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Paradise is a gardenbut heaven is a city From the acclaimed author of Take This Bread and Jesus Freak comes a powerful new account of venturing beyond the borders of religion into the unpredictable territory of faith On Ash Wednesday 2012 Sara Miles and her friends left their church buildings and carried ashes to the buzzing city streets the crowded dollar stores beauty shops hospital waiting rooms street corners and fast food joints of her neighborhood They marked the foreheads of neighbors and strangers sharing blessings with waitresses and drunks believers and doubters alike City of God narrates the events of the day in vivid detail exploring the profound implications of touching strangers with a reminder of common mortality As the story unfolds Sara Miles also reflects on life in her city over the last two decades where the people of God suffer and rejoice building community amid the grit and beauty of this urban landscape City of God is a beautifully written personal narrative rich in complex real life characters and full of the wild funny joyful raucous reverent moments of struggle and faith that have made Miles one of the most enthralling Christian writers of our time


10 thoughts on “City of God

  1. says:

    The kind of Pastor I want to be Only Pagan Same same Whatever your path this woman speaks of a faith I can relate to


  2. says:

    I love Sara's books This is no exception It's well written and uniuely Sara If you have a vision about how the church ought to be inclusive then this book is for you


  3. says:

    I appreciate what I think Sara Miles was going for in this book but I did find it hard to follow at times Like some other reviews I've read on this site I found that the author jumped around from past to present uite freuently without clear transitions many times There were points where I wondered why she even told the story from the past that she chose I found myself craving of what I thought the book would be about from the description her experiences on one Ash Wednesday meeting different people etc But most of the book wasn't even focused on the present day and when it was I found it was focused on her thoughts and the logistics of the day than it was on the people she met and the stories they told There isn't anything wrong with this of course but it did not meet my expectations especially given the synopsis which is why I had to award only 3 starsA uick read which made some very good points; go into it without expectations and I suspect you will have a pleasant reading experience


  4. says:

    I liked Jesus Freak in places but this book really hit home Anyone who has gotten to minister Ashes To Go out on the street will relate to this book I found it refreshing it's raw there's cursing there's love anger and frustration It's one day behind the scenes in a Episcopal church as a lay employee on Ash Wednesday and as a lay employee in the Episcopal Church myself I have to say location and regional differences aside I work in a small parish in a small town not a major city there's a connection I made in the book that I've not made in many others


  5. says:

    Sara Miles' powerful moving account of one Ash Wednesday in the Mission District of San Francisco is exactly what Pope Francis is talking about when he says he prefers a Church which is bruised hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets


  6. says:

    Really enjoyed this I love the way that Sara Miles lives out her faith in such physical ways Perfect for people who want something to read during Lent


  7. says:

    Sara Miles is an Anglican in San Francisco who felt challenged to take her faith out on to the streets While a lot of people I know feel that they meet God in the natural world she clearly recognises God at work in all the dirt and bustle and mess of the city With other members of her church and others in the district she takes ashes on Ash Wednesday out to the public suares and streets into the shops and businesses and offers to sign people with a cross of ashes on their foreheads with the words Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return More often they come to her to ask for the ashes she certainly doesn't force them on anyone The book tells the story of the day from the early morning Ash Wednesday liturgy to getting home from the streets after dark A lot of the book concerns her backstory and information about people she knows and the area where she lives which was really interesting She writes self deprecatingly but in a really accessible way and I found myself uite challenged by the challenges she recognises herself facing One of the things she says about her neighbourhood is that it is uite secular by American standards and that sounds strange because I can't imagine that if you went out with ashes on Ash Wednesday in the UK that anyone would have a clue what that was about nor be interested in receiving them And yet do we not all need an occasional reminder of our mortality in our frantic rushing about and pre occupation


  8. says:

    Do a study of memoirs by urban female clergy and I suspect you will find some common themes the diversity of their parishioners the wry humility of the author the wisdom of eccentric personalities the chaos of events the difficult destitute poor and homeless the surprising moments of grace in the city Nevertheless each memoir is filled with insight and Miles’ is no exception Miles is a lay leader at an Episcopal Church in San Francisco’s Mission District I read this memoir to learn about Ash Wednesday and I wasn’t disappointed It chronicles her adventures performing the ritual in the street among the people the “complex contradictory body of Christ” I read some of its beautiful passages to my theology class Eg “I wanted the benefits of the Church and the solidarity of a movement without the costs” and bemoaning the tiring demands of difficult neighbors “I dreaded the Good Samaritan parable’s implication that I could be saved by what they had to give” Good stuff


  9. says:

    This is a beautiful love letter to the Mission District of San Francisco and its amazingly diverse people and their many expressions of religious faith and to the reminders of the loving and forgiving grace of God and the inevitability of death symbolized by the ashes of Ash Wednesday It's a memoir of one particular Ash Wednesday and of others before it as well as before it and a bonus discourse on the Virgin of Guadalupe And it all fits together in a wonderful book Only to be expected from the author of Take This Bread A Radical Conversion and Jesus Freak Feeding Healing Raising the Dead


  10. says:

    I read this book every year during Lent To remind myself what this whole thing is really about “I knelt I bent over and pressed my forehead to the sidewalk the whole rush of this neighborhood it’s crazy beauty and apparent hopelessness flooding my heart I’d walked through the plaza the day two teenagers were shot a block away I just seen someone OD in the subway entrance I’d come here busy and distracted on the way to the library with my lover and five year old daughter; I’d eaten tacos chatted with beggars and laughed with friends on this holy ground ‘Lord’ I whispered ‘have mercy’lI need to be reminded