A Memory of Firelight
Selected Columns from the Lexington Herald-Leader

by Paul Prather

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A Memory of Firelight: Selected Columns from The Lexington Herald-Leader
$16.00.  Paperback
ISBN 978-1-936138-01-2

Wind Publications
600 Overbrook Drive
Nicholasville KY 40356

Paul Prather is pastor of Bethesda Church in Montgomery County, Kentucky, and a former reporter for the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, where he still contributes columns on faith and values. His journalism and short fiction have won honors from the Kentucky Press Association, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Religion Newswriters Association, Lincoln Memorial University, New Letters, Green River Writers, Appalachian Heritage and the Kentucky Writers Coalition. His fiction has appeared in New Stories from the South and Best of the South, Vol. II, for which Anne Tyler selected his story “The Faithful” as one of the twenty best Southern short stories of the decade.

“Paul Prather won me as a reader when he courageously opened the lives of his family to teach us about tragedy, struggle and hope. With this collection of his columns, Paul offers us many lessons, told from the vantage point of an honest and wise teacher who has an unusual talent for making great truths accessible and understandable.” 
— Marilyn Thompson, The Washington Post

“One of Paul Prather's gifts is the ability to see the other person's point of view without sacrificing his own spiritual value system. I've heard it referred to as having an educated heart.” 
— Jack Pattie, WVLK radio talk-show host. 

“To read Paul Prather’s essays of religion and spirituality is to feel consoled. You may not always agree with him—Paul’s opinions are independent to a fault, constrained by neither conservative, liberal, nor moderate religious viewpoints—but you will find assurance in the sincerity and intelligence with which Paul explores the difficult questions and worries that we all struggle with as individuals, as members of our communities, and as fellow human beings.” 
— Chris Holbrook, author of Hell and Ohio and Upheaval

“Reading A Memory of Firelight is like walking through a field of gems and being free to fill your pockets as you go. It is a brilliant book, and Paul Prather has an aptitude for what the French call le mot juste—exactly the right word at the right time in the right place. Whatever subject he treats—religion, politics, travel, birthdays, illness, death, the human comedy—he handles with the deft touch of a fine artist, so that in the end each of his essays is a jewel perfectly faceted to reveal its rarest qualities. Don't just buy this book, read it, for it is even better than diamonds and rubies!”
— John Killinger, former distinguished professor of religion and culture, Samford University, and author of The Life, Death, and Resurrection of Harry Potter and If Christians Were Really Christian.