Grace: A Memoir

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Crown Publishers, 2003 - Religion - 293 pages
6 Reviews
Mary Cartledgehayes's life was going along swimmingly. Her husband, Fred, was about to take early retirement so the two of them could embark on a life of travel and leisure. There was just one problem: God. It had all started when the roof of her new gold Chevette became transparent and radiance poured in on her head. Now it was clear that a life of leisure was out; Mary embarked on the arduous, exhausting, and wonderful experience of becoming a minister. Grace is her story.
Divinity school wasn't an obvious choice for Mary in middle age, once a wildly unconventional single mother of two who'd been twice divorced by age twenty-five, who had pretty dresses in her closet and expletives on the tip of her tongue. Grace reveals how an all-too-ordinary woman comes to terms with the sometimes devastating impact of the sacred. With unabashed exuberance, Mary tells of leading a congregation as its first female pastor, of her moving struggle to knit the congregation around its most ailing member, and her painful realization that in order to live faithfully she must leave a job she loves. Simultaneously, she decides to take up piano and discovers a pursuit whose spiritual rewards are both abundant and unexpected.
Inspired and inspiring, Grace is a wickedly delightful account of spiritual and personal renewal in midlife and a lively testament to the transformative power of grace in all its many guises.

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User Review  - Shawn Thrasher - Goodreads

This book was fantastic. Extraordinary story, I cried several times, many parts are funny. Excellent writing. A ten all the way through. All Methodists should read her story. Read full review

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User Review  - Peggy Hess Greenawalt - Goodreads

Found this to be an very interesting memoir on the a spiritual journey as a woman minister and her midlife call to God. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
15
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About the author (2003)

MARY CARTLEDGEHAYES is an ordained United Methodist minister. A native of Middle Bass Island, Ohio, she holds a Masterís of Divinity from Duke University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She lives in South Carolina.

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