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Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey

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2013 Midwest Publishing Awards Show Honorable Mention!

Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they embark together on a journey of spiritual formation:

Hannah, a pastor who doesn't realize how exhausted she is.

Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester who is haunted by her past.

Mara,...

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Overview

2013 Midwest Publishing Awards Show Honorable Mention!

Sharon Garlough Brown tells the moving story of four strangers as they embark together on a journey of spiritual formation:

Hannah, a pastor who doesn't realize how exhausted she is.

Meg, a widow and recent empty-nester who is haunted by her past.

Mara, a woman who has experienced a lifetime of rejection and is now trying to navigate a difficult marriage.

Charissa, a hard-working graduate student who wants to get things right.

You're invited to join these four women as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation.

Along the way, readers will be taken into a new understanding of key spiritual practices and find tangible support for the deeper life with God.

If you want to travel this journey with others, you will find a group study guide and book club resources at www.sensibleshoesclub.com.

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Editorial Reviews

Tosca Lee
"A book of four spiritual journeys that we can all relate to. Filled with spiritual insight, truth, beauty and discovery--not to mention deft and beautiful prose. A story to open eyes, to comfort and remind us of the importance of relationship."
Jana Riess
"Sharon Brown's story provides a way for readers to vicariously dip into deep spiritual practices through the realistic struggles and joys of four women. Through emotionally resonant characters, Sensible Shoes encourages us to communicate with God in new ways, broadening our spiritual journey one step at a time."
Melinda Correa Schmidt
"Sharon Garlough Brown introduces us to four engaging women who are wrestling with their . . . view of God. Strap on your best traveling shoes--following their journey in Sensible Shoes is not for the faint of heart!"
Sybil MacBeth
"I have been on retreats with [these characters] and I am one of them. Their neediness, arrogance, cluelessness, perfectionism, self-pity, codependence . . . are mine. By the end of the book I was grateful for author Sharon Garlough Brown's fresh eyes and voice. She not only gave me resharpened tools for my journey with Jesus but also reminded me that I need fellow pilgrims to love me and keep me honest along the way."
CBEth - Sybil Ma
"I have been on retreats with [these characters] and I am one of them. Their neediness, arrogance, cluelessness, perfectionism, self-pity, codependence . . . are mine. By the end of the book I was grateful for author Sharon Garlough Brown's fresh eyes and voice. She not only gave me resharpened tools for my journey with Jesus but also reminded me that I need fellow pilgrims to love me and keep me honest along the way."
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"Written with a compelling narrative that weaves their lives together, Sensible Shoes offers readers a new understanding of key spiritual practices and support for those who wish to travel deeper into life with God themselves."
Kathie Lee Gifford
"If you're a spiritually inclined person, I think you'll really love it. It's about four women, every one of them coming from a different place spiritually. But all of them in need of a fresh cup of mercy. . . . So it's terrific. I highly recommend it."
Doreen Olson
"There are books that offer a can't-put-it-down reading experience and books that offer truths so resonant that I am compelled to stop reading and ponder awhile. Sensible Shoes is both. Its characters have become spiritual companions for my journey."
Rev. Jim Gaderlund
"As a reader, I was captivated by this story and its characters. Once begun, it was hard to put down. As a long-time spiritual director and retreat leader, I found the stories of spiritual transformation to be true to what I have seen with my directees and on retreats. I have suggested it to many as a glimpse into the contemplative life and what it may have to offer them."
Patti Harrison
"Sharon Garlough Brown's book Sensible Shoes provides an accessible message about the power of spiritual practices in our lives. As a spiritual director, I highly recommended this book to anyone who is seeking a deeper connection with God."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830843053
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/27/2013
  • Pages: 349
  • Sales rank: 66,022
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Garlough Brown holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and is a pastor and spiritual director with the Evangelical Covenant Church. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Jack, and son, David.
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Table of Contents

1. Invitation to a Journey
2. The Pilgrimage Begins
3. Exploring the Heart of God
4. Learning to Linger
5. Come and See
6. Hiding and Seeking
7. Walking Attentively
8. Intimacy and Encounter
9. Found at the Crossroads
10. Deeper into the Wilderness
11. Lightening the Load
12. Walking Together in the Love of God
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Discussion Guide
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    I've never read a novel quite like this before. Part fiction, pa

    I've never read a novel quite like this before. Part fiction, part Spiritual instruction, part Bible study. I read this book slowly so that I could really absorb it. I'm so glad I didn't rush through to find out what happens to the characters. Because, doing so would have stunted the experience I was able to have through the multi-faceted approach of the author. 




    This is a book that would be fantastic in a small group, book club, or Bible study. I highly recommend it. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Loved it!  It was entertaining and informative.  I plan to use i

    Loved it!  It was entertaining and informative.  I plan to use it for a book study at church.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    i expected better!

    sophmoric writing. could have been written by a teenage girl for her book report. this could have been so much better. very disappointed.

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