Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead
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Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead

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by Sara Miles
     
 

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"Sara Miles is amazing, a wild, unique, funny Christian who puts her lack-of-money where her mouth is, which is in loving Jesus and taking care of God's children. I love her work."
Anne Lamott, author, Traveling Mercies and Grace (Eventually)

"One of the most inspiring books I've ever read."

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Praise for Jesus Freak

"Sara Miles is amazing, a wild, unique, funny Christian who puts her lack-of-money where her mouth is, which is in loving Jesus and taking care of God's children. I love her work."
Anne Lamott, author, Traveling Mercies and Grace (Eventually)

"One of the most inspiring books I've ever read."
Rob Bell, author, Velvet Elvis; pastor, Mars Hill Bible Church

"When Jesus calls, Sara Miles follows him into the beautiful and messy diversity of human life, where people long to be fed, healed, and forgiven, and discovers the vibrancy of Christian faith that often eludes the institutional church. If this is what it means to be a 'Jesus freak,' sign me up!"
Diana Butler Bass, author, Christianity for the Rest of Us and A People's History of Christianity

"This is a passionate book!"
Tony Campolo, professor emeritus, Eastern University

"This is a love story unabashedly, a love story between one woman and Jesus. It is also the toughest, tenderest, most textured, poignant, and substantial love story I have ever read."
Phyllis Tickle, author, The Words of Jesus and The Great Emergence

"Sara Miles writes gorgeous prose . . . She's way too wound up for toned-down liberals, and way too out-of-the-shrink-wrap for straight-laced conservatives, and she calls both of them to a new vantage point. She has actually experienced something, and Someone, and by hearing her story, you start to catch what she's caught: which includes a sense of being caught, and caught up, and fed, and empowered to feed others. A beautiful, joyful, raucous, reverent book."
Brian McLaren, author/speaker

"Sara Miles took Jesus seriously when he declared 'whosoever will, may come,' and translated it into action...This is a passionate book!"
Tony Campolo, professor emeritus, Eastern University

"Oh, what a wonderful book! Its exciting and dynamic Christianity would have put me completely to shame were it not for the glowing warm-heartedness with which Sara encourages us into the faith life, the Church, of the future. Instead of shaming us it offers us a witness at once solid and tantalizing of what it is to be hooked into the Gospel."
James Alison, Catholic priest and theologian

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In these moving, empowering reflections, which challenge “ordinary people” to follow Christ’s model and engage in extraordinary ministry, Miles—writer, cook, and founder of San Francisco’s St. Gregory’s Food Pantry—explains not only gospel texts but stories from her life and the lives of neighbors touched by St. Gregory’s mission. Miles’s obvious homiletic gifts infuse the narrative: startling metaphors (Jesus as promiscuous Boyfriend “who’ll go with anyone”) combine with honest self-reflection and a wry sense of humor, prodding the reader to take ownership of Christ’s commands to serve, feed, and heal. Miles believes in Christian formation through experiential practice: recounting her midlife conversion, she states, “I tasted Jesus before I read about him.” Poignant stories of individuals experiencing healing through serving others abound; in one, reluctant “juvenile delinquents” working at the food pantry become transformed by the gratitude of those they’re helping. Illuminating the challenges of diversity, Miles testifies as a gay Christian claimed by Jesus “as an integral part of his body” and a “Jesus freak” among secular friends. Compelling and provocative, this work promises to engage Christians in thoughtful discernment about ministry. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Pretty platitudes and trite church signs are not going to work for former atheist Miles (Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion). A late convert to Christianity, Miles writes of meeting a living Jesus who has torn apart her world. No longer will she be just a journalist and author; she will be a vessel, a breathing body of Christ, living out his teachings and doing "greater deeds" than his. Miles directs the Food Pantry at the St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, where she seeks to die to herself and live unto others. This book is not another formulaic book on Christianity; it is alive with ideals of radical inclusion, and Miles's "come and see," "go and do" attitude reigns. Jesus is real and resurrected here and needs followers to feed, heal, forgive, love, and be raised from a living death. VERDICT This book is a clarion call to readers to go and do to all around them as Jesus did. Sympathetic readers will find it a passionate, verb-filled spur to action that is both enjoyable to read and inspiring.—Nancy Richey, Western Kentucky Univ. Lib., Bowling Green

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470481660
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
171
Sales rank:
465,138
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Sara Miles is the founder and director of The Food Pantry, and serves as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Her other books include Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Salon, and on National Public Radio. www.saramiles.net

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