The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us

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5.5 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Kara K. Root has served the church in various leadership capacities for over twenty-five years. As the pastor of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis for fifteen years, she has led a community shaped around noticing God together, then helping one another participate in God's love in the world. A trained spiritual director and certified educator in the PCUSA, she leads workshops and retreats on sabbath, prayer practices, and church leadership and transformation.


"A book to generate the right kind of confidence in the gospel--humble, realistic, celebratory." --Rowan Williams, 104th archbishop of Canterbury, theologian and poet

"The reader will cherish this well-written book and come to discern that the 'old old story' is always yet again becoming our 'new new song.'" --Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Kara Root has an exquisite gift for paying attention and then speaking what she sees, showing us along the way that there is sacrament in the telling of our stories." --Jan Richardson, author of Sparrow: A Book of Life and Death and Life

"This is simply the best book of Christian faith I've read in over a decade." --Mark Yaconelli, executive director of The Hearth, author of The Gift of Hard Things

"Quicksilver smart, deeply honest, and blessed with a gift for language, Root invites us all into a deeper exploration of our faith." --Thomas G. Long, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

"Root's pastoral work shines with integrity and love. I couldn't be more thrilled that she is now offering her wisdom to us all in The Deepest Belonging. This is a real treasure." --Nadia Bolz-Weber, author, Lutheran minister, public theologian

"In reading this book, my own vocation has been renewed, and I am grateful." --Simon Carey Holt, pastor of Collins Street Baptist Church, author of God Next Door: Spirituality and Mission in the Neighbourhood and Heaven All Around Us: Discovering God in Everyday Life

"It is a gift to read the stories of Kara Root and her church, both of whom live and lead with courage and honesty." --Jodi Houge, pastor and church planter, Humble Walk Lutheran Church

"Christians of our generation have been tasked with reviving a dying model of church... Rather than emerging hopeless, Root's work illuminates how the liturgical practices of our faith are not just rituals, they are the means by which we know that Death with a capital D does not have the last word on life." --Mandy Sloan McDow, senior minister, Los Angeles First United Methodist Church