A Goodness I Cannot Explain: A Medical-Spiritual Memoir by Catherine Stewart PDF

By Catherine Stewart

ISBN-10: 149820919X

ISBN-13: 9781498209199

ISBN-10: 1498209211

ISBN-13: 9781498209212

"We stumbled on something." With those phrases, a Presbyterian minister is thrust right into a clinical problem: a tumor is urgent on her mind. medical professionals can't supply a popular remedy plan: radiation and surgical procedure are both legitimate yet hold enormously diverse hazards and effects. She herself needs to opt for.

She plunges right into a maze of scientific study, however the analytical mode of Western tradition can't support her locate peace in her choice. as an alternative, she is unwittingly led alongside an old prayer direction referred to as Lectio Divina, and remodeled through inexplicable and repeated encounters with goodness. nonetheless a community's shepherd in religion, she shoulders the query they too ask: "Can God be chanced on here?" The maze turns into a labyrinth: a non secular trip that brings her to a middle that holds.

Her selection made, she undergoes remedy. "You should have been terrified," a chum says. that's while the writer realizes that her adventure is rare: she had now not been afraid. the right way to clarify that? This memoir recounts how her principles of God and self are reshaped as she discovers a spot of deep realizing and belief. Humbled and stunned, she reviews in her physique the gospel she has preached for years.

“This ebook is a decent, looking out, reflective account of the way its writer met the situation of a life-changing situation, and during the assets of her spiritual culture and the help of buddies outdated and new, lived that situation with braveness and faith.”
—J. Gerald Janzen, writer of At the smell of Water: the floor of wish within the ebook of Job

“This isn't just yet one more e-book on near-death studies. Pastor Cathy Stewart skillfully writes this ebook displaying us the way to meet God via our own event. The pastoral objective isn't to inform an attractive tale, yet to coach us the best way to meet and greet our adventure as a revelatory textual content. the main pleasing educating embodied during this e-book is at the worth and promise of sustained listening.”
—Mary Margaret Funk, Benedictine Sister, Our woman of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana

“All we've are stories.” Catherine Stewart’s compelling tale is one in all pain, vulnerability, honesty, and desire. it's also a narrative of therapeutic and wholeness. Catherine serves as a advisor to assist us ask the all-important query of Who am I? In answering the query, she strikes from depression to integrity thereby gaining in knowledge and compassion and deepening her realizing of what it potential to be in dating with self, others, and different (the Divine). An inspiring account of a really own trip, with relevance for all of us.”
—David Kuhl, Professor, division of kinfolk perform, college of drugs, collage of British Columbia; writer of What demise humans wish: sensible knowledge for the tip of Life

Catherine Stewart has served as an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church in Canada for twenty-five years. A graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago), she is additionally a Benedictine oblate (Our girl of Grace Monastery, Indiana). to respond to a seven-year-old's query, "Why did Jesus need to die?", she authored the booklet God Laughed (2011). She teaches a sort of listening prayer referred to as Lectio Divina, and shepherds congregations facing transitions.

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