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Steady & Trembling
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Beyond the White Noise
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Praise for Steady and Trembling: Art, Faith and Family in an Uncertain World

  Praise for
Beyond the White Noise

"Montgomery-Fate opens himself to the natural world with a vigor that would delight Thoreau.  The prose is clear as running water, and the guiding genius behind the words invites readers back to the daily miracles in their own lives."
  — Philip Gerard, author of
      Creative Nonfiction:
      Crafting Stories of Real Life

“Art and prayer, Tom Montgomery Fate writes, are acts of attention, efforts to wake up to what surrounds and fills us.  These incisive, lyrical meditations  demonstrate the possibility and the value of such an awakening, even in a life as crowded as yours or mine.”
  — Scott Russell Sanders, author of  
      The Force of Spirit
      A Private History of Awe

"Part memoir, part meditation, part prayer,  Tom Montgomery Fate’s Steady and Trembling is completely absorbing.  The writer, guided by instinct, graces the book with both a lyrical flow and a rootedness in the modest, everyday details of a life. This book was for me both companionable and wise."
  — Stuart Dybek, author of
      The Coast of Chicago
      I Sailed with Magellan 

“Steady & Trembling opens time and allows one to think about things that matter: the lessons and the power of the natural world, the too-busy hustle-shuffle of our children, and the divine inspiration that animates and transforms it all.  It fed the hungriest parts of my ragged soul.”

  — Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune
  “Montgomery Fate explores listening as a political moral task of privileged culture crossers.  Through engaged personal narrative, he peels to the core of the practice of solidarity.  This is a book that upends flaccid multicultural studies curriculums.”
  — Renny Golden, author of
      Blood Desert

“Can we ever cross cultural boundaries with integrity?  Beyond the White Noise leads us on a journey of listening with intensity to the sounds a culture makes when it’s not being drowned out with good intentions.” 
  — Susan  Thistlethwaite, author of
      Casting Stones

“...a compelling and thoughtful account of the dilemmas encountered by people going from powerful, rich cultures to work among the poor majority of the world—also a wonderful source of insights into cross-cultural learning.”
  — Robert  Schreiter, author of
      Peacebuilding: Ethics and Practice


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