By J.D. Hiestand
Why a trip from Zen to Methodism? acquaintances embark on a twin course of discovery whereas using from Portland to Denver. The miles take them in the course of the appealing surroundings of the Pacific Northwest as their souls traverse the non secular landscapes of a life-time. the adventure starts off within the San Francisco Bay zone of the Sixties with the nascent American Zen move led through Shunryu Suzuki. From there it winds over the years, passing via Christianity and pa tradition, John Cage and avant-garde song, the haunting great thing about Taizé worship, Celtic Christianity, religious naturalism, the painful disasters of the trendy church, and the promise the church should still carry. The barren panorama of southern Wyoming turns into a becoming backdrop for one friend's growing to be skepticism because the non secular earlier turns out a growing number of disconnected from the current uncertainty. all at once, the sensible theology of eighteenth-century theologian John Wesley, the founding father of Methodism, deals the potential of merging those disparate non secular studies jointly right into a unmarried pathway. Transformation, even if, necessarily contains loss while the chums locate their roads diverging because the vacation spot techniques: one branching in the direction of desire, and the opposite in the direction of despair.
"Falling throughout the Ice is a web page turner and a fantastically crafted autobiographical tale that draws one into mysteries of selection, and probability, and style. . . . This life-journey, advised as a highway journey, deftly explores key gains of the expansive and level-headed contemplative traditions taught by means of Shunryu Suzuki-roshi and Shalem Institute's Gerald may perhaps. alongside the way in which, the best account of Methodist Christianity's emphases makes transparent that the subtitle 'Zen Methodist' is an expression of profound faithfulness. the tip of the adventure is obviously signaled from the start, and but it includes either shock and puzzle, neither of with a view to be quickly forgotten."
--Catherine L. Kelsey, Dean of the Chapel and religious Formation, The Iliff college of Theology, Denver, CO
"Falling throughout the Ice is a charming narrative of trip and self-discovery situated in either geography and metaphor. It traverses the western panorama of the us and the inner recesses of the soul. the tale takes one from Portland to Denver, from Zen to United Methodism, from the lessons Shunryu Suzuki to John Wesley. The booklet unfolds via a chain of dialogues among associates revealing foundational questions and struggles innate to the human situation and non secular id. it's going to reason the reader to imagine and laugh."
--Steven Lewis, academic and Ecclesiastical advisor, Gresham, OR
"This is an interesting and deeply own account of Hiestand's non secular trip with and during Methodism and Zen Buddhism. He winds out and in of those traditions, negotiating an genuine twin identification that's more and more the norm in American religiosity. His honesty and humanity are obtrusive on each web page, and a person additionally touring one of these trip will locate during this e-book a hot and encouraging companion."
--Jacob N. Kinnard, Professor of Comparative Religions, Iliff institution of Theology, Denver, CO
J. D. Hiestand used to be ordained a United Methodist elder in 2013. He obtained a grasp of Arts in song in 1980, and a grasp of Divinity in 2011. In among, he labored as a working laptop or computer programmer and track director in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. His spouse Vivian can also be an ordained elder. They reside in Colorado and feature sons, grandchildren, and a Bichon-Frisé.