A Stranger s Gift True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places From Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Hallman comes thirteen beautifully crafted stories that gently guide readers into the hallways of faith openly asking questions exploring scenarios and finally

  • Title: A Stranger's Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places
  • Author: Tom Hallman Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781451617504
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Hallman comes thirteen beautifully crafted stories that gently guide readers into the hallways of faith openly asking questions, exploring scenarios, and finally coming to the beginnings of a breathing faith.Tom Hallman s unexpected journey toward faith began with a routine assignment to write a feature piece for The Oregonian newspapFrom Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Hallman comes thirteen beautifully crafted stories that gently guide readers into the hallways of faith openly asking questions, exploring scenarios, and finally coming to the beginnings of a breathing faith.Tom Hallman s unexpected journey toward faith began with a routine assignment to write a feature piece for The Oregonian newspaper He begrudgingly found himself in an African American church on a Sunday morning out of place, uncomfortable, and ready to leave from the moment he got there But he accidentally found something he wasn t looking for he saw faith and prayer in action And that seeing stirred a curious hunger in him that he d never known before Compelled by this initial experience, Hallman began to seek out men and women across the country who believed And these people whom he calls his faith teachers became characters in thirteen stories of exploration In this book, readers will meet ordinary people and be drawn into conversations that ask probing, almost intrusive questions from the ache of a mother who watched her baby die after only twenty days of struggling for life to the peaceful strength of a man working with those whose present situations mirror his past As the book and stories progress, two narratives unfold Hallman s story and exploration of faith, and the stories of the people he met.

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    About “Tom Hallman Jr.

    1. Tom Hallman Jr. says:

      I started my career in New York City right out of college I was hired to work as a copy editor for a series of upscale home decorating magazines I had a fancy desk that looked out over the St Regis Hotel, and I was so impressed with myself that on the masthead I had my name listed as Thomas B Hallman Jr.This was back in 1977 Son of Sam, the Blackout and Reggie Jackson hitting three home runs in the World Series My first week there, I lost 20 in a three card Monte scam played by Times Square hustlers.I lived in an old hotel that was being converted into an apartment building The place was filled with a strange mix of residents Young people trying to make it in the city, old people being pushed out of the building by the owner, and artists and musicians, some on the way up, but than a few on their way down.I arrived in New York City with 750, a loan I had taken out at the credit union to use as an emergency fund I promptly set up a bachelor pad I bought a stereo, a three piece sectional sofa that I hauled piece by piece up Broadway and a glass topped coffee table.And then I was fired.I returned to my hometown Portland, Oregon with only the stereo and loan payments since I couldn t sell the furniture and had to leave it all behind One day I spotted a classified ad placed by the editor of a small, Eastern Oregon weekly looking for a reporter The interview took place at the local coffee shop He was stunned that someone who had just been in New York City was interested in a job in Hermiston known as Oregon s watermelon capital He hired me on the spot.I m now a senior reporter at The Oregonian, where I ve worked for 32 years I ve written numerous stories for Reader s Digest, and won every major feature writing award, some multiple times I was twice a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.I ve also worked at a car wash, a grocery store and a greyhound race track I had a stint as a bartender for one week, and was once an answer to a question on the television show Jeopardy.My wife and I have two daughters.And, by the way, I still have the stereo I bought in New York City.



    2 thoughts on “A Stranger's Gift: True Stories of Faith in Unexpected Places

    1. Book Title: "A Stranger’s Gift”Author: Tom Hallman, Jr.Published By: Howard BooksAge Recommended: 17+Reviewed By: Kitty BullardRaven Rating: 5Review: This book is a valuable collection of inspirational stories that will help you through your life in many ways. Tom Hallman, Jr. takes you on a journey that will move you and bring you closer to God.A beautiful book, one to cherish and keep on the shelf to read again and again.

    2. The author approaches his journey to faith analytically—as befits a journalist trained in the ‘who, what, where, and when of things.’ A novelist myself, an early scene in the book grabbed at me. On September 11, 2001, Tom’s flight home from Chicago had turned back to O’hare. Subsequently, Hallman found himself on a Westbound Amtrak, the passengers all encapsulated in a bubble, totally thrown off their routine by the events of the day. Bunched together in the dining car, the passengers [...]

    3. When I picked up this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Was I about to read a book that would hold my interest, or one that would just come across as preachy? Would I find myself able to relate to the people portrayed in it's pages? The answer to both questions is that Tom Hallman has written a book that is utterly engaging, sure to capture your attention from start to finish, and one that is filled with everyday people whose lives reflect the uncertainty and doubt and moments of discove [...]

    4. A Stranger’s Gift by Tom Hallman Jr. Howard Books – April 3, 20112TomahallmanFacebook: YesTwitter: thallmanjrSource: Libby Reed from Howard Books for Review Rating: This book wasn’t for me. I received a copy of this book, free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion. This is a book that I struggled a lot with. Faith is such a deeply personal experience that I am not sure if my opinion even matters. I didn’t really connect with the stories of the people’s faith experiences. This ma [...]

    5. This book is a conundrum for me!My wife and I have been reading it to each other in the evenings. It is often tedious yet is a book that keeps drawing you back for more. Tom Hallman is a Pulitzer winning journalist who documents his own personal journey from indifferent agnostic to growing believer in Jesus. He illustrates that journey by telling of the people God brought into his life at just the right moment to either help him find answers to the questions which troubled him or to nudge him a [...]

    6. I am not exactly sure what I expected this book to be, but having met the author at a Poynter Institute writers' workshop, I had very high expectation as his feature writing is highly acclaimed. I think I expected to be immediately transformed and whisked away by emotion as I read Hallman's book – but I was not. 'Faith' does make a number of points that encourage one to look within themselves, but the stories of the people whose paths crossed his in his faith journey, did leave me unsatisfied [...]

    7. Having finished this book about a week ago, I've been trying to decide what to write about for this review. It is a book that will stay with me for years to come. While it isn't Pulitzer prize writing, it is so honest and transparent that the stories, both Hallmans' personal story and the stories of the "strangers" whose gifts were given - speak to the readers' heart. My personal thoughts and feelings about faith are changed, expanded, and enriched.****Reading Hallman's pieces in the Oregonian i [...]

    8. Well written. I liked his premise that faith is best pursued with questionsever inconvenient or distressing. the stories he used were interesting. However, I gave it away before I finished it - some of the messages being put forward just didn't correspond closely enough to my beliefs.

    9. I love stories of authentic spiritual quests. Tom and I share in Carl Parsons' story - so I feel involved in the book. But read it to help you write the story of your journey!

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