Letters to Exodus Christians

Letters to Exodus Christians

Comfort and Hope for Those Who Have Trouble Going to Church 

Author: Edward M. Hays

Price: $11.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-0-939516-82-7

Imprint: Forest of Peace

On-sale date: October 1, 2008

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Fans of Edward Hays's earlier books will recognize themselves or loved ones in these courageous letters from this trusted spiritual guide. A priest for fifty years, Hays understands the pain and anguish of Catholics and other Christians who feel disheartened by or alienated from the church. These letters offer compassion, spiritual guidance, and good reason to hope for these "Exodus Christians" and for those who provide them pastoral care. He reminds his readers that being a faithful disciple of Christ means much more than going to church every Sunday and challenges them to live the gospel every day of the week.


"Refreshingly honest."

"A delightful and refreshingly honest exploration of the contemporary exodus from the institutional church. Food in the desert, indeed, for all those struggling to find their way in our shifting ecclesiastical times."

Edwina Gateley, Author of In God's Womb

"Profoundly needed hope."

"Ed Hays has listened to stories of Catholics and other Christians alienated from their church. In these letters, he shines light in the darkness, offering comfort and profoundly needed hope."

Tom Fox, National Catholic Reporter


"In Letters to Exodus Christians, Father Edward Hays enfolds us in his compassion and reveals through these heartfelt letters the tremendous value of active listening and true pastoral care for those who feel estranged, rejected, or betrayed by the church."

Robert J. Bowers
Consultant for Outreach and Reconciliation
The Paulist Center, Boston

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