The Voice That Calls You Home (Hardcover)

Inspiration for Life's Journeys

By Andrea Raynor

Atria Books, 9781416596110, 288pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/14/2010)

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January 2010 Indie Next List

“Andrea Raynor's experiences as a hospice chaplain (and who was also a chaplain at Ground Zero following 9/11) are the basis for this profound and intensely personal memoir about our human dance with death and life. With raw and lyrical writing that strips the reader bare, Raynor infuses even the most rehearsed doubter with a transforming portion of hope and possibility.”
— Zachary Marcus, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
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Description

A positive, affirming collection of essays that teaches how to understand and accept life's darkest hours -- The Voice That Calls You Home will improve the way readers live each and every day.

As a hospice chaplain, cancer survivor, and a chaplain at Ground Zero following September 11, Andrea Raynor has gained a keen perspective on the meaning of life and death, comfort and grief. Through her own experiences, Raynor reminds readers that even in the most dire of circumstances, we still have the opportunity to recognize beauty, to be inspired by the tenacity of the human spirit, and to feel connected to something greater.

Raynor acknowledges that we may not be able to prevent the difficulties that come in life, but we can always choose the way in which we face them. She urges us not to "live with our heads down, our eyes closed, and our hands in our pockets." Instead, she prompts us to remain open to the blessings that are all around us and to face life's challenges head-on -- "to increase our courage, re-new our hope, and unite us in the knowledge that we are not alone."

In the tradition of Anne Lamott and Kate Braestrup, The Voice That Calls You Home is a warm, personal, and practical guide to appreciating the wondrous world we live in, offering perspective on how we can bear the sorrows that are sure to come with a steady eye and a sense of hope, and find the connection between the spiritual and the everyday.