With eloquence, candor, and simplicity, Dane Fowlkes turns the pages of his own story and allows the reader to peak over his shoulder and into his heart. In these spiritual and autobiographical reflections, this celebrated communicator relates carefully chosen experiences from his life as son, father, grandfather, husband, minister, and writer—for the purpose of illustrating the weight of glory in ordinary human experience. “Glory abounds in the ordinary if you know where to look; grace is always present tense.” Fowlkes has led anything but a dull existence—from initiation into an African tribe in norther Kenya where he is known as Jilo, a name that means “season of celebration,” to living near Gandhi’s ashram on the Sabarmati River—yet he has learned to discern and celebrate God’s grace in the commonplace. Fowlkes’s words reveal the presence of God in daily life. He embraces difficult questions and garden-variety experiences as equally essential components of our lives, rather than as enemies that seek to destroy us or bore us to tears. “Only those who stumble in the dark fully appreciate the miracle of light.” Reflecting Fowlkes’s gift for storytelling and his minister’s heart, Ordinary Glory will inspire laughter, hope, and transform the way we view the unremarkable moments that fill much of our lives. Turn the pages and rediscover what it means to be thoughtful about grace. See why this newly published author will be quoted by Americans for generations to come.
The best thing about Dane is that he is married to Jo Beth. Theirs is a narrative of divine grace, and together they experience the joy of sharing and understanding, two gifts they wish that all could know firsthand. Dane has served as a career missionary in both Africa and India and although now living in North America, he continues to be a student of culture and language and approaches life and ministry from a definite missiological perspective. As a result, Dane describes himself with three terms: cultural pilgrim, reclaimed wreckage, and Christian communicator. He holds an earned Doctor of Philosophy degree in missiology from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.