In these pages, Derek Penwell manages to reverse completely the direction of Dante's famous, opening admonition to his own readers; for the words over the entryway to The Mainliner's Survival Guide clearly read: Abandon Despair, All You Who Enter Here. Penwell not only effects that welcome shift adroitly, but he also does so by means of hard facts, keen observations, and experienced insight. This is a pilgrimage worth making. --Phyllis Tickle, author, Emergence Christianity
About the Author
Derek Penwell is senior minister at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Kentucky, and a lecturer at both the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University. He is managing editor of [D]mergent, a blog devoted to extending and transforming the legacy of mainline Christianity, as well as chief blogger at The Company of the Eudaimon. He is the author of articles ranging from church history to aesthetic theory and the tragic emotions, and contributed to the recently released book, From Each Brave Eye: Reflections on the Arts, Ministry, and Holy Imagination.