The Butterfly and the Stone

For anyone who has loved a prodigal child, here is a voice in the night that says you are not alone. 'The Butterfly and the Stone' is a story of fear and hope on a journey that leads from the safety of home to Iraq, and home again to face a fiercer enemy: post-traumatic stress and addiction. Yet, along the way is God's love...found in a most unexpected place.

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About Dan Mayhew

Dan Mayhew is a former high school teacher. He holds a degree in communication and theater from Portland State University, and a MAT from Lewis and Clark College. After several years as a teacher, he served as associate pastor of a congregation of about 1200 in Portland, Oregon.

In 1990, Dan began a community of home-based churches called The Summit Fellowships ( where he serves as a church planter, teacher and encourager. In addition, he assists International Renewal Ministries by facilitating Pastor’s Prayer Summits throughout the Northwest and across the country in an effort to bring pastors of all denominations and traditions together for prayer.

Dan has facilitated workshops related to house churches, and is requested as a speaker. He encourages Christians to reevaluate traditional methodology and structures in response to what he sees as the changing world of the American church. Recently, he assumed pastoral duties at a small local congregation, but his heart is still with the small, simple and committed churches that meet outside more formal religious structures.

Dan is also a writer and has been a regular humor columnist in several newspapers. His columns also appear in the Humor for the Heart books, Howard Publishers.

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Review by: Calvin Tadema on April 27, 2011 : (no rating)
This is a great book - a wonderful discovery for everyone that loves a prodigal. The chaos and trauma introduced into families and communities by prodigals disrupts and calls attention to the rebellious one. "It's all about me," he screams. Dan openly shares his heart as he loves the rebel, and discovers it's about him, too. There is comfort in asking and pondering the immense questions about a God that is too big to fit in a box of preconceived ideas or Sunday school answers. This is real life, and it promises hope irrespective of resolution.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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