When Ellen Knuth, a recent college graduate, decided to take a teaching job that sent her to across the world to a remote part of Japan, her mother Jane first felt the palpitations of worry. The closest Christian church was two hours by bullet train, and Jane couldn’t be sure what kind of spiritual support her daughter would have available. Ellen, about to embark on a momentous experience, was more concerned about navigating cultural differences and handling her first classroom than the Mass schedule of far-flung churches.
Thus a mother and daughter begin a cross-continental, winding journey in learning to relate to one another and their personal faith through the different lenses of their lives. With each section written individually, Jane and Ellen separately tackle their own perspectives on faith, family, and their place in the world. Somehow, they must find a path that allows Jane to let go of her spiritual plans for Ellen, and Ellen to let God find her wherever she is.
Delightfully conversational and inviting, Love Will Steer Me True shows how a mother and daughter swerve and weave their way into a new understanding of themselves, of their familial relationship, and of their faith. Laugh, learn, and wonder along with Jane and Ellen as they begin to tackle their new realities.
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About the Author
Ellen Knuth recently returned to the USA after 5 years in Japan. Having already been an English teacher, a singer in a rock band, a dairy princess, a MC, and a newspaper columnist, Ellen now works as a university relations manager for a study and intern abroad company. Settled (for now) in Clinton Twp, MI, she travels extensively, writes occasionally, and sings constantly.
This is Ellen’s first book.
Jane Knuth has been volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the last 19 years. A part-time math tutor, Jane also teaches Ukrainian Easter egg decorating, does hand bookbinding, and writes a monthly column for The Good News, the newspaper of the Diocese of Kalamazoo. She and her husband, Dean, live in Portage, Michigan and have two daughters, Ellen and Martha.
In 2011, Jane’s first book, Thrift Store Saints, was awarded first place from the Catholic Press Association for Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith.
Table of Contents
1 The Other Side of the Planet 1
2 Two Hours by Bullet Train 5
3 Junko 9
4 God and His Clear Instructions 15
5 The Gift 19
6 Saved 25
7 Jizo 29
8 Worry and Prayer Aren't the Same Thing 35
9 Ayden 39
10 Ito Sensei Singing Out 47
11 Ambiguity 51
12 Guardian Angel and Jizo 55
13 Prayer and Parenting 61
14 Christmas 67
15 Rodger 71
16 I'll Call You in Your Morning 77
17 Commandments 79
18 Thrift Store Saints 85
19 Lambs and Dragons 87
20 In the Arms of a Faith Community 93
21 The Difference of One Vowel 97
22 Five-Fifteen A.M. 103
23 Coming Down 107
24 Folding Cranes 113
25 The Caring Network Luncheon 117
26 Over the Top of the World 123
27 The Sakura Are Late This Year 125
28 The Inside of the Pot 133
29 Lessons Learned 137
30 The Virgin Mary in My Zen Garden 141
31 Almost Ready to Go 145
32 "I Read Your Book Again" 149
33 Water Ranger 153
34 Ready to Listen 159
35 Feast of the Assumption Birthday 161
36 Weeds 167
37 Release 173
38 Prayer Beads 177
39 Caretakers of the Shrine 183
40 Meaning of the Jizo 187
About the Authors 197
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the interaction between Mom (Jane) and Daughter (Ellen). As well as t he focus on strengthening your faith and redefining it for Ellen as she dealt with leaving home and living in a different culture. Although Jane's experience is written mostly from a Catholic perspective, it should resonate with anyone who is spiritually minded. The time frame for this story, happening when the tsunami hit Japan a few years ago, makes this an especially compelling read. I highly recommend Love Will Steer Me True!