In this series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility
Chalice Press, 2017
by Elizabeth Hagan, 2011 summer writing workshop participant
When infertility painfully interrupted Elizabeth Hagan’s plan to start a family, the path of grace offered her another way. In her book Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility, readers join Hagan as she journeys through a long season of grief. Her book will provide solace to the one in eight couples who face infertility, as well as insight to those friends and family members of infertile couples. There are no “one size fits all” answers to a fertility journey—medically, emotionally, or spiritually—but, Hagan argues, the worst thing that friends and family can say is nothing at all. For those facing fertility issues and their loved ones, Birthed: Finding Grace Through Infertility is certain to provide valuable insights and comfort.
In Search of God’s Power in Broken Bodies: A Theology of Maum
Palgrave Macmillian, 2013
by Hwa-Young Chong, 2012 summer writing workshop participant
Hwa-Young Chong believes that we need a new approach to a theology of body. Interweaving feminist theology, Asian spirituality, and the witnesses of sex-slaves during World War II, Chong examines the multi-layered meaning of the broken body Christ. Utilizing Christological, sacramental, and ecclesiological perspectives, she explores the centrality of body in theological discourse. She argues that the theology of body wrestles in the wide space between crucifixion and resurrection, where broken bodies cry for healing. In Search of God’s Power in Broken Bodies concludes that the church, as the gathering place of broken bodies, ultimately offers hope for life, justice, and peace for our hurting world.
Wisdom Walking: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life
Church Publishing, 2017
by Gil Stafford, 2013 and 2016 summer writing workshop participant
We all take pilgrimages in life; some are intentional, and others are not. Choosing to embrace our journeys with intention is the focus of Gil Stafford’s new book Wisdom Walking: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life. Stafford incorporates Jungian typology to explore how we gain wisdom, identifying a four-stage spiral process of pilgrimage. Using anecdotes from his own pilgrimage walks in Ireland and his experience navigating other life issues, Stafford illustrates how to embrace life’s transformational process. He also tells the stories of others’ pilgrimages in a very readable fashion. Those interested in the transformative power of the spiritual journey will find resonance in this book.