Let’s be honest. We writers dream that the books that live inside us will find their way into bookstores, libraries, and homes, will come to life in the hands of avid readers under shady hammocks or in favorite chairs. These books will have splendid covers and rave reviews that honor the love we put into the process. But for many aspiring writers, the journey between finishing a manuscript and launching a book is veiled in mystery. The cogs and wheels of publishing are strangely opaque to the authors themselves. This Porch Happy Hour Series will both illuminate the process, and more importantly celebrate authors who have recently “birthed” their books.
In March, we welcome Nashville-based writer Lindsey Krinks, author of Praying with Our Feet: Pursuing Justice & Healing on the Streets (Brazos Press). Lindsey is co-founder of Open Table Nashville, an interfaith homeless outreach nonprofit. For over a decade, she has worked on the “underside” of Nashville—the streets, encampments, jails, slums, and underpasses—while also working with faith leaders, community organizers, and public officials to make the city more hospitable and just. Lindsey was also the winner of the inaugural Porch Prize, 2019, in Creative Nonfiction.
Advance praise for Praying with Our Feet:
“Krinks reminds us time and again that one life does make a difference—be it our own or another’s—and this is both gift and grace. Our world desperately needs not only our caring but also our actions to heal and to continue to point us to the new heaven and new earth where justice and love find their home. This is a powerful book of stories that will keep you reading. Read. Be challenged. Act.” —Emilie M. Townes, dean and distinguished professor of womanist ethics and society, VanderbiltUniversity Divinity School
"[A] a timely read for all of us.” —Robyn Henderson-Espinoza,founder of the Activist Theology Project
"With great sensitivity and honesty, [Krinks] calls people to fix their gaze on the stark reality of poverty and homelessness, and witnesses to how poor and homeless leaders and people of faith and conscience endeavor to do something about it." —Liz Theoharis, cochair, Poor People’s Campaign; codirector, Kairos: The Center forReligions, Rights, and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary