“For those who have been injured by involvement in a church, or other Christian group, or those who simply find evangelicalism to be constraining, The Retreat is like opening a window for fresh air.” (Rev. Dr. Paul Sorrentino, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and Protestant Advisor at Amherst College)
“A colorful story that underscores how much contemplative practice is needed in our modern times. With wit and wisdom, Turner captures the complexities of being human and the grace of finding the path that leads home to your true self. Such an important work of fiction for spiritual awakening.” (Phileena Heuertz, author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life (IVP 2010) and Founding Partner, Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism)
From the Back Cover
A week spent at a retreat becomes a transfor-mational journey of faith and renewal for a young Christian suffering a crisis of the soul in this poignant, illuminating, and spiritually-wise teaching novel for fans of Jen Hatmaker, Shauna Niequist, and Brené Brown.
For her entire life, Amy considered her evangelical Christian upbringing the foundation of her being and beliefs. But when she stands up for her gay best friend, she is ostracized and banished from the church she loves—resulting in a crisis of the spirit that causes her to doubt her conservative upbringing as she enters her thirties. Seeing Amy’s pain, a caring friend raises the money to send her on a week-long retreat for contemplative activism, hoping that a few days of quiet reflection will help to rekindle her faith.
At the retreat, Amy meets two women her age—teachers who introduce her to different types of prayer—as well as Celeste, a seasoned church mentor who takes Amy under her wing and gently shows her new ways to practice her religious beliefs. Through their guidance and caring, Amy finds an inspiring and more meaningful view of God.