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About Soul and the City

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.

Praise

“I actually started reading Marcy Heidish’s Soul and the City on a subway train and I must say it had exactly the effect she writes about. It gave me peace in the middle of the hurry, the rush, the loud noise of the city.”
Rick Hamlin, executive editor of Guideposts and author of Finding God on the A Train
Soul and the City is a deeply inspiring call to awareness, to connection with God and with others, and ultimately to soulful worship through so many aspects of life in the city that we find mundane, undesirable, or that even often go unnoticed. Almost instantly, upon delving into its pages you find your perspective changed.”
Sarah Zacharias Davis, author of Confessions from an Honest Wife, Transparent, and The Friends We Keep
“Marcy Heidish has compiled a rich and nuanced touring companion to rival any Michelin or Eyewitness guide–usable in any city of the world. Keep it close and you will not only find your way amidst the city’s noise and rush, you will meet beauty and holiness no matter where you pause to look.”
Leigh McLeroy, author of The Beautiful Ache and The Sacred Ordinary

About Marcy Heidish

Life-long city dweller Marcy Heidish is an award-winning author of six novels and two non-fiction books. She teaches literature and creative writing at Fordham University, and resides in Manhattan with her husband.

Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Jun 17, 2008

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 1

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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.

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