Sometimes it's hard to see. And even harder to receive. When you're hurt or angry or confused or doubtful, grace can seem as hard to grasp as sky.
But actually, it's as real and solid as stones: tangible, weighty, something to hold on to, a way through streams of pain, shame, abuse.
In these pages L.L. Barkat shares her own painful, powerful story with us. Weaving in truth from Scripture, words from other writers and stories of people who've come alongside her in her journey, she shows us the unexpected ways and places she's discovered grace: grace that has helped her open her heart to love, discover a way past fear, find freedom from shame.
Her story will help you find the rock of God's grace in the midst of your own broken, hard places. And his grace will give you a new story to tell.
"Stone Crossings walks the reader through the foggy landscapes of life, arriving at subtle moments of true grace. Barkat's courageous, unblinking honesty is a gift, a gift offered in gentle, delicate, literary prose."
"You are holding an invitation to a table set for two--you and L. L. Barkat. At this table, near a river in my mind's imagination, she will tell you her story of faith. You may not even notice the river, for the storytelling will lift you into a life of faith that will not lead you to gaze at her but to enjoy the same life of faith. The only writer I know quite like Barkat is Eugene Peterson. That probably tells you all you need to know."
"With a storyteller's charm and a Bible teacher's grit, L. L. Barkat weaves memoir, humor and spiritual insight together into a satisfying read. She challenges us to open our eyes anew to the amazing graces God lavishes upon us every day, in ordinary and surprising ways."
"L.L. Barkat tells a painful story of abuse and loss. But it is not her story but God's story that takes center stage in this remarkable book. The beautiful and intelligent writing will pull you in, but the deep and uncommon insights will keep you reading. Here is a book full of the wisdom which can only come when real life meets God's grace through God's Word. It is a book meant to be read slowly."
Her writing is somber in tone, lyrical in places, and--to this reader--reminiscent of the prose of Annie Dillard. It is often laced with a quiet humor that itself seems like a kind of grace. An excellent subject for a small group study.
This glorious book is thoughtful without being laborious, literate without being self-conscious. She has a great eye for details, and a luminous style that revels in God's presence in the day-to-day. It isn't too far off when Scot McKnight (on the back cover) likens her to Eugene Peterson. This is a perfect book for Eastertide; it is real, hard, and yet, gently triumphant. God is at work among His people, slowly, but surely. Stone Crossings chronicles this joyful, good, truth--graciously and helpfully.
You'll need a hot pot of tea or coffee and a quiet hour for this. . .you'll not want to leave when it is over either. It is all wonderful, thoughtful, engaging. You don't leave the book feeling preached at - if anything you feel inspired to go deeper in your own walk of faith.
A charming and inspirational story all the way through, Stone Crossings is a top pick for community library memoir collections and for anyone who also needs something to hold on to.
"[O]ne of the best books I've read in a while. . . . This glorious book is thoughtful without being laborious, literate without being self-conscious. [Barkat] has a great eye for details, and a luminous style that revels in God's presence in the day-to-day."
1. Stepping Stones ~ conversion
2. Christmas Coal ~ shame
3. Tossed Treasure ~ messiness
4. Heron Road ~ suffering
5. Sword in the Stone ~ resistance
6. Howe's Cave ~ baptism
7. Palisade Cliffs ~ doubt
8. Holding Pfaltzgraff ~ inclusion
9. Indiana Jones ~ fear
10. Old Stone Church ~ love
11. Goldsworthy?s Wall ~ sacrifice
12. Clefts of the Rock ~ responsibility
13. Olive Press ~ gratitude
14. Forest Star ~ humility
15. Seedstone ~ healing
16. Sugar Face ~ forgiveness
17. Lava Rock ~ witness
18. Climbing ~ justice
19. Roxaboxen ~ heaven
20. Blood from a Stone ~ completion