Overview

"What Saved Grace? is a story that meets us in our universal desire to offer compassion to people in crises. At first glance, compassion seems simple. A second look begins to reveal its complexities. The ways we try to help people are all over the map. This story explores the sometimes-conflicting range of responses. What happens with Theo and Grace as they seek help from do-gooders who don?t agree on how best good should be done? The compassion they encounter both endears and bewilders. Reading this short, straightforward story will change the

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What Saved Grace?

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Overview

"What Saved Grace? is a story that meets us in our universal desire to offer compassion to people in crises. At first glance, compassion seems simple. A second look begins to reveal its complexities. The ways we try to help people are all over the map. This story explores the sometimes-conflicting range of responses. What happens with Theo and Grace as they seek help from do-gooders who don’t agree on how best good should be done? The compassion they encounter both endears and bewilders. Reading this short, straightforward story will change the way you view compassion.

In “What Saved Grace?,” you will walk with Grace as she seeks food for her family at a church pantry and a Catholic Worker hospitality center. You will meet Pastor Rick and Sister Mary, who have very different ideas about how best to help Grace and her family. You will meet David, who lives across the street from Theo and Grace--a neighbor with a knack for growing a good garden. When Grace is suspected of cheating to get more than the agreed-upon food limit from the local pantry network, different approaches to helping sharply collide. Distinctions in compassion become even more transparent when a family member becomes critically ill.

Pastor Rick is carefully observing the sometimes heartening, sometimes confounding impacts of do-gooding in the lives of Theo and Grace. Once sure of the terms and purposes of his approach to compassion, he begins to challenge the underpinnings of his views as he works with the couple and interacts with others who are simultaneously helping them from different assumptions and for apparently different reasons.

At one level, “What Saved Grace?” is a short, straightforward fiction story about compassion. At another level, it is a serious exploration of the nature of compassion and compassionate responses to people in crises. It fleshes out the impacts that the worldviews of caregivers have in the lives of those whom they help.

While this story can be quickly read and simply enjoyed, the manuscript has also been used as a study and discussion guide for people who are preparing for--or are actively engaged in--human services and compassionate ministry. However you read this story, your understanding of compassion will be expanded and your practice of it challenged.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044402591
  • Publisher: John Franklin Hay
  • Publication date: 3/23/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 237 KB

Meet the Author

John Franklin Hay is a community advocate, avid cyclist, and university teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. His work at the intersection of community development, nonprofit leadership, and urban faith communities spans two decades.John has guided three leading local nonprofits and two urban congregations. In addition to teaching graduate courses in nonprofit management at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI, he currently directs Indy-east Asset Development, a nonprofit community development corporation (CDC). John also consults with nonprofits and is researching radical hospitality as a model for enhanced human services and community development outcomes.John has also participated in and led international charitable fundraising bicycle rides in India, Vietnam and Kenya. More cause-related cycling excursions are in development.In March 2013, John published his first book via Smashwords. "What Saved Grace?" is a fiction story about the beauty and complexity of compassion.
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