A man is waiting for Mass to begin. It is his second Christmas retreat at Mepkin Abbey monastery. He has kind of lost his way in life. Yet, he doesn't really know or realize it until after encountering Brother John. Brother John does not speak much like God. God does speak but you have to be ready to listen. Brother John offered a little piece of comfort to the man when the man walks out of the church to find Brother John waiting with his umbrella to walk people back through the rain to their rooms. This nice gesture was accepted but it also unsettled the man. He shares his concerns with Father Christian. Father Christian tells of a story of a minister. The man reflects on the following: On close inspection, so much of our indecisiveness concerning life's purpose is little more than a variation on the minister's so-called theological doubts. Ultimately, it is fear that holds us back, and we avoid this fear through rationalization. We are afraid that if we ever did commit to emulating the Brother johns of the world, we would merely end up like the Presbyterian minister: pulled apart between the poles of how we are living and how we ought to live and unable to look away. We are afraid that if we ever did venture out, we would find ourselves with the worst of both worlds. On one hand, we would learn too much about life to return to our comfortable illusions, and, on the other, we would learn too much about ourselves to hope for success. However, in our fear, we forget the miraculous. One final thought: Brother John loves God so much that he doesn't know what to do with himself, so he stands outside on a cold Christmas night with an umbrella, waiting. Waiting to offer us some protection and human comfort on our long journey home. Whatever faith you are, you will appreciate the message in this book. The illustrations are breathtaking. They really helped to bring the story to another level.
Brother John Collectible Art: 2021 Wall Calendar (Hardcover)
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Through a magical encounter between the author and a Trappist monk, Brother John becomes our guide to the redemptive power of an authentically purposeful life.
Recipient of the prestigious Templeton Prize, Brother John is the true story of a meaningful encounter between a man going through a mid-life crisis, and an umbrella-wielding Trappist monk. This magical encounter on Christmas Eve eventually leads the author, and us all, to the redemptive power of an authentically purposeful life. Uplifting, deeply moving, Brother John is dramatically brought to life by over twenty full color paintings by Glenn Harrington, a multiple award-winning artist. Brother John's moving story takes place at Christmastime, and its inspirational message and rich illustrations are sure to bring the reader back again and again throughout the year.
|Number of Pages|
August Turak; Glenn Harrington
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)|
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
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