By Jim Burklo
While on a hike near his deep southwestern home one morning, a quirky teenager named Joshua T. Stoneburner experiences an apparition in a cholla cactus. Inspired, disturbed, and curious, Joshua goes on a quest to visit every religious community he can find to try to uncover the meaning of his vision. Did he see the mother of God in that cactus? Something else? Joshua isn't giving up till he finds out, even if it turns his teenage years upside-down.
Joshua's search for clues leads him into an array of spiritual experiences, each one packed with characters as enlightening and exasperating as they are entertaining. Along his way, Josh meets stranded Mexican immigrants, a tormented church janitor, a café waitress and her young fraternal twins, and a Native American scout for drug smugglers. As he learns compassion, he teaches his own fumbling father how to love.
In Souljourn, Joshua Stoneburner is a "coyote" spiriting us across the border of laughter and tears and calling us into a newfound appreciation of this country's remarkable religious diversity.
SOULJOURN is a novel with a mission: to inspire readers to explore the world’s religions, in their own “back yards”! SOULJOURN moves people to learn more about their own faiths by engaging personally with religious communities other than their own. It also inspires people to put their faith to work for the common good. The book is a conversation-starter—in living rooms, coffee shops, college dorms, and faith communities everywhere. Become a SOULJOURNER—do what Joshua T. Stoneburner did, and explore the religious diversity of America! Get started at the SOULJOURN blog.
About the Author
Jim Burklo is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. He is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and is the author of three previous books: Open Christianity, Birdlike and Barnless, and Hitchhiking to Alaska: The Way of Soulful Service.
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