Called from Silence: The Father Sanders Novel
"I am very impressed with how you have made this come alive, and how you weave together the actual events with reflection on religion, spirituality, the Church, changes in society, etc. It is quite marvelous."
"You never met him, yet you wrote as if you had. I feel you were inspired by the Holy Spirit as you listened to the people he loved and served, with an open heart and mind. You have truly captured his spirit."
Richard Sanders never set out to become a priest to migrant farm workers. He never thought he would die young and be remembered as "The Soul of Immokalee." All he really wanted to do was spend his life in silent contemplation.
What drew him into a Trappist monastery in 1957 when he was just twenty years old? What kept him there during the most turbulent decade in modern history? What finally called him out, and what kept him from returning, the only thing that might have saved his life?
"Called from Silence" is a compelling look at modern history and the forces that changed a nation, a Church and a man. Many people believe he was a saint, and some say they saw Jesus in him. Torn from seclusion by the unrelenting cry of the poor, Father Sanders inspired his people to change their worlds. It is a story of faith, and how, in many ways, we can all be like Jesus.