"If I gave you God's Phone Number.... Searching for Spirituality in America"

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"To listen another’s soul into a condition of disclosure and discovery may be almost the greatest service that any human being performs for another."

~ Quaker author and philosopher
Douglas Van Steere

Suppose you could call God... What would you say to Him? Her? And what do you think God might say back to you?

 

Mare Cromwell’s spiritual memoir is framed by twenty-one interviews with people from all walks of life, all of whom give inspirational and sometimes controversial responses to the over-arching question: “If I gave you God’s phone number, what would you do with it?”

Over seven years Mare Cromwell interviewed Christians, Jews, agnostics, a Cherokee Medicine woman and others in her search for a path to bring her closer to God. Sometimes shocking and sometimes inspirational, it is an honest aperture into the diverse perceptions of God, religion and spirituality in our society. It also speaks to one woman's journey away from the Catholic Church to a spirituality that more broadly encompasses a Divine Masculine - Sacred Feminine balance.

Award Finalist - Forward Magazines Book of the Year Awards -  2003

~ Christopher Noel, author -

"In the Unlikely Event of a Water Landing - A Geography of Grief"

This gem of a book chronicles Mare's own spiritual searching, along with
personal interviews of people of a wide variety of faith persuasions and backgrounds. From my own perspective as a Christian, I was humbled by the honest, gentle and respectful way Mare has dealt with all of these different stories. I think we could all learn something, simply from Mare's discipline of openly listening. Whatever your spiritual stance, I would recommend this book as something very thought provoking and real. A rare and unusual book.

K.M., Australia

Mare Cromwell's book offers the reader what only the best books offer - windows into the most authentic reaches of the soul. Her conscientious selection of interview subjects, and her deft questioning, which presses them to go deeper and deeper, is what lends the book its striking range. I can guarantee that reading this book will enrich your view of spiritual life - in all its radiant variety - forever.