In this collection of narrative poems, best-selling author Ann Weems reflects on the church of her childhood and youth, writing about her personal faith story as it developed amid the influences of family, culture, and religion. The daughter of a minister, she also reflects on the contemporary church—mourning, eloquently, the condition of the church today, charging that it has put process over people, division over unity, corporate strategizing over conversation and consultation with God. These poems contain moving meditations on such themes and life experiences as family, church, community life, friendship, love, hate, bigotry, devotion, and responsibility, all informed and supported by Weem’s strong Christian faith. In these poems Weems issues an impassioned call for a renewed faith and sense of justice in the church. Westminster John Knox.