I also liked that it included what happened even when Spurlock left for another church, showing that it was God working through Spurlock and that He could still work in the church regardless of who was leading it. The real Michael Spurlock went on to become part of the clergy at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. There were the attractive pastor and his family who solved all problems within the film's under-two-hour time frame. He also faced less resistance from those around him than he expected. Subtitled The Surprising True Story of How Refugees from Burma Brought Life to a Dying Church, this book shows how God works in human lives, cultures, and institutions. There were other obstacles, like the 2010 flood that devastated Nashville and the surrounding region. The church pastor and members end up befriending and working together with the Burmese, and all ends up well.
So here are All Saints is about a small Episcopal church in Tennessee that is slated for closure due to declining membership and an inability to pay its bills. As Anglicans, they shared many similarities with the Episcopal Church. All Saints by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle is such a book. Anyhow, it's an inspirational story, so if you're I haven't seen the movie, so this review is entirely concerning the book. This book, which tells the true story behind the recently released movie, is a bit lackluster.
Into their midst walked a small group of refugees - sent to check out the local Episcopal Church. The pastor decides to challenge the church to help with their needs and to keep the doors open. The story was very giving, challenging and encouraging for all Saint in community no matter what they are from and how they had become now but we are all going to the same church and believe in the same of Jesus Christ what giving us to be a part of a community and the fellowship of a big family of Christian. Michael must choose between closing the church and selling the property--or listening to a still, small voice challenging the people of All Saints to risk it all and provide much-needed hope to their new community. But everyone quickly bounced back. Imagine being called to lead a church with issues.
That is exactly what Reverend Spurlock was faced with. But the transformed lives did not stop there - it would include, over time, members of the Smyrna community, both its general population and its officials police, government, etc. These Burmese attenders continued to come and they grew. This book shows what it is to do as God and Christ command and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. This is a rare instance where I feel like the movie was better than the book. All Saints, written by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle, is the true story behind the movie. The choices we make always affect the people around us, be it positive or negative.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. So first I read the book and then I saw the movie. Reverend Michael Spurlock felt called to lead a struggling, in more ways than one, All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee. Yes, this book is about a pastor and members of the church. Like in the movie, they asked if they could plant crops on the church property to provide for their families, and if possible, to help the church at the same time.
All Saints' Church in Smyrna, Tennessee didn't have the money to remain in operation. It is not just the story of the how All Saints church and Burmese refugees united as brothers and sisters in Christ, but the way the people involved were prepared for this time by God in their own personal life experiences. I suspect the difficulty of community life was not fully unveiled to keep the story flowing. I will say that I had hoped to learn more about All Saints' split that happened just prior to Rev. Together, they risk everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all. With a lot of hard work from the both the Anglo and Karen church members and a lot of miracles from God and help from friends, soon All Saints is the fastest growing church in Tennessee. Imagine your very first posting out of seminary is a church that seems beyond saving.
I want to start out by saying that I knew there was a movie but did not know what it was about and then saw the book on NetGalley. The church had suffered through many of it's members leaving. Discover the true story that inspired the film while also diving deeper into the background of the Karen people, the church, and how a community of believers rally to reach out to those in need, yet receive far more than they dared imagine. Members of our church book club chose this book, and I'm glad they did. Being from the south and having been part of a church that split, I related to this part of the story so much! He is currently on the clergy staff at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. But when the church hesitantly begins welcoming Karen refugees from Burma--former farmers scrambling for a fresh start in America--Michael feels called to an improbable new mission.
This is even more so in the movie - quite different than the book, but still entertaining and inspiring. The All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee was the first church he served after finishing school. The story of the Karen people's arrival at All Saints outlined in the movie took place in 2008. At one point, the project almost cost Spurlock his life. This book was a wonderful story writing and compelling to read with all those word are worth capturing and inspiring for all saint hat had living life with facing for all of faith, struggling.
This book is a great read that can be accomplished in about a day or so - at least that's how long it took me to read it. I gave it 4 stars and I have to say, I'm going to have to see that movie now. All Saints is about a small Episcopal church in Tennessee that is slated for closure due to declining membership and an inability to pay its bills. In 2004, he began his studies at the Nashotah House Theological Seminary under the auspices of the Bishop of Tennessee. Did the church really welcome approximately 70 refugees who became part of the congregation? The book gives much more detail on all aspects of the story.
Pastor Spurlock, the church, and the Karen would need to learn to trust God if the church was going to survive. Subtitled The Surprising True Story of How Refugees from Burma Brought Life to a Dying Church, this book shows how God works in human lives When we think about church history, our minds often go back to Reformation times in Europe but, of course, God works throughout the whole world and all time. There is sadness and trauma, but also much laughter in how God answers prayer - but not always in the ways that one expects. This is a strong encouragement that God is always at work and we just need to look to see where he wants us to join in. There was Forest, the ornery old man who started out anti-everything and ended up the church's biggest supporter. The parts that stand out the most to me is how the people in the All Saints church and the refugees do not want to have separate services. In real life, the couple was younger and had a baby.