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Good Morning, Brother Pilgrim: One Man’s Journey in Following God Paperback – March 24, 2014
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Tom chronicles his account of answering Martin Luther King's call to the American clergy in the early nineteen sixties to join him in Selma, Alabama and walk to Birmingham in a demonstration of solidarity and protest against institutionalized racism in the South. Once there, he becomes brutally aware of the cruelty and uncertainty of human life.
Upon returning to the safety and security of his home in Evanston, Tom discovers that he is neither safe nor secure and the worst is yet to come. After a public dressing down of his actions by the church hierarchy he again comes face-to-face with human hatred in the unlikeliest of places.
His journey is a deeply personal and fascinating tale, punctuated by a fearful and at once joyous childhood experience with the mysterious 'Eternal Red Light', and a faith shattering experience at the hands of a well-meaning teacher which eventually led to the realization that people, not God, were at the helm of mainstream religion.
During the journey Tom introduces us to an impressive array of wonderful characters from Joe, the '...builder of the better manhole', to Barbara the ponytailed young blonde, to a college president, to evangelists, and most importantly, to Jesus Christ Himself. Tom leads us, through stories taken from a complex and interesting life to a better understanding of who Christ is.
He details real encounters with God and His miracles, in a touching, humorous, unassuming and easy-to-read way. I finished the book in a couple of readings.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am privileged to be a recent arrival to Tom's Tuesday morning Bible study which he has taught for over 30 years. I learned many things about Tom I did not know by reading this book. But mostly, I learned about a loving God and how people like me and you can have a relationship with Him through the very much alive and kicking Jesus Christ, Who, if given a chance can change our lives forever.
PS: Be sure to read the appendix which is a book unto itself!
Written with integrity and honesty, GOOD MORNING, BROTHER PILGRIM was a book that I couldn't lay down. Sure was hard on my strained eyes, but nonetheless I highly recommend.