"The plan of this book is simple. I have grouped together men and women whose lives show us a certain truth about human experience. There are eight of these groups, and each group is introduced by a short reflection. I invite you to meet these people. If meeting them allows us to see that we have the guidance of God on our life's journey, then I will, at least by my own measuring, have succeeded in the work". -- Intro., p. 8.
"Where can we find truly inspiring models of leadership, friendship, creativity, and humanity to guide and motivate us today ? How can we deal constructively with human shortcomings that continually trouble our world ? Reflecting on twenty-nine well-known biblical characters -- including Moses, Abraham, Bathsheba, Naomi, Pontius Pilate, and Jesus himself -- Herbert O'Driscoll shows how their strivings to live wisely, fully, and joyfully have timeless relevance for us. In our daily struggles with faith and wilderness, self-worth and failure, courage and guilt, power and weakness, we share much with our biblical ancestors. Learning from their journeys with God can deeply enrich our own spiritual journey." -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction / Herbert O'Driscoll -- Thinking Creatively -- 1. A Leap in Faith -- 2. A Larger God -- 3. A Dream of the Future -- The Challenge of Leadership -- 4. Facing the Wilderness -- 5. Courage Under Fire -- 6. Recognizing Loyalty -- 7. A Serious Commitment -- 8. A Recipe for Survival -- Accepting Responsibility -- 9. The Cost of Integrity -- 10. A Presence Beyond Panic -- 11. A Welcoming Community -- 12. A Lived Commitment -- Struggling with Our Humanity -- 13. A Walk in Darkness -- 14. Realizing Self-Worth -- 15. A Grace Beyond Failure -- Moments of Self-Discovery -- 16. A Turning for Home -- 17. An Acknowledgement of Guilt -- 18. An Unnecessary Burden -- Acknowledging Our Flaws -- 19. The Weakness of Power -- 20. The Greatest Gift -- 21. An Uneasy Crown -- Preserving Hope -- 22. Resisting Domination -- 23. A Quest for Healing -- 24. Acknowledging One's Humanity -- 25. The Years of Maturing -- In Lasting Friendship -- 26. A Longing for Companionship -- 27. A Discovery of Maturity -- 28. A Moment of Honesty -- 29. A Loving Faithfulness -- Lectionary References.