Faith and You Volume 1: Essays on Faith in Everyday Life
"Sometimes I wish my minister would read his column instead of the sermon!"
That's the kind of response Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto draws from devoted readers of his faith column. Although best known as an award-winning sportswriter, Pluto has also earned a reputation--and a growing audience--for his down-to-earth musings on more spiritual subjects.
This followup to his first collection, "Everyday Faith," offers 28 all-new thoughtful essays on faith in everyday life--practical topics such as choosing a church, lending money to friends, dealing with jerks, sharing your faith, visiting the sick, even planning a funeral.
Perhaps it's because Pluto doesn't claim to have the answers that so many readers are drawn to his writing.
"Real faith writing should be about real life," Pluto says. "I write as much about my failures as my triumphs, because that is what a life of faith is about. It's often as much suffering as celebration, with lots of mundane, everyday stuff in between. I write for people who may have been hurt by someone in church, people who have been discouraged by one who claimed to speak for God . . . I write for people who have found contentment in their faith but want a deeper relationship with God."
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The focus is on the simple, everyday questions of faith that are often neglected during the church service, but that are important in the lives of the faithful . . . [Pluto's] appeal in this book comes from the fact that he is one of us: an average guy who works a steady job, has a wife and tries to be good person. Faith is a touchy subject, but Pluto writes like a friend, making the book as accessible as it is powerful . . . for friends and family of any denomination.-- (12/05/2005)
[Pluto] takes what is preached on Sundays and moves it into the family room, where friends are gathered around talking and sipping coffee . . . Pluto succeeds in bringing faith into the every day act of living. And while he writes, Pluto admits he doesn't know all the answers . . . This makes him incredibly human. Some chapters reaffirmed what I already knew about faith. Others explored a topic in new ways. My one complaint about the book was its length. It needs to be longer.-- (12/15/2005)