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on October 10, 2010
Two words: Soul Food.

I heard Enuma Okoro on NPR speaking of her pilgrimage toward Christianity: a quiet, articulate and humorous Nigerian/American/Citizen of the World with ties and whole lives spanning five other countries at the tender age of 35. And so I had to get Reluctant Pilgrim. I expected a sprightly, intelligent collection of essays on Christianity. What I did not expect was to be brought to tears in the first twenty pages and to find a companion on the journey I call 'life as a spirit in a body.' Okoro writes with grace and zest and she is not just woolgathering; she has a solid background in theology and has been a pilgrim for decades, yet she is not judgmental, pedantic, boring or over pious -- compare her to Anne Lamott or Garrison Keillor, if you like. Most importantly, she has much knowledge, experience belying her youth, and she artfully gets it all down on paper as a cohesive, gently masterful story -- what it is to be full of faith and full of doubt, what it is to seek the face of God and find the unexpected answers, literally, in the ground beneath one's feet. Too many "coincidences" in my own life have lent me to believe in a power that knows and sees all, and it is a benevolent force, an inclusive trinity. I tell you: this book will change you and it will provide not just some answers to the question: What is spiritual community in our times? ... it will offer up some fresh insight into the human condition, which I believe has a ways to go before it can call itself evolved. I felt a companion in this author, and I felt the dual presence of skill and compassion. I ask for nothing more from this much needed genre of literature. Highly recommended. Oh yes. A book to get and to gift to those in these abundantly troubled times. Soul Food.
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