A Dump, A Garden, And One's Worth by Lawrence M. Ventline D. Min.

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Once again, Father Lawrence Ventline inspires us with his imaginative, creative writing. He finds such beautiful ways of describing the so-called ordinary...the "official dump."JoAnn LoriaSpiritual Director and Pastoral AssociateSterling Heights, Michigan Green is frequently found in Scriptures, but seldom refers strictly to color. Green brings to mind the freshness and vigor of growing vegetation. It denotes a healthy and prosperous condition of things. One could hardly disagree with the author's challenge to live in the manner in which Christians of new birth and hope should conduct themselves in order to maintain the wellness of their families, community, country and world.Mr. and Mrs. Dewey TottyTransfiguration ParishSouthfield, Michigan

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A Detroit, Michigan native, pastor, spiritual director, psychotherapist and fitness instructor, Lawrence Matthew Ventline writes for The Daily Oakland Press. Growing up, he enjoyed gardening, sports, writing and cooking with classmates at Saint Thomas the Apostle High School, The University of Detroit, Saint Mary's College, Orchard Lake, Mi., and Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree. His doctoral thesis is entitled, The Witness Value of the Visit of Pope John Paul II to Detroit: Its Meaning and Message. A Board Certified Professional Counselor, he was trained in the art of spiritual direction with the Mercy Sisters in Burlingame, California. In Michigan and Wisconsin, he has been a pastor, psychotherapist, and professor at various churches and institutions, including Saint Jospeh Parish in Lake Orion, Michigan, Detroit's Marygrove College, Madonna University in Livonia, the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Sacred Heart School of Theology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Baker College, Flint, Michigan. Founder of Cura Animarum / Care of the Soul Counseling, and, The All Faiths Festival (AFF), (www.interfaithwork.com) he organized the ecumenical Michigan Coalition for Human Rights with Episcopal Bishop H. Coleman McGehee, Jr., a former assistant attorney general of West Virginia, and Michigan bishop for decades. A prolific writer for The Detroit News, he currently writes for The Daily Oakland Press, including a blog. He also writes book reviews for Saint Anthony mesenger magazine. Father Ventline edited the notes of the late Edward D. Popielarz, his boyhood pastor, who founded a class in acceptance. Faithful leaders and Ventline lead the growth group in metropolitan Detroit and Pontiac area churches. Thousands have participated. Among this author's books are A Tale So True of My Christmas Tree: Everything Belongs; Story Hungry: Roots, Relationships and Reflections; Cries of the People: Ministry Matters, Mostly Personal; Guardian of Your Soul: A Class in Acceptance; and, Soul Stuff: A Class in Acceptance Workbook. A much sought after speaker and retreat director, he has appeared on Public Television's, Interfaith Odyssey, an Emmy-Award-winning production of Dr. Lynne Boyle of the Metropolitan Christian Council, Detroit/Windsor (MCC D/W) In 1996, he received the City of Detroit Human Rights Unsung Hero Award. The MCC D/W gave Fr. Ventline its 12th Annual Stewart Kerr Ecumenical award in June of 2010.An ordained pastor for thirty-four years, he is on special assignment for the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. Human and spiritual development of one's interior life is crucial to vitality and wellness, the youngest of seven children with his twin sister Patti, believes. To ignite each one's dignity and worth by awakening it in self and others is his personal motto for Cura Animarum / Care of the Soul Counseling inspired by Pope Gregory the Great's classic on pastoral care of the sick. "We're most intimate with the Maker when we're ill," Ventline asserts. "He wants the people no one else wants," a long-time friends quips.
Published June 29, 2010 by Authorhouse. 124 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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