The Gospel of Everyone
A Poetic Retelling of the Gospel of Luke
Imprint: Resource Publications
"In reading Paul Totah's poetic celebrations of characters in the Gospels . . . I found myself marveling at Totah's take on each of them--so much like my own in many respects, and yet so new and fresh to me in other ways. . . . It was the kind of teaching that not only enlightened my mind; it enkindled my heart and triggered in me new flights of imagination. . . . For lovers of Jesus, this is a new kind of treat."
--Robert Blair Kaiser, author of Clerical Error and Inside the Jesuits: How Pope Francis is Changing the Church and the World
"Paul Totah reads the Gospel of Luke in a poetic version that reveals his own spirituality with very human takes on individual figures and stories. These short poems would be useful for personal meditation, as they draw out our own fears, joys and longings. Totah puts the well-known gospel into an engaging modern narrative."
--Eugene Bianchi, Professor of Religion, Emeritus, Emory University
"Based on Luke's Gospel, the book gives voice to the main players of the Gospel, but it also tells stories from the perspectives of minor characters--people Jesus healed and those who watched his ministry. Totah bases his writing on the imaginative practices of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, and this shows in the richly detailed scenes Totah presents. All those in the narrative, including Jesus, come off feeling fully human. The paralytic, who was lowered before Jesus by his friends, says that this allowed him to see himself as "a man loved, still able to love."
--Emma Winters, as reviewed in America Magazine