In "A Walk through the Churchyard," Episcopal priest Rob Gieselmann explores stories of death, and the beautiful yet painful intimacy associated with these stories, in a way that brings sense to his own wife's, Laura's, premature death that left him as a single father of two young children. The intent of this little book is to demystify death, and to offer a Christian spiritual sense of the event of death. In our society, people do not like to talk about death, but Rob hits death straight-on, refusing to temper its sharp edges or hide from its dark grip.
"I am so grateful when emotionally gifted and highly intelligent people like Rob Gieselmann share their intimate experiences and understanding of death, from a Christian perspective. His work so diminishes one's sense of being alone and lost in this most private of all human realms." - Anne Lamott, author of "Traveling Mercies: Some thoughts on Faith"
This is the book nobody will like. The Episcopal Church has gone crazy. We've become pigs who roll around in our own mud, and when we've finished rolling here, we roll there. Perhaps we eat a little spiritual food and then wallow back to the mud. We talk about God, mention Jesus like he's our best friend, but we act exactly like he said not to act. We are exactly who he said not to be. In this book the author employs Scripture to demonstrate that both Jesus and Paul would favor unity over division, and that the Holy Eucharist is the ultimate act of Christian unity. This book shows that, in the end, unity facilitated by love in Christ should be our goal, not righteousness. Division may be our destiny, but it is not God's will.
Newly Published! Irony and Jesus
Jesus stories, those told by him and those about him, are typically interpreted two-dimensionally. But Jesus was a Rabbi, teacher. As a teacher, he would have valued a multi-layered approach to interpreting parables he told and the stories told about him. What if we treated these stories and parables creatively - three-dimensionally? That is the lens Rob uses to view the Jesus stories selected for this new and timely book. Ultimately, this book is less about the stories themselves and more about faith and grace, about God’s amazing and complete love for all people.