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Reverend Joann White, pastor of Saranac Lake’s First Presbyterian Church, has published Blest Be the Tie: Fables of Faith from the Far North (Wipf and Stock, 2021) a new collection of short stories inspired by small-town life in the Adirondacks of northern New York.
In a world fractured by dividing lines of politics, economics, gender, and race, we are hungry for connection and community, for places where we are loved and accepted in all our human frailty. Tubby has a broken heart. Lenore needs something to sing about. Eugenia is afraid of change. Bruce still fights the war in Iraq. Through it all, Pastor Bob, with the help of the Holy Spirit, tends the flock entrusted to his care. These twenty-four interwoven fables of faith use abundant love, gentle humor, and the timeless truth of scripture to portray what it means to be a church family and, simultaneously, a diverse community.
Joann White is a writer, pastor, spiritual director, and enthusiast of wild places. She is a graduate of Colgate University, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. She is currently a doctoral candidate with Pittsburgh Seminary’s Creative Writing and Public Theology program. Since 2005, she has pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake. When not at church, she’s likely to be found wandering the local trails in all seasons with her husband Duane Keith Gould and their Cardigan corgi Jade. She blogs at blestbethetie.com.
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