Maria Garriott's A Thousand Resurrections is the story of the Garriott family's ministry work in a poverty-stricken community. Garriott's struggle to balance the interests of her family's Pen Lucy ministry, along with her marriage and children, is evident in this touching and inspiring account.
With a realistic, heartfelt, and even humorous style, Garriott draws her readers into the very heart of her trials and triumphs. As a wife, mother, college graduate, and woman who seeks to do God's work through helping those in need, Maria Garriott has written a truly unique and candid retelling of her experiences in urban Baltimore.
Maria Garriott never sugarcoats the details of her story. From dealing with a drunken lay leader to protecting her children from the harsh realities of poor urban life, or trying to, Garriott provides a wonderful resource for people considering urban ministry.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone curious about the realities of urban life and ministry, or ready for a dose of reality about the life of the urban poor. A Thousand Resurrections is a treasure written by a highly educated woman who has “been there, done that,” and has now told all about it. Maria Garriott is an author worth remembering, and her church planting story not to be missed. – Meg D. R. Tepfer, Christian Book Previews.com
What would make a young, gifted college student well postured to achieve her place in the American dream decide to pursue another dream—one that would force her to take food stamps and move into a violent urban community? What would sustain her for over two decades while she raised five children in a context of failed educational systems, lead poisoning, and chronic theft? What would eventually compel her to move and yet still embrace the issues of city? This is one woman’s story of a return to a city that many have fled. It is about the challenges, heartbreaks, lessons, and joys of a woman participating in the transformation of the city while being transformed herself.