A Pew-Sitter’s Search for God

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AuthorHouse, Aug 11, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 156 pages
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Houston Burnside’s journey of faith began in his childhood – not unlike most children. This book helps the reader understand how people who touch us influence the images of God we take with us all our lives. This author was a seeker from the beginning. He shares in beautiful, and sometimes painful stories, how his concept of God changed through his life experiences. Every opportunity that came his way to test his faith was connected to people he learned to include in his circle of faith. He searched for God in family hardships and relationships...in a grandmother who raised him during the first decade of his life...with a loving mother who cared for him in the growing years...and as an underage Marines in China where he met and loved missionaries who helped him on his journey. Coming home, he married and had a family of his own bringing high points of joy and challenges. Houston tells his incredible story of seeking and winning a higher education which prepared him for pastoral ministry. He was ordained but still seeking. At 30 years old, he sought God among the books and writings of giant theologians and philosophers as he studied for his Ph D. He found God there, too, in the most unexpected places. Houston Burnside weaves his remarkable stories across the stepping-stones of change, bringing him through his 27-year career as a professor at San Diego State University. A Pew-sitter’s Search for God will help you recognize the people in your life who impact your thinking and decision-making. As the author says, “The quest never ends.” The book offers quiet satisfaction and hope that all of life is good as long as the seeker never gives up.
 

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Contents

Pie in the sky bye and bye 2 3 7
27
From pewsitter to pulpitstander 4 4 0
40
Home again 6 6 2
62
Back to pewsitting 7 7 6
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Searching for common ground 8 8 5
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Learning from family 11 11 2
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13 2
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HOUSTON BURNSIDE was a shoeshine boy on the streets of South Gate, California, a busboy/ dishwasher at Morrell's Restaurant and a high school dropout. He later served 4 years in the Marine Corps with duty in North China. He went on to become an ordained minister, teacher, school principal and university professor. He earned his bachelor's degree at Kent State Univeristy, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Claremont Graduate School. Burnside now lives in La Mesa, California with his wife, Connie Anderson Burnside.

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