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Beyond The Possible by Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani

Beyond_the_Possible22037-0_largeHey all, short review today since I’m still sick and want to go back to sleep.  But I really want to encourage you to read Beyond The Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change In A Community Called Glide. 

I think you’ll be better for it.  I am.

It’s hard for me to read or watch the news and not feel depressed afterward.  Stories of real compassion and acceptance don’t make for the sorts of screeching headlines that rack of page views and shares, because they don’t provide the viral-making qualities of sorrow and outrage.

This book is the opposite of most of the news. 

Beyond The Possible is a book about the Glide Memorial Church, and so it is a story about compassion and acceptance.  I wasn’t very familiar with Glide before this book, although I did know they had a rocking choir.

During the 60s, Glide had an almost totally white, conservative congregation.

It would change drastically over the next few decades, welcoming everyone into their church. As the flap copy puts it,

“Rev. Williams and Janice Mirikitani welcomed the underground characters, criminals, prostitutes, drug dealers, and everyone into the church.  They offered joy to all of us.”

This is a book about people who’s lives changed for the better because of Pastor Cecil Williams and his wife, Janice Mirikitani.  It’s about racism, gay rights, and true acceptance.

I hate that this feels like a rarity to me me, but this is a book about good people trying to do good things.

It made me smile, laugh, and almost brought me to tears a couple of times.  And I’ll read it again, which is the highest compliment I can give to a book.  I believe that these are people worth emulating, and spending time in their company was a joy.

And now ends the somewhat-rambling, codeine-cough-syrup influenced review. I have a lot more to say about this book, but I don’t trust myself to say anything well right now.

Happy Wednesday.



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  • Jen Forbus February 9, 2013, 1:26 pm

    I agree. It’s so nice to find some redemption in mankind through stories like this!

    • Josh Hanagarne February 9, 2013, 2:32 pm

      If you read it, let me know what you think, please.

  • Heather J. @ TLC February 17, 2013, 6:47 pm

    I hope you’re feeling better by now!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this inspiring book. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.