by Lindsey Krinks – Brazos Press
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“Readers looking for ways to get involved in their communities will find plenty to motivate them in Krinks’s personal testament.”
At age twenty, Lindsey Krinks thought she had her life figured out. But a devastating injury and an unexpected encounter with a homeless organizing group disrupted her plans and opened her eyes to the immense suffering and injustice around her. Awakened to a fierce pursuit of justice and a faith that called her to “pray with her feet,” Krinks plunged into the underside of American society, where she found both staggering loss and astounding love.
As a street chaplain, activist, and cofounder of Open Table Nashville, Krinks takes us on an unforgettable spiritual journey to tent cities, alleys, slums, and the front lines of movements for justice. Praying with Our Feet challenges preconceptions about people who live on the streets, calling us to move from charity to justice and to get our hands dirty in the struggle for a better world.
Readers who are dismayed by the world’s suffering but don’t know where to start will find much inspiration in this intimate and moving book. Includes end-of-book discussion questions for each chapter.
“I wholeheartedly say amen to Praying with Our Feet.The continued growth of poverty and homelessness in the richest country in the world is a moral failing and a social sin. The story Lindsey Krinks tells in her book is one of an important and needed ministry of work with the poor and homeless.”
—Willie Baptist, activist, educator, author, and formerly homeless father
“I took up this book expecting a study of the integration of action and contemplation. What I was delighted to find was a superbly written story about the life-forming experiences that brought Krinks to such integration.”
—Paul Quenon, Abbey of Gethsemani; author of In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoir
“Our world desperately needs not only our caring but also our actions to heal and to continue to point us to the new heaven and new earth where justice and love find their home. This is a powerful book of stories that will keep you reading. Read. Be challenged. Act.”
—Emilie M. Townes, dean and distinguished professor of womanist ethics and society, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
“Thoughtfully crafted and powerfully told, Praying with Our Feet is a story of a movement growing from those who are homeless but not helpless coming together to demand dignity, life, and change. I thank Krinks for treating the lives and wounds of so many of God’s people as serious and sacred, and for recognizing these people as moral and political agents of change.”
—Liz Theoharis, cochair, Poor People’s Campaign; codirector, Kairos: The Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary