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A Dresser of Sycamore Trees: The Finding of a Ministry Hardcover – November 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670827231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670827237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Keizer, a lay Episcopal minister and author of No Place But Here , finds the end of a winding path that took him to the small, rural parish of Island Pond. There he is husband, father and high school teacher, and attends as well to the spiritual lives of communicants, many of them immigrants from other lives, who reside at what initially seems to him "the end of the world." Keizer's anecdotal account pauses frequently to marvel at what he has received from his informal, even unorthodox ministry. He pays tribute to his ordained mentors, particularly one whose "moxie, his jovial evangelism, his blithe testing of every assumption and pretense, his daring of himself to go an extra mile--and then another" appear to be echoed in Keizer's personal journey. The serendipitous blending of faith and work in one man's life is not without humor, making this an arresting and entertaining journal.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In this follow-up to No Place But Here ( LJ 9/1/88) Keizer, an Episcopal minister, reflects on a decade of ministry to his parishioners and the townspeople of Island Pond, Vermont. He confronts humanity in all its complexity and seeks to convince the reader that no locale is too remote to benefit from the redemptive work of Christ. Keizer exhibits a refreshing theological acumen and writes with verve and compassion from a viewpoint informed and shaped by the church he serves. His book's title is taken from Amos, an Old Testament prophet who also saw himself as a layperson called by God to minister to human souls. His usually compelling, sometimes humorous, and often moving nonfiction account deserves a wide readership.
- Jonathan D. Lauer, Messiah Coll., Grantham, Pa.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TERRAFIRMAJEWELS@prodigy.net on March 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
I am shocked that the publisher would describe this book as "a surprise critical sensation." It's prose alerts us to one Christian's view of the invisible Christ, manifest in people, things, and incidences. It is excellently, thought provokingly written. I cannot with my own words evoke the message of this book, so I will defer to the author, in a quote from his work. . . ."It is about mysticism and orthodoxy, ordinariness and sanctity, unity and diversity and about the intersection of all these things in a design that looks to me like a cross." -pg. 150 Read this book because it is about a common man doing the uncommon and thereby transforming his world, our world, into a place "set apart" for divine possiblities.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "pmcarey" on December 4, 2001
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Garret Keizer's book, A Dresser of Sycamore trees is a thoughtful and carefully written book which describes the "everyday" work of the Holy Spirit in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Keizer's descriptions of his friends and neighbors in this small town are tremendous. He does an amazing job seeing God's presence in his everyday work and ministry as a vicar of a small church and a high school English teacher. He reminds me of what St. Francis is quoted to have said, "Preach the gospel. If necessary, speak." Garret Keizer preaches with his actions and through his descriptions of the lives of "ordinary" people. This is a must - read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 1998
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Garrett Keizer's story will settle even the most adventurous spirit from searching to enfolding an inner Spirit much more gratifying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Barnes on October 17, 2011
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This humorous but deeply spiritual collection of stories in one man's walk of faith is truly inspiritng. My book group read it, and we all agree that it is a book to keep handy as the chapters stand as independent essays. Any Christians from liturgical faiths will relate to Keizer's journey. His insights into women and the church are enlightened.
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