“Cristy lays some heavy shit on us in Sunday by Sunday,” according to fan Brad Smith, pictured here on his front porch.
My co-worker at Jubilee, 20-year-old Erika, is loving Sunday by Sunday. Ian, another volunteer, caught her on camera reading in the library. In her words: “I like the intricacy of the characters and how they intertwine with Rose’s faith journey. My favorite, Mindy, grabbed my attention with her raw approach to Christianity and her fresh and spunky insights.” How gratifying and satisfying when younger generations enjoy great-grandma Rose and her gang.
This theologically sound novel is packed with practical insight about…what it means to live a life of faith on the uncharted landscape of the twenty-first century… a great study book on practical Christianity and the meaning of Christian discipleship.
—The Rev. Jay Walkington, Ringwood IL
Cristy has a unique and very spiritual approach to storytelling. Honest, funny, surprising, sad, nostalgic and REAL!
–Mary Sue Stalling, Melbourne FL
I’m reeeely enjoying reading this book. Trying not to read too many Sundays at a time so it will last longer. What a great idea for a book Cristy Fossum had — and how well she weaves the journal into it! I find “Rose and her faith adventures” (as she noted in my autographed copy) portrayed in a way that puts me there — with her — as she tells her story.
—Millie Carter, Albemarle NC
Circumstantially you covered the widest range of topics all current day to this point. Your treatment of the human dilemma is from grace and kindness. Of course I can identify with all of this because we live it daily. I’d like to know how this book is received by the unchurched or non believers. I think ultimately, this book bears witness to anyone who reads it as a representation of life of those who love God and who are loved by God. This shows throughout in their love for one another.
—Gene Palmer, Columbia SC
I am going to read the book again and read the assigned Bible passages. I didn’t take the time to read those the first time, because I wanted to get into the story. I absolutely loved Rose and could see a little bit of a lot of people I have known in each of the characters. I cannot wait for the next books to be published!”
—Sheila MacDougall, McHenry IL
While we were on vacation we read Sunday by Sunday which is written by a friend of ours from the seminary campus, Cristy Fossum. Sunday by Sunday is written as the journal of a woman, who is determined to grow old not-so-gracefully, but by living each day fully! Her journal entries reflect on her experiences with her family and friends, her life of faith, her experiences in worship, and the weekly lectionary texts from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). This is a work of fiction, but so true to life that it will make you laugh and cry – sometimes both at the same time. We are already waiting impatiently for the next volume to be published – hurry, Cristy!
–Ruth Ann and Ray Sipe, Lexington NC
I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying reading your book. I read one or two Sundays every night before I go to bed. It is obvious that you have a true gift for writing and care deeply for the characters in the book. I can relate to many of the people and see myself and those I love in several of them. Thank you for your words and wisdom.
–Sandra Holland, Columbia SC
My goodness, do you have a gift for storytelling and writing! This morning I read from your Sunday by Sunday (Year C), the devotion for Pentecost and the words jumped off the page to my mind and heart: “If I believe anything about God, if I believe anything Christ taught, it is the message of grace! And yet if believing is feeling, God help my unbelief.” Thank you for those words.
—The Rev. Ron Warren, Grove City OH
I have even not cared about reading anymore [since my husband Bob died] but picked up Sunday by Sunday one evening as I sat here alone… Do you know what latched me on to continuing and wanting to read, read, read? It was the fact that Rose always talked with Charlie… I talk with Bob every day and thought to myself, “you are off your rocker, kid,” and then when I found out that Rose also did that, I thought it was o.k. Everyone in the book became so alive to me that I found myself just sitting and reading and hated when I was finished. I just dived into book II and was so disappointed when I was finished as I felt it was not finished. I wanted Rose to marry again and I didn’t , and darn, I didn’t find out [if she did or not]. I just love her. All the trials and tribulations of being a part of a congregation are so true.
– Marion Fick, McHenry IL
It has been hard to put down Sunday by Sunday and do homework over the past week. I had to hide them away yesterday so I would get work done for classes!
– Peter R. Kowitz, Seminarian (now pastor), Littlefork, MN