Encountering God: Reflections on the Courtship Letters of My Religious Parents

Aside from two brief visits, the courtship of a young struggling farmer and an independent English teacher resides in entirely in these letters. Secrets to their life-long joy together are revealed as they point out God at work in their lives. Their son, a scientist and lay theologian, helps the reader apply his parents’ keys to joy using thought-provoking questions. More

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About Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson has published numerous scientific papers and coedited the book Concepts and Applications of Molecular Similarity. He has been an elder at a large Lutheran church and a large Reformed church. As a seeker, he has experienced a revelatory moment in which his bodily sense of existence was overcome by a non-localized spiritual sense of an enduring interconnectedness with one's world, an experience which underlies his interest in the complementarities of religious and scientific truths. More at https://www.kirkusreviews.com/author/mark-a-johnson/.

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About the Series: A Lettered Courtship
It is highly unusual for a published research scientist and mathematician to have a revelatory moment in which one's bodily sense of existence is overcome by a non-localized spiritual sense of an enduring interconnectedness with one's world. It is equally unusual for a financially struggling farmer and a salaried music teacher to document in letters (with the exception of two brief visits) their entire courtship. Mark Johnson is that scientist and that farmer and teacher are his God-centered parents.

For years Mark enjoyed living the new understandings flowing from his "Little Self" view of the world, but he could not find a satisfying way to share those understandings other than in serendipitous encounters. His search was interrupted when his parents' courtship letters surfaced. Ironically, in their exchanges, his parents, too, sought more meaningful ways to share their Christian understandings. In attempting to publish his parents' letters, Mark is finding a natural context for sharing his new view of our most basic and unifying spiritual truths.

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