A Light on the Corner

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Published by: Waterfall Press
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Pages: 158
ISBN13: ‎ 978-1503943407



A child peeling an orange on the subway. A bearded man with gentle eyes holding a tin cup on the corner. When we see life through the lens of faith, everyday moments become a source of hope and strength. In this collection of essays, chaplain Andrea Raynor reveals the unexpected places she has experienced the Divine and shows us how we, too, might come to see life as a spiritual adventure—one on which we are never truly alone.

Raynor’s own life has required more than a little bit of faith. She served as chaplain to the morgue at Ground Zero and has ministered to hospice patients for more than twenty years. She’s survived breast cancer and tended a brother wounded by the Vietnam War. Any one of these experiences could have shaken her belief, and yet she sees the holy in them all.

It’s easy to lose our way, to forget who we are and why we are here. But each moment, no matter how trying, helps us chart our course and lights our path toward a more spiritually fulfilling life—all that’s required of us is an open heart and a little faith on the journey.


“[Raynor] is a remarkably insightful guide to rich and meaningful spiritual living. In each essay, you’ll welcome her warm and intimate honesty and loving companionship as she journeys through the wide, expansive land of spiritual treasures that await all of us—every day.”
—Carl W. Nichols, Jr., author of What I Didn't Know Could Fill a Book

A Light on the Corner is at once powerfully transcendent and deeply personal, enabling its reader to come away with a sense of peace and intrigue.…Chaplain Andrea Raynor is a masterful tour guide on a spiritual adventure…”
—Anna Yusim, MD, psychiatrist and author of Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Helps You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life

“In A Light on the Corner, [Raynor] strings together everyday moments of grace in chapters that feel like jewels on a necklace. Each perspective and observation on finding God and the divine shows us how we can practice our faith every day in what she calls ‘spiritual sit-ups.’”
—Lee Woodruff, CBS This Morning contributor, author, and co-founder of Bob Woodruff Foundation

A Light on the Corner is at once inspirational and accessible. Regular people living regular flawed lives are invited to appreciate life’s tiniest, most transformative moments, and suddenly we are aware of the sacred around us. With humility and humor, Raynor gives us the gift of sight. I plan to keep this by my bedside to reread as necessary…”
—Annabel Monaghan, author of A Girl Named Digit, Double Digit, Click!, and Does This Volvo Make My Butt Look Big?: Thoughts for moms and other tired people