Flashes of Grace: 33 Encounters with God (Paperback)
"I don't know how to say what the grace of God is. What I can say is what it's like for me."
We all know about grace being amazing--after all, there's a whole song about it--but Patrick Henry reminds us that that's not all it is. It's also intimidating, disorienting, demanding, reassuring, and sometimes even just downright mind-boggling. Describing thirty-three different aspects of grace based on his everyday experiences, Henry tells the story of a grace that is wide-ranging and comprehensive--if not always comprehensible. Rather than trying to capture and tame his encounters with God, he lets the mystery of memory speak for itself, exemplifying his mantra that being a Christian is about being "an explorer, not a colonizer."
Flashes of Grace is wise and grounded, earnest and light, faithful and quirky. Henry describes encountering grace in airports, baseball, hazelnuts, and just about anywhere else you can imagine, while engaging with dialogue partners ranging from King Saul and Saint Augustine to Yogi Berra and Captain Picard. For anyone longing to connect (or reconnect) with God, this book provides a surprising journey that broadens perspectives and explores strange new worlds, while loosening stiff spiritual joints so movement can be free and spontaneous.
About the Author
Patrick Henry was professor of religion at Swarthmore College from 1967 to 1984 and executive director of the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research from 1984 to 2004. In retirement he is a monthly columnist for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota, where he writes about the renewal of human community. His other books include The Ironic Christian's Companion: Finding the Marks of God's Grace in the World.