is never really simple and that she needs resources beyond her own to weather the anxiety and exhaustion of trying to save a dying farm and a floundering congregation. She turns to Christian mystics like Francis of Assisi, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day to find sustenance for the everyday struggles and unique hardships of community life. With a contemplative's spirit and poet's eye, Peterson leads readers into an encounter with the God of the wild mystics and the weird misfits.


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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 506606
  • Product Code 9781513801643
  • ISBN 1513801643
  • EAN 9781513801643
  • Pages 264
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Herald Press
  • Publication Date Apr 2018
  • Sales Rank 78284
  • Dimensions 213 x 139 x 22mm
  • Weight 0.286kg
  • <p>foreword&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;9<br />
  • Author&amp;rsquo;s Note&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;12<br />
  • Prologue: Mystics&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;15<br />
  • Letter To Saint Francis: The Skirt Of God&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;23<br />
  • Part I: Simplicity&amp;nbsp;<br />
  • The Vague Adventurers&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;31<br />
  • Interlude: The Simple Saint&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;39<br />
  • First Impressions&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;43<br />
  • The Simple Life &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;49<br />
  • Interlude: The Spoiled Charmer&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;57<br />
  • The Smell Of Simplicity&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;62<br />
  • Interlude: The Colors Of Poverty&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;67<br />
  • Decay&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;70<br />
  • Interlude: Saint Francis And His Lady&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;76<br />
  • Letter To Saint Francis: The Lunacy Of Love&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;82<br />
  • Part Ii: Hospitality&amp;nbsp;<br />
  • Strange Visitors&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;89<br />
  • Interlude: The Do-gooder&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;95<br />
  • Dream Home&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;100<br />
  • Interlude: Commune Farms&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;103<br />
  • Frustrations And Celebrations&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;105<br />
  • Letter To Dorothy Day: A Saint For Difficult&amp;nbsp;<br />
  • People&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;112<br />
  • Part Iii: Contemplation&amp;nbsp;<br />
  • Winter&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;119<br />
  • Interlude: Margery Kempe&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;128<br />
  • Mother God&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;131<br />
  • Interlude: Clare Of Assisi&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;136<br />
  • The News&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;139<br />
  • Interlude: The Cloister Of The World&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;143<br />
  • Letter To Margery Kempe: Get Thee To A Mental Health Professional&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;148<br />
  • Letter To Clare Of Assisi: Mother Of God&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;151<br />
  • Part Iv: Church&amp;nbsp;<br />
  • A New Kind Of Family&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;159<br />
  • Interlude: What Does The Lord Require?&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;166<br />
  • Blowing Your Nose In Church &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;169<br />
  • Interlude: Awkward Anarchist&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;173<br />
  • Worship &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;176<br />
  • Interlude: Awakening &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;182<br />
  • Letter To Simone Weil: The Miracle Of Attention&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;184<br />
  • Part V: Death&amp;nbsp;<br />
  • Broken Things &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;191<br />
  • Interlude: Between The Angel And The Lady&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;197<br />
  • Our Sacred Cows&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;200<br />
  • Hospice &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;212<br />
  • Interlude: A Broken Body&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;220<br />
  • To Each Her Own Grief&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;222<br />
  • Interlude: At The End&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;229<br />
  • Death And The Landscape Of Grief&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;232<br />
  • Letter To Saint Francis: To Really Live&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;239<br />
  • Epilogue: Misfits&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;244<br />
  • Acknowledgments&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;248<br />
  • Notes&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;253<br />
  • Bibliography&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;259<br />
  • The Author &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;263</p>

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