Author Anna Redsand will be reading from To Drink from the Silver Cup: From Faith Through Exile and Beyond on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 7-9pm at the Vine (lower level of First Place), 207 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids MI. An open discussion will follow the reading.
This soulful story of a lesbian raised by conservative missionary parents on the Navajo reservation describes her courageous journey in search of a faith community. (ISBN 978-1-938288-72-2, $19.95, 320 pages, paperback, September 2016). Wonderful descriptions of life on the reservation and her love of family and community are juxtaposed with the realization that her sexual orientation will exclude her from these relationships.
From the Navajo Nation to Denmark, New Zealand, and back to the Southwest, the author explores her life and beliefs as she searches for acceptance in a faith tradition that will accept her and also respect her social activism. She explores Kriya meditation, Judaism, and Metaphysical Christianity, among other traditions. The topic of sexuality and faith is a timely one, and will make a valuable contribution to conversations about spiritual journey. Anyone who has ever felt outcast from a community they love will especially resonate. The book is published by Terra Nova Books, an independent publisher in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Anna Redsand has a background in education, counseling and writing and is the cofounder of two alternative schools. She taught writing at the University of New Mexico and Western Michigan University, and psychology at Diné College, which serves the Navajo Nation. She has earned advanced degrees in literature, education and clinical counseling. Redsand currently conducts workshops on spiritual journey and finding life purpose. She is also the author of Viktor Frankl: A Life Worth Living and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.