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God in the Alley: Being and Seeing Jesus in a Broken Worldby Greg Paul
Synopses & Reviews
“Greg Paul tells of whores and crazies, misfits and rejects that sound as if they stepped out from the pages of the Bible.” –Eugene Peterson
Sam has survived physical, sexual, and substance abuse, terrible violence, and life on the streets. Wendy lives for the next high on crack, oblivious to her boyfriend’s love. Neil is dying of AIDS.
These are the people of inner-city Toronto. Look into their distorted, obscure faces, their fractured lives, and catch a glimpse of the sublime. Greg Paul calls them tragic heroes–individuals who can offer a testament to God’s love and mercy.
With emotional depth and spiritual intensity, Greg’s compelling stories reveal that people with desperate lives have precious lessons to teach us about the character of God. God in the Alley offers a profound message of grace and calling that each one of us needs to hear.
“The experience of reading this book haunts, convicts, delights. But one thing is for sure: you don’t want to miss it.”
–Mark Buchanan, author of The Holy Wild: Trusting God in Everything
“Greg Paul writes beautifully and welcomes us into the life he lives.… I am grateful to have read this book.”
–David Wilcox, musician, songwriter, and storyteller
“I dare you to read this book at more than one sitting. Each page is a seat belt that straps you in and the turning of the page pulls the straps tighter. When the ride is over, you’ll want to start again.”
–Leonard Sweet, author of numerous books including Soul Tsunami
Chronicles the author's experiences from years of working with the homeless and hurting in Toronto, people with desperate lives who have much to teach others about the character of God. Original.
Greg Paul tells of whores and crazies, misfits and rejects that sound as if they stepped out from the
About the Author
\Greg Paul is the founder and director of Sanctuary Ministries of Toronto and the pastor of the Sanctuary community. A former carpenter, Greg’s twenty-five years in inner-city ministry began with Red Rain, a band that planted the seed for Sanctuary in the mid-1980s. Lead vocalist and keyboardist, Greg still performs with Red Rain in bars, universities, jails, and other venues.
Table of Contents
Finding Sanctuary — Prologue : Neil's story — Being present — Seeing : beholding the hidden Jesus — Being : the abandonment of power — Seeing : the power of abandonment — Being : picking up my cross — Seeing : receiving the gift of life — Epilogue : the surprise of brokenness.
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