Sometimes, one needs a special mentor to find life and its wonder. Sometimes, that mentor is a chair.
“The Chair is Pastor James Campbell’s spiritual odyssey that leads us through the night of emptiness and then emerges into the light of compassion, intervention, and redemption. Through his renovation of a simple chair, reverence for worn out sewing needles in the Japanese celebration of Hari-Kuyo, and reflection upon how stress to the Diamond Willows of Alaska produces works of art, this parable describes Campbell’s own epiphanies during the course of his life travels ministering to the forgotten and broken.
"For members of the helping profession, caregivers, or those looking for meaning in meaningless times, Campbell is a valuable read. He will guide you, literally and figuratively, out of the ruins of the great dust bowl to a peaceful Colorado valley. And he will show you how all these things remain part of your soul."
Steve Schoenmakers, M.S., Superintendent, Retired, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.
With warmth and wit, James Campbell explores one of life’s mysteries: the way ordinary objects acquire meaning in our lives. In literal and symbolic journeys with him across the country and through the years, his old oak chair becomes a catalyst for new discoveries, comic revelations, daydreams, and finally, of blessing. He shares his wisdom, borne of rich experience, and leads us to think about what the things we treasure and what they might mean to us.
Margaret M. Barber, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of English, Colorado State University-Pueblo.
“The Chair is a metaphor, at first puzzling, then intriguing and then a reference to “life.” The book hooked me into experiences of my own life. This was enjoyable, enlightening. I ended the book wanting to know more, unwilling to have to say, “the end.”
Taylor McConnell, Professor Emeritus, Garrett-Evangelical Seminary
Page Count: 82
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: October 8, 2014
Imprint: Sunbury Press