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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807072257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807072257
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A captivating trip into the heart of non-Catholic Christian America that reveals the amazing diversity of one complex faith.—Booklist, starred review

"It's not the famous people and places that make this book a good read; it's the typical Americans practicing their faith, day by day."—John Lewis, Baltimore magazine

"Sundays in America does for us what most of us cannot do for ourselves: it puts us in the pews of dozens of churches all across America as an 'inside outsider' to contemporary Christianity. This book is for anyone looking to understand, evaluate, or reignite their Christian faith through the prism of curiosity and the spirit of exploration."—Kristin Hahn, author of In Search of Grace

"I can think of no better companion on a spiritual journey than Suzanne Strempek Shea. In Sundays in America, with her trademark humor and grace, she takes the reader's hand and shows us churches across the United States, pointing out the subtleties and details that we would otherwise have missed." —Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

About the Author

Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels, including Selling the Lite of Heaven and Hoopi Shoopi Donna, and the memoirs Songs from a Lead-Lined Room and Shelf Life.

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Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of five novels: Selling the Lite of Heaven, Hoopi Shoopi Donna, Lily of the Valley, Around Again, and Becoming Finola, published by Washington Square Press. She has also written three memoirs, Songs From a Lead-lined Room: Notes - High and Low - From My Journey Through Breast Cancer and Radiation; Shelf Life: Romance, Mystery, Drama and Other Page-Turning Adventures From a Year in a Bookstore; and Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith, all published by Beacon Press.

She co-wrote 140 Years of Providential Care: The Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts with her husband, Tom Shea, and with author/historian Michele P. Barker.

This is Paradise, her book about Mags Riordan, founder of the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in the African nation of Malawi, was published by PFP Press on April 19. Her sixth novel, Make a Wish But Not for Money, about a palm reader in a dead mall, will be published by PFP Press on Oct. 5.

Winner of the 2000 New England Book Award, which recognizes a literary body of work's contribution to the region, Suzanne began writing fiction in her spare time while working as reporter for the Springfield (Massachusetts) Newspapers and The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal.

Her freelance journalism and fiction has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Yankee, The Bark, Golf World, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Organic Style and ESPN the Magazine. She was a regular contributor to Obit magazine.

Suzanne is a member of the faculty at the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing and is writer-in-residence and director of the creative writing program at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Mass. She and husband Tommy Shea will lead the inaugural field study in Ireland portion of Bay Path University's new MFA program in nonfiction. Suzanne has taught in the MFA program at Emerson College and in the creative writing program at the University of South Florida.

She lives in Bondsville, Mass., Tommy Shea, most recently the senior foreign editor at The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and their dogs Tiny and Bisquick.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Potter on July 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I received a hardcover copy of this book as a gift from a minister friend who lives not far from the author in Massachusetts. When I finally got around to reading it, I was sorry I waited so long! I enjoyed it so much, I shared my copy with my Sunday School teacher,Tom. He liked it so much he suggested that we use it as a textbook in our adult Sunday School class.
The class bought ten copies of the trade paper and began to use it as our textbook about three weeks ago. We've Class comments are "I like the way she writes" and "I never thought about that".
The author brings each church to life in a nonjudgmental way. She uses the same criteria for each visit which enables us to use the same type of information each week. She discusses the setting, the sermon, the music, her reception, the bulletin, and gives a short synopsis of the history and theology of the church.
The only downside? It looks like we won't get finished this summer - or maybe even this fall! But that's okay because everyone seems to be getting something out of the study. While it may take us 52 Sundays to finish the book, it's an educational and uplifting spiritual journey.
I highly recommend Sundays in America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lindapanzo on September 9, 2013
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This book, detailing the author's visits during a yearlong journey, every weekend, to a different Christian church around the U.S., is easily one of my favorite books of the year. For me, it's truly an amazing book.

What a journey she made!! From one Easter to the next, she visited Christian churches of all kinds, from the strictest to the most liberal, all across the country though more are in the Northeast as she is from Massachusetts. From the smallest--a Las Vegas church had only 4 or 5 attendees one Sunday--to the largest 20,000 person mega-church. From famous pastors such as Joel Osteen and Rick Warren to complete unknowns. She met former President Jimmy Carter and also went to singer Al Green's church in Memphis, though he wasn't there that weekend.

Some church/services were quite unique, I thought. A cowboy church in Colorado, I think it was. A silent service at a Quaker church in Boston. She attended a foot-washing ceremony at a Jehovah's Witness service. Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy on Memorial Day weekend.

As she acknowledged, every single one has its good points. I learned so much from this book. It was truly eye-opening.

It's not perfect. I wish the author provided a bit more background about the larger religion of the church attended in a given week, beyond the basic number of members of that faith and numbers of churches. She is also quick to provide her opinions, with a preference for inclusive faiths and some criticisms of less inclusive faiths (ones that bar and/or make sinners of people of other colors or sexual preferences and of churches that focus on fear or hatred, rather than love). It didn't bother me but I realize that some could be offended.

It's not a book that can be read quickly. I found I'd read about several weekly church visits of no more than a month or so, per day. Highly recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lovetoread on March 21, 2013
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Suzanne Strempek Shea wrote a book about people, faith, that brings us into those churches with her. It was a great read!
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By Luke V. Lauretano on August 18, 2014
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Good overview of the differences and the similarities of many religions.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Glasgow on January 25, 2013
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This book is nothing like the description--well yes, the author does attend a different church every Sunday. She says that she is going in without any pre-conceived ideas...unfortunately that lasted until about the second church she attended. I was hoping for a little more depth of the subject matter but what I got was why she disliked so many churches because they did not ascribe to her liberal theology. I think most people know which churches lean left and which lean right. But this author seemed completely clueless and was offended that many well known conservative churches did not teach a liberal theology. I don't know if she was more disappointed that many were not as liberal as she would like or the fact that the sermons weren't all sweetness and light. The writing was mediocre as best. It was obvious in several stories that the author did not do her research completely(yes, she did provide a little local history to some of the stories)--the biggest faux pas in my opinion was when she called people from Houston, 'Houstonites'.
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