- Hardcover: 162 pages
- Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers; 1 edition (November 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598510150
- ISBN-13: 978-1598510157
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,005,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faith and You: 28 Short Essays on Faith in Everyday Life 1st Edition
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The focus is on the simple, everyday questions of faith that are often neglected during the church service, but that are important in the lives of the faithful . . . [Pluto’s] appeal in this book comes from the fact that he is one of us: an average guy who works a steady job, has a wife and tries to be good person. Faith is a touchy subject, but Pluto writes like a friend, making the book as accessible as it is powerful . . . for friends and family of any denomination. (Lauren Burkhart Akron Life Magazine 2005-12-05)
Pluto’s take on things is down-to-earth, as befits his other persona as sportswriter, without being preachy or boring. (Laura Kennelly Morning Journal 2005-12-18)
[Pluto] takes what is preached on Sundays and moves it into the family room, where friends are gathered around talking and sipping coffee . . . Pluto succeeds in bringing faith into the every day act of living. And while he writes, Pluto admits he doesn’t know all the answers . . . This makes him incredibly human. Some chapters reaffirmed what I already knew about faith. Others explored a topic in new ways. My one complaint about the book was its length. It needs to be longer. (April Helms Maple Heights Press 2005-12-15)
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"Sometimes I wish my minister would read his column instead of the sermon!"
That's the kind of response Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto draws from devoted readers of his faith column. Although best known as an award-winning sportswriter, Pluto has also earned a reputation and a growing audience for his down-to-earth musings on more spiritual subjects.
This followup to his first collection, "Everyday Faith," offers 28 all-new thoughtful essays on faith in everyday life practical topics such as choosing a church, lending money to friends, dealing with jerks, sharing your faith, visiting the sick, even planning a funeral.
Perhaps it's because Pluto doesn't claim to have the answers that so many readers are drawn to his writing.
"Real faith writing should be about real life," Pluto says. "I write as much about my failures as my triumphs, because that is what a life of faith is about. It's often as much suffering as celebration, with lots of mundane, everyday stuff in between. I write for people who may have been hurt by someone in church, people who have been discouraged by one who claimed to speak for God . . . I write for people who have found contentment in their faith but want a deeper relationship with God." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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But for northeast Ohio readers, Pluto is an award-winning sports columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal and - perhaps most importantly - a writer of a weekly inspirational column in the newspaper, Everyday Faith.
Faith and You is 28 essays based on the columns, with Pluto exploring issues with insight and wit that confront us on a daily basis. The topics include counting you blessings, suggestions in finding a church, is it a good idea to lend money to relatives or friends and why is it so hard to take a day off for a real Sabbath.
Pluto presents a tricky point to ponder when he asks, does how much a person tip say anything about faith? For the record, he feels that it does.
To capture the true essence of spirituality, a writer must bring meaning to the mundane, guide by example and not forget to deliver a few lines that readers can smile with, while learning from.
The columns in the book - and his ongoing series in the ABJ - are some of Pluto's best writings; and consider them as valuable practice sessions when you need to swish that free-throw in a clutch situation on the court of life.
I highly recommend you get this book, reflect upon what you read and ask God to help you apply it to your life. Then share it with others you know who need to know faith is for them and that they, too, can know God for who He is the way He wants in the here and now. Reading "Faith and You" helped me understand in a fresh way that knowing God isn't weird, it's wonderful!