Faith and You
28 Short Essays on Faith in Everyday Life
by Terry Pluto
- Hardcover, 176 pages, 5.3 x 8 inches
- ISBN: 978-1-59851-015-7
“Sometimes I wish my minister would read his column instead of the sermon!”
That's the kind of response Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto draws from devoted readers of his faith column. Although best known as an award-winning sportswriter, Pluto has also earned a reputation—and a growing audience—for his down-to-earth musings on more spiritual subjects.
This followup to his first collection, “Everyday Faith,” offers 28 all-new thoughtful essays on faith in everyday life—practical topics such as choosing a church, lending money to friends, dealing with jerks, sharing your faith, visiting the sick, even planning a funeral.
Perhaps it's because Pluto doesn't claim to have the answers that so many readers are drawn to his writing.
“Real faith writing should be about real life,” Pluto says. “I write as much about my failures as my triumphs, because that is what a life of faith is about. It's often as much suffering as celebration, with lots of mundane, everyday stuff in between. I write for people who may have been hurt by someone in church, people who have been discouraged by one who claimed to speak for God . . . I write for people who have found contentment in their faith but want a deeper relationship with God.”
The focus is on the simple, everyday questions of faith that are often neglected during the church service, but that are important in the lives of the faithful . . . [Pluto's] appeal in this book comes from the fact that he is one of us: an average guy who works a steady job, has a wife and tries to be good person. Faith is a touchy subject, but Pluto writes like a friend, making the book as accessible as it is powerful . . . for friends and family of any denomination. Akron Life & Leisure
Pluto's take on things is down-to-earth, as befits his other persona as sportswriter, without being preachy or boring. Morning Journal
[Pluto] takes what is preached on Sundays and moves it into the family room, where friends are gathered around talking and sipping coffee . . . Pluto succeeds in bringing faith into the every day act of living. And while he writes, Pluto admits he doesn't know all the answers . . . This makes him incredibly human. Some chapters reaffirmed what I already knew about faith. Others explored a topic in new ways. My one complaint about the book was its length. It needs to be longer. Maple Heights Press
About Terry Pluto
Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for The Plain Dealer. He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nation's top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a nine-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. In 2005 he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the author of 23 books, including The Curse of Rocky Colavito (selected by the New York Times as one of the five notable sports books of 1989), and Loose Balls, which was ranked number 13 on Sports Illustrated's list of the top 100 sports books of all time. He was called “Perhaps the best American writer of sports books,” by the Chicago Tribune in 1997. He lives in Akron, Ohio. More About Terry Pluto
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