STUMBLE

Essays on crisis, salvation, and the daily tragicomedy of the cross.


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STUMBLE:
VIRTUE, VICE, AND THE SPACE BETWEEN

Essays

               Heather King



FROM AMAZON:

"Our lives are lived in virtue and vice and, most often, in the ordinary space between. We stumble and rise back up, ready to take on another challenge, another day. Heather King highlights these ups and downs of our lives, noting that while all of us have places of suffering and pain, those who believe in the goodness of God find a particular blessing in the workings of our lives.

For King, “virtue” is simply the right way to deal with what life places in front of us. Her stories show virtue—and vice—in unexpected ways.

You'll marvel at the goodness to be found in unusual and unlikely places. STUMBLE will inspire you to understand that failure is the first step on the path of redemption."


IN THE DESERT
JOSHUA TREE, CA


Treasure-of-a-writer-and-human-being Brian Doyle wrote the foreword:


An excerpt from the opening essay, "The Closest to Love We Ever Get":


I'm a person who craves quiet and solitude, yet I lived in the crowded, noisy Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown for eighteen years. In 2010,  I moved to another part of L.A. Back then, though, I told myself I lived in K’town because I had a spacious, beautiful apartment and a gated courtyard filled with hibiscus and pomegranates. I told myself it was because I paid only $760 a month in rent – half as much as almost anywhere else in the city. 

But the longer I stayed, the more I saw it was not just the apartment that kept me there: it was the challenges, the dilemmas, the paradoxes. People blasted ranchera music at three in the morning but they also pruned bougainvillea into glories of cascading blooms. They spray-painted gang slogans on my garage door by night and scrubbed the sidewalks clean by day. As I hung out my clothes on the line by the lemon tree, my back was to a busted washing machine; across the alley, a brand new down comforter, still in its package, sat on top of a dumpster...

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