Earlier this week I attended the release party for An Extra Mile, the fourth and final book in the Sensible Shoes series by Sharon Garlough Brown. I’ve had the honor of serving as a “midwife” for this book and for Barefoot (book 3), so this was a special time to celebrate with the author and about a hundred other devoted readers.
An Extra Mile continues the interwoven stories of Hannah, Meg, Mara, and Charissa. The characters, like all of us, are beautiful, messy, and deeply loved by God. Though Meg (I confess, she’s my favorite) is no longer physically present in this final book, her presence is palpable on almost every page. And the character of Meg’s daughter, Becca, is further developed in a powerful story arc.
A fantastic resource for journeying through the forty days of Lent!
As the Sensible Shoes Club walks together from death to life, from cross to Easter, readers can follow in their footprints with spiritual exercises designed to draw us deeper into the heart of Jesus. This is a fantastic resource for journeying through the forty days of Lent (beginning February 14, 2018) to Resurrection Sunday and beyond to Pentecost.
In what readers have come to recognize as Brown’s distinctly poetical and formative prose, An Extra Mile resounds with the truth that death never has the final word:
“We return to places of death, expecting to find death, expecting to tenderly embalm the losses. We come prepared to do so. We’ve got our spices and oils, and we’re ready to weep. We think that what we need help with is rolling away the stone so we can grieve. But we need the stones rolled away so that we can rejoice. So that we can see again that death never has the last word.”
No, death does not have the final word. That word belongs solely to the Lover of our souls, who beckons to us, “Arise!”