The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


More memoirs to discover

 Unafraid of the Dark by Rosemary L. Bray (Anchor Books/Doubleday, 1999). Growing up African American and poor in inner-city Chicago wasn't easy — but Bray had hope. It came from her playful mother, her devoted teachers at the Roman Catholic school and books.

The Abbey Up the Hill: A Year in the Life of a Monastic Day-Tripper by Carol Bonomo (Morehouse Group, 2002). A seeker who found herself in a new community, Bonomo began to know herself and God as a Benedictine oblate.

�The Eyes of the Heart (2000), Now and Then (1991), The Sacred Journey (1991) and Telling Secrets (1992, all HarperSanFrancisco) by Frederick Buechner. A Presbyterian minister and lifelong writer, Buechner reveals how his life included both angst and grace.

�The House Where the Hardest Things Happened by Kate Young Caley (Doubleday Books, 2002). When Caley was a child her father got sick, her mother went to work as a waitress and her family got kicked out of the church. Caley writes about her journey away from and back to God.

�Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman (Penguin Books, 2001). This is the story of George Dawson, a slave's grandson, who learned to read at age 98.


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