Sacred Encounters from Rome to Jerusalemby Tamara Park
Tamara Park wanted to test her beliefs about God outside the cloistered corner of her American upbringing. So she and a couple of friends flew to Rome and from there followed the footsteps of Helena, mother of the first Christian emperor of ancient Rome, on a meandering path to Jerusalem. Along the way, she sat on all sorts of benches and talked with all sorts of
Tamara Park wanted to test her beliefs about God outside the cloistered corner of her American upbringing. So she and a couple of friends flew to Rome and from there followed the footsteps of Helena, mother of the first Christian emperor of ancient Rome, on a meandering path to Jerusalem. Along the way, she sat on all sorts of benches and talked with all sorts of people about how they thought of God. As she conversed with nuns, spies and backpackers throughout the Balkans and Middle East, she discovered understandings of the sacred in the most unexpected of encounters.
In her book you'll meet Muslims, Jews, Christians and agnostics in lands that have witnessed near-endless war, tumultuous political crises, economic stagnation and religious strife. You'll see God through the eyes of people whose lived experience is profoundly different yet surprisingly common. You'll see the world through the eyes of three pilgrims and get to know Godand yourselfa little better.
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Jocelyn C. Green, award-winning writer and author of Faith Deployed
Theresa Shadrix, syndicated columnist, editor and author of the forthcoming book Naked Before God
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Eileen Button, columnist and author of the forthcoming book When Faith Is a Four-Letter Word
Rebecca Mayer, contributing writer, Relevant, and special section editor, Lake Oswego Review
Donald L. Brake, Ph.D., vice president and dean, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, Oregon
Sheri Mueller, author, speaker and cofounder of Growthtrac.com
Tony Jones, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier
Cynthia Shabaz, cofounder of CDAWN Learning, www.cdawnlearning.com
Michelle Van Loon, author of ParableLife and Uprooted
Lisa Colón DeLay, wit4life.com
Karen Sloan, author of Flirting with Monasticism: Finding God on Ancient Paths
Ed Cyzewski, author of Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life
Meet the Author
When she's not listening to NPR, reading Henri Nouwen or snickering at The Onion, Tamara Park is producer for Halogen TV, a cable newtork launching in late 2009 that targets socially conscious eighteen to thirty-four-year-olds. Park has also served as Pastor of Community at Warehouse 242, a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, overseeing small groups and spiritual formation. She has a BA in Telecommunications from Liberty University, where she learned that asking people questions is a vital way of understanding the world. She also has a Masters of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, where she learned about the ancient beauty of the church and the gift of multiple voices in the shaping of her view of God.
Park is attracted to borders, with a love for those spaces where cultures and epochs intersect, where laughter and the profound cross each other, and where people's stories merge into God's epic. Through her role as a pastor she's witnessed people's desire for and struggle with being known to others and to God. And she's grappled with her own questions, including whether her view of God was sturdy enough, global enough, true enough to relate to the complexities of lifewith all of its intense disappointments and immense pleasures.
Out of those questions came an odyssey with friends and a book, Sacred Encounters from Rome to Jerusalem, which captures her journey and the conversations she had about God with nuns, spies and backpackers throughout the Balkans and Middle East.
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