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.