Groceries on a Saturday Morning is a book for the thinking Christian, open agnostic, and honest skeptic alike.
Joanne Beckman has written a fine and affecting collection of memoir-like essays. Like Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz or Anne Lamott's Traveling Mercies, Beckman ponders the biggest and smallest moments of life and the unspoken assumptions we make about God. In her own distinctive voice, wry and forthright, these stories wrestle with just how closely the divine touches upon our ordinary, often unexamined existence.
Good writing gets you out of yourself, provides a fresh lens on our common journey, and leaves you healthier than when you left. I know only a few who do this as seamlessly as Joanne Beckman in Groceries on a Saturday Morning. This is a wonderful blend of forthright honesty and self-incriminating humor...and somehow, when you realize she s talking to you, your own guilt is eased by her deft expressions. Groceries delivers humane nourishment for the soul.
-Ned Berube, President of the Alliance for Renewal Churches and Director of Whitewater Ministries
...a delightful blend of humorous anecdotes and insightful reflections on ordinary, daily life. Joanne Beckman s writing is refreshingly honest and revealing, giving the reader a window into her heart, mind, and soul.
-Debra Herbeck, Renewal Ministries speaker and author of Safely Through the Storm and Firmly on the Rock
...that rare book...perceptive and delightfully funny. It made me laugh and touched me deeply. Read it and discover a fresh, new voice. You will not want to put it down.
-Ann Spangler, award-winning author of the bestselling books, Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and Women of the Bible
About the Author
Joanne is a teacher, writer, and editor, and has served in church and lay ministries for the last 27 years. She is an experienced public speaker, with a passion for bringing others into a fuller knowledge of the transforming love of God. Her collection of essays, Groceries on a Saturday Morning: Confessions from Real-Life Christianity, shares stories and reflections from her own transforming (and always humbling) encounters with God.
Soft Cover,5.5 x 8.5