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The Voice That Calls You Home: Inspiration for Life's Journeys Paperback – September 14, 2010
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Before I get in to the book review, I must tell a brief story about how I came upon this book. I am a perspective divinity school student who is interested in becoming a hospice chaplain. Having no connections to anyone in the field, I have been desperately searching for books that might provide insight into divinity school and chaplaincy. I was ecstatic when I found Rev. Raynor's autobiography, Incognito, which documents her journey through divinity school.
I was enormously disappointed by Incognito, because I did not find what I was looking for - namely, information on the specifics of divinity school - the application process, the courses, the daily schedule, maybe a few tips on how to structure my personal statement...I mean, I was expecting very specific things. In frustration, I returned the book and wrote a horrible, mean review here on Amazon.
Surprisingly, and to my utter despair, Rev. Raynor saw this review, and commented: "would love to have a conversation with you." My heart sank when I saw that comment. There is no worse feeling. "Oh great," I thought, "I done pissed off a priest." Flabbergasted, I incoherently explained with a comment reply, saying that my review was not aimed at her personally (but c'mon, it's an autobiography for gods sake) and that I was sorry if I hurt her feelings.
I didn't know what I was expecting - maybe she would just ignore me. Maybe she would reply back with some subtle jab at my apparent insecurity and dismay. Instead, Rev. Raynor replied with a recommendation of this book, saying I might like it better. She told me that in it, she detailed her experience as a hospice chaplain, her work at Ground Zero and her battle with breast cancer.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book. She is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, cousin & a minister, but this isn't a preachy book. It describes her time working at Ground Zero, her battle with breast cancer & her struggles to make sense of each trial she went through in the most eloquent way I have ever heard. Even if you are a non-believer, I know you will get something out of reading this book.
I am proud to say I knew her "back in the day". Such a talented, strong person. Obviously she hasn't lost her touch. Happy Reading!
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It has been over two months since I read this book, and the images are still fresh in my mind. Ms Raynor weaves her theological training into the narrative so successfully the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eldon K. Van Vliet
*****Excellent book. Andrea Raynor is a kind hearted soul, who counsels those in need going through bereavement. Read morePublished 12 months ago by laura j. augustyn
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Andrea captured my attention throughout this memoir since her perceptions of life impacted her as a person. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by mags
Book is thought provoking and is the personal experience of the author. She was a Chaplain at 911 disaster in NYC. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Jean B. Blackburn