Pastor Offers Nuggets of Enlightenment Based on His ‘Sandal Path’

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New Book Shares Anecdotes on the Author’s Perception of God in Nature

A collection of enlightening and spiritually uplifting anecdotes await readers as Father Henry C. Schmidt pens The Pastor’s Sandal Path, released through Xlibris. This inspiring book relates the author’s vision of God in nature and the environment.

Privileged to grow up on a farm where his parents, a Country School teacher, and the Dominican Sisters instilled in him the presence of God in ordinary things, Schmidt found the majesty of God in nature—the chirping of birds, the leaping of frogs, the coolness of snow, the beauty of flowers, the stillness of the lake, and so much more. He also shares this inspiring perception.

The Pastor’s Sandal Path reveals metaphors of the Schmidt’s experiences, relating his life—his sandal path—to the simple things of nature. In one anecdote, he shares that just as frogs jump into a pond alive with activity, parishioners should also jump in and participate in parish activities. In another one, he shares that people must not be like the dirty and clogged kitchen drain; one must check one’s pipes and trust Jesus, the plumber.

With almost four hundred pages of highly motivating pieces, The Pastor’s Sandal Path promises to help readers encounter God in their ordinary experiences of life—as the author has encountered Him in nature and the environment.

This book will be featured at the New England Library Association Book Exhibit in Burlington, VT on Oct. 2-4, 2011. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Father Henry Schmidt, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Carrollton, All Saints in White Hall, and St. Michael in Greenfield has ministered in the Diocese of Springfield in central Illinois for over fifty years, serving in rural and city parishes of varying sizes.

The Pastor’s Sandal Path * by Father Henry C. Schmidt
Publication Date: April 16, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 298 pages; 978-1-4500-6255-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 298 pages; 978-1-4500-6256-5
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-6257-2

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