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An Opening for Faith,
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This review is from: The Sacred Meal: The Ancient Practices Series (Hardcover)
As a parish minister, I am often asked for resources to help congregants become more at home with the ancient--too often thought to be archaic--practices of the church. Of these practices, there are none more problematic for my United Church of Christ congregation than Holy Communion. In Gallagher's book, I have found a gift I can give to confused, doubting, wanting-to-believe seekers who fear to draw too close to this sacred meal, and yet do not want to push back from it either.
One of Gallagher's gifts is her ability to write about the mysteries of faith in concrete images that invite us closer, connect to the real experiences of our lives, make us believe that even we are spiritual beings. She draws clear and compelling images of "ordinary" holiness. And every now and again, she takes my breath away with insights such as "I hope not to become one with God in such a way as to lose my own sense of self and boundaries, but instead to become in God more like myself."
I highly recommend this book.