A Goodness I Cannot Explain: A Medical-Spiritual Memoir by Catherine Stewart

By Catherine Stewart

"We came across something." With those phrases, a Presbyterian minister is thrust right into a scientific obstacle: a tumor is urgent on her mind. medical professionals can't supply a well-liked remedy plan: radiation and surgical procedure are both legitimate yet hold drastically diversified hazards and outcomes. She herself needs to select.

She plunges right into a maze of scientific examine, however the analytical mode of Western tradition can't support her locate peace in her selection. as a substitute, she is unwittingly led alongside an historic prayer direction known as Lectio Divina, and remodeled via inexplicable and repeated encounters with goodness. nonetheless a community's shepherd in religion, she shoulders the query they too ask: "Can God be came across here?" The maze turns into a labyrinth: a non secular trip that brings her to a middle that holds.

Her choice made, she undergoes therapy. "You should have been terrified," a chum says. that's whilst the writer realizes that her adventure is uncommon: she had no longer been afraid. how you can clarify that? This memoir recounts how her rules of God and self are reshaped as she discovers a spot of deep figuring out and belief. Humbled and shocked, she studies in her physique the gospel she has preached for years.

“This e-book is a good, looking, reflective account of ways its writer met the concern of a life-changing , and during the assets of her spiritual culture and the help of acquaintances previous and new, lived that problem with braveness and faith.”
—J. Gerald Janzen, writer of At the smell of Water: the floor of desire within the ebook of Job

“This isn't just another e-book on near-death stories. Pastor Cathy Stewart skillfully writes this e-book exhibiting us the best way to meet God via our own adventure. The pastoral objective isn't really to inform an engaging tale, yet to tutor us easy methods to meet and greet our event as a revelatory textual content. the main pleasant instructing embodied during this booklet is at the price and promise of sustained listening.”
—Mary Margaret Funk, Benedictine Sister, Our woman of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana

“All we have now are stories.” Catherine Stewart’s compelling tale is one among soreness, vulnerability, honesty, and desire. it's also a narrative of therapeutic and wholeness. Catherine serves as a consultant to assist us ask the all-important query of Who am I? In answering the query, she strikes from depression to integrity thereby gaining in knowledge and compassion and deepening her knowing of what it potential to be in dating with self, others, and different (the Divine). An inspiring account of a truly own trip, with relevance for all of us.”
—David Kuhl, Professor, division of family members perform, college of medication, collage of British Columbia; writer of What demise humans wish: functional knowledge for the tip of Life

Catherine Stewart has served as an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church in Canada for twenty-five years. A graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago), she is usually a Benedictine oblate (Our girl of Grace Monastery, Indiana). to respond to a seven-year-old's query, "Why did Jesus need to die?", she authored the publication God Laughed (2011). She teaches a kind of listening prayer known as Lectio Divina, and shepherds congregations facing transitions.

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