Synopses & Reviews
In Whirlybirds and Ordinary Times
author Katie Savage beckons you to join her as she embraces the mystery of faith and gently eases into the sometimes turbulent waters of contemplative exploration. She writes with honesty and humor about the uncertainty and doubt that is inherent in the life of the growing believer, finding that even in the midst of questions, bold assurances of faith emerge. You’ll find yourself falling into step with Katie as she meanders through the liturgical calendar of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, as this insightful book weaves ordinary stories and surprising insights into satisfying reflections of the spiritual life, relationships, and life as we know it. This delightful collection of essays will stimulate your thinking, stir your heart, and nurture your soul.
“There was a time when I knew everything about God. I was young (you’re not surprised) and relatively arrogant (now you’re really not surprised). My team always won when we played Bible trivia games in my church youth group. I knew the stories of Jonah and Daniel and Saul like they were my own family stories; I could quote the most popular Bible verses; I memorized the order of the biblical books and could spell all their names. . . . Somewhere along the way, I lost all that knowledge about God—or at least I began to realize how much there was to learn. Each day that I was a Christian seemed to be a step backward in understanding my faith. I started acknowledging the questions in my heart, began discussing those questions with friends and fellow saints, as those in the church are called, however undeserving the label may sometimes seem. And I discovered, after whining about how difficult all of this Christian stuff was, that the mystery of not knowing was also absolutely, undeniably wonderful.”
—Excerpt from pages 1–2
In an unforgettable debut, a collection of witty and thoughtful reflections on life and faith, centered on the liturgical calendar.
The new-generation Christian no longer accepts pat answers of Evangelical Christianity. They have seen and experienced the emptiness of staid methodology, and they want more. Katie Savage sneaks gently into the deeper crevices of our spirituality and resonates with the uncertainty and doubt that identifies the progressive Christian seeker.
Katie weaves ordinary stories and surprising insights in satisfying reflections on the spiritual life, relationships, and life as we know it. Whirlybirds and Ordinary Times is loosely arranged around the liturgical calendar of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, giving readers the perfect balance of comfortable ritual and uncomfortable questioning and uncertainty.
About the Author
Katie Savage was born into the Protestant Evangelical Christian tradition and has been writing about it ever since. She has a BA in Creative Writing and English Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. After college, Savage spent time teaching high school and junior high English and earning her MFA from the University of Kansas. She and her husband, Scott, now live in Kansas City, with their two children. They are members of Redemption Church, where Scott is the associate pastor.