Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book #9 Jesus Freak by Sara Miles

I just finished reading Jesus Freak and was not disappointed in Sara Miles book of her journey as a new Christian, after walking into an Episcopal Church and taking communion and having a conversion experience.  A member of St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco, she shares the life she lives fully through this parish, from working the food pantry, which feeds hundreds every week by distributing food to anyone who walks in the door. But they go a step further - these people who walk in the door are also asked to help give food at the pantry to others also.

Miles is not your conventional Christian, nor is St. Gregory's the typical Episcopal Church (if you watch some of the services on Youtube, you will get a feel of the flavor of the worship there).  She walks the walk that Jesus walked, to feed the hungry, to eat and worship with those who may not be exactly who we want to be sitting next to for whatever reason.
Sara challenged me to continue to think outside of the box, to think long and hard about what ministry means in the church. How are we opening our doors to the needs of others? Are we a church for ourself or are we a church for the unchurched? How are we as a church and as individuals going to follow the teachings of Christ?
I found Miles' book inspiring, refreshing, reverent and genuine. Unconventional? Yes. Radical? Absolutely? Recommended? Highly. Run, don't walk, to get this book. Savor it.

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