In Practicing Resurrection, Jeanie Miley reflects on the myriad ways the final line of a Wendell Berry poem shaped her understanding of God’s presence in her life—and its meaning for all Christians who yearn for strength and hope in the face of life’s difficulties. This “resurrection principle,” as Miley calls it, affirms that God is working for good in all of creation. In the midst of trouble and trauma, we can find hope by cultivating the presence of the Living Christ.
Through stories of her own literal and metaphorical journeys toward hope and renewal, Miley demonstrates that when we face hardship or the inevitable, difficult transitions in life, we may practice resurrection—and trust steadily in the goodness and mercy of God.
At a time in history when humans are more affluent, healthier, and have never been more in command of nature, levels of depression, anxiety, and despair are higher in the West and developing world than they have ever been. Practicing Resurrection penetrates this irony with gospel hope. Writer, teacher, and spiritual guide Jeanie Miley ushers the reader through life’s dramas, drawbacks, and devastations with an engaging and encouraging style of writing. The compelling narrative of her own experiences and insights into hope are illumined by lyrical reflections of God’s faithfulness through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The fruit of a lifetime of faithful ministry through writing, Practicing Resurrection is another gift from Jeanie Miley of grace and hope.
President Campbell University
Jeanie’s book is a wonderful reminder that God can be found in the everyday experiences of life. Jeanie weaves emotions, wisdom, Scripture, and years of experience into stories that help the reader to see God with new eyes. It is through Jeanie’s stories of laughter, challenging conversations, travel, movies, tragedies, the death of dear friends, or a walk in the outdoors that the reader catches glimpses of a God who is present, active, and full of life—drawing us ever toward hope and resurrection.
—Karen G. Massey
Associate Dean McAfee School of Theology
Resurrection happens. Jeanie Miley leads us to explore the creative impulse of a loving God who, with tenderness and surprise, will bring us back to life over and over in the course of our imperfect life pilgrimages. This book helps the reader be on the lookout for signposts of resurrection and the creative future awaiting each pilgrim.
Executive Coordinator Cooperative Baptist Fellowship