New Memoir Is a Truly Memorable Reading of Religious Life

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Rev. Barbara Wilson reflects not just on general formation in preparation for religious duty, but ultimately for the deepest functions of faith, life and thought.

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“The Making of a Pastor/Chaplain” introduces readers to the stark realities of a modern-day pilgrim who seeks the fuller life at the feet of Jesus. Here, in author Rev. Chaplain Barbara Helen Maisonneuve-Wilson’s new religious autobiography, there are no pat answers, no attempts to resolve the mysterious interface between God’s will and his willingness to let his favored creations muddle through the mess of life. The author tells the simple but engaging story of her humanity that underwent the struggles, aspirations, frustrations and satisfaction of walking with Jesus the best that she could.

Rev. Maisonneuve-Wilson brings fascinating insights into the different stages of her faith’s development, engendering a challenge for readers to reflect upon their own. It suffuses the reading interface with the atmosphere for lofty thoughts after a review of common, sometimes even harsh, experience. When life events are taken for granted or where people tend be lulled into leaving well enough alone – deep down the Spirit gives the sense that something is missing or not quite right. At other times, there is a thirst for a greater depth of meaning in what humanity is about, influencing a closer examination of life, to become more aware of experiences, good or bad, associated with past, present or foreseen events. What people are less aware of in the moment, “The Making of a Pastor/Chaplain” points out, is the part they can play in shaping personal experience into a satisfying life journey.

This eminently readable memoir illustrates how author Barbara Wilson reflected deeply on pivotal life events which, if left unexamined, would have diminished greatly the personal meaning she was able to harvest in her journey through life. She believed in and exercised her inner capacity to move beyond the erstwhile story line of the world into which she was born, by re-visioning and re-shaping experienced events into a living story with satisfactory space both for personal meaning-making and for enabling her to live her preferred values.

Her candid reflection on events in her life, many of them painful, others full of joy, as well as her insightful evaluations of these stepping stones and her courageous choices for new directions will inspire and motivate many to take a second look at how they, too, can answer for themselves the pivotal questions: “Am I satisfied with my life experience?”; “Who do I want to be now?”; “Who do I want to become?”; “How do I reshape the world I live in to create sufficient space both for my own well-being and for the well-being of those who inherit the fruit of my actions?” Wilson brings forth the most memorable message of how religious life is more connected to common life than most people think, making her book a must read for everyone who wants to be in close communion with his or her inner space.

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The Making of a Pastor/Chaplain * by Rev. Chaplain Barbara Helen Maisonneuve-Wilson
Faith Development as Revealed through the Author’s Own Story and Journey of Faith
Publication Date: December 27, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 183 pages; 978-1-4931-5030-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 183 pages; 978-1-4931-5031-1
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5032-8

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