Saved by Grace, Liberal in Mercy

by Mike Cowan, PhD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/29/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9798385008544
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9798385008551
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 254
ISBN : 9798385008568

About the Book

In proud tradition of the Southern storyteller, author Mike Cowan shares stories from his life that have molded him into the rarest of creatures, a White, evangelical Christian and a bleeding-heart, liberal Democrat.

From conversion as a child through spiritual formation as an adult, Cowan recounts the struggles he has faced in a church that was founded in defense of the evil of slavery and the consequent vestiges of systemic racism, in a church that has increasingly dallied with the chauvinism of Christian nationalism, and in a church that is currently in a season of reckoning about congregant sexual abuse by clergy and the disgrace of deception by executive denominational leadership.

Through it all, from the enduring influence of parents and grandparents, yellow-dog Democrats all, Cowan details his commitment of the next season of his life in support of voting rights, public education, gun control and the science of climate change.

The longer we live, the more we understand life is a delicate balance of competing forces. In Saved by Grace, Liberal in Mercy, Cowan navigates one of our greatest cultural divides and lives to celebrate it.

About the Author

Mike Cowan earned a BS in English Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia; an MA in Teaching English from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Saint Louis University. He taught in Missouri public schools for forty years, eighteen as high school English teacher, speech and debate coach, director of theatre and twenty-two as high school principal. In retirement, Cowan has divided his time between his beloved hometown of Oak Ridge, MO, and his second home in the historic Central West End of the city of St. Louis. Cowan professed his belief in Jesus Christ at age ten and has been an active layperson in the Southern Baptist Church throughout his life.