'Miz Lil and the Chronicles of Grace' weaves the compelling story of a pastor's call to the inner-city and the dramas of faith that he encountered there. First published in 1988, it is here expanded with an all new Afterword....
|Title||:||Miz Lil: And the Chronicles of Grace|
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Miz Lil: And the Chronicles of Grace Reviews
Wangerin writes in a way that I can access with all my senses, and while I like his fiction I think he is at his best when he tells stories out of his life and ministry as he does in Miz Lil. I recently reread the story about "Robert" - of whom Wangerin says, "Well, it took true determination and most of the day for Robert to break through the mists that surrounded him. Robert was not a bad man. Just a space man." Little Robert, with his denuded umbrella for a cane and its tippy-tippy-tap-tap has followed me around since I first read the book four years ago. He is a reminder to me that there are situations in which it is nearly impossible to do the right thing in, but a sense of humor and some humility go a long way toward getting through gracefully. . .
One of the most powerful, poignant books I've read in a long time. Highly recommended.
Wangerin tells wonderful stories, peopled by the characters he's encountered in his life growing up and as a pastor. The collection is meant to be read as a whole. It is structured chiastically, alternating stories from his childhood, as he gradually wandered away from the faith of his father, with those from his parish ministry, as he journeyed back into his own adult faith. Whereas his father was a wandering cleric in the geographical sense, Wangerin became a wanderer in the spiritual sense, leaving the rigid theological confines of his upbringing for a more open theology, but finding his true spiritual home in the rootedness of a particular place and people, the black congregation of Grace Church in Evansville, Indiana. It was at Grace that he learned the true meaning of God's grace.Wangerin is a master at characterization. He is honest about his own sinfulness and dullness of spirit -- telling whoppers of lies as a child (you can tell where his gift of storytelling began), being mean to his weedy classmate who only wanted a friend, getting so caught up in the forms of his religion that he missed an opportunity to accept the prayers of a poor man, etc.
Walter Wangerin Jr. is an incredibly gifted storyteller and this collection is no exception. He shares vulnerably from his own life in a way that captures the imagination and the heart. Beautiful, redemptive, honest, breath taking.
I just finished this for my pastoral theology class ... it is a series of vignettes from Wangerin's experience as a young pastor starting off in an urban church.
aside from my fond memories of professor wangerin at school, i am fond of both his writing and the hope offers his readers in his simple story telling. very salt of the earth.
Warm & authentic.