SHEBOYGAN FALLS — Wisconsin novelist Jim Trainor will speak about his most recent book, The Mountain Goat.
The novelist, also an ordained minister, will speak on Thursday, September 21st at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at 104 Elm Street in Sheboygan Falls. The program will begin in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 7:15 PM, immediately following the Thursday worship service at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to the free event.
Trainor’s career as a physicist and his call to the ministry give him a unique and fascinating approach to basic questions of life and love. He says that the Mountain Goat is “a road trip on the dangerous highway to love.”
The story is about an old camper van that was all the main character, Ryan Browning, received from his mother’s estate. Ryan, a thirty-something physicist, has just been fired from his job and could face prosecution for alleged wrongdoing. It might be a good time to hop in that old van and head out on a long road trip, perhaps to never return.
When Ryan goes to the bank to close out his account, he meets the lovely customer service rep, Amanda Seward, who has a few issues of her own. And that’s just the first unexpected encounter on a two-thousand-mile trek through beauty, adventure and danger.
The Mountain Goat follows Ryan and Amanda on an exploration of nature, science and art, life’s meaning, and love. But also leads them face-to-face with a deadly threat far greater than they can imagine. “The book didn’t come only from my imagination,” Trainor says. “I have known some folks in my profession who lived life at the limits—because being a physicist is all bout testing the limits of the way the world works.” He adds, “That’s true also in the work of ministry. As we deal with the issues of life and love, we come upon human limits. And then we come face to face with God. It’s a spiritual journey, whether we know that or not.”
The church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. John Throop, is excited about Trainor’s book, and about the program being offered as a part of the church’s Growing in Faith series.
Trainor has a terrific way of meeting people where they are, in their minds or hearts or lives.” He adds that Trainor gives permission to people to ask the Big Questions of their lives as they read his books. “That’s what spirituality is all about. It’s a great adventure into the mind and heart of God.”
For more information, visit www.stpetersfalls.org or call the church at (920) 467-6639.