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Like all other Barefoot Guides, this book has been written by people working in community to be used by people who are also working in community. This is a book of real stories, questions and reflections. We try to appeal to diverse human senses and ways of learning, so you will find illustrations and poetry to accompany and illuminate the text.

This was written as a collaboration, in a series of “writeshops” and many deep dialogues. We hope that through the stories, you will experience our collective striving to integrate and practice our deepest spiritual calling—to love God with our whole heart, body and mind and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Here are some things you can do:


Download the book for free.


Hear the authors read their stories.


Use our Road Maps to help you facilitate discussions and studies.


Discover more about the streams of thought that guide our exploration.


What happens in the space where hurt and hope intersect?


Add your own voice and wisdom to the conversation.

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.