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John Franklin Hay is a community advocate, avid cyclist, and university teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. His work at the intersection of community development, nonprofit leadership, and urban faith communities spans two decades.
John has guided three leading local nonprofits and two urban congregations. In addition to teaching graduate courses in nonprofit management at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI, he currently directs Indy-east Asset Development, a nonprofit community development corporation (CDC). John also consults with nonprofits and is researching radical hospitality as a model for enhanced human services and community development outcomes.
John has also participated in and led international charitable fundraising bicycle rides in India, Vietnam and Kenya. More cause-related cycling excursions are in development.
In March 2013, John published his first book via Smashwords. "What Saved Grace?" is a fiction story about the beauty and complexity of compassion.
Marty Alan Michelson
on April 01, 2013 :
What Saved Grace is a work of fiction, filled with true realities of human experience.
John Franklin Hay draws upon his lifetime of experience in Urban settings to craft a story that is warm and endearing.
Hay's characters genuinely human. Through dialogue among his characters, Hay introduces readers to facts from church history, giving perspective as well to the complexities involved in health care options for the poor, as well as government aid for those in need.
What Saved Grace is most decisively about the woman at the center of Hay's story, Grace. With her husband and their family, Grace discovers kindness and hope in the midst of this wonderful story about how various churches and neighbors partner to make urban settings places of vibrant life.
I will recommend this book to every person I know who is training for ministry. Every portion of What Saved Grace was consistent with real experiences I have had in urban-ministry settings.
What Saved Grace, though written as fiction, has real-practical-value for anyone training for ministry.
(reviewed the day of purchase)