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Dean Summers, author of The Good Life, Marching to Zion, and To Sit at the Welcome Table, is the Consultant for Discipleship & Christian Leadership Development with Holly House School of Christian Ministry. Here at Goodreads, Dean’s bookshelves include three for books recommended in the School of Christian Ministry: scm1, scm2, and scm3 (a shelf for each SCM level).

Dean is an accomplished haiku poet, published in Modern Haiku, Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, Cicada, and Brussels Sprout.

His work draws from his experience as a leader of an urban Christian kibbutz; as an executive director of an organization that facilitated partnerships between suburban and urban Christian congregations; as a college student in Japan, India, and Israel; and as a
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Average rating: 4.79 · 14 ratings · 12 reviews · 8 distinct works
Marching to Zion

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The Good Life: The Sermon o...

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Advent: Readings, Songs, Me...

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Where Do We Go from Here? A...

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Heaven Here & Now: What It ...

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Walk in Freedom: Thomas Cam...

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Bible 101: The Bible for Be...

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To Sit at the Welcome Table

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The Mystery of Death by Ladislaus Boros S.J.
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Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear by Matthew Kaemingk
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After the fall of the Soviet Union, America cast about for a new archenemy to replace our old dance partner, Communism. We settled on Islam. It helped to narrow the field for Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to call us “the Great Satan.”

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To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon
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Upstart Mystique by Don Braden
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A space-exploration mystery that explores the mystery behind la mystique, that certain je ne sais quoi, that is le phénomène humain.
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Richard Rohr is a Franciscan who has found in mysticism the cure for what ails the world—and the cure for what ails an ethnocentric, self-serving, toxic “world religion” that passes for Christianity. What ails the world, in Rohr’s estimation, and wha ...more
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“The Kingdom of Heaven is where God’s will is done. When God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven, we know God as the God of life and love; we enjoy direct, open communication with God; we enjoy life together with God and with people from every nation in a community of grace and gratitude.”
Dean Summers, Marching to Zion

“When the cart doesn't move, do you goad the cart or the ox?”
Nanyue Huairang
tags: zen

“The world of dew
is the world of dew.
And yet, and yet--”
Issa Kobayashi, The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa

“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass

“From somewhere, back in my youth, heard Prof say, 'Manuel, when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.' He had been teaching me something he himself did not understand very well—something in math—but had taught me something far more important, a basic principle.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

Auditur et altera pars. (The other side shall be heard as well.)”
Seneca, Medea




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