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Room to Grow
Meditations on Trying to Live as a Christian
PAPERBACK; Published: 10/21/2015
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7258-6
Price: $ 15.00
184 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.5 x 8.5
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Wise, encouraging pastoral reflections on growing in Christ

"When I clothe myself with Jesus, he leaves me room to grow — which is a good thing because, God knows, I'm still growing. I put on Jesus as I would a new and ill-fitting outfit — in order that someday it might fit and be a fitting expression of who I have become."
— from Martin Copenhaver's preface

In this volume of rich pastoral meditations, Martin Copenhaver offers rare insight into the myriad ways we try to live the Christian life, showing us that there is indeed "room to grow" in Christ and into the Christian faith. Moving seamlessly from the gently humorous to the thoughtfully serious, these reflections will renew and inspire Christians in their daily walk.

Thomas G. Long
— Candler School of Theology
"Not only is this book wise, witty, and deliciously readable; it also represents biblical reflection at its best — faithful, alert to the imaginative power of Scripture, and thoroughly enmeshed in the gritty realities of the day. Taken as a whole, these meditations describe the shape of Christian living, how it is that beginning the journey of faith by putting one foot in front of the other leads to places of surprising grace and wonder."
Debbie Blue
— author of Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible
"Room to Grow takes on the difficult, daily, and most important stuff of our lives — love, grief, losing our memories, saying good-bye — with tremendous grace, wit, and wisdom. Reading it made me feel hopeful for the possibility of small and significant transformation. I highly recommend this book for pastors and anyone who is trying to live like a Christian."
Stephanie Paulsell
— Harvard Divinity School
"In these beautifully crafted meditations, we are invited to discern our calling, to pray without ceasing, to be taught by death. But most of all, we are invited to seek the presence of God in our lives and in the world. Martin Copenhaver gently awakens us to God's presence pulsing even through the awkward silences of our prayers and our clumsy attempts to care for one another. Each chapter is a benediction — good words offered in blessing."
Samuel T. Lloyd III
— Trinity Church Boston
"Imagine a long walk with an old friend or an evening around a fireplace with a mentor you have long loved and admired. That's something of what it feels like to read Martin Copenhaver's moving and inspiring meditations in this book. . . . A rare storyteller and a warm, wise guide, Copenhaver makes Christian faith seem real, challenging, enormously heartening, and — best of all — joyful. What a gift to have this book to go back to again and again!"
Spirit & Life
"Captures the heart and imagination as well as the mind. . . . Daily happenings become the roots of gentle wisdom."