A 4 is a book that I would recommend to others. She weaves sentences that break your heart with their beauty but heal it again with an intimacy that draws you closer with its immediacy. Maybe many of us want to reach out to the saints — to find understanding, peace, kinship. As I read her intimate and insightful reflections, I felt that I was journeying with her as she witnessed the last chapters of our shared family Plow Creek members and home Plow Creek Farm. But beyond back cover overviews and enticing cover art, this book seemed to come to me at a time when I really needed it. But beyond back cover overviews and enticing cover art, this book seemed to come to me at a time when I really needed it. But intentionally nurturing neighborly love means recognizing that this love cannot be taken off.
I know that I am not alone. Conversations across the ages In Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St Francis and Other Unlikely Saints, Christiana N. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints is not your typical book about saints you can never hope to emulate or otherworldly mystics. As grief threatens to overwhelm and as she and her husband weigh whether to stay in the community, Peterson writes poignant and lyrical letters to the mystics, whose untamed encounters with God call her to live into suffering rather than turn away. The focus is on the saints as role models of simplicity, faithfulness, devotion, etc. Underneath the recurring themes of suffering and struggle is a story of a woman who is yearning for a boundless connection with the God she loves. From one misfit to another, I hope you connect with and enjoy this awesome debut book as much as I did and come away feeling a little less alone, and a little more secure in the knowledge that God loves you always.
Clare of Assisi also rejected family wealth, spending her years secluded with other women, the Poor Ladies, in a convent. Pick up your copy and also check out to take in her other writings. He is extremely radical for his day, embracing poverty, promoting creation care and nonviolence, and loving people the way Jesus did. Tammy is a member of Redbud Writers Guild, an urban beekeeper, and lives in an intentional Christian community in Chicago with her family. As a memoir, however, Mystics and Misfits is unique because, interwoven with her personal story, Peterson interacts with a variety of saints from history.
Francis carved out of a log she had spotted through the patio door. I yearned to hear more, to find out how her journey ended, and how it all affected her in the end. Francis lived during the reformation period, he would have had some important influence to wield. The bulk of her personal story explores her introduction to the Mennonite community of Plow Creek Farm in Illinois, where she moved from Washington, D. Part memoir, part hagiography, part gut-wrenching prayer, this quirky literary amalgamation offers hope for the Christian community in a time of great need. She needs resources beyond her own to weather the anxiety and exhaustion of trying to save a dying farm and a floundering congregation. This is a must-read book for anyone trying to navigate their way through life and live according to the law of love taught by Jesus! I was struggling through mental health issues and outside stressors, and I had reached the limits of an intellectual faith.
Peterson's memoir shares her personal experience of living in intentional Christian community, farming, motherhood, grief, and mental health with beautifully crafted phrases and images. In Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St Francis and Other Unlikely Saints, Christiana N. Yet, although his loved ones respected his wishes at that time, Peterson observes how he could not continue to control their behavior after his death. Peterson invites us into her own death in Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St. Aspiring to the same single-minded pursuit of Christ, she tried desperately to conform her attitudes and habits to their example through community life.
Very few books are ones that I would re-read. Thus, it is with notable bravery that Christiana N. It sounded like a simple and faithful way to follow Jesus, not to mention a great place to raise kids. A flattening expression, at first glance, unless we lean in, look more closely and ask questions. Thank you Netgalley and Herald Press for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
And while countless attempts have been made to draw together the conflicting factions of the faith, history teaches us that those who call for unity in the church ultimately do so in vain. Bridges my Catholic roots with my Mennonite faith Christiana is unafraid to cross denominational lines and beautifully intertwines current Mennonite faith and values with the wonderful mystics of old from the Catholic church, as well as some modern-day ones. I came out of this book feeling a little less alone, if not still my awkward little self! Very few books are ones that I would re-read. We, too, as readers are invited to interact with the newly incarnated saints. 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. For when we do that, we are truly seeing Christ on the cross. I confess that I internalized her stories and compared them to my own.
Comments do not appear until approved and are posted during business hours. I give Peterson's book a 5 because the phrases are so beautifully crafted, and the call to examine our own lives through the lives of the mystics is one that I want to and plan to revisit at various times in my own spiritual journey. Peterson 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. She imagined a life of holiness and nearness to God. 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. It sounded like a simple and faithful way to follow Jesus, not to mention a great place to raise kids. The second follows her coping with the deaths of her grandmother, her father, and several members of her community.
Insightful and achingly human Insightful and achingly human with humor and grace throughout. She took what I have read about St. It sounded like a simple and faithful way to follow Jesus, not to mention a great place to raise kids. Instead of saints who heap condemnation on our heads through the dusty pages of history, she presents fellow sinners who stand beside us, who let us lean on them, and who hold our hands. If we look at our lives creatively, what meaning can we find or make? They cannot strive or manipulate or hold on to strong ideologies. These struggles were compounded by a sudden season of death: not only did Peterson lose family and friends, but Plow Creek threatened to close its doors as its numbers dwindled.
However, Peterson takes us deeper than the obvious or the cliché. This constitutes the entire Body of Christ, not necessarily only those who have been canonized by the Catholic church. 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. She and her husband Matthew moved there seeking to live a simple, grounded and faithful life with their young children. Peterson has a gift for letting the story rest - she draws the reader into the journey but there are no neat bows at the end. Francis to a whole new level with a much greater depth of intrigue bringing thoughts to current living in intentional community.