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God's Scorekeeper and Other Stories

God's Scorekeeper and Other Stories

by Frank G. Honeycutt


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Quick. What do these characters all have in common? An anguished ghost whose interest in measuring mountains led to his premature death. A retired educator who takes a part-time job inside the cozy confines of Wrigley Field's manual scoreboard. An obsessive orthodontist known to evangelize his prone patients. A bipolar father whose zany day includes an encounter with the police. And a victim of identity theft, reconsidering his vocation.

They're all pastors, of course.

Join storyteller Frank Honeycutt on a roller coaster ride inside the flawed lives and vivid imaginations of sixteen ministers struggling to keep and make sense of their faith. At times humorous, surprising, sad, and even warped, this fictional peek into the private lives of clergy sheds angular light upon the complicated theological motives guiding those called to lead God's people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532675515
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/22/2019
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Frank G. Honeycutt, an ELCA pastor, is the author of numerous magazine articles and ten books, including Sunday Comes Every Week: Daily Habits for the Busy Preacher. He has recently completed a 4,200-mile cross-country bicycle trip along the Northern Tier route from Puget Sound to the coast of Maine.

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“If I ever spent time with the pastors in Frank Honeycutt’s great collection of stories, God’s Scorekeeper, then I probably wouldn’t be such a heathen. Honeycutt has created a passel of big-hearted, curious, oftentimes befuddled, oftentimes mischievous protagonists needed now more than ever. Reading his stories is like attending a spectacular, comfortable class reunion—and those are rare events. These stories should be read on Sunday mornings, plus Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday . . .”

—George Singleton, Staff Picks

“With sardonic wit, irreverent humor, and pitch-perfect turns of phrase, Frank Honeycutt explores the interior lives not only of his misfit pastor protagonists but also of anyone trying to negotiate a faithful life. He reminds us that demons of one kind or another haunt everyone: the overzealous and the cynic, the self-righteous and the guilt-ridden, the unstable and the smugly intellectual—all deeply flawed, all in need of grace.”

—Nancy L. Tuten, Professor of English, Columbia College

“Drawing on more than three decades of pastoral work, Frank looks deep into the conflicts of the human soul that work themselves out in the mistrustful and backbiting world we humans create daily. We sense the slipups of the tongue that wound, the boorish choices that hurt family and stranger, and the premeditated wishes that threaten the feigned harmony among neighbors and community leaders. Yet grace emerges, if but for a second, in a smile, in a prayer, even in the boundaries established in difficult conversations. Frank's stories come alive and we await the end of each narrative to play with the prescient hint of life itself. God's Scorekeeper is an act of grace, a reaffirmation of faith, and a metaphor of hope.”

—Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez, Dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, University of Mississippi

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