I opened this fine book out of curiosity, and found it so well written, and so filled with gems, that I knew I had to pass on the good news!
— Richard Rohr, OFM, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation
This unflinching narrative of spiritual transformation will at first captivate and then challenge readers at the depths of their souls.
— Marlene Kropf, professor emerita of spiritual formation and worship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Peterson deftly sketches the optimism that drew her to an intentional Mennonite community as well as the dif culties of community and family life while carrying on conversations with her chosen groupings of Catholic saints. It’s an unexpected juxtaposition that works beautifully.”
— Kaya Oakes, author of Radical Reinvention

Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God Through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints

By author: Christiana N Peterson                      Foreword by: Jon M. Sweeney
ISBN: 9781513801643
Publication Date: 4/17/2018

With untested ideals and a thirst for adventure, Christiana Peterson and her family moved to an intentional Christian farming community in the rural Midwest. It sounded like a simple and faithful way to follow Jesus, not to mention a great place to raise kids. In Mystics and Misfits, Peterson discovers that community life is never really simple and that she needs resources beyond her own to weather the anxiety and exhaustion of trying to save a dying farm and a floundering congregation. She turns to Christian mystics like Francis of Assisi, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day to find sustenance for the everyday struggles and unique hardships of community life. With a contemplative’s spirit and poet’s eye, Peterson leads readers into an encounter with the God of the wild mystics and the weird misfits.

This book is achingly beautiful. It is like a long love letter to holiness.
— Jon Sweeney, author of author of Francis of Assisi in His Own Words, The St. Francis Holy Fool Prayer Book, and many other books
I cried healing tears as I read this book...Breathtaking.
— Amber Haines, author of Wild in the Hollow