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Stumbling toward God : a prodigal's return
McGee, Margaret D.
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Philadelphia, PA : Innisfree Press, 2002.
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174 pages ; 23 cm
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BR1725.M35655 A3 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Stumbling Toward God traces a woman's spiritual search with an unusual twist-from a self-proclaimed atheist who prays, to unorthodox membership in two radically different churches, the Unitarian and Episcopal. This book is an honest, satisfying read for anyone questioning or seeking a spiritual path. A reading group guide is also included.

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McGee presents an offbeat, engagingly written, appealingly uncertain spiritual memoir. Although she was raised a Protestant, she left the faith during her freshman year of college and considered herself an atheist. But in midlife she became "an atheist who prays" one who struggled with spiritual questions and wanted to know more about the God she couldn't quite believe in. She started church-shopping, a mostly awful experience she likens to "dating after a bad divorce... they were all jerks out there." After a time, however, she found not one but two churches, the Episcopal and the Unitarian, and joined both. She eventually decided to strengthen her commitment to just one congregation. But, as she notes in the epilogue, that choice "doesn't feel final." Stay tuned. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

I. An Atheist Who Praysp. 15
Ripe for gracep. 17
Between anger and awep. 18
II. Ready for Revolutionp. 23
Child of altar and blackboardp. 23
Saved by Jesus and my momp. 27
Saved by the insect worldp. 33
Ready for revolutionp. 39
III. Dreadful Religionp. 41
I've been burned before ...p. 41
... and I won't be burned againp. 43
IV. Church Shoppingp. 47
A little redemptionp. 50
King Midas and the mind-body problemp. 52
What is attractive?p. 54
V. Getting to Know Youp. 59
Getting to know the Episcopaliansp. 59
Getting to know the Unitariansp. 71
VI. Liturgy, History, and Ritualp. 81
Juggling the prayer bookp. 81
Grappling with the Creedp. 84
The real presencep. 86
Heretics and cliff-jumpersp. 88
A daisy and a sage blossomp. 91
VII. Dear Godp. 95
From mighty love to nothing at allp. 96
Casting about for God's imagep. 100
An unintentional Godp. 104
Dressing the emperorp. 111
VIII. Grappling with Mythp. 119
Rewriting scripturep. 123
Becoming human with Adam and Evep. 128
Liberated by mythp. 130
IX. From the Virgin to the Crossp. 135
If Mary was a virgin ...p. 135
Heaven, hell, and the orange peelp. 139
The cross, the cigarette, and mep. 142
Acting out redemptionp. 147
X. Returnp. 149
Paying attentionp. 149
God of justice, God of truthp. 153
Epilogue: The Episcopalians and the Unitariansp. 161
Other Interesting Booksp. 167
Reading Group Guidep. 171