City of God: Faith in the Streets
From the acclaimed author of Take This Bread and Jesus Freak comes a powerful new account of venturing beyond the borders of religion into the unpredictable territory of faith.
On Ash Wednesday, 2012, Sara Miles and her friends left their church buildings and carried ashes to the buzzing city streets: the crowded dollar stores...more
“I knelt. I bent over and pressed my forehead to the sidewalk, the whole rush of this neighborhood, it’s crazy beauty and apparent hopelessness, flooding my heart. I’d walked through the plaza the day two teenagers were shot a block away. I just seen someone OD in the subway entrance. I’d come here busy and distracted on the way to the library with my lover and five-year-old daughter; I’d eaten tacos ...more
Let me begin with the writing. Sara Miles is a talented storyteller, comparable to similar memoir writers like Anne Lamott and Augusten Burroughs. And her love for her city and the people in it is evident on every page of the book... mostly, anyway.
There is something beautiful going on here. I commend Sara Miles for her candor and her courage, and especially for her love for people of all kinds, all walks of life. There is much of the work of Chr ...more
Miles, Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, shares experiences from Ash Wednesday services over the years, as she and others share the experience on the streets of the Mission neighborhood.
Miles writes in similar ways to Anne Lamott, as she almost talks to herself in the pages. At times questioning the e ...more
Here is a very insightful and experiential account of a personal encounter with humani ...more
The book is about taking ashes out into the street on Ash Wednesday 2012 in the Mission District of San Francisco where she's lived for about 20 years. She's a convert, attends St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church where she started a food pantry. She's somewhat surprised to be a convert.
One of the best things about the book is how s ...more
"God forgives you...but pay attention" (p. 105).
"And I believed in mercy because I knew how quickly even my stupidest, most ordinary sins could drag me into a spiral of misery. I'd be mean, or lazy, or selfish, and feel bad about it, and so I'd become meaner, less able ...more