Your City Guide to God
Beneath the relentless rhythms of city life beats the heart of God, and award-winning author Marcy Heidish takes you into a more intimate relationship with him in the midst of crowds, chaos, and concrete. Her experiences from a curb in Brooklyn, the bay in San Francisco, a rooftop of Chartres Cathedaral in Paris, and the busy halls of Washington, D.C., help you see the city in a new light. She turns common city distractions, annoyances, and challenges into spiritual invitations or “gateways” to a new kind of contemplation where:
•screaming sirens become cues to silent intercession,
•skyscrapers, like spires, pull your eyes and thoughts heavenward,
•and red traffic lights work as “pause” buttons that call for you to stop and pray.
“In the city there is grit,” Marcy writes. And grime and garbage. But her practical tools in every chapter for reflection, discussion, and application help you see–whether you’re visiting, working, or dwelling in Philadelphia or Phoenix, New York or Los Angeles, Seattle or Syracuse–that in the city there is also grace.
The city is a challenge for any spiritual life. The frenetic pace of activity which is the motor that drives most of its inhabitants to live there leaves little obvious time for the quiet a soul needs. Heidish, sometime novelist and here a spiritual memoirist-cum-theologian, sees the city not as an obstacle but a boon to life with God. Those moments most of us fume at waiting for a light to change, in a crowd cursing the red hand of the crosswalk? What a moment to pray for those with whom one is suddenly in unplanned communion. Storefront churches, people in need and quiet corners of parks and gardens are all oases of grace, which we need to enter regularly in order to be fully ourselves. The book reads fluidly, especially for those at once drawn to and repulsed by cities. Heidish s memories of growing up in Manhattan include a physician father ready to set out at a moment s notice for a house call. He was too sophisticated for faith, until he wasn t, growing frailer and more faithful. His story becomes a sort of icon for the spiritual maturity for which Heidish lovingly calls.