TLC Book Tour – Beyond the Possible


Beyond the Possible by Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani

Published:  2013 by HarperOne

Source:  Received copy from the publisher for review

From childhood, Cecil Williams was destined to be a minister.  Nicknamed “Rev” by his family because of his pastime of playing church with his siblings, there was probably no surprise when he made that his career choice.  I would imagine the surprising thing though was that he found his true calling not in the traditional black churches of his youth in a struggling church in the sleaziest district of San Francisco.

Over the next fifty years, Williams turned Glide Church into an institution that welcomes and serves everyone, especially those on the margins of society.  I’m not a religious person and do not belong to a church, but Glide is exactly what I imagine a “proper” church to be.

That’s not to say that I would be comfortable attending a Celebration (Glide’s term for Sunday services) there.  That is my own failing, because Glide’s culture that allows anyone to interrupt the proceedings to say his or her piece is a real example of democracy at work.

Beyond the Possible documents the Glide’s evolution from the points of view of Williams and Janice Mirikitani, an early volunteer at the church who eventually became its executive director (and Williams’ wife).  More than that, though, the book provides lessons to everyone about acceptance, charity, and justice.  This couple almost seem too good, given all the work they’ve done and what they continue to do, but can that really be a bad thing?

For other thoughts on this book, please visit the other stops on the tour.


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2 Responses to TLC Book Tour – Beyond the Possible

  1. zibilee says:

    I read a few reviews of this one, and have to say that I am intrigued by Glide, and the way it works. A good church to me is one where everyone is welcome, and loved. It would be nice to have a church where all are heard, but that can sometimes be hard. I look forward to reading this one at some point and discovering the secrets of this couple that make both their marriage and church work. Nice job with this review today!

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour!

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