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The Holy Éclair: Signs and Wonders from an Accidental Pilgrimage

 

When Becky Ramsey and her husband Todd move their young family to France, she knows that her life will change. But her spiritual life? Why would it? Then a new friend gives her a saint card she picked up at the flea market and Becky finds herself on an accidental pilgrimage out of the pew and onto the streets of France, meeting God in a stream of divine nobodies and sacred ordinary things, each earning a chapter and a holy card of its own.

As Becky encounters unlikely saints, (a silver haired prostitute and the ghost of Vincent Van Gogh) and holy nothings, (a bowl of cider in a stranger’s garage and an éclair chocolat at Patisserie Antoinette) God whispers into her workhorse heart, revealing the wildness of God’s love and tempting her to let go of her striving to become God’s teacher’s pet. Along the way, Becky assembles a new faith of her own, a faith unchained from the church and yet in love with it, a faith which celebrates God in the imperfection as well as in the perfection, and a faith in which grace is given out easily, even to herself.

Becky Ramsey’s deliciously vibrant memoir will whisk you on an armchair pilgrimage to a tiny village in France, where, amid cobblestone streets, a gingerbread church, and a cast of quirky characters, you’ll brush against the everyday sacredness of life. A delightful read filled with whimsy and charm, The Holy Éclair will leave you craving pain au chocolat and inspired to catch your own holy-ordinary glimpses of God. —Michelle DeRusha, author of True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created