Be the Brave One: Living Your Spiritual Values Out Loud and Other Life Lessons
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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 co-pastor 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.
"Inviting, lively, accessible, provocative, and--dare I say--fun, Ann Kansfield's book is like sitting with your best friend, if your best friend is a faith-filled person who tells terrific stories and gives life-changing advice." --James Martin, SJ, author of Learning to Pray
"Amazing, refreshing, candid, heart-opening, inspirational--Ann Kansfield guides you on a journey toward authentically living out your convictions, toward being the brave one, like her." --The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD, senior minister, Middle Collegiate Church
"The values, the ethics that Ann Kansfield brings in this book are the same ones she brings to her care for firefighters as an FDNY chaplain. As she shares stories of the city and of her role--stories of being the brave one--you'll discover insights so true, so down-to-earth, and so clear in their care for human lives, human spirits, that you'll be inspired to be the brave one too." --Chief Vincent Dunn, former FDNY firefighter and author
"Ann Kansfield's story is the story of faith in action--of change and challenge as she follows Jesus on the streets and in the communities of her complicated home: New York, the 'City of God.'" --Sara Miles, author of Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion and City of God: Faith in the Streets
"Ann Kansfield's unforgettable stories never disappoint, helping us learn courage, honesty, and faith from her without even realizing that we're learning. She is both completely unique and completely relatable. By the end of this book, she will feel like a wise and dear friend." --Trisha Taylor and Jim Herrington, authors and cohosts of The Leader's Journey podcast
"Be the Brave One is a rollicking romp through the wondrous calling of an urban pastor who navigates poop on the stoop, Hollywood stars in the sanctuary, and a couple thousand years of the heresy of homophobia in the church with equal parts hilarity and courage. Find yourself anchored by Ann Kansfield's faith and buoyed by her irreverence in this riveting read." --Molly Baskette, senior minister of First Church Berkeley, UCC
"The insistent honesty of this book brings down barriers, helps us to listen, and in the end elicits something so sorely needed today: empathic imagination. I couldn't put this book down." --Fred Harrell, founder and senior pastor of City Church San Francisco