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How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere


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Andrew Davis is an up and coming writer and doctoral candidate in Religion at Claremont School of Theology. An advocate of cross-cultural knowledge and interreligious literacy, his studies in theology and philosophy have led him to a variety of religious contexts and communities around the world. He is writing a dissertation on the topic of this book.


"By the time I reached the second chapter of this unique book, I had started recommending it to others. By the time I reached the last chapter, I felt its deep impact on my own life. Such rich stories, such clear, insightful, and at times tender writing, with common themes arising spontaneously and enriching one another ... this book takes the old Evangelical practice of 'giving testimony' and elevates it to a theological and philosophical practice."--Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration

"Reading these spiritual journeys--what my tradition calls 'testimonies'--is a sacred experience. The eminent minds and holy souls writing for this tome take sacred experience to new heights! And yet the 'heights' of these adventures are this-worldly: the here, the harrowing, and the hallowed. Many take adventures away from god only to find God: anatheism to panentheism. I suspect many readers will feel drawn--as I was--to imagine how best to describe their own adventures toward the God we find in the midst of it all!"--Thomas Jay Oord, Professor, Speaker, and Author of The Uncontrolling Love of God

"What a world we live in - filled with believers, non-believers, and the vast majority who are somewhere in between. We in-betweeners yearn for a way of using the word 'God' that does not pretend absolute certainty, that does not imagine God as a king on a throne, and that does not reduce God to a mere concept in the imagination. We yearn to find God - or something like God - in the here and now of daily life, in the garbage and, yes, the flowers. It helps if we have stories from others: people who likewise struggle and somehow find their way into a God of tenderness and creativity, of struggle and peace, of faith and doubt. They become our mentors, evoking and inspiring us with an invitation to seek God on our own terms, too, and in our own way. This marvelous anthology can do just that. Read carefully and freely, with a relaxed grasp, and let the stories take you on a journey well worth the walking."--Jay McDaniel, Founder of and author of Gandhi's Hope: Learning from the World's Religions as a Path to Peace

"This is a book for people who, in spite of themselves, cannot stop dreaming about God. Unwilling to dismiss their dreams as mere wishes, to discount their imaginations as pure fantasy, they seek words and concepts by which they may begin to think and talk their way back to 'God after God.' In How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs, they get to meet a rich array of others on their own versions of this 'spiritual journey beyond the dead-end.'" --Rabbi James Ponet, Emeritus Jewish Chaplain and Divinity School Lecturer, Yale University

"Davis and Clayton are ontological trail guides. They have gathered the stories of an impressive array of theological and spiritual leaders who discovered a living and credible God after the God of old had died for them. It turns out that God was not dead after all. God is hidden where we least expect it--in butterflies and hospital beds, waterfalls and embodied rage, in the messiness and mysteriousness of our own real life experience. These guides know. They point to and describe a God who is with us."--Frank Rogers Jr., Ph.D., Muriel Bernice Roberts Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy and Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology, and author of Practicing Compassion

"This passionate and captivating book is a collection of inspiring spiritual memoirs told by many eminent scholars and spiritual leaders of our day. Capturing the many twists and turns of human experience, these memoirs movingly illuminate the many spiritual and intellectual questions which shape the journey to God, and beyond, in the 21st century. This fascinating collection offers readers opportunities for theological engagement beyond the standard anthology, in hopeful engagement with a deeply relational and imminent divine reality which encompasses all. Scholars, religious leaders, students, and interested seekers will find inspiration and challenge in these narratives." --The Rev. Dr. Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, Ed.D, Ph.D, Professor of Practical Theology & Religious Education, Dean of the Faculty, Claremont School of Theology, and author of God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning Among Congregations

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