New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs

Saints and Their Stories

James C. Howell • December 1999

BUY Print $13.99

"These vivid and touching accounts are not only inspirational and enlightening, but they also broaden our perspective of what characterizes a hero."

—Jimmy Carter
Former U.S. president, winner of 2002 Nobel Peace Prize

Do you wonder how you can make a difference? Worry whether you have the courage to dare the impossible? Take heart! Everyone has wrestled with thoughts of inadequacy and fallibility at some point in their lives-even spiritual "giants."

Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs gives you a glimpse inside the lives of regular, everyday people who made a profound impact on the world through their service to God.

"This is a book of stories, my personal favorites, really," writes Howell. "These friends of God are not superhuman or the elite. They are flesh and blood, just like you and me. And that is the point. It's important to remember that the most ordinary soul possesses the most extraordinary gift."

Read about Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who devoted their lives to helping those who could not help themselves. Experience the stories of Sojourner Truth and Billy Graham. Learn about singing saints Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, and John Newton. Meet misfit Francis of Assisi and Clarence Jordan, creator of The Cotton Patch Bible.

An engaging page-turner, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs proves that God blesses every one of us with a special gift we can use to light the world. Discover a world of saints whose faith, hope, and action will encourage and inspire you to make a difference.

Dare to attempt great things for God!

Categories: Discipleship, Generosity
James C. Howell is senior pastor, Myers Park United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC. A native of Columbia, SC, he studied chemistry and physics at the University of South Carolina. He holds a PhD and MDiv from Duke University. Howell has published 20 books, including Why This Jubilee?, Yours Are the Hands of Christ, and Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs. Biking, hiking, and reading fill his spare time. He and his wife, Lisa, a photographer and community activist, have three grown children.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-0906-1

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: December 1999

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 192

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christianity / Saints & Sainthood

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