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Interrupted Presence

Eleven Stories of Finding God in Times of Trouble
Mark Evans Piper
152 pages

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Interrupted by life?

Of course you’ve been! You are a human being, after all. But how do you react to unexpected intrusions? That is the main question raised by this provocative collection from eleven perceptive spiritual seekers. Here are original stories of  “interruptions” they experienced in their own lives that resulted in new insight or revelation or growth — each in his or her own voice, for the first time in print.

  • Clarissa Valbuena Aljentera: It was “what if” after “what if” that came tumbling out in tears.
  • Stuart Wilson-Smith, CSP: Why was I so confused all the time?
  • Danielle R. Ayodele: The question remained suspended in the air, “May I pray for you?”  
  • Mariam Pera: This couldn’t wait until Monday. This was real identity theft.
  • Marlon Bobier Vargas, SVD: A series of flashbacks of forgotten memories disturbed me.
  • Natalie Crary: I’ve worked so hard! Can I not have a single day to relax?  
  • Darius A. Villalobos: My uncle had given me one last gift.  
  • Marissa Butler, RSM: The only words I heard were, “I see God in you, you see God in me.”  
  • Isaac Garcia: I screamed, “Lord have mercy!” from a place I never knew existed.  
  • Vivian Cabrera: The most terrible things of the abuse I remember most vividly.  
  • Mark Evans Piper: The return to normalcy remains elusive.  

Interrupted Presence features the writing of young adults from a variety of backgrounds — many, but not all, practicing Catholics — who discovered the presence of grace in the process of having their daily lives interrupted by something to which they had to respond. This collection was conceived, compiled, and edited by Mark Evans Piper, Director of Ministry and Mission Advancement for the Sisters of the Cenacle of the North American Province. Piper is a Mercy Associate, an alumnus of Amate House, a Young Voices contributor for the National Catholic Reporter, and lives in Chicago with his wife and their two young children. The authors of the stories are profiled in short biographies in the back of the book.

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  1. Extraordinary Stories from Extraordinary Writers 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 24th 2021

    I needed to be some place where I wouldn't be interrupted and that place was the hair salon. I had 3 hours of uninterrupted time to read this amazing book from front to back. I smiled as I read the various stories. All were excellent but Eulogizing Tio Juno is my favorite because it resonated with me on many levels. I smiled, I cried and I smiled again. The stories are heartfelt and well written which made for excellent reading. Not too long. Just right for me. Sharing with family and friends. Kudos to all involved!

  2. Did somebody say, 'Omnipresence'? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 21st 2021

    The experiences of 11 folks who discovered the presence of the Divine in many frustrating and often annoying everyday human events. Accessible and thought provoking.

  3. Would reccomend 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 8th 2021

    I absolutely loved reading this book. Great stories by great people.

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