On September 11, 2001, Ann Kansfield, a successful Wall Street broker who had spent years laying a path of achievements, stood on the doorstep of profound change. The city she loved was in turmoil, and a calling to help others was emerging from deep within her.
Part memoir and part spiritual formation guide, Kansfield's Be the Brave One relays her stunning transformation from a ""run-of-the-mill capitalist jerk"" into a wife, mother, and pastor committed to feeding the poor at her church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The first female and openly gay chaplain at the New York Fire Department, and voted the inaugural New York Times New Yorker of the Year, Kansfield uses her characteristic wit and knack for accessible storytelling to reveal how an adventurous faith rooted in living out your convictions can bring about radical change in the world. From authenticity and courage, to perseverance and gratitude, in Kansfield's journey you will find the insight and tools to name and claim your own core spiritual values.
Ultimately, Kansfield's story will leave readers both comforted and challenged to discover and live out their own faith rooted in open-hearted conviction.
About the Author
Rev. Ann Kansfield was voted the inaugural New York Times New Yorker of the Year and is the first female and openly gay FDNY chaplain. A graduate of Columbia University, Kansfield followed the Ivy League crowd to Wall Street, until 9/11 happened and she realized she wanted more from life. In addition to her FDNY chaplaincy, she serves as copastor of the Greenpoint Reformed Church in Brooklyn, New York, with her wife, Rev. Jennifer Aull.
Marty St. George is a writer and airline executive specializing in marketing and network development. A native of Boston, he has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Daniel A. Nigro is Fire Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department. Previously he served as Chief of Department following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, with the death of Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr.. Commissioner Nigro oversaw all rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center site.