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The Amazing Faith of Texas: Common Ground on Higher Ground [Hardcover]

Roy M. Spence

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25 Sep 2006
It is best to travel slowly along the roads and highways of Texas. Not because of speed traps, though they are there. But because if you travel slowly, you are less likely to miss the turns that will take you to the heart of this great state. Take these turns, and they will lead you to stories and places of faith. The Amazing Faith of Texas is an exploration in words and pictures of people and places that represent the strong, abiding belief that sustains faith-filled Texans. A belief that transcends the boundaries of religion. Transcends the dogma. Transcends the differences. We have heard all we need to hear about what divides us. The Amazing Faith of Texas is about what unites us. From tiny churches on dusty back roads to the mega churches along our cities' highways, from temples, mosques, and synagoguesoAmazing Faith is a look at our places of worship and a listen to the stories that bring Texans to their faith. From the desert of West Texas to the pines of East Texas, from the Panhandle to the border, The Amazing Faith of Texas is an exploration of common ground on higher ground.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (25 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292721765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292721760
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 26 x 2 cm

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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Amazing Austin Area and a few strangers 17 Dec 2006
By Vijay Tjazr - Published on Amazon.com
This book proves that if you have enough money, you can publish a book that includes your family and friends. Add to that a few more of the rich and famous of the Austin area, throw in a few out-of-town strangers for authenticity (unbeknownst to them), then call it art. Mike Blair wrote that he "crisscrossed the state, searching for stories of faith..." And the book is by "Roy Spence with the People of Texas." Hmmmmm... The photographer's work is incredible, but many of the stories are not. This is a good example of what Chogyam Trungpa calls spiritual materialism at its best. I'd be curious to find out the number of people who are native Texans--since it seems that many are not. C'mon. Don't Mess with Texas.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special book for Texans of faith 7 Sep 2013
By Sharkman - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book
Photos are very special
A one of a kind essay
Any Texan of faith will enjoy
Perfect for a cool evening on a screen porch
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Faith of Texas is a GREAT book! 2 July 2010
By Shannon M. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
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I love how Roy and his team captured the REAL heart of Texas. Beautiful pictures and wonderful stories. A keepsake that I'll cherish.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The photographer makes it happen. 27 Feb 2007
By terraoutwest - Published on Amazon.com
The photographer, Randal Ford, is amazing. He captures the essence of everything he shoots -see his website and no, I'm not related... I can't judge the stories, although they seem pretty good to me.

Just the photos are worth the price of this book. For a little bit more of Texas check out books by Wyman Meinzer and John Graves. Texas - it's a big place.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 9 Jan 2014
By K. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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The moment I first flipped through this book, I knew I wanted it for my collection of inspiring literature. Far from preachy, it delivers simple---yet profound---spiritual perspectives from folks of all faiths who happen to be Texans. The photography is captivating. In addition, I especially cherish the translations from the major religious orientations of the world of The Golden Rule. Phenomenal how such an enduring guidline for living transcends cultures and belief systems.

It is a bit pricey, but perfect for a special gift.
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