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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Johann Press (March 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937943089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937943080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,116,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this powerful and provocative book. Jim Burklo brings to life the faces of those whom we so easily marginalize, and in the process redefines the spiritual life. --Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, Author of Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World

Jim Burklo's book is a must-read for those interested in the intersection between service, learning and meaning-making. Through stories and thoughtful prose, Burklo offers a loving critique of our common preconceived notions about service and artfully presents a framework for engaging in ethical and meaningful action. I know of no other person who could better blend deep intellectual explorations with rich spiritual questions through such powerfull story-telling. Pick up the book and begin hitchhiking to a more profound way of seeing service. --Kent Koth, Director; Center for Service and Community Engagement; Director, Seattle University Youth Initiative; Seattle University

Written with raw heart energy fueled by years of disciplined reflection and practice. Whether you are Christian or not, read this book when you are close to burn-out and ready to quit your job in the good works department. --Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus, Professor of Religion and American Ethnic Studies, Wake Forest University

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig L Wiesner on March 29, 2013
Through Rev. Jim Burklo, the Reach And Teach team [...] learned a lot about soulful service long before there even was a Reach And Teach. Jim was one of the founders of Urban Ministry, an organization working to have an impact on homelessness, poverty, and hunger. We volunteered to lead a homeless meal in our church kitchen, meaning that we would plan the menus, cook the food, serve, and clean up. We've been doing that for over a decade now, typically feeding between 50 and 100 people. One of our key goals was to make sure that those who served with us had a meaningful experience, including getting to spend time with and know the neighbors who joined us to eat. Jim understood the key to service being part of something much bigger and he infused that knowledge in the programs he helped to create. Jim moved on from Urban Ministry a long time ago, but he's continued to influence our lives through his weekly blog postings, his "Musings," and through his books.

When he wrote to folks like us, asking if we would contribute something to this upcoming book, I was honored to do so and am truly honored that of the many contributions people made, mine actually found its way into the book. I cried when I read it because it reminded me of how much I've lost in the last decade, and how much I've gained.

Today I would say our lives are mostly about service, and we need tools and practices to help make sure that we are feeding our spiritual, emotional, and physical needs as integral keys to living lives of service. This book helps us along that path.

This is a wonderful book, filled with Jim's usual blend of amazing stories, wondroursly told, woven together with bits of progressive spiritual questions to ponder, poetry, humor, tragedy, and hope.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Burklo on March 29, 2013
Associate Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, USC Graduate School of Social Work
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How can spiritual practice (whether or not it is formally religious) help me to help others better?
How can I "hang in there" in service, when the going gets tough?
How can I grow in faith through service?
How can I go deeper in helping relationships?

In this guide to soulful service, Jim Burklo draws from his deep well of experience working with homeless people, leading service-learning programs for university students, and pastoring churches. With touching stories, poetry, and parables, HITCHHIKING TO ALASKA illustrates universal principles about the spirituality of helping relationships. It shatters facile assumptions about what it means to serve. It inspires people of all religions, or of no faith affiliation, to aim higher in their works of service. HITCHHIKING TO ALASKA is recommended reading for anyone in any kind of helping relationship. It is particularly useful for service-learning professionals and students in secondary and higher education, and for leaders and volunteers in religious congregations and faith-based service organizations.

"Jim Burklo's HITCHHIKING TO ALASKA: The Way of Soulful Service is a must-read for those interested in exploring the intersection between service, learning and meaning-making. Through stories and thoughtful prose, Burklo offers a loving critique of our common preconceived notions about service and artfully presents a framework for engaging in ethical and meaningful action.
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