December 09, 2004 by Gordon Atkinson

cover: blurred picture of part of a pc keyboard with border between key sections showing as a cross and book title on the crossbarA Book of essays and stories, most of which appeared originally on the blog of the same name.

Real Live Preacher (the blog) is about two years old as I write this. I started reading it about a year ago and found a blog both more polished than most and more gritty. That sounds paradoxical, but the Preacher is a man of paradox. He's a Baptist pastor from Texas. He uses the occasional swear word. He writes about life and death. He writes about frisbee golf and vacuuming his house with a shop vac (an episode that didn't make the book, alas ;-).

The essays and stories in the book represent mostly the non-frivolous content. They are stories about his struggles with faith and about how he sees God's work in his life and the life of his congregation. His voice is unstintingly forthright, and yet always loving and kind.

I'm not a Christian, and I'm proof you don't have to be one to find wisdom, inspiration, sadness, and exhaltation in this fine book.

I also want to say that I think James T. Chiampas's cover design is simply brilliant.

Posted by jeffy at December 9, 2004 10:39 PM