- Series: Sensible Shoes
- Paperback: 349 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books; 3.9.2013 edition (March 27, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830843051
- ISBN-13: 978-0830843053
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 426 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sensible Shoes: A Story about the Spiritual Journey Paperback – March 27, 2013
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"Written with a compelling narrative that weaves their lives together, Sensible Shoes offers readers a new understanding of key spiritual practices and support for those who wish to travel deeper into life with God themselves." (ForeWord This Week Newsletter, April 16, 2013)
"If you're a spiritually inclined person, I think you'll really love it. It's about four women, every one of them coming from a different place spiritually. But all of them in need of a fresh cup of mercy. . . . So it's terrific. I highly recommend it." (Kathie Lee Gifford, NBC's Today, March 11, 2013)
"As a reader, I was captivated by this story and its characters. Once begun, it was hard to put down. As a long-time spiritual director and retreat leader, I found the stories of spiritual transformation to be true to what I have seen with my directees and on retreats. I have suggested it to many as a glimpse into the contemplative life and what it may have to offer them." (Rev. Jim Gaderlund, spiritual director and retreat leader)
"Sharon Garlough Brown's book Sensible Shoes provides an accessible message about the power of spiritual practices in our lives. As a spiritual director, I highly recommended this book to anyone who is seeking a deeper connection with God." (Patti Harrison, spiritual director, Detroit, Michigan)
"There are books that offer a can't-put-it-down reading experience and books that offer truths so resonant that I am compelled to stop reading and ponder awhile. Sensible Shoes is both. Its characters have become spiritual companions for my journey." (Doreen Olson, executive minister of Christian formation, The Evangelical Covenant Church)
"A book of four spiritual journeys that we can all relate to. Filled with spiritual insight, truth, beauty and discovery―not to mention deft and beautiful prose. A story to open eyes, to comfort and remind us of the importance of relationship." (Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author of Havah: The Story of Eve)
"Sharon Brown's story provides a way for readers to vicariously dip into deep spiritual practices through the realistic struggles and joys of four women. Through emotionally resonant characters, Sensible Shoes encourages us to communicate with God in new ways, broadening our spiritual journey one step at a time." (Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood)
"I have been on retreats with [these characters] and I am one of them. Their neediness, arrogance, cluelessness, perfectionism, self-pity, codependence . . . are mine. By the end of the book I was grateful for author Sharon Garlough Brown's fresh eyes and voice. She not only gave me resharpened tools for my journey with Jesus but also reminded me that I need fellow pilgrims to love me and keep me honest along the way." (Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color)
"Sharon Garlough Brown introduces us to four engaging women who are wrestling with their . . . view of God. Strap on your best traveling shoes--following their journey in Sensible Shoes is not for the faint of heart!" (Melinda Correa Schmidt, Midday Connection)
"This work of fiction felt like my own personal story as I connected on a different level with each of the four women on a quest to grow in their faith. I loved it in a way I haven't loved a book in a long time. It's filled with relatable narrative and examples of key spiritual practices that deepened my faith. I found in it a compassion for myself and for others who are walking alongside me. I cannot wait to read the other books in the series." (Elizabeth Murphy, Just Between Us, Winter 2016)
About the Author
Sharon Garlough Brown is a spiritual director and co-founder of Abiding Way Ministries, providing spiritual formation retreats and resources. Her book Sensible Shoes was named one of television personality Kathie Lee Gifford's "favorite things" in March 2013. Sharon earned an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Jack, have served congregations in Scotland, Okahoma, England, and West Michigan.
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What is so masterful about Brown's book is that she draws from a long and active career in the ministry to pull her characters and her readers through murkiness to dawning awareness to poignant discovery. So often while reading Sensible Shoes I found myself wishing I'd had a hard copy instead of an e-book so I could underline and annotate. I wanted to call friends and read them the tender lines that meant something to me. Brown's heart for people shines through and in reading her story it felt as if I was sitting at the feet of one much wiser than me who wanted me to be comforted, and to learn.
Jesus taught with stories. We all know this and yet it seems that sometimes we shun stories and look only to non-fiction to teach us truth. Sensible Shoes, in the vein of The Noticer, blends fiction and allegory and comfortable familiarity with scripture and ancient truths, to help us see the world around us in a new light. I highly recommend the book and hope Brown continues to write and share in this way.