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How Can I Find God?: The Famous and the Not-So-Famous Consider the Quintessential Question Paperback – 1 May 1997


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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764800906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764800900
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 936,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brief overview of "How Can I Find God?"
"How Can I Find God" is a vibrant new collection that brings together an astonishing array of voices addressing the question of how one might approach the search for God.

Noted religious figures and theologians like Elie Wiesel, Sister Helen Prejean ("Dead Man Walking"), Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Huston Smith and Martin Marty share these pages with authors like Mary Higgins Clark, Frederick Buechner, Robert Coles, Ron Hansen, David Plante, Kathleen Norris, Kenneth Woodward and Andre Dubus, educators like Notre Dame's Father Theodore Hesburgh, and politicians like Senator Paul Simon and Congresswoman "Lindy" Boggs.

But since experiencing God is not merely the province of the famous, the "not-so-famous" are also included, with spirited contributions from persons of faith from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, from across the country: An African-American woman living in Harlem, a young Nebraska farmer, a prison inmate in Boston,a Harvard astrophysicist, a Buddhist lama, a corporate attorney in New York, a young man living with AIDS, a war hero, a midwife in New Mexico, a former gang member, a Benedictine monk in South Dakota, a young convert to Islam, a woman rabbi in California, a mother of twelve, a Baptist minister in North Carolina, a Lakota Sioux oral historian, and a classroom of articulate and honest seventh-graders in Illinois are among the sixty-five contributors to this moving volume.

A wide spectrum of faith traditions is represented--Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Native American and Buddhist--in the hope that these different voices will speak to different types of readers, believers and skeptics alike, all of whom seek answers to one of life's most important questions.

James Martin, S.J., is studying at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass., in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. Prior to his studies, Mr. Martin worked for two years with East African refugees in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped refugees start small businesses, and as an editor with America magazine in New York City, where he continues as a columnist.


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By A Customer on 7 Aug. 1998
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What an excellent job the editor has done in terms of bringing together the thoughts of philosophers, clerics, farmers, and even a jailed, cocaine-addicted young man all with their own story to tell and their most intimate thoughts to share. Mr. Martin's well-conceived cross-section of some 60-plus respondees to "the quintessential question" deserves special mention. I can recommend this little treasure highly.
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By A Customer on 1 Jun. 1998
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A varied and interesting discussion of individuals' view of God and his/her role in their lives. Where else can you find the late Cardinal Bernardin's thoughts intermingled with a Native American storyteller's or a prison inmate's? Truly inspirational.
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I love books that make me feel good (with no moralizing). Contributors are rightfully humble in addressing the ultimate question. Good to hear the spirit alive in people of varying faiths. I passed it on to my mom and my friends, who loved it.
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God is looking for you 19 Jun. 2003
By Timothy Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
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Believing in God and growing in faith are not once in a lifetime activities. Rather, belief in God and faith are something that grow and change over time. James Martin, editor of How Can I Find God? offers the reader many opportunities to reflect on who God is and how God can be found in life. Most of the people included in the book are from the Judeo Christian tradition, and most are Roman Catholic, which is logical since the publisher is a Catholic publishing house. Some of the people included are theologians, but others are writers, activists, political leaders, parish priests, and simply ordinary people--all trying to find God in life. Each entry gives the reader the sense that finding God is both a journey and a task, and no entry claims to have the correct answer. Readers can get a sense that as we search for God, we are not alone. Others have the same questions and concerns as we do. For this reason the stories are very helpful.
The book is a great selection for a religious reading group. People who are in a preaching or teaching ministry will also find the book helpful. This book would probably not be helpful for people trying to prove God's existence, but it is very helpful to show that even if we do not always feel God's presence, God is in fact real and very much at work in our world.
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This is a keeper! 20 Sept. 2006
By Franciscan - Published on Amazon.com
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James Martin, as usual, has edited a wonderful book. I cannot say enough good things about this volume of insightful nuggets of faith-in-action. Each person, whether you know of them or not, provides a human vision of his or her relationship with the Creator of all. What is very nice about the way this is edited and presented is that it lends to many short reading opportunities. If you are someone who doesn't like to read very much or finds that the day is too busy to read any spiritual book of substance - fear not. This is an excellent book for any schedule. Each testimony is prefaced with a brief biography of the individual author and then you have the short text which is often not longer than 3 pages in length.

Pick up this book and carry it with you. Leave it by the bed. Read a story now and then. Take it for the quiet time before church. Just read it!
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Inspiring! 1 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A varied and interesting discussion of individuals' view of God and his/her role in their lives. Where else can you find the late Cardinal Bernardin's thoughts intermingled with a Native American storyteller's or a prison inmate's? Truly inspirational.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A truly outstanding group of interviews. 7 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What an excellent job the editor has done in terms of bringing together the thoughts of philosophers, clerics, farmers, and even a jailed, cocaine-addicted young man all with their own story to tell and their most intimate thoughts to share. Mr. Martin's well-conceived cross-section of some 60-plus respondees to "the quintessential question" deserves special mention. I can recommend this little treasure highly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great survey of thinkers and believers on the search for God 3 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love books that make me feel good (with no moralizing). Contributors are rightfully humble in addressing the ultimate question. Good to hear the spirit alive in people of varying faiths. I passed it on to my mom and my friends, who loved it.
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