To Drink from the Silver Cup:
Anna Redsand in the News!
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July 19, 2016 edition of the Cortez Journal
Praise for To Drink from the Silver Cup: From Faith through Exile and Beyond
Anna Redsand has written a lyrical story of her journey from a fundamentalist missionary upbringing in the Navajo Nation through sojourns in other spiritual traditions while always longing for the home she left when her sexuality was condemned by family and church. An important read for anyone who has left a once-treasured tradition and wished to return when there was nowhere left to go.
—Stuart Dybek, author, Ecstatic Cahoots
Having written of my own “coming out” from a strict evangelical past, I’m sick and tired of books on the same subject. So imagine my delight in discovering that Anna Redsand’s To Drink from the Silver Cup is not just “another book” on the same subject but a unique gem. This is a work of literary nonfiction and sexual self-discovery. It is “about” only one truth: that love, beauty, and God go hand-in-hand—or they don’t “go” anywhere at all.
—Frank Schaeffer, author, Crazy For God
A compelling chronicle of the journey that results when a deeply religious young woman finds herself condemned and rejected by the only faith community she has ever known. Anna Redsand provides a prophetic witness against the grievous damage that exclusionary religious teaching inflicts on LGBT believers . . . . A rich source of inspiration for spiritual pilgrims of all stripes. Highly recommended.
—Reverend Mark Achtemeier, author, The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage
So much of what shapes us has more to do with the agenda of religion and society than it does with who we are at the core of our being. Few of us can hear the sensuous whisper of the voice of God competing above the tumultuousness of everyone else’s definitions of how we are to live our very individual lives, a voice which only asks: “Where are you?” Anna Redsand managed to discern God’s voice and dared to explore this, the very first question Creator asked First Human. In so doing, she found herself exiled from the embrace of a spiritual communion that had enwombed her and nurtured her from childhood on. Anna’s journey is skillfully and entertainingly chronicled in this delightful and inspiring read.
—Rabbi Gershon Winkler, PhD, author, Magic of the Ordinary: Recovering the Shamanic in Judaism, and
co-author, The Invitation: Living a Meaningful Death
From Navajo dwellings in New Mexico to Scandinavia to the evangelical Midwest, Anna Redsand’s beautiful, heroic story is for anyone who has ever felt outcast from a community they love and tossed into the desert of doubt and despair. Here you will find spiritual hope embodied, and the promise that, no matter where we are lost, it is possible to find our way home to new communities of faith, compassion, healing, and belonging.
—John T. Price, author, Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father
To Drink from the Silver Cup breaks new ground by situating the reader in a spiritual and physical landscape that is familiar to anyone longing to break free from imposed belief; yet its roadmap is beautifully fresh with each turn of the page. I could not put the book down as I let Redsand’s honesty and kindness raise my awareness of what is most sacred about the human experience—authenticity.
—Paul Renigar, Assistant Professor of Language and Technology, University of Alabama; gender, language, and identity researcher
In To Drink from the Silver Cup, Anna Redsand has written a brave, graceful, and intelligent account of her struggle to rediscover her lost faith and find acceptance of her sexuality. She depicts a journey filled with doubt, pain, joy, and ultimate affirmation.
—Arnold Johnston, playwright, poet, fiction writer, translator, author, The Witching Voice: A Novel from the Life of Robert Burns
By sharing her unique and deeply personal faith journey, Anna Redsand illustrates universal truths about the human person: that every person is sacred, that it is in our human nature to seek to know God however we might define that Presence, and that we all long for peace within ourselves and within community. In lyric prose, she tells her story with elegance and grace. She is a writer and person to be admired.
—Ann Przyzycki, Editor, Isthmus
The central character of this beautiful, seeking memoir is a woman who is unwilling to be kept outside the gates of the church because of the way God made her. Maybe someday, we will stop treating church and faith like a closed club. Until that time, Anna’s book reminds us that He calls all of us to the table to drink from the cup.
—Molly Jo Rose, columnist, “In and Of the World,”
In To Drink from the Silver Cup, Anna Redsand graciously invites us into the captivating story of her own spiritual journey, from her early years in fundamentalist Christianity through the pain of exile because of her sexual orientation to her cautious and glad return to a faith community. In the process, she opens our hearts and minds to examine spiritual challenges with which many struggle, whether LGBTQ or straight. Her writing will make you laugh, cry, rejoice, question, hope, and perhaps see the grace of God anew.
—Reverend Catherine Robinson, minister, Presbyterian Church (USA)
If you have any interest whatsoever in religion, spirituality, sexuality, personal growth, family relationships, community, the search for meaning, the Navajo Nation, or finely crafted creative nonfiction memoir, you need to read To Drink from the Silver Cup.
—Monica Friedman, author, Rosalind Franklin’s Beautiful Twist
Anna Redsand is a masterful storyteller. This intensely personal narrative of her spiritual journey struck a particular chord with me, an ordained minister who is also gay. However, it will resonate with anyone who has lost the faith of their youth but is seeking to reconnect with it in a deeper, more spiritually authentic way.
—Reverend Dwain Lee,
gay minister, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Anna Redsand knows the language of the Bible the way you know the language of your mother tongue. She also knows that she won’t be spiritually satisfied with any religion that views itself as the “only way.” Before it can excommunicate her. Anna leaves her childhood church and sets out on a quest to find a new spiritual home. In the process, she opens herself —and her readers—to Native American spirituality, Buddhism, Protestantism, Calvinism, Judaism, Unitarianism, Christianity, and more. Read To Drink from the Silver Cup and think, learn, heal, grow—and believe.
—Jody Keisner, essayist and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, University of Nebraska-Omaha
To Drink from the Silver Cup is the best kind of quest: brave, unexpected, and full of discovery. Redsand’s voice is lyrical and honest. Her story will speak to anyone on a journey of the most difficult kind: growing up as the “wrong” sort of person in an unforgiving world. Her loving optimism in spite of it all is inspirational.
—Linden McNeilly, author, Map Art Lab and War Torn
As a gay man who came from the same denomination as Redsand, I eagerly gulped each chapter of To Drink from the Silver Cup. Many LGBT+ people are alienated from their childhood faith communities and long for that place of belonging. Too many give up. Redsand’s story is a powerful journey of faith, alienation, and reconciliation that speaks of hope, inclusion, and belonging.
—Douglas Houck, former board member of Exodus International
Anna Redsand’s memoir, To Drink from the Silver Cup, captures the complex journey of being true to herself and her family in a life-giving way while trying to reconcile and find a community of faith that saw her as beloved. Anna claims all her identities and complex relationships in the most gracious way. It is a powerful story.
—Annanda Barclay, M. Div., Co-Moderator of the National Board of More Light Presbyterians
To Drink from the Silver Cup shares the author’s journey through the heartbreaking loss of family and church because of her need to live an authentic life. I recommend this book to anyone looking for ways to more deeply understand tender experiences often lost in theological discussion.
—Cara Oosterhouse, Board Co-President, All One Body
I am so blessed by Anna Redsand’s writing. Great work, great experiences, and such a depth of spirituality as I’ve hardly ever known in anyone.
—Reverend Alyzsa Van Til, Unity minister
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