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Forrest Church (1948-2009) served for almost three decades as senior minister and was minister of public theology at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. He wrote or edited twenty-five books, including Love & Death.

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Church, senior minister at the distinguished All Souls Unitarian Church in Manhattan, serves up some thoughtful, brief meditations on making life more meaningful. In Unitarian fashion, the book is replete with provisional, qualified statements about God and acknowledgments of the contextualized nature of all truth. There's no dogma here; readers will find gentle anecdotes drawn from Western philosophy, music and art, as well as from Church's own life and experience. The son of a U.S. senator and the grandson (on his mother's side) of the governor of Idaho, the once-agnostic Church surprised himself and his family by choosing parish ministry as his vocation. He states that life becomes more meaningful when we intentionally divide it up into various projectsÄthe parenting project, the career project, the God project, and so onÄand prioritize those based on our own situations. Those situations will change, and we must change with them, Church asserts, citing a touching example of a professional football player who quit the NFL to spend time with his terminally ill preschool-age son. At the book's close, Church prods those who feel stuck in a rut to simply "turn the page," much as readers who find themselves reading the same paragraph many times without paying attention need to move on. Church does not offer earth-shattering advice here, but readers will be comforted and perhaps challenged by his call for self-examination. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

In his ninth book, Church, senior minister at All Soul's Church in New York City and a popular Unitarian Universalist writer, has written a group of meditations on our most challenging question: finding meaning in life. He confronts vanity, illness, death, and the mysteries of prayer from the liberal religious perspective, and his final advice is simply to keep trying: "Turn the page." His book should find wide readership--and not just among Unitarian Universalists. For most collections. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

'A spiritual guide for grown-ups-this book doesn't pander and it doesn't apologize: it is simple and wise.' --Joanne Woodward

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