‘Other Roads Less Traveled’

Some Pathways of Life Seldom Explored

"Other Roads Less Traveled: Some Pathways of Life Seldom Explored." Charles Shannon Mallory, DD. Bloomington, Ind.: iUniverse LLC, 2014. 286 pp.

“Other Roads Less Traveled: Some Pathways of Life Seldom Explored.” Charles Shannon Mallory, DD. Bloomington, Ind.: iUniverse LLC, 2014. 286 p

In “Other Roads Less Traveled” (iUniverse LLC, 2014), Charles Shannon Mallory takes an unconventional approach to Christian issues such as betrayal, the meaning of life and life after death.

Chapter titles such as “Don’t Believe Everything You Think,” “There Are Many Good Pathways to God” and “Life Is Holy With or Without Religion” provide readers with an early clue that this is not your standard collection of sermons.

Perhaps the most telling title is for Chapter 1: “Fifty Years Chasing Truth and Justice.”  Mallory, retired bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real (California) and the first Anglican bishop of Botswana, brings to this work his many years of experience living and working in emerging countries around the world, including under the apartheid regime of South Africa and during the brutal dictatorship of Idi Amin in Uganda.

Provocative yet grounded, Mallory’s sermons take readers on a journey in pursuit of truth and justice around the globe. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes in the Forward, “This is more than a collection of sermons: they are essays on vital current issues which we all need to engage. … His words may stretch your mind and challenge your assumptions.”

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“An insightful pastor of the human condition, Mallory lures and prods us into new ways of thinking, seeing, and acting as those beloved of God. Ancient and postmodern wisdom are both on offer here, lyrical and provocative, lovely and wondrous connections, in service of truly good news for all humanity and all creation. This is creative and expansive gospel – turn in here and savor the feast!” — The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church

“’Other Roads Less Traveled’ tells a story of someone who refuses to settle for the shibboleths that pass as answers to our deepest issues of faith. The sermons are of a type that, after you read them, you will not forget how you were led, step by step, into a greater understanding of the Christian faith.” — The Rev. Dr. Roger O. Douglas, rector emeritus, St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson, Ariz.


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