Bill Leonard, Professor of Church History writes, "Like peeling a sanctified onion, Stephen McCutchan removes layersof identity and action in American church life. The book begins with the starkreality of human sin--a rape perpetrated with explicitly religious overtones.Religionists negotiate with each other, with Scripture and the Spirit diverselyand often perversely. There is dangerand darkness, humor and irony, faith and hypocrisy. (Like in the Bible?).Whether one takes religious issues to heart or views them as a creative vehiclefor the story, A Star and a Tear makes fine reading."
Jill Crainshaw, Associate Dean for Academics, Wake Forest DivinitySchool writes, "McCutchan invites readers to consider pressingcontemporary issues that revolve around pastoral relationships, boundaries, andsexuality. Novels whose stories and characters entertain as well as stretchreaders' minds are a gift. A Star and a Tear is such a gift."
McCutchan deals with the tensionbetween sexuality and spirituality in a very creative way - making clear thatmisconduct is not appropriate, but clearly affirming the role of sexuality in awhole pastoral life."
J. Barrie Shepherd published poet, "McCutchan's dramatic clergy mystery A Star and a Tear has all the ingredients of a page-turningthriller, a fast paced and fascinating plot laced with sex, intrigue, andviolence, psychotic seminarians, and a seductive detective."
From the Author
A pastor's life isanything but boring and routine. Pastors regularly seek to solve the mystery oflife and restore our understanding of what can fill our lives with hope. Thecomplex life of a pastor is filled with challenge and courage, hope anddespair, suffering and healing, trust and betrayal, temptation and boldfaithfulness, evil and good. Through AStar and a Tear, amzn.to/1aTDdgs,as well as my series of ClergyTales--Tails, amzn.to/13VO446, I want"to restore respect to clergy one story at a time." They are notalways right, and at times fall prey to tragic temptation, but they areinvolved at the nexus between finite life and eternity and they seek tounderstand how life makes sense.
I want toencourage groups of people to read A Starand a Tear together and discuss the underlying themes of life that arewoven into the story. If you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will do my best to accommodate a group purchase of books for your clergy group, book club, church school class, or discussion group.