"An alert observer, a humble learner, and a sympathetic listener, James Martin is also a first-rate storyteller . . . . His spiritual journey becomes ours in this stirring, joy-filled, beautiful book."
—Ron Hansen, author, Mariette in Ecstasy
"A can't-put-it down page-turner . . . . You will learn about sorrow and injustice on a scale you can scarcely imagine. But you will also witness the triumph of faith and love and the human spirit."
—Catholic News Service
Seamlessly combining spiritual writing, reportage, travel narrative, humor, and recent history, bestselling author James Martin recalls his time as a young Jesuit working with the refugees in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Drawing on his previous experience in the business world, he imagined that he had much to teach the refugees. But they would end up teaching him much more about life, about survival and faith, and about love and friendship.
With stories that are by turns frankly incredible, darkly comic, inspirational, tragic, and always provocative, this compelling work is a wonderfully realized tribute to our shared humanity.
James Martin, S.J., is a Jesuit priest, culture editor of America magazine, and the author of many books including the New York Times best-seller The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life and My Life with the Saints which has sold over 100,000 copies. A frequent commentator on NPR, a recurring guest as "chaplain" to "The Colbert Report," and a blogger on The Huffington Post, he is widely regarded as one of the most popular Catholic writers today.