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Earning Innocence is here!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!

Wait, did I mention my book is here?

I am excited for you, my friend, to get your hands on a copy and read it. You can do so here: Order please!

But as we both wait, here are some gracious endorsements by three writers that I admire greatly:

“Stunningly intimate, Earning Innocence makes poetry of the undramatic life of ministry, fatherhood, and marriage. It doesn’t simply reveal life; it allows it to sing, no more so than in its notes of loss and grief. Rendered simply and without ostentation, Taylor-Troutman’s words captivated me. I read them all in one sitting. And afterward, after I had cried and laughed, I felt a bit like the boy in the book who falls before the cross and wails–and wakes to feel cleansed.”
–Patrick David Heery, editor of Presbyterians Today
“This book is a quiet wonder, a memoir of the soul. As bespeaks its title, it lures you in and earns your respect. Taylor-Troutman builds no case. Rather, he honors, to cite him, the mystery that ‘it is the story that carries the light.’ Characters are narrative worlds orbiting the arc of Taylor-Troutman’s universe, promising us that in their gift of being alive we will be invited to recognize our own gift of life. Taylor-Troutman keeps that promise. Take. Read. Savor.
–E. Carson Brisson, Associate Professor of Biblical Languages, Union Presbyterian Seminary; Associate Editor, Between Text and Sermon; Essayist,FOCUS Magazine

“Lean and taut but also somehow immense in mercy and attentiveness and humility; the sort of lovely book that you hate to finish, and slow down near the end, and ponder the people in the pages long after you have finished reading. A remarkable and moving and haunting work.”
–Brian Doyle, author of Mink River




About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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